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Sonnet Technologies

Tempo™ SSD Pro
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 Pro. 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 Pro 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.
Tempo SSD Pro-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. Like the Tempo SSD, 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.
Optimized for Thunderbolt™, RED Rocket Companions
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Tempo SSD is ideal for use in the Sonnet's Echo Express Pro, 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 Pro 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 Pro card's attached bracket with the optional bracket, and then you can use both the Rocket and Tempo SSD Pro 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 Pro offers a fresh twist on high-performance storage connectivity.

Product Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number



  • Two Internal SATA Hard Drive Bays¹


  • Internal - Up to 2 Devices

Bus Specifications

  • PCI Express

Form Factor

  • PCIe

Data Transfer Rate

  • Up to 900 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 Mac
  • Single SSD only:
    • Windows 7 or 8 PCs³

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. Booting in OS X requires card with serial number starting with "B". Firmware updater for "A" serial number boards available soon.
  3. Windows BIOS does not support booting from a RAID 0 of multiple SSDs.
OWC Note: Bootcamp is not recommended nor supported on this card at this time.
      Manufacturer provided specifications for Sonnet Technologies p/n TSATA6-SSDPR-E2 UPC#: 732311009273


This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-core (Mid 2006)
(August, 2006)
Model ID: MacPro1,1
2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.0GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-core (Early 2007)
(April, 2007)
Model ID: MacPro2,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Early 2008)
(January, 2008)
Model ID: MacPro3,1
2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 4-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz
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.
Sonnet Compatibility Note: Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro bootable drives show upon an option-boot in the Mac Pro 3,1 and 4,1, but do not show up in the Mac Pro 5,1. The recommended workaround in a Mac Pro 5,1 is to boot from another drive, and then select the Tempo SSD volume in the Startup Disk System Preferences and restart.


  • Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.0 Drive Card for SSDs
  • Drive mounting screws
  • Optional PCIe bracket
  • Documentation
Note: SSDs sold separately

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 2 out of 2 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Unbelievable... FINALLY! Something that overdelivers... June 12, 2014 If I'd known this thing existed, I would have purchased it a LONG time ago. This card made my 2009 Mac Pro boot pretty much instantaneously. I'm not talking SSD drive speed - I'm talking INSTANT. It is so freaking fast, it blows my mind. I would have paid double for this card as it is such an immense timesaver for me. I had seen it previously, but I just didn't believe what it said it would do - or I didn't understand it. Best upgrade I've ever purchased for any computer I've ever owned.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: lkmd Location: dallas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 mac pro 3,1 2008 January 4, 2014 I have a tempo ssd with two Samsung 840 ssd 500gbyte ssd. the read times are 950mbyte/sec and write 850 mbyte/sec. This card is a PCI 2.0 card . Works great a very fast. These times are faster than the new mac pro.


I would recommend this item to a friend!

Sonnet Technologies Tempo™ SSD Pro 6Gb/s SATA PCIe 2.5" SSD Host Adapter Mfr P/N: TSATA6-SSDPR-E2 OWC SKU: STITSATA6SSDPR Mount two high-performance 6Gb/s SSDs in your Mac Pro, desktop PC, or Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis. Sonnet Technologies 2 Year Limited Warranty
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