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CalDigit

FASTA-6GU3 2 Port USB 3.0 &
eSATA 6Gb/s Host Adapter


The CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 is the first of its kind, combining two next generation interfaces into a single card with throughput speeds of up to 6Gbps. With both USB 3.0 and 6G eSATA connectivity, the CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 provides a connection for the latest technology. The CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 card has been designed for the most demanding content creators. Applications like video editing, audio sweetening and photography are the perfect fit.

The FASTA-6GU3 provides 2 eSATA ports with the latest SATA 6G technology, allowing for speeds of up to 6Gbps. The new FASTA-6GU3 is completely backwards compatible with legacy SATA devices. It also supports port multiplier enclosures and other devices like external optical drives. The FASTA-6GU3 is also the perfect addition to the CalDigit VR and or CalDigit VR mini.

The FASTA-6GU3 will work with an available 4x PCIe version 1 or 2 slot. The FASTA-6GU3 also supports hot plugging, so there is no need to restart the computer when connecting or disconnecting an eSATA device. The FASTA-6GU3 requires no driver for eSATA operation under OS X Lion.

The FASTA-6GU3 supports many popular features including, S.M.A.R.T., port multiplication, eSATA booting with OS X Lion and support for green and high performance SATA drives. It is also fully compatible with SATA I (1.5G), SATA II (3G) and SATA III (6G) drives.

While windows users have had access to USB 3.0 drivers for some time, there was never a driver for the Mac. CalDigit's engineers developed the first USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS X. For the first time, both Mac and PC users are able to take advantage of the superior speeds of USB 3.0. CalDigit is the only company to provide third party support for USB 3.0 devices on the Mac.

Ideal for fast storage, the FASTA-6GU3 was designed to provide the CalDigit AV Drive, CalDigit VR and CalDigit VR mini the fastest connection possible. Also, with new USB 3.0 and SATA 6G devices being announced everyday, the FASTA-6GU3 lets users take advantage of this next generation connectivity.

For applications in severs or other specialized computers where space is limited, the FASTA-6GU3 features a removable bracket design to fit into these low profiles machines. The small size accommodates most Mac and PC workstations. It also has a limited environmental footprint, using less power than most PCIe cards. The FASTA-6GU3 has been designed to run faster and cooler than other cards on the market.

Every CalDigit product is designed with high quality components and the FASTA-6GU3 is no exception. The CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 only requires a single PCIe slot, but provides two interfaces. This means multiple USB 3.0 and 6G eSATA devices can be attached without the need to take up valuable PCIe slots. All components from the card to the cables, have been tested using a special oscilloscope to ensure optimum performance.

Product Specifications

Manufacturer Part Number

  • FASTA-6GU3

Requires

  • Available PCIe x4 Lane Slot
  • Not compatible with USB hubs

Ports

  • Two External USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Type A Ports
  • Two External eSATA 6Gb/s Ports

Bus Specifications

  • PCI Express x4 (lane) or higher host interface
  • Supports PCI Express Base Spec 1.0a

Form Factor

  • PCI Standard

Operating System Support

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64 bit OS or later
  • Mac® OS X 10.5.6 or greater

External Connectivity

  • x2 USB 3.0 connector
  • x2 eSATA connector

Internal Connectivity

  • none

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

  • Supports all USB communication speed data rate of Low-speed (1.5 Mbps) / Full-speed (12 Mbps) / High-speed (480 Mbps) / SuperSpeed (5Gbps)
  • Supports all USB compliant data transfer type as follows; Control / Bulk / Interrupt
  • Compliant with Intel's USB3.0 Host Controller Interface (xHCI) Specification revision 0.95
  • Support USB legacy function

SATA 6Gb/s

  • Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0
  • Supports all SATA communication speed data rate of 6.0 Gbps / 3.0 Gbps / 1.5 Gbps
  • Supports AHCI 1.0
  • Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Agency Approvals & Compliance

  • FCC Rules, Part 15, Class B
  • RoHS Compliant

Dimensions

  • 140mm (5.51in) x 111.15mm (4.38in) x 1.6mm (0.063in)

Weight

  • 1.45 lbs

Operating Temperature (Hardware Environment)

