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Add SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Connections to Your Mac Pro Tower or Desktop Windows PC

Can your computer harness all the performance offered by today's fast multimedia peripherals? Does it have enough ports to connect your peripheral collection? Install Sonnet's Tango™ 3.0 PCIe into your computer to instantly add (or add more of) the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and high-speed FireWire 800 (1394b) connections you need!

Your computer's USB ports 2.0 are perfectly adequate for connecting mice and keyboards, but performance-wise, they're merely passable—they limit data transfer speeds to around 25–30 MB/s. But, when you connect an external drive and expect great performance, that bottleneck is a problem—video editing, backing up, and other data-intensive activities suffer as a result. The Tango 3.0 PCIe card's USB 3.0 ports provide up to 10x the performance of your computer's USB 2.0 ports and exploit the full performance potential of fast external drives. Each USB port supports USB 3.0 hubs, and provides 1.5A of power to connected devices, enabling you to forgo connecting power adapters for many bus-powered drives.

The Tango 3.0 PCIe card's three external FireWire 800 ports extract every ounce of performance from fast external drives, DV camcorders, and digital audio interfaces to deliver maximum data transfer speeds and satisfy the demands of video and pro audio application work, where high-speed and high-bandwidth data throughput are essential. Each FireWire provides 1A of power to connected devices, too.

Tango 3.0 PCIe installs easily into one of your computer's PCI Express® (PCIe) slots, features hot-pluggable and hot-swappable device connection support with automatic device configuration, and works with all industry-standard USB 3.0, USB 2.0(1), FireWire 800, and FireWire 400 (with adapter) peripherals. Get a Tango 800 3.0 to make the fastest connections to your digital device collection.


Key Features

USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Ports—Add SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 ports to your Mac Pro with PCIe slots, Windows PC, or Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis

Wide USB 3.0 Support & Compatibility—USB 3.0 ports support storage, hubs, and other USB 3.0 devices; compatible with USB 2.0 devices

Supports Hot-Swappable Device Connection—Plug in and disconnect peripherals without shutting off your computer

Powered Ports—Support bus-powered drives (1.5A per USB 3.0 port, 1A per FireWire port)

Optimized for Thunderbolt—Provides maximum performance over Thunderbolt

Easy Installation—Quick and easy user installation into any available PCIe slot of your computer


USB 3.0 hard drives and SSD drives

Install Sonnet’s Tango 3.0 PCIe into your computer to exploit the full performance potential of the latest hard drives and SSDs with a USB 3.0 interface or hard drives, DV camcorders, and digital audio interfaces with a FireWire 800 interface.



Part No.  
FW8USB3A-E Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
Number of Ports
  • USB 3.0: 2 external
  • USB 3.0 Dual Port Connector: 1 internal
  • FireWire 800: 3 external
Package Contents
  • Tango 3.0 USB 3.0/FireWire 800 Combo PCI Express Card
  • Documentation
USB Support  
Standard USB Specification v. 3.0/2.0 compatible. Complies with xHCI (Extensible Host Controller Interface)
Cables Supported (External) USB 3.0 with Standard-A male connector, USB 2.0 with Standard-A male connector(1)
Cables Supported (Internal) 20-pin male USB 3.0
Peripherals Supported(1) Industry standard USB 3.0 and 2.0 peripherals(2)
Chipset Fresco Logic
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gbps
Number of Devices Supported Up to 127
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection
FireWire Support  
Standard IEEE 1394b compliant
Cables Supported 9-pin male FireWire 800 cables
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard FireWire 800 and FireWire 400(1) peripherals
Data Transfer Rates 800/400/200/100 Mbits/s
Number of Devices Supported Up to 63 (data only)
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection
Target Disk Mode Supported
Chip Set LSI


Specifications subject to change without notice.






Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots)

OS® X 10.8.5+

macOS Sierra compatible

PC Compatibility

PC desktop (with PCIe slots; PCIe 2.0 slots recommended)

Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista®

Thunderbolt Compatibility

Mac or PC via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System

Technical 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 Tango 3.0 PCIe is supported, but data transfers are limited to USB 2.0 speeds (up to 480 Mb/s).
  2. USB attached SCSI devices, such as the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series under OS X 10.7+, not compatible with USB 3.0 duplicator stations, such as the Addonics Mini HDD Duplicatior Station.


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