Your system might have a lot of USB 3.0 ports already and you might even have extended them with a hub or two for more availability, but the speed will be shared among all these ports and it will slow down on one if you tax another.
That’s not a thing that’s acceptable for professional workers where time equals money. Sonnet has the solution with their newest PCI-Express add-in card, the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 card.
The card doesn’t just come with four more USB 3.0 ports for your system, it also has four controllers – one for each port. This in return means that all four ports are able to run at maximum speed without impacting each other.
Thanks to Sonnet pro card that supports data transfers up to 450 MB/s per port and up to 1800 MB/s aggregate for the card, you can be sure that your files are transferred as fast as possible.
Sonnet also built the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card to provide extra power through its ports without the need for an auxiliary power cable. Delivering up to 10W of power per port, this Sonnet solution supports USB 3.0 bus-powered hard drives, SSDs, DVDs and Blu-ray devices without the need to connect an additional AC power adapter as well as charging power hungry devices such as the iPad.
“With the card’s one-controller-per-port design and charging port capabilities, the Allegro Pro USB 3.0 PCIe card is a uniquely powerful solution for users needing to add USB 3.0 ports to their system,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Users connecting multiple drives for backups and drive-to-drive duplication can benefit from significantly faster data transfers, and all will appreciate the 10W of bus-power per port with charge and sync capabilities.”
The new Allegro Pro USB 3.0 card is compatible with OS X 10.8.5+ as well as Windows 7, 8, 2008, and 2012 and comes with an MSRP of $129.00 and is backed by a 5-year warranty.
Expanding your storage doesn’t have to be hard, and that includes rack-mounted solutions. Sonnet has introduced the R400 4-bay rack mounted RAID enclosure that connects as easy as with the built-in USB 3.0 interface. This allows you to hook up more storage with a single cable, and the configuration is just as easy.
The Fusion R400 features a high-performance internal storage controller that offers five drive configuration options: RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, Span, and JBOD, without requiring additional hardware or software. Drive operation and health status indications are available at a glance with multicolor LEDs and setting the RAID mode is as easy as flicking a switch.
The data transfer speed is rated up to 240MB/s reading and 230MB/s writing, but that depends on your drives and configuration. The power supply can deliver 220W, which is a lot more than is needed for a device like this. It weighs approximately 6.8 kg and comes with a one-year warranty.
The fans included are said to be quiet and temperature-controlled, generally operating at a slow speed and only speeding up when really needed. The unit is compatible with Sonnet’s line of PCIe® and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 host controllers and supports Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an MSRP of $349.
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Sonnet Technologies has announced their a PCIe card with a 512GB SSD module included as part of their Tempo series of storage products. It is built around a M.2 PCIe SSD module, which is the fastest consumer type of SSD available.
The low-profile PCIe 2.0 card allows for use in compact enclosures and it will work with any x4 PCI Express slot in Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as those Sonnet also offer.
It can deliver transfer speeds up to 1100MB/s at both writing and reading which is better than what most SATA3 RAID setups can do. It’s AHCI compatible and supports SMART, but there aren’t any other features listed.
The new Tempo PCIe SSD (PCIE-SSD1-512-E) is available now at a suggested retail price of $799 and is listed as compatible with OS X 10.8.5+ (including Yosemite), Windows 8 and 7, and Windows Server 2012 and 2008. Warranty is only 1-year, which is kinda sad, but something Apple customers are used to and this is a card is geared for use with Mac systems.