Here’s the tale of getting USB 3.0 working in a tolerable regard on my 17″ MacBook Pro.
In short, it cost me about $10 and I had to install a custom, but generic kext to enable USB 3.0. Thankfully, all the heavy lifting was done for me by people with far more free time (lucky freaks).
Here’s a visual of my final result:
So come along with me on my tale of computery enhancement.