Sonnet Tempo SSD Pro Plus
6Gb/s Dual SATA 2.5" SSD PCIe 2.0 Card with 2x eSATA Ports - add your own SSDs
Professional SSD Upgrade Solutions
If you’ve been thinking about fast, bootable storage, you’ve read the stories and seen the reviews; SSDs are hot right now. Not only do they offer tremendous performance and easily outperform hard disk drives, they're more reliable, their prices are dropping and you can get more capacity than ever. If you’ve got an older Mac Pro® or Windows® desktop computer, you could just get a couple of 2.5" SSDs (plus necessary adapters) and install them in some empty drive bays (if there are any) and be done with it—but the 3Gb/s SATA interface in your computer won’t support fast 6Gb/s SSDs at full speed. Sonnet engineered a great alternative—Tempo™ SSD Pro Plus. It's a fast 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express adapter card that enables you to attach readily available 2.5" SSDs and install the assembly neatly into a single PCIe slot, no cables or drivers necessary.
Unlike other PCI Express SSD cards that rely on proprietary, premium-priced SSD modules, Tempo SSD Pro Plus uses standard 2.5" SATA drives that you choose. You get to select from the widest variety of SSDs, and buy the ones that best suit your capacity and performance needs while working within your budget. Because 2.5" SSDs are readily available, you’re not tied to one retailer or SSD manufacturer should you decide to upgrade to higher capacity, faster SSDs.
It's About the Performance
Tempo SSD Pro Plus is a full-length, full-height card to which you can install two SSDs; if you’ve got the space and need great performance, this is the card for you. This Sonnet solution also supports OS X® and Windows RAID features. The card uses a fast 6Gb/s SATA controller chipset and PCIe 2.0 x4 interface to deliver read speeds up to 960 MB/s from a pair of SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. AHCI compliance ensures installation of the card is simple—attach your SSDs with provided screws, mount the card in an available PCIe slot, and turn on your computer—the necessary drivers are installed automatically.
Thunderbolt™ Port Instant SSD Solution
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Tempo SSD Pro Plus is ideal for use in Sonnet's Echo™ Express III-D desktop or Echo Express III-R rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express® card expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports, or the xMac™ mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini with Thunderbolt ports. Adding this card to any of these Thunderbolt expansion systems is a great way to add high-speed SSDs plus eSATA connectivity to your Mac® with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports!
Add High-Speed SSD Drives to Your Thunderbolt Equipped Mac—Install SSD drives onto a Tempo SSD Pro Plus and install the card into a Sonnet Echo Express III-D chassis for super fast access to all your data.
Tempo SSD Pro Plus Key Features
Adds Fast SSDs to Your System—Mounts two high-performance 6 Gb/s SSDs (sold separately) in your Mac Pro's, desktop PC's, or Thunderbolt expansion chassis' PCIe slot
Adds eSATA Connectivity to Your System—Cost-effective solution for adding high-performance 6 Gb/s eSATA ports to your Mac Pro or desktop PC with PCIe slots, or Thunderbolt expansion chassis with PCI Express slots
High-Performance PCIe Interface—PCI Express 2.0 x4 host bus interface for high-performance applications
Superior Performance—Data transfers speeds up to 960 MB/sec(1)
Optimized for Maximum Performance Over Thunderbolt—Perfect for use in Sonnet's Echo™ Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, xMac Pro Server, and xMac™ mini Server Thunderbolt expansion systems
RAID Support—Supports OS X and Windows RAID features
Boot Support—Supports booting from attached drives under OS X or Windows 7 and 8 (see Tech Specs for details).
AHCI Compliant—No drivers required
Supports S.M.A.R.T. data reporting
Supports Sonnet-exclusive locking eSATA data cables
Plus Your Outside Connection
Featuring two 6Gb/s eSATA ports and dual SATA controllers, the Tempo SSD Pro Plus enables you to connect two external storage systems with eSATA interfaces for fast transfers between them or to improve performance by creating a RAID set. Single-drive enclosures let you easily back up data, move files from one computer to another, or take advantage of a fast SSD. Many multi-drive storage systems include swappable drive trays, which are perfect for managing daily backups and multiple projects. Some systems feature integrated hardware RAID controllers that manage up to four drives and enable you to create large, protected RAID volumes, yet only a single cable is required to connect these multi-drive systems to the Tempo SSD Pro Plus. Whether you connect single- or multi-drive systems, or a combination of both, Tempo SSD Pro Plus supports them at maximum performance levels.
The Tempo SATA Pro Plus supports hot-swapping of external drives under OS X, and supports booting from attached drives under OS X(2), and Windows(3)8, 7, and Server 2012. It supports media readers with eSATA interfaces, such as the RED STATION REDMAG 1.8" and 2.5", and you can connect optical drives, too. Drive health monitoring is supported through S.M.A.R.T. data reporting. And, for a secure external connection, this card supports Sonnet's exclusive locking eSATA cables.
Tempo SSD Pro Plus 6Gb/s SATA Dual 2.5" SSD PCIe 2.0 Card with eSATA Ports(4)
Two SATA for 2.5" SSD or HD(5)
SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA 3 Gb/s
SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Drives Supported (External)
Up to 8(6)
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 960 MB/s(1) (1700 MB/s with two cards)
Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Single SSD or up to six SSDs in a RAID 0:
Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008 and newer)
Any Thunderbolt Mac(2)
Single SSD only:
Windows 7, 8, or Server 2012 PCs(3)
Port Multiplier Aware
Hot Plug Drive
Supports ATAPI (CD/DVD) drives
Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting
Supports Spread Spectrum Clocking for compatibility with all SATA drives and for lower EMI emissions
Package Contents (Tempo SSD Pro)
Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA Dual 2.5" SSD PCIe 2.0 Card with eSATA Ports
Drive mounting screws
SSD mounting screws
Note: SSDs sold separately
Mac Pro (with PCIe slots)
Any Thunderbolt Mac with Thunderbolt PCIe expansion system (such as Sonnet's Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, xMac mini Server, or xMac Pro Server)
OS X 10.6.8+(8)
OS X Server Version 10.6.8+
PC with PCIe slots(9)
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®
Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008
Any computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port via Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D or III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Chassis or other qualified Thunderbolt expansion chassis
Pair of SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set.
Does not currently boot a Mac with Thunderbolt 2. Sonnet is working to identify the issue.
Windows BIOS does not support booting from a RAID 0 of multiple SSDs.
SSDs sold separately.
Support for only 5V devices.
Support for up to 8 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing a hardware RAID controller
Port multiplier support in OS X 10.8+.
When upgrading to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) you must reinstall your product's Sonnet driver software.
Not compatible with PCIe 3.0 slots.
Specifications subject to change without notice
| Stock code || SCsteSSDPP|
| Brand || Sonnet|
| Series || Tempo SSD Pro Plus|
| Model || TSATA6-SSDPS-E2|
| Type || Mount 2x 2.5" SSD in a PCI-Express-v2-x4 card slot + 2x eSATA (Port Multiplier)|
| ROHS || Y|
| Date added || 19/06/2014|
TSATA6-SSDPS-E2 Spec Information
TSATA6-SSDPS-E2 Spec Connections
|SATA||SATA 7-pin Discrete||Internal||2|
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