Best USB 3.0 controller for a Hackintosh

My rather dated ASUS P6T based Hackintosh lacked USB 3.0, a feature I really wanted because I already own an external USB 3 SSD drive which I’m using on my notebook. Quite a while ago, I bought this dirt cheap PCI-express 4 port USB card for $11 on eBay. However, the controller didn’t work on OS X no matter what (MultiBeast-)driver I tried. The connected SSD drive finally showed up once I applied some obscure XHCI compatibility settings to the .plist of the Apple USB driver but transferring files from/to the drive was beyond slow.

Last week, I noticed an USB 3 related entry in the MultiBeast release notes:

Added USB 3.0 – Universal which is RehabMan’s branch of Zenith432’s GenericUSBXHCI.kext

Once I installed this new driver using the latest MultiBeast and rebooted my Hackintosh, my external SSD started working like a treat! While I have no idea if this $11 controller is the best Hackintosh USB 3.0 controller (that was just a bait to lure you in) it’s still a good bang for your buck. This controller/driver combo might even work on a Mac Pro, which to this date still don’t have USB 3 support.


Kudos go out to everyone involved in creating this universal USB 3 driver. You’re awesome!

7 replies on “Best USB 3.0 controller for a Hackintosh”

  1. Andy, I have a new rig which has USB 3 onboard so I’m not using this card anymore but sleep had never been an issue back then.


  2. I also bought a PCIe USB 3.0 based on Renesas Controller from Amazon for £7.68 for my Hackintosh – the card worked flawlessly and OOB on Xubuntu 14 and Windows 8.1. After reading your post I tried the Kext included in MultiBeast which worked like a charm! Just “cloned” the OS X installation of 10.09GB in under 6 minutes.

    Thank You!

  3. @ Alex – The speeds are marvelous it beats all usb firewire esata …. make em look like crap. lol!
    The Hackintosh is an intresting system bought in existence on Intel systems. Leaves me totally clueless when hatching plot to install a hardware. But I keep trying to understand it as much as possible.

  4. Yep, did install this driver for the hackintosh system
    “Added USB 3.0 – Universal which is RehabMan’s branch of Zenith432′s GenericUSBXHCI.kext”

    And this USB 3.0 card
    USB 3.0 PCI-Express Card (4 External Ports)-Renesas *Support Low Profile

    Now asking about its performance.

    Did work for few days fairly well with 100 GB transferred in an hour. But today as I happen to connect Seagate portable hdd and it gave up.
    The system was frozen for long and after booting up it gave a long code of error which I did not understand….
    Could somebody help me troubleshoot to know if driver is behaving weirdly or is it the hardware ….help is appreciated.

  5. what about speed transfer? write and read
    what about sleep? does your mac sleep?

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