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Add Two eSATA Ports to Your Computer

Are you planning to incorporate external data storage in your computer setup, but need a SATA host controller card to make the connection? Install a Tempo™ SATA E2P—it's an affordable solution for adding external SATA ports that enable you to hook up single and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures for your mass storage needs.

Tempo SATA E2P Installed in Mac Pro

Expand Your Mass Storage. Install Tempo E2P into your Mac or Windows computer with PCIe slots(5) and gain the added advantage of two eSATA ports to add single and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures for your storage needs.




Key Features

Affordable solution for adding two eSATA ports to your computer

Supports single and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures, including those with port multipliers or hardware RAID controllers

Supports up to 10 hard drives(2)

Supports hot-swapping of drives(3)

Supports OS X® and Windows® RAID features

Supports Sonnet-exclusive locking eSATA data cables


Supports Up to 10 Drives

SATA drive enclosures offer flexibility not found in fixed drive installations inside a computer. Many offer swappable drive trays, which are perfect for managing daily backups and multiple projects, and most are portable. Some enclosures feature port multipliers, which enable up to five hard drives to communicate with the host adapter through one cable. Not all host adapter cards support port multipliers, but Tempo SATA E2P does—through its two ports, this card can handle up to ten(2) drives!

Tempo SATA E2P is versatile. It supports the RAID features of OS X and Windows. It also supports hot-swapping of drives under OS X. Installation is simple—just plug in the card to any available PCIe slot, start your computer, and install a driver. When you need to add flexible, portable storage to your setup, Tempo SATA E2P gets you connected.

See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes
Part No.  
Warranty 2-year
Bus Interface PCI Express x1
External Connectors Two locking eSATA
Drive Supported Up to 10(2)
Data Transfer Rate Up to 125MB/sec
Controller Chip Silicon Image 3132
ATAPI (DVD-ROM) Support Yes
Port Multiplier Aware Yes
Drive Types Serial ATA I, II, III
Bootability Not supported
Advanced Features
  • FIS-based switching controller
  • Spread Spectrum Clocking for compatibility with all SATA drivers and lower EMI emissions
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Tempo SATA E2P host controller card
  • Low-profile mounting bracket
  • Documentation & Software CD

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots)

Xserve® (Early 2008 and Early 2009)(6)

Power Mac® G5 (with PCIe slots)(4)

OS X® 10.4.11 - macOS 10.12.6(1)(7)

PC Compatibility

Computer with PCIe slots(5)

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista®, XP (SP2)

Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003

Hot-plug not supported

Technical Notes

  1. Sonnet Tempo cards are compatible with most external SATA storage. However, external hard drives with USB 2.0/eSATA dual interface based on the Oxford Semiconductor OXU931DS storage controller chip may not be compatible with OS X when connected via SATA. Known issues are kernel panics occurring when the drive is connected, or the drive not being recognized by the operating system.

    eSATA Storage Note
  2. Support for up to 10 drives requires the use of drive enclosures employing either an FIS-based port multiplier or a hardware RAID controller.
  3. SATA drive hot swapping is not supported in a desktop or server PC running Windows natively. Drives connected to Tempo SATA E2P appear to the system as not-removable hard drives, and there is no mechanism in Windows to prepare them for removal.
  4. Only Tempo SATA E2P with serial numbers starting with A, B, or D are compatible; Tempo SATA E2P with serial numbers starting with C are not compatible in Power Mac G5. Revision D shipping Oct. 1, 2009.
  5. Not compatible with PCIe 3.0 slots.
  6. Locking feature of eSATA connector not supported in Xserve.
  7. When upgrading your OS X software you may need to reinstall your product's Sonnet driver software.


Tempo SATA E2P Performance
  Read Write
One Drive Performance 125 MB/s 115 MB/s
Two Drive RAID 0 Performance 150 MB/s 175 MB/s


Accessories Part No. Description
Locking eSATA cable Sonnet 2-Meter Locking eSATA Cable TCB-SATA-2L-2M eSATA data cable with locking connectors
eSATA to SATA Cable Sonnet 1-Meter eSATA to internal SATA Cable TCB-SATA-2/1 eSATA to internal data cable

Buzzillions Finalist 2011

Works As Advertised!
purchased this product to work with my eSATA G-Drives and G-RAID hard drives. I edit high definition video, so any extra speed I can add to the system is helpful.

Installation was very simple, although the directions are not very specific. I know the inner workings of my machine fairly well (Mac Pro) so I had no trouble installing the device.

Installation of drivers was simple and straight forward.

After that it's literally plug and play. I noticed an instant improvement in read times when quickly shuttling through HD timelines.

Overall I'm very satisfied with the device. It's a cheap speed upgrade and well worth the time and cost."

Buzzillions Finalist 2011 Robust eSATA
I've installed multiple E2P's in Mac Pros and they work well alongside Avid MC and Unity fiber cards. 2-3 times faster than FW800, I got actual transfer speeds of 140MB/s with LaCie drives. Hot-swapping works too!"
Buzzillions Finalist 2011 Easy to Use and Install
I was looking for a eSata pci card for my MacPro to connect to my two g-tech drives. I had purchased an esata Sonnet express card for my laptop and was happy with the support of Sonnet gives. I would recommend this product to anyone looking purchase an esata card."
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