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MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 Host Adapter for OS X 10.6 - 10.8.2

Mac / USB 3.0 / eSATA
Maximum Versatility
Designed specifically for OS X 10.6 - 10.8.2, the MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 Host Adapter for OS X 10.6 - 10.8.2 comes with a custom built driver and is the perfect companion card for systems which still require a legacy OS. For systems which are running 10.8.3 or later the driverless MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 Host Adapter is also available.
Maximum Integration
The power of USB 3.0 and SATA 6G high-speed interfaces are brought together on a single PCIe 2.0 card with the MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 host adapter. With both high-speed USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s eSATA connectivity, the MAXPower USB/eSATA host adapter provides connections to the latest technology. This highly integrated I/O card saves valuable PCIe slots while adding the throughput desired for demanding applications like video editing, audio mixing, and photography.
Maximum Performance
The MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 host adapter provides two eSATA ports that are compatible with the latest 6G technology such as SSDs, allowing for speeds up to 6Gb/s. It is fully compatible with SATA I (1.5G), SATA II (3G) and USB 2.0 and supports legacy devices, hubs, and external optical drives. Simple to integrate and operate, it supports hot-plugging, eliminating the need to restart the computer when connecting or disconnecting a USB or SATA device.
Maximum Efficiency
Since each USB and eSATA port commands a dedicated PCIe lane, card-level throughput of up to 2,000MB/s can be achieved, up to 500MB/s per each port. And the eSATA ports support port multiplication, allowing you to connect multiple eSATA devices through a single port.

For applications in servers or other specialized computers where space is limited, the MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 features a removable bracket design to fit into low profiles machines. The small size accommodates most Mac and PC workstations. Using less power than most PCIe cards, the MAXPower has been designed to run faster and cooler than other cards on the market.

All MAXPower products are designed with superior quality components for long life reliability and the USB/eSATA 2x2 card is no exception. Every component from the card to the cables has been tested to ensure optimum performance.


Important Note: Apple OS X Sleep is not supported with this card. Sleep should be disabled when using devices with this card. The computer's screen will turn off, but the computer will not actually enter a sleep state with the card installed.

Features

  • PCI Express 2.0 x4
  • Two USB 3.0 ports with Type A connectors (female)
  • Two 6Gb/s eSATA Ports
  • 20Gb/s transfer bandwidth
  • Optimized for all USB 3.0 & eSATA storage devices
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 & 1.1, and eSATA 3Gb/s
  • Hot-Swap and Hot-Plug

Product Specifications

NewerTech Part Number

  • MXPCIEL2ESU3

Hardware Requirements

  • Intel-based Mac with available PCI Express 2.0 x4 lane slot
  • Backwards compatible with PCI Express 1.0a at reduced speeds*

Form Factor

  • Full-height, half-length

Operating System Support

  • OS X 10.6 - 10.8.2

Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0: up to 500MB/s per port
  • eSATA: up to 500MB/s per port
  • Up to 20Gb/s total card bandwidth.
    Dedicated per port performance architecture fully utilizes the PCIe 2.0 x4 bandwidth

Bootable

  • Via USB 3.0: No
  • Via eSATA: No

External Connectivity

  • x2 USB 3.0 Type A ports
  • x2 eSATA 6Gb/s ports

Internal Connectivity

  • none

Port Multiplication

  • Via USB 3.0: No
  • Via eSATA: Yes

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
  • NOT Compatible with USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 hubs

SATA 6Gb/s

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

Hot Swappable

  • Yes

Hot Plugable

  • Yes

Thunderbolt™ Support

  • No

Downloads

Note

  • Sleep is not supported with this Card. The computer's screen will turn off, but the computer will not actually enter a sleep state with the card installed.
  • This card is not Thunderbolt aware and cannot be used in a Thunderbolt Chasis.

