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Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro

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Product Highlights
  • 550 MBps Read & Write Speed gh
  • Supports SATA III (6 Gbps)
  • Fits a 2.5" SSD or HDD
  • Uses a Single PCIe 2.0 x2 Slot
  • Auxiliary SATA III Port for Expansion
  • Supports PCIe 1.0 & SATA II, I SSDs
  • Compatible with TRIM Command
  • Ideal as a Boot Disk or Scratch Disk
  • EZ Gig Cloning Software Included
  • Windows & Mac Compatible

The Velocity Solo x2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro from Apricorn is an industry standard PCIe 2.0 card designed to add a 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)¹ via a super fast SATA III connection to your desktop PC or Mac Pro. With data transfer rates of 6 Gbps, SATA III is twice as fast as SATA II and takes full advantage of the latest SSD. Using a Marvel 9182 controller chip, the Velocity Solo x2 is bootable in both PC and Mac systems. It uses a single PCIe 2.0 x2 and larger² slot delivering read and write speeds of up to 550³ MBps when used with one SSD (up to 800 MBps speeds when configured with two drives). The Velocity Solo is backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 slot and also supports SATA II and SATA I SSDs. It is TRIM compatible and if the Operating System supports TRIM, it can access drive capacities in excess of 2.2 TB.

The Velocity Solo x2 also provides an additional auxiliary SATA III data connection port that can be used to connect another SSD or HDD to provide unparalleled capacity and performance. It is ideal for use as a boot disk or scratch disk and useful for high resolution image editing, video editing and gaming. The Velocity Solo is easy to install, especially since it is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac Pro. Once installed, it transfers your OS and applications from your desktop hard drive to your new SSD using Apricorn's EZ Gig cloning software with Data Select for PC systems, or Apple's built-in Disk Utility for Mac Pro.

Note!
1: Solid State Drive (SDD) sold separately.
2: x2 slots are uncommon in most desktop systems. Typical installation will use an x4 slot or larger.
3: Actual data speeds are dependent on individual system and SSD performance.

Ideal for High Performance
Running your OS and applications on an SSD provides a measureable performance increase. However, the Velocity Solo also serves as the perfect upgrade for improving gaming performance. As games become too large for their assets to be fully cached on modern graphics cards and main memory, the addition of an SSD for faster disk access during game play results in less in-game pauses and gives a smoother playing experience. Games are also faster to load and save when using an SSD.
Easy Installation
The Velocity Solo x2 enables you to connect 2.5" SSD via SATA III interface (6 Gbps). It uses a single PCIe 2.0 x2 or larger slot delivering data transfer speeds up to 550 MBps when used with one SSD (up to 800 MBps speeds when configured with two drives). Simply connect your solid state drive to the Velocity Solo SATA III connector and slide into an available PCIe 2.0 x2 slot in your desktop PC. Once installed, download and run Apricorn's EZ Gig cloning software and your upgrade is complete. For additional capacity, use the auxiliary SATA III connector for a super fast connection to an additional hard drive or solid state drive. The Velocity Solo is backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 slot as well as with SATA II and SATA I SSDs
Apricorn's EZ Gig Cloning Software with Data Select/ Apple's Disk Utility
The