Sonnet Tempo SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.5" SSD Host Adapter

$229.00 $236.00

  • Product Description


      High-performance 6Gb/s SATA 2.5" SSD PCIe card. Supports one or two 2.5" SATA SSDs or HDDs which are mounted directly to the card; drives sold separately. Modular design supports installation in short space with single SSD when card is used in half-length configuration. Optimized for best performance over Thunderbolt.

      Specifications and appearance are given as guidelines and may change without notice.

  • Product Details

    • Variant: Default Title
    • SKU: TSATA6-SSD-E2
    • Product Type: PCIe Card

In Depth

Key Features

  • Adds Fast SSDs to Your System—Mounts one or two high-performance 6 Gb/s SSDs (sold separately) in your Mac Pro's, desktop PC's, or Thunderbolt expansion chassis' PCIe slot
  • High-Performance PCIe Interface—PCI Express 2.0 x2 host bus interface for high-performance applications
  • Great Performance—Data transfers speeds up to 660 MB/sec(1)
  • Unique Modular Design—Enables installation of a single SSD in half length card spaces, two SSDs in full length card space when extension plate is attached to the card
  • Optimized for Maximum Performance Over Thunderbolt—Perfect for use in Sonnet's Echo Express and xMac mini Server Thunderbolt expansion products
  • 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
Part No.  
TSATA6-SSD-E2 Tempo SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs(2)
Warranty 1-year
Internal Connectors Two SATA for 2.5" SSD or HD(3)
Drives Supported  

SATA 6 Gb/s, SATA 3 Gb/s, and SATA 1.5 Gb/s  

Data Transfer Rate Up to 660 MB/s(1)
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Boot Support

macOS single SSD or up to six SSDs in a RAID 0 (macOS 10.13+ does not support RAID boot):

  • Mac Pro [early 2008 (3,1) through mid 2012 (5,1)](4)
  • Any Thunderbolt Mac(8)

Single SSD only:

  • Windows 10, 8, 7, or Server 2016, 2012 PCs(5)
Advanced Features Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Tempo SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs
  • Extension plate (for mounting second SSD)
  • Plate and drive mounting screws
  • Documentation

    Note: SSDs sold separately


Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots)(6)

Power Mac® G5 (with PCIe slots)

Xserve® (Intel with PCIe slots)(7)

OS X® 10.5.8+

macOS High Sierra compatible


PC Compatibility

PC desktop (with PCIe slots)

Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista®

Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008


Thunderbolt Compatibility

Mac or PC via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System

Sonnet's xMac mini Server and xMac Pro Server

Technical Notes

  1. Pair of SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. See Performance Tab for details.

  2. SSDs sold separately
  3. Tempo SSD cards sold before mid 2014 have support for only 5V devices. Cards with serial numbers Bxxx03334 and greater also provide 12V and 3.3V to the SATA power connectors
  4. Cards with a serial number starting with "B" or later support booting OS X from attached SSDs out of the box. A card with a serial number starting with "A" may be upgraded to support booting OS X from attached SSDs by updating its firmware using the firmware updater.
  5. Windows BIOS does not support booting from a RAID 0 of multiple SSDs.
  6. Tempo SSD Pro is recommended for Mac Pro 1,1 2,1 and 3,1 instead of Tempo SSD. These early Mac Pros have PCIe 1.1 slots which will negotiate the two-lane Tempo SSD card down to one lane. These early Mac Pros will correctly negotiate with the four-lane Tempo SSD Pro.
  7. Xserve supports only one SSD
  8. Does not currently boot a Mac with Thunderbolt 2. Sonnet is working to identify the issue
  9. Sonnet/Marvell driver required for HP Z820