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Affordable 6Gb/s SATA Solution

Why an eSATA Card?
Are you planning to connect external storage to your computer? There's a good chance the enclosure will have two or more interfaces from which to choose, including FireWire®, USB, and eSATA. Your computer has USB ports, and may have FireWire ports, too. So if you can just plug into your computer's existing ports, why consider an eSATA card? Consider the fact that the eSATA interface offers superior performance to that of FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 interfaces. Sonnet's Tempo™ SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 card is an affordable solution for adding eSATA ports to your computer so you can take advantage of this fast interface.

Fusion F3 & Fusion D400QR5External storage systems with an eSATA interface offer great flexibility. Single drive enclosures are very handy if you need to back up data or move files from one computer to another. Many storage systems include swappable drive trays, which are perfect for managing daily backups and multiple projects. Some systems, like Sonnet's Fusion™ D400QR5 and Fusion F3, feature hardware RAID controllers that manage up to four drives and enable you to create large, protected RAID volumes, yet the systems only require a single cable to connect to the eSATA card.

Key Features

Affordable solution for adding two 6Gb/s eSATA ports to your Mac Pro or desktop PC with PCI Express 2.0 slots

Supports booting under Windows® 7

Supports single SATA drive enclosures and multi-bay SATA drive enclosures (see Technical Specifications)

AHCI compliant—drives not required; however, Sonnet's Mac OS X driver significantly increases performance

Supports drive hot-swapping under Mac OS® X

Supports Sonnet-exclusive locking eSATA data cables

Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 is versatile. Its fast 6 Gb/s eSATA interface is well suited to deal with the increased bandwidth requirements of 6Gb/s SSDs. It supports the RAID features of Mac OS X, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It also supports hot-swapping of drives under Mac OS X. You can connect optical drives, too. Installation is simple—just plug in the card to any available PCI Express® (PCIe) slot and then start your computer—the necessary drivers are installed automatically. When you need to add flexible, external storage to your setup, Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 gets you connected, fast.
Part No.  
TSATAIII-E2-E2 Discontinued
Warranty 1-year
RoHS Compliant Yes
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
External Connectors Two eSATA
ATAPI (DVD-ROM) Support Yes
Drives Types SATA 6 Gb/s, SATA 3 Gb/s, and SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Advanced Features
  • Supports booting under Windows 7
  • Supports port multipliers under Windows 7 and Vista
  • Supports drive hot-swapping under Mac OS X
  • Supports ATAPI (DVD-ROM) drives
  • Spread Spectrum Clocking for compatibility with all SATA drives and lower EMI emissions
Package Contents
  • Tempo SATA 6Gb PCIe 2.0 host controller card
  • Half-height bracket
  • Documentation

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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OS Compatibility

Mac Pro

Power Mac G5 (with PCIe slots)

Mac OS X Version 10.5.8+

OS X Yosemite compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC (with PCIe slots)(1)

Windows® 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista®

Technical Notes

  1. Not compatible with PCIe 3.0 slots.
Product image Product Name Part No. Description
Locking eSATA cable Sonnet 2-Meter Locking eSATA Cable TCB-SATA-2L-2M eSATA data cable with locking connectors
Sonnet 1-Meter Locking eSATA Cable TCB-SATA-2L-1M eSATA data cable with locking connectors