  • 0°C ~ 70°C (32°F ~ 158°F)

Operating Temperature (Storage Environment)

  • -65°C~ 150°C (-85°F ~ 302°F)

Relative Humidity

  • 0% ~ 80% non condensing

Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for CalDigit p/n FASTA-6GU3 UPC#: 4712010080656

Gallery

Includes

  • 1 x CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 Card
This product is compatible with...Click here to get your Model Identifier number.
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
PC Desktop
PC
PC running Windows, Linux or FreeBSD and available PCI-Express x1 lane or better slot

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.4 / 5 9 out of 10 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Macformat Location: Mexico Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 This is a very good host card. June 29, 2017 In Macsales.com I never have any problem and the price are very good. Thanks OWC !!!

I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York City Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good card for some OS versions May 9, 2016 The card has worked well; however, this is the first-generation card, and there are no drivers for OS versions later than Mavericks. There was a Yosemite driver available briefly, but CalDigit seems to have withdrawn it. Trying to use the Yosemite driver with El Capitan will make you unhappy: you get an endless loop of crashes and reboots.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hong Kong Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 This product has great features... February 26, 2014 The USB3 ports work correctly. The ESATA II ports arbitrarily disconnect the drives without prior notification !

Calldigit should exchange these models with the new version that just came out in February 2014 or to send an efficient updating firmware to all its customers.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Ohio Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 2/5 Incorrect Advertising February 11, 2014 The ad for this says "Adds two eSATA 6Gb/s ports". I am using this card in a MacPro with an OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual housing with two independent drives connected with eSATA cables. When I go into System Information, it shows that the Negotiated Link Speed is only 3Gb/s for each of the drives. If I unplug the drives and reconnect them to an OWC Excelsior_E2 card in the same machine, System Information shows the Link Speed as 6Gb/s for each drive so, for eSATA use, the CalDigit card does not perform as advertised. I have verified this using DigLloyd's Disk Tester which shows the drives run slower on the CalDigit ports than on the Excelsior ports. The USB3 appears to function properly so I use the card primarily for USB3, with the eSATA ports used only for temporary connections - backups, etc.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 Great little card - easy to install December 10, 2013 The CalDigit esata usb3 card is easy to install - used it quite a bit. great to have usb3 on my macpro. esata is hot swappable = nice !!!! Recommend this card to any mac pro user

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: kallim123 Location: Arnessysla, Iceland Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 This Product is just Excellent in all ways. Thanks August 8, 2013 Possibility for esata and USB 3 connectors is greater than I ever thougt of. This Card works just fine

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Lake Havasu City, AZ Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect! June 26, 2013 I purchased this card to get more speed out of my USB 3.0 TimeMachine backup drive. It worked like a champ. Installed the card, installed the driver, reboot, everything worked perfect.

I also have an external 4 SATA drive enclosure that I've been wanting to use. I did not see specifically if this supported multiplexing, but I can tell you for a certainty now that it does without any issue. I had 4 1TB drives in the box, hooked them up, went into disk manager and setup a stripped array. 2 or 3 minutes later all was good in the hood bro.

Black Magic tested the external array at 177 write and 155 read. Not quite good enough for HD video editing, but certainly fast enough for storing all those large events that tie up my dual SSDs.

My only complaint is that I didn't by 2 of them to begin with.. I need to go place another order for my other mac in the office.

Thanks OWC for getting what we need at a price that affordable.

Cheers Rick in AZ

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: joevt Location: Langley, B.C. Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent idea, ok implementation February 26, 2013 I bought this card for my 2008 Mac Pro because it is a 4 lane card and I only have a PCIe 1.0 slot available (1000 MB/s, 2000 MB/s in a PCIe 2.0 slot). Other USB 3.0 cards or eSATA cards are usually PCIe 2.0x1 (500 MB/s) that would only work at 250 MB/s in a PCIe 1.0x1 slot.

The CalDigit documentation/advertisement is, if not false, then incomplete. It lists the maximum speeds of USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) and eSATA 6G (6 Gb/s) but it does not say what the maximum bandwidth to the computer is from those ports (given an infinite speed USB or eSATA device).

