Sonnet's 6Gbps SATA PCIe 2.5-inch SSD Cards Now Support Booting in Mac Pro
Sonnet Technologies has upgraded its Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro 6Gbps SATA PCIe 2.5-inch SSD cards to support booting in Mac Pro computers (early 2008 and newer). With this update, users can boot from a Mac Pro even in a RAID 0 configuration with two SSDs. Booting is also supported for computers running Windows 7 and 8 as well as Server 2008 and 2012 (although not from a RAID drive).
With the Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro, users can purchase one or two SSDs separately and then easily mount them on PCIe cards. Unlike other PCIe SSD cards, the Tempo SSD Pro and Tempo SSD utilize widely available 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. With the ability to boot from attached SSDs, Mac Pro users can now extract the best performance possible from their systems with significantly faster operation.
The Tempo SSD card uses a high-performance 6Gbps SATA controller and a PCIe 2.0 interface. It features a unique modular design that supports one SSD with the card at half-length, or two SSDs with an included bracket that extends the card to full length. The Tempo SSD supports sustained read speeds of up to 500MBps from a single SSD or up to 660MBps from two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set. The Tempo SSD Pro card can mount two SSDs in a full-length PCIe slot, such as those in the Mac Pro. The Tempo SSD Pro features a higher-performance 6Gbps SATA SSD controller that supports sustained read speeds of up to 960MBps from two SSDs configured as a Mac Pro-bootable RAID 0 set.
The Sonnet cards install into a Mac or Windows computer's PCIe slot, or into a Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, or the xMac mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure. With SSDs attached, both cards are narrow enough to occupy the space of only a single-width card.
Previous purchasers of Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards can update their cards here.
Compatible with OS X 10.6.8+ (including Mountain Lion), Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, Server 2012 and 2008, the Tempo SSD (part number TSATA6-SSD-E2) is available now at US$149.95, while the Tempo SSD Pro (part number TSATA6-SSDPR-E2) is available now at US$299.95.