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Sonnet Technologies

Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Charging PCI Express 2.0 Card

Mac / PC / USB 3.0 / PCIe
Add Four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Connections to Your System
Don't settle for less
Your computer's USB 2.0 ports are perfectly adequate for connecting mice, keyboards, and printers, but if you need to connect external storage drives, USB 2.0 ports are underpowered in more ways than one–limiting data transfer speeds to around 25–30 MB/s, they can hardly be called "high performance". Most drives available today include USB 3.0 interfaces and offer significantly better performance than USB 2.0–equipped drives. Though you can connect them to your computer's USB 2.0 ports, their performance would be reduced by as much as 85 percent! Don't settle for slow performance–install a Sonnet Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port card to instantly add four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to your system to take full advantage of today's drives' performance capabilities.
Charge your devices using USB 3.0
Sonnet specially engineered the Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port card to provide extra power through its ports without the need for you to connect an auxiliary power cable. Delivering up to 10W of power per port, this Sonnet solution supports USB 3.0 bus–powered hard drives, SSDs, DVDs & Blu–ray devices without the need to connect an additional AC power adapter. The Allegro USB 3.0 card also supports the USB 3.0 charging specification that enables you to simultaneously charge and sync your iPad, iPhone, or other device that supports USB 3.0 charging!
Easy installation
The Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port card features a PCIe 2.0 bus interface to take advantage of your computer's fast expansion card slots. This card installs easily into any PCI Express (PCIe) slot that supports a full–height card, features hot–pluggable and hot–swappable device connection support with automatic device configuration, and works with all USB-IF compliant USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, peripherals.
Optimized for Thunderbolt
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? The Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port card is ideal for use in any Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion chassis, offering full performance wherever you install it–now you can add SuperSpeed USB 3.0 charging connections any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.

Product Specifications:

Sonnet Technologies Part Number

  • USB3-4PM-E

Form Factor

  • PCIe computer card

Bus Interface

  • PCI Express 2.0 x1

Peripherals Supported

  • Industry standard USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 peripherals

Data Transfer Rate

  • USB 3.0– 5 Gb/s

USB Charging

  • USB Battery Charging 1.2 Compliant (up to 7.5W per port)

Cables Supported

  • USB 3.0 with Standard–A male connector, USB 2.0 with Standard–A male connector1

Compatibility

  • Mac Pro (with card slots)– OS X 10.8.5+ (OS X El Capitan compatible)
  • PC desktop (with PCIe slots; PCIe 2.0 slots recommended)– Windows 8, 7, Windows Server 2012, 2008
  • Any Mac or PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port and a Thunderbolt–to–PCIe Card Expansion System

Chipset

  • Fresco Logic

Number of Ports

  • 4 external

Standard

  • Complies with OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface), EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller Interface), and xHCI (eXtensible Host Controller Interface) standards

UASP

  • USB attached SCSI protocol supported under OS X 10.8.5+ and Windows 8.1+

Bus Powered Peripherals Supported

  • HDs, SSDs, DVDs, and Blu–ray devices up to 2A per port

Number of Devices Supported

  • Up to 31

Hot Plug

  • Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection

Certifications

  • RoHS

Dimensions

  • 8.5" x 5.4" x 1.4" (21.6 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm)

Weight

  • 0.35lbs (0.16kg)

Warranty

Notes:
  1. USB 3.0 devices require USB 3.0 cables to support USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) transfer speeds (up to 5 Gb/s). Use of USB 2.0 cables between USB 3.0 devices and Allegro USB 3.0 4–Port is supported, but data transfers are limited to USB 2.0 speeds (up to 480 Mb/s).
Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n USB3-4PM-E UPC#: 732311009440
This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2010)
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 8-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz
PC Desktop
PC
PC running Windows, Linux or FreeBSD and available PCI-Express x4 lane or better slot
OWC Helios
OWC Mercury Helios
Thunderbolt PCIe
expansion chassis

Includes

  • Sonnet USB3-4PM-E Allegro 4-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
  • Documentation

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.6 / 5 17 out of 19 (89%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: GreyDawnBreaking Location: Canada Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A must for old Mac Pros! January 20, 2017 Great little item that gives you USB3.0 ports. I do a lot of video work so this was a must for me! Great product.

