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Sonnet Technologies Tempo SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.5" SSD Host Adapter. Mount one or two high-performance 6Gb/s SSDs in your Mac Pro, desktop PC, or Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis. Sonnet Technologies 1 Year Limited Warranty (TSATA6-SSD-E2) Same Day $149.95
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Sonnet Technologies

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

Mac | PC | PCIe | SATA
Simple SSD Upgrade Solution
If you've been thinking about 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 are more reliable, their prices are dropping and you can get more capacity than ever. If you've got a 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. 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 - the Tempo™ SSD. It is a fast 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express adapter cards 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 uses standard 2.5" SATA drives that you choose. This allows you 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.
One SSD or Two?
Tempo SSD's unique modular design enables installation of a single SSD in half length card spaces, or expand to two SSDs in a full length card space when the included extension plate is attached to the card.
Optimized for Thunderbolt™, RED Rocket Companions
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Tempo SSD is ideal for use in one of OWC's Mercury Helios, Sonnet's Echo Express, or the xMac mini Server-the combo enables you to add high-speed SSDs to iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air, and MacBook Pro computers!

If 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 HD-SDI bracket with two BNC connectors. The Tempo SSD card includes an optional PCIe bracket with openings that supports the installation of the BNC connectors. Just move the BNC connectors to the optional bracket, swap the Tempo SSD card's attached bracket with the optional bracket, and then you can use both the Rocket and Tempo SSD card without requiring a third slot. With this combination of cards plus the Echo Express Pro chassis, you'll have a high-performance transcoding station, with fast mezzanine storage in a single, compact and portable package. Tempo SSD offers a fresh twist on high-performance storage connectivity.

Product Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number



  • Up to two Internal SATA Hard Drive Bays¹


  • Internal - Up to 2 Devices

Bus Specifications

  • PCI Express

Form Factor

  • PCIe

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 660 MB/s

RAID Functionality

  • OS dependent

Drives Supported

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

Boot Support

  • Single SSD or up to six SSDs in a RAID 0:
    • Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008 and newer)²
    • Any Thunderbolt Mac³
  • Single SSD only:
    • Windows 7, 8, or Server 2012 PCs

Advanced Features

  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting

Operating System Support

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8+
  • Mac OS X Server 10.6.8+
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows Vista®

External Connectivity

  • None

Internal Connectivity

  • 2x SATA HDD bay¹

Hot Plug Support

  • No

Hot Swap Support

  • No

Agency Approvals & Compliance

  • RoHS



  1. SSDs sold separately
  2. 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.
  3. Does not currently boot a Mac with Thunderbolt 2. Sonnet is working to identify the issue.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n TSATA6-SSD-E2 UPC#: 732311009181


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (8-core)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 8-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
PowerMac G5
Power Mac G5 (Late 2005)
(October, 2005)
Model ID: PowerMac11,2
2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, dual 2.5GHz
PC Desktop
PC Desktops
Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based PCs capable with the specifications listed above. Memory complies with JEDEC Specifications, document JESD79-3B.


  • Tempo SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs
  • Extension plate (for mounting second SSD)
  • Plate and drive mounting screws
  • Optional PCIe bracket
  • Documentation
Note: SSDs sold separately
Sonnet Technologies Tempo™ SSD 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.5" SSD Host Adapter Mfr P/N: TSATA6-SSD-E2 OWC SKU: STITSATA6SSDE Mount one or two high-performance 6Gb/s SSDs in your Mac Pro, desktop PC, or Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis. Sonnet Technology 1 Year Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day only $144.99 Add to CartSonnet Technologies TSATA6-SSD-E2 In Stock, Click to Buy Now