Sonnet Tempo & dual SSDs - worth it in 2019?

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  1. MVMNT macrumors member

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    Was wondering, what with the advent of NVME support in Mojave now, is the 6Gb/s Sonnet Tempo card worth looking at any more for SSD setups in a cMP?

    I'm running on High Sierra still, and happy to do so for the time being, but I wondered if going forward a Sonnet dual SSD card is a worthwhile investment, at the right price?

    Cheers
     
  2. tsialex macrumors 601

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    No, unless you get it almost for free.
     
  3. MVMNT thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought as much - The one i've seen is sub $100, but that's not almost free. Thanks T.
     
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    tsialex macrumors 601

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    With around $130~$140 you can get a 512MB HP EX920 + a AquaComputer kryo2 EVO, this combo will get throughputs of a little less than 1500MB/s. You can get it even cheaper, but you should get a decent blade and a decent adapter with a big heatsink.
     
  5. Slash-2CPU macrumors regular

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    Only way it's worthwhile is if you need 4+TB of SSD storage in addition to PCIe NVMe.

    I'm running two 512GB Samsung m.2 drives plus 4x 2TB Micron 1100 SSD's in RAID 0. One Samsung m.2 960 Pro is for OS+Apps. Other Samsung 970 Pro m.2 is working data/scratch. The RAID 0 array is for moving projects quickly between storage and active.

    The 8TB SSD array has two drives on a Sonnet Tempo Pro and two drives on the onboard SATA. By splitting the RAID array across the Sonnet and onboard, I can get 900MB/s writes and 1.0GB/s reads. If I put all the SATA SSD's on the onboard, it would be capped around 600-700MB/s.
     
  6. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

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    Personally would proceed with caution on SATA SSDs via PCIe at the moment. Several are running into random issues with Apricorn products OCCASIONALLY not booting correctly with 140 firmware. These have either Marvell 9182 (Solo X2) or Marvell 9230 (Duo X2) chipset for SATA controller. Believe the Sonnet Tempo used Marvell 9182 and unsure if the issue would also present with those PCIe adapters.
     
  7. startergo macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have problems with the Sonnet booting . But I agree it is a good option for a raid scratch disk only, even though the speed is much inferior compared to a NVME. Still direct pcie speed of NVME is around 1500 whereas the raid 0 on the Sonnet is 960.
     
  8. zedex macrumors member

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    The SONNET Tempo SSD Pro PLUS is a bargain at $100 but I'm pretty sure you're looking at the Tempo SSD Pro which is nothing special and I wouldn't pay $100 for one of those.

    The PRO PLUS does 960MB/s but the Pro model only does ~670MB/s

    Unfortunately - the PRO PLUS model seems to have been discontinued at this point :/
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    From memory

    TempoSSD does ~670MB/s

    TempoSSD Pro does ~960MB/s, but no eSATA ports

    TempoSSD Pro PLUS ~960MB/s and has eSATA ports

    And Sonnet official page now only has TempoSSD, no more Pro or Pro PLUS.
     
  10. supernova777 macrumors member

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    i just bought 2x 120gb SSD for 26$ each
    i will be putting them in RAID; for under 60 bucks for 2 SSD's why the hell not?
     
  11. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    You mean put them on a Sonnet TempoSSD card?
     

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