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Reviewer: photoartist Location: California Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Finally the speed of USB 3 January 8, 2017 Wish that I had purchased these earlier - gave me more USB ports with faster speeds ! Great product and easy to install!

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Reviewer: Stef Location: Switzerland Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Good product, but problem with my Magic Mouse January 2, 2017 This card is really a good product for to have USB 3 on my MacPro 2010. But with this new card PCI, my Apple Magic Mouse has an odd behavior and does not answer always well, and is also sometimes very slow. I'm searching for a USB dongle Bluetooth version 4, for to have a better response for my mouse...

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Reviewer: RalphK
Rating: 5/5 Plug and Play December 13, 2016 This was a truly overdue upgrade to my mid 2012 Mac Pro. It handles the new 6TB raid 1 and two other raid 1 drives with great speed.

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Reviewer: KR3Bannon Location: Pahrump, NV Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy install--MacPro now has USB-3 speed ports November 9, 2016 Needed a USB-3 plug (and speed) for a new backup hard drive on my 2010 Mac Pro, since it only has USB-2 capability built in. This PCI card clicked in simply. After re-connecting the machine and starting up I now have four USB-3 ports---now fast enough to run my new WD 6TB drive (that uses USB-3) at a speed that is comparable to the Firewire 800 speeds that my previous drives have had. The new USB-3 ports are also great to connect and charge up my iPad quickly.

NOTE about MacSales.com: Do these guys send their goods by ROCKET?! I ordered this (free ship--orders over $50) in early afternoon and got it the next day. There is basically nothing not to like about these people.

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Reviewer: GRDW Location: Eugene, OR Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 No Problems November 5, 2016 Works exactly as expected. No Problems. Tight fit, but that's the computer's problem.

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Reviewer: Wilbur Location: Cambridge, MA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Does the job minus bluetooth August 20, 2016 I bought this to make my aging Mac Pro up to speed with USB 3 to connect an external drive. Works great, but as others have reported it messes up the bluetooth connection. I haven't spent the time to figure out if there is a workaround; maybe there is; but not important for my work.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New York City Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Brings USB3.0 to MacPro towers July 25, 2016 About as easy as it gets if you have ever installed a PCI card before. Just put it in and you've got powered USB 3.0 on your old tower. Unfortunately it is relegated to the back of the tower so I got a sturdy USB to mini USB cable for external drives and a USB extender cable for thumb drives that are 3.0. Done!

I had stopped looking for USB 3.0 for my tower years ago because tech journals said it couldn't be done with the computer's hardware but here it is, perfectly functional!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: TenX Location: Little Rock, AR Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Does NOT support booting; otherwise fine February 11, 2016 Works fine.

Spec's under product description did not specify whether or not the card supported booting. As the Newer Tech cards specifically stated they did not support booting, I did a chat with Sales who indicated that the card WOULD support booting. It does not.