Agency Approvals & Compliance

  • FCC Rules, Part 15, Class B
  • WEEE
  • CE
  • European Standard EN55022 (1998) Class B
  • European Standard EN55024 (1998)
  • RoHS Compliant

Dimensions

  • 4.72" x 4.53" x 0.75" (12.0 x 11.5 x 1.9 cm)

Weight

  • 0.43 lbs (0.19kg)

Operating Temperature

  • 0°C ~ 70°C (32°F ~ 158°F)

Non-Operating Temperature

  • -65°C~ 150°C (-85°F ~ 302°F)

Relative Humidity

  • 0% ~ 80% non condensing

Warranty

*Use of a PCIe 1.0 slot would reduce bandwidth to 1000MB/s (250MB/s per port)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n MXPCIEL2ESU3 UPC#: 816643013792
This Controller Card is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8-core)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve Quad-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
2.26GHz
Xserve Intel
Xserve 8-Core (Early 2009)
(April, 2009)
Model ID: Xserve3,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.7 / 5 9 out of 10 (90%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Flyboy Location: VT Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Works but... February 1, 2017 I installed this board in my Mac Pro 4,1 running 10.6.8 with no issues. I have no idea how fast it is on my external ssd, but it works fine, What I found is that it does NOT work through a usb3 hub, powered or not. I noticed on one hub description on Amazon that pcie usb3 ports are not compatible with their hubs, and I presume that applies to any usb3 hub. I went to the system profiler in OS X and found that this board is seen as a SCSI board and each port has its own SCSI address. That probably explains why usb3 devices cannot be daisy-chained from this pcie board. I guess it's a clever way to pry a high speed usb3 port onto an old system, but it does have a down side. I do not know if other pcie USB3 boards that are compatible with OSX 10.8.5 and above use the same trick since usb3 is native to those OS versions, if not the hardware. I have not checked to see if the same SCSI trick is is used for the SATA ports, that is, whether they access the system through scsi. Probably not, since SATA is native to the Mac Pro hardware.

Customer Videos:

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Solid upgrade to MacPro tower January 5, 2015 This is a solid card, and was purchased because it works with OS X 10.6.8. The only odd thing is that it requires a password when ejecting a drive - but no performance glitches at all.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Just Right December 11, 2014 I was looking for a card that would allow me to use USB 3.0 on an early 2009 Mac Pro running Snow Leopard. At one point--at another site--I was told there was no such thing. Well, yes there is and here it is. And it works fine, at least up to this point in time. I had to get an external drive that has a port only for USB 3.0. It's working perfectly, no problems.

That speaks for the card.

And thanks to Robert (If I'm remembering correctly?) for his help. People here are great, always knowledgeable; thus, very helpful.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tampa, FL Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works great, but one caveat. November 18, 2014 I have a mid-2010 Mac Pro, (12 core). Works as described. The only con is that it disables sleep-mode. Other than that I'm very happy with this adapter.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Beaverton, OR Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great in a Mac Pro 1,1 November 17, 2014 This is working great in my MacPro 1,1 running Lion. It was actually installed by my wife and it's driving a raid 1 box. No problems coming back from sleeping.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: new hampshire Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User
Rating: 5/5 I installed in an original MacPro 2006 and it worked. October 3, 2014 Out of the box, this worked fine. I installed as per the instructions, plugged in a USB 3.0 drive and it took 2 minutes to move a 6 gigabyte file... from an internal drive to the external drive. The move between two internal drives was about 1 minute. There is one small bug: there is no icon to disconnect the drive so when you pull it, you get the nasty gram..... copying the same folder over USB 2 was about 5 minutes....

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Seattle Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User
Rating: 5/5 Product worked perfectly. September 20, 2014 Great to have USB 3.0 on my 2009 Mac Pro. It works perfectly. Had an issue in downloading software but switched to Safari and it downloaded and installed with no problem. OWC tech was very helpful. Totally happy with the product and OWC.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Great August 5, 2014 Great Product, No issues.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Jackson, MS Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works Great! June 10, 2014 This works great! Added USB 3 and eSata to my MAC pro. Just make sure you install the drivers too. Didn't work with out drivers. Now I just wish they would make a Thunderbolt 2 card!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Illinois Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Very fast May 17, 2014 I bought this card to speedup external HD interface. It's very fast and was very simple to install in my Mac Pro. I didn't realize I couldn't boot my computer through this card although the product description says so (my error). Otherwise I'm completely satisfied with the card and thrilled at how fast eSATA transfers data between my Mac and external drives.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech MAXPower USB/eSATA 2x2 Host Adapter for OS X 10.6 - 10.8.2 Mfr P/N: MXPCIEL2ESU3 OWC SKU: NWTMXPCIEL2ESU3 3 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty
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