• Overview
  • Tech Specs
  • Performance

SSD 512GB ChipAdvanced SSD Upgrade Solution

Looking to add fast ultra fast internal storage to your computer? Got a spare card slot in your Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system. and need high performance storage expansion? If maximum speed is critical to your work, hard disk drives are not what you’re looking for—you need an SSD-based upgrade. Today’s SSDs offer tremendous performance and easily outperform (and are more reliable than) traditional hard disk drives. Sonnet’s latest PCIe SSD solution, the Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD, is our fastest, smallest SSD-on-a–card ever, and it can transform the way you work.

With the Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD card installed in your Mac Pro® tower or Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe card expansion system, you can easily install OS X® on the SSD and create an incredibly fast boot drive. In a Windows® PC or Mac®-based system, you can use it for instant access media storage or as a high-performance scratch disk. However it is used, this card’s performance will impress you.

Key Features

Adds One Super-Fast SSD to Your System—Mounts one high-performance Gen 3 M.2 PCIe SSD in your Mac Pro tower’s, desktop PC’s, or Thunderbolt expansion system’s PCIe slot

Boot Support—Supports booting under OS X

Superior Performance—Data transfers speeds up to 2200 MB/sec(1)

Low-Profile Form Factor—Card fits in any computer with an x4 or larger PCIe slot, regardless the space (full-height and low-profile PCIe brackets included)

Optimized for Maximum Performance Over
Thunderbolt 2
—Perfect for use in Sonnet’s Echo Express, xMac Pro Server and xMac mini Server Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express® card expansion systems(1)

AHCI Compliant—No drivers required

S.M.A.R.T. Support—Supports S.M.A.R.T. data reporting


It's About the Performance

Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD is a low-profile PCIe card with an attached Gen 3 M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage. Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot; full-height and low-profile card brackets are included. Capable of transferring files at a blistering 2220 MB/sec, this Sonnet SSD solution boasts performance to the leading edge with next generation technology!

This Sonnet SSD solution is able to attain this performance and break speed records set by 6Gb/s SATA SSDs by incorporating a direct PCIe flash controller. This enables the card to achieve over double the performance from a single “drive” than using two 2.5-inch SATA-based SSDs formatted together as a RAID 0 volume. Even when used in a PCIe Gen 2-based computer like a Mac Pro Tower, the Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD can deliver performance up to 1500 MB/s.

Thunderbolt Port IconThunderbolt Port? Add an Instant SSD Solution

Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD is ideal for use in Sonnet’s Echo Express Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express card expansion systems, the xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure for Mac Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports, and the xMac™ mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini with Thunderbolt ports. Adding this card to any of these Thunderbolt expansion systems is a great way to add an ultra-fast SSD performance(1) to your Mac with Thunderbolt ports without having to daisy-chain another storage device.

Check Mark IconSimple and S.M.A.R.T.

Integrating Tempo PCIe SSD into your system is extremely easy—just plug it in to any available x4 or larger PCIe slot and then start your computer—AHCI compliance ensures the necessary drivers are installed automatically. Compatible with OS X 10.8.5+ (including El Capitan); Windows 10, 8 and 7; and Windows Server 2012 and 2008; the Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD is simple to set up for use using OS X or Windows drive formatting utilities. Drive health monitoring is supported through S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data reporting, too. 

See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes
Part No.  
PCIE-SSD1-05-E3 Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
Data Transfer Rate

Up to 2220 MB/s read, 1570 write(1)

Firmware Flash-ROM upgradeable to latest firmware version
Mac OS Boot Support
  • Mac Pro 3,1+ (early 2008 and newer)
  • Any Thunderbolt Mac
AHCI Support


Advanced Features Supports S.M.A.R.T. status data reporting
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Tempo PCIe 3.0 SSD Card with Gen 3 M.2 SSD
  • Two mounting brackets(2)
  • Documentation


Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots; early 2008 through mid 2012)

OS X 10.8.5+

macOS Sierra compatible

PC Compatibility

PC (with PCIe slots)

Windows 10, 8, 7

Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2008

Thunderbolt Compatibility

Mac via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Card Expansion System

Technical Notes

  1. See Performance tab for details.
  2. Package includes both low-profile and full-height mounting brackets.

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