Sonnet Tempo PCIe SSD
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 There is an outdated picture of the drive on the front along with outdated sequential read/write specifications.
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.
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.
Sonnet uses a custom Gen3 x4 purple adapter card which some may find attractive.
A side view of the drive's large aluminum heat sink.
From this angle, we get a glimpse of a large blob of white thermal adhesive.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & Drive Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks – ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) – 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]