The card uses the following chips: - PLX PEX 8608 8-lane, 8-Port PCI Express Gen 2 (5.0 GT/s) Switch. 4 PCIe 1.0 or 2.0 lanes to the computer, 1 PCIe 2.0 lane to the USB controller, 1 PCIe 2.0 lane to the SATA controller. - Marvell 88SE9123 PCIe SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller - 2 SATA ports, 1 PCIe 5.0 lane to the switch chip. - NEC uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller - 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 PCIe 5.0 lane to the switch chip.

400 MB/s should be achievable from USB 3.0 with 800 MB/s for two USB 3.0 ports. However, the controller chip is limited by a single PCIe 2.0 lane to 500 MB/s max.

eSATA 6G should be able to get 600 MB/s with 1200 MB/s for two SATA ports. However, the controller chip is limited by a single PCIe 2.0 lane to 500 MB/s max. That's not fast enough to obtain maximum speed from even one eSATA port. The 6 Gb/s max transfer rate they advertise is unattainable, even theoretically.

CalDigit could have made this a two lane card, since the controllers only need one lane each, but two lane cards are treated as one lane cards in some PCIe slots even on some newer PCs. That's something the makers of 2 lane cards like the Mercury Accelsior should have considered...

Fast SSDs (e.g. OWC's 6G SSDs) or RAIDs that can achieve more than 400 or 500 MB/s would be wasted on this card. It works very well for slower drives though. I haven't found many benchmarks that go higher than 250 MB/s. One person noted read speeds of 370 MB/s from an OWC 6G SSD connected to an eSATA port with a RocketStor 5322. Another person said a CalDigit tech support person said the max performance was 250 MB/s due to the PLX chip. Maybe that's why they don't have benchmarks...

None of those speed concerns affect me since I use the card in a PCIe 1.0 slot and use a single USB 3 port to attach a 2.5" hard drive for 114 MB/s. That is the maximum speed of the drive and is better than FW800 so I'm happy.

I use Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion. The USB 3.0 ports require drivers to be installed. The eSATA ports do not. The included CD had the latest CalDigit USB drivers. The hard drive appears in System Profiler under the new USB Super-Speed Bus. The drive speed says "Up to 480 Mb/sec" but this is false since it definitely goes much faster than that.

The card can bus-power the portable hard drive. The card doesn't maintain connection to the hard drive when the computer goes to sleep so I recommend not using sleep. I don't know if that's a problem with the driver or with USB 3.0 PCIe cards in general.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Boston, MA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Amazing speed January 28, 2013 Just installed on MacPro and tested USB3 interface with Kingston HyperX 128gb USB. **Importantly, needed to install driver from CD to get card to function on OSX 10.8.2. Write speed of about 125 MB/s and read of 180 MB/s sustained with transferring a HD movie. This is near max transfer quoted by USB drive. Haven't tried eSATA yet but happy so far. Now can keep Aperture photo library on USB without speed sacrifice.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: adpeguero Location: Boston, MA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Simply Works on Late 2009 MacPro w/Mountain Lion August 9, 2012 Bought this one to replace another card made by someone else. OWC was super fast and efficient with the order process. Thank you OWC.

The card reads my USB 3.0 external drives just fine. Unlike the other card I replaced which has 4 ports, this one handles my external drives as actual USB Super Speed (3.0) drives and they perform faster. The most important thing about this, and the main reason why I was willing to sacrifice 2 additional USB 3.0 ports was because I have a RocketFish external USB 3.0 enclosure which has to additional USB 3.0 ports and a CF/MD/MS/SD/MMC/XD card reader in the front. To my surprise, this Caldigit card read it, no problems at all. The other card which I replaced did not. Plus I have the option of plugging in eSata drives if I want to . So, do I recommend it? YES!

On a separate note, I contacted their Support team to obtain the latest drivers. I had to send them an email with the serial number of the card. I got a response back in like 7 minutes.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 FASTA-6GU3 2 Port USB 3.0 & eSATA 6Gb/s Host Adapter Mfr P/N: FASTA-6GU3 OWC SKU: CDGFASTA6GU3 For Mac Pro or Windows PC with PCI express slot. Adds two eSATA 6Gb/s ports and two USB 3.0 ports. CalDigit 1 Year Limited Warranty
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