• Overview
  • Technical Specifications
  • Performance

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 a Mac Pro® or older 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. You could also get a 6Gb/s eSATA adapter plus external mount SSD storage, but they come with the excess baggage of power adapters and cable clutter. Sonnet engineered a great alternative—Tempo™ SSD Pro. 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.

Mount 1 or 2 2.5" SATA SSDsUnlike other PCI Express SSD cards that rely on proprietary, premium priced SSD modules, Tempo SSD Pro 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 is a full-length, full-height card to which you can install two SSDs; if you’ve got the space and need the best performance possible, this is the card for you. This Sonnet solution also supports OS X® or Windows® RAID features. The card uses a faster 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. Drive health monitoring is supported through S.M.A.R.T. data reporting. This card is backed with Sonnet’s Pro 5-year warranty.

Thunderbolt™ Port? Instant SSD Solution

Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Tempo SSD Pro is ideal for use in Sonnet's Echo™ Express Pro Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards or the xMac™ mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini with Thunderbolt ports—the combo enables you to add high-speed SSDs to iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air, and MacBook Pro computers!

MacBook Pro with Echo Express Pro Chassis

Add High-Speed SSD Drives to Your Thunderbolt Equipped Mac: Install SSD drives onto a Tempo SSD Pro and install the card into a Sonnet Echo Express Pro chassis for super fast access to all your data.


Two Models to Choose FromTempo SSDTempo SSD Pro

Tempo SSD Pro Key Features

Mounts two high-performance 6 Gb/s SSDs (sold separately) in your Mac Pro's, desktop PC's, or Thunderbolt expansion chassis' PCIe slot

PCI Express 2.0 x4 host bus interface for high-performance applications

Superior performance with data transfers speeds up to 960 MB/sec

Optimized for maximum performance over Thunderbolt—perfect for use in Sonnet's Echo™ Express Pro and xMac mini Server Thunderbolt expansion products

Supports OS X and Windows RAID features

Included optional PCIe bracket supports installation of BNC connectors like those used with the RED Rocket

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


Tempo SSD Pro

Tempo SSD Pro: Includes PCIe bracket with opening for BNC connectors. The optional PCIe bracket supports the installation of two BNC connectors for HD-SDI output.

The Perfect RED Rocket Companion

BNC ConnectorsIf you’re a RED Rocket user, you already know that the card takes up two PCIe slots; one for the card itself and another for the BNC connector bracket. Tempo SSD Pro includes an optional PCIe bracket with that supports the installation of the BNC connectors, and allows you to use both the Rocket and Tempo cards without requiring a third slot. With the combination of cards plus the Echo Express Pro chassis, you’ll have a high-performance transcoding station in a single, compact package. Tempo SSD Pro offers a fresh twist on high-performance storage connectivity.

Tempo SSD Pro PCIe Bracket

The Route Way: By swapping the Tempo SSD Pro card's attached bracket with the optional PCIe bracket, you can add a Tempo SSD and a Red Rocket card in two PCIe slots and route the HD-SDI out the back without needing a third slot, such as shown here with Sonnet's Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt expansion chassis.

Tempo SSD Pro Configuration Ideas

Part No.  
TSATA6-SSDPR-E2 Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs(1)
Warranty 5-year
Internal Connectors Two SATA for 2.5" SSD or HD(5)
Drives Supported  

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

Data Transfer Rate Up to 960 MB/s (1700 MB/s with two cards)(2)
Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Boot Support

Single SSD or up to six SSDs in a RAID 0:

  • Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008 and newer)(4)
  • Any Thunderbolt Mac

Single SSD only:

  • Windows 7, 8, or Server 2012 PCs
Advanced Features Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents (Tempo SSD Pro)
  • Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs
  • Drive mounting screws
  • Optional PCIe bracket
  • Documentation

    Note: SSDs sold separately






Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro(3)

Power Mac G5 (with PCIe slots)

Any Thunderbolt Mac with Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis (such as Sonnet's Echo Express Pro, Echo Express, or Echo Express SE)

OS X 10.5+

OS X Server 10.5+

OS X Mountain Lion compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC (with PCIe slots)

Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®

Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008

Thunderbolt Compatibility

Any computer with a Thunderbolt port and Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis (such as Sonnet's Echo Express Pro, Echo Express, or Echo Express SE)

Sonnet's xMac mini Server

Technical Notes

  1. SSDs sold separately.
  2. See Performance Tab for details.
  3. Windows BIOS does not support booting from a RAID 0 of multiple SSDs.
  4. Booting in OS X requires card with serial number starting with "B". Firmware updater for "A" serial number boards available soon.
  5. Support for only 5V devices.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Tempo SSD Pro & Tempo SSD Performance Comparison
One SSD Mac Pro Read Write
Tempo SSD Pro 500 MB/s 420 MB/s
Tempo SSD 500 MB/s 420 MB/s
One SSD with Mac Pro Performance Chart
One SSD Thunderbolt Read Write
Tempo SSD Pro 450 MB/s 325 MB/s
Tempo SSD 450 MB/s 325 MB/s
One SSD with Thunderbolt Performance Chart

Two SSDs Mac Pro Read Write
Tempo SSD Pro 960 MB/s 810 MB/s
Tempo SSD 660 MB/s 540 MB/s
Two SSDs with Mac Pro Performance Chart
Two SSDs Thunderbolt Read Write
Tempo SSD Pro 700 MB/sec 560 MB/sec
Tempo SSD 600 MB/sec 380 MB/sec
Two SSDs with Thunderbolt Performance Chart

Four SSDs Mac Pro Read Write
2 x Tempo SSD Pro 1710 MB/sec 1320 MB/sec
Two SSDs with Thunderbolt Performance Chart