So is this new Superdrive USB 3.0 or 2.0 then? Would like to hope it was 3.0 to match the new specs of the Macbook Pro & Macbook Air?
- Asked by Daniel O from Marlow
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4 Answers from the Community
No. The SuperDrive is USB 2.0. There is no difference in speed between 3.0 and 2.0 because a CD can be written at max 16x which is 2 megabytes a second or a DVD can be written at max 8x which is 11 megabytes a second. (I am assuming you are using the fastest possible CD/DVD) USB 2.0 runs at a peak speed of 60 megabytes a second which is more than enough to handle the write and read speed of a CD/DVD
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
Speed is only one factor here. The device is also powered by the USB. My external SuperDrive actually has two separate USB 2 plugs, not for speed, but for enough power to run the device. USB 3 has more power and its more efficient. Playing a DVD consumes a lot of power from the plug, and would be much better with USB 3.
- Answered by Jeffe A from Murphys
USB 2.0, but this has more then enough speed for reading/writing DVDs/CDs
- Answered by Mark G from Mobile
The same question was asked and answered yesterday. It is not USB 3.0, but 2.0. Disk reading/writing does not occur at speeds fast enough to necessitate the jump from 2.0 to 3.0.
- Answered by Todd J from Orlando