Sonnet Releases Tempo PCIe Card That Supports Two SSDs

Sonnet is launching two variants of its Tempo SSD Expansion Cards that allow buyers to mount either one (Tempo SSD) or two (Tempo SSD Pro) 2.5" SSDs. Since the card features a PCIe connector, it enables users to reap the benefit of a SATA3 SSD without needing the requisite SATA3 connector(s) on their motherboard. Sonnet also notes that when mounted in an external enclosure and connected via Thunderbolt, a Mac Pro can boot off the expansion card.

For those interested, the Pro variant allows users to configure the SDDs to run in a RAID-0 configuration for even faster speeds.

At the time of writing MSRP pricing is set at €151 for the Tempo SSD and €303 for the Tempo SSD Pro. No word on availability.

 

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  • how much speed can a pcie solt handle? because those ssds could get 1000 write speed and i usually see that speed in an 8x card option
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  • alidanhow much speed can a pcie solt handle? because those ssds could get 1000 write speed and i usually see that speed in an 8x card option

    PCIe 2.0 is 5Gbps per lane so an x4 slot would be 20Gbps or ~2GB/sec after overhead.
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  • That's a pretty looooong card. Any case that can accommodate a card that long would probably be fitted with a motherboard that supports SATA 6.0Gb/s anyways, leaving the target market for this card strikingly thin.

    The non-Pro model already costs close to $200 WITHOUT including the actual SSD, and the Pro model is about $400 dollars! For that money I'd rather get a real PCI-E storage card that isn't limited by SATA speeds, like the OWC Mercury Accelsior:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/PCIe/OWC/Mercury_Accelsior/RAID

    There's also the RevoDrives but I have since sworn not to touch anything OCZ since a number of bad experiences with their SSDs.
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