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Sonnet Tempo AHCI PCIe AIC SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Sep 14, 2016 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Sonnet

Sonnet Tempo PCIe SSD

 

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Sonnet ships the Tempo in a white cardboard flip top box. There is an outdated picture of the drive on the front along with outdated sequential read/write specifications.

 

 

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The drive is contained within an anti-static envelope, which we removed for our photos. You can see that Sonnet has outfitted the Tempo with a larger heat sink than depicted on the box. A half-height bracket and quick start guide are also included.

 

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The SM951 at the heart of the Tempo is fully covered by the large finned aluminum heat sink. The heat sink looks removable, but it is not removable, it is glued to the SSD with thermal adhesive and adhesive strips.

 

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Sonnet uses a custom Gen3 x4 purple adapter card which some may find attractive.

 

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A side view of the drive's large aluminum heat sink.

 

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From this angle, we get a glimpse of a large blob of white thermal adhesive.

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