Contacted Tech support: it cannot support booting as the EFI's cannot be loaded prior to boot. No known fix for this (or any USB3.0 PCI-E) card.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Experience Level: Home User
Rating: 2/5 Disappointed January 24, 2016 System: MacPro 2012, OSX 10.11. Installed Sonnet Tech Allegro USB 3.0 4-Port SuperSpeed PCI Express 2.0. Attached 2 USB 3.0 external hard drives. Booted computer and MacPro could not find my Bluetooth Magic Mouse. Had one of the hard drives sitting on op of the MacPro. Moved hard drive to floor and mouse connected but was jerky. Unplugged both USB 3.0 hard drives and mouse response improved but was still jerky. Removed Sonnet USB 3.0 card and restarted MacPro. Mouse operation was back to normal. Searched USB 3.0 and Bluetooth interference issues and there appears to be a possibility that USB 3.0 and Bluetooth devices may not play together nicely. I think i discovered I am having this type of problem. I may send back the Sonnet 3.0 card as a smooth Bluetooth mouse operation is more important to me than 3.0 speeds and connectivity.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support February 3, 2016 USB3 and Bluetooth interference is a known issue. This is due to the signal from USB 3.0 devices interfering with the 2.4GHz frequency of Bluetooth. For more information on this interference visit: http://www.usb.org/developers/whitepapers/327216.pdf
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tennessee Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good choice for USB 3.0 January 22, 2016 Card was easy to install and worked fine without having to install special drivers. Speed is at least double USB 2.0 and perhaps more importantly provides more power to operate an external drive or charge your phone or tablet while connected. I've tried other brands but none worked as well as Sonnet.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Florida Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple USB retrofit January 12, 2016 Needed a simple and cost effective way to gain USB 3.0 capability on my 2012 MacPro ; have had good success with Sonnet Tech cards over the years on prior retrofits, and this one was no exception. So far use limited to interface with a recently purchased OWC flash drive with USB-3 only connection.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: France Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Work so simply January 3, 2016 No need to install anything on MAC. Just plug it, turn on & work. Very great product to your USB 3 devices: My SATA II HDD faster in USB 3 than mother board... Never see any bugs or crashs like sleep mode, woke up etc..

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Calgary, AB, Canada Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Bringing USB3.0 to MacPro 2012 December 14, 2015 This product could not have worked better. Easy install, plug and play setup. Brought my system into the 21st century with USB3.0 speeds; prior to this I was stuck with USB 2 speeds on my Mac Pro 2012. A must-have for anyone with a MacPro pre-USB 3.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sydney, Australia Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 SPEED is of the essence October 30, 2015 I installed this USB3 PCI card in my MacPro 5,1 (OSX 10.8.5) without any trouble. Very easy.

I did some speed tests using the following:

Copying a folder of size 18.56 Gigabytes (18,552 Megabytes) containing 2358 items from an internal SATA disk (Western Digital Black 2Tb (WDC WD2002FAEX-007BA0 Media) to a Seagate Barracuda 160 Gb (7200.10) naked SATA disk mounted in an external NewerTech VoyagerQ Quad Interface external disk dock using the following connections with the following results for time taken in seconds and speed in MegaBytes per second: (yes, I did use a USB3 cable and you can calculate the speed yourself using the times).

USB3: 332 sec; 55.9 MB/sec USB2: 600 sec; 30.9 MB/sec eSATA (via an eSATA PCI card): 295 sec; 62.9 MB/sec Firewire (1394b): 316 sec; 58.7 MB/sec

All this compared to copying the same folder from one internal SATA disk to another internal SATA disk took 236 sec (78.6 MB/sec)

Unless I have miscalculated somewhere with all the megas and bits and bytes, the real transfer speed of the USB3 connections is maybe twice that of the USB2 and almost as good as the eSATA speed and really not all that different to internal SATA transfer speeds.

I hope this is of use to people who are contemplating buying this. I do not understand why speeds of 5 Gigabits/sec (equivalent to 625 Megabytes/sec) are claimed for this device as in reality the speeds are about one tenth of this "theoretical maximum".

Still, it's pretty fast and enough for me.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chapel Hill, NC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 More pricy than generic cards but it pays October 5, 2015 Some time ago I wanted to update my 2009 MacPro with USB 3.0 ports. After some research I found a card for some $20 which worked fine under 10.10 but 'threw' error messages under 10.11. More research (and thus wasted time) and I finally decided to go for the Sonnet card. As I write I am backing up to an external USB 3.0 disk - no problems! Besides unlike many other cards the Sonnet does not require external power. Finally worth mentioning that a read/write test (BlackMagic Speed Test) gives 110 MByte/s sustained read/write - really not bad for a USB drive.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fresno, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 USB 3 in a 2010 MacPro! Imagine That!! August 29, 2015 Just got this PCIe card so that I could have USB3 in my 2010 MacPro. Everything is USB3 these days and without that connection I was missing out. Was easy to install. Looking forward to it being fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Ubuntu 14.04 August 15, 2015 I have a 2009 MacPro running Ubuntu 14.04. I have 4 external drives and it works great.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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