The card includes a hardware RAID controller for drive configuration, plus an external USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C port with 15 watts of power.
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Fusion dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID PCIe 3.0 card, the latest product in the company’s line of high-performance storage cards that enable the installation of SSDs into a computer’s or Thunderbolt expansion system’s PCIe card slot. The card will be available by January 31 at a price of $129.95.
The Fusion dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID card enables users to install two 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (sold separately) into a full-length PCIe card slot. The attached SSDs are managed by the card’s onboard RAID controller, which supports RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, and JBOD configurations and provides a tool for configuring the SSDs for better performance or data safety without impacting their system’s performance.
For added convenience, a USB-C port capable of supporting high-performance, bus-powered drives and other USB peripherals is included. The USB-C port also supports the USB 3.0 charging specification that enables simultaneous charging and syncing of an iOS or iPadOS device.
The 2.5-inch SATA SSDs are the cost-effective choice for faster high-capacity internal storage for the system. The Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID PCIe card mounts two of them — currently available in capacities up to 4TB — in a single full-length PCIe card slot, with no cables, adapters, or mounting trays required.
With two SSDs configured as a RAID 0 (fast) set, sustained data transfers up to 1,000 MB/s are possible, providing users speed to accomplish most tasks. The inclusion of a 10Gbps USB-C port on the card enables users to add a fast external device connection without the need to install a separate adapter card.
The card is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux, and claims to be the only storage expansion PCIe card that supports two cost-effective 2.5-inch SATA SSDs with an onboard hardware RAID controller, plus fast external drives with a SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps USB-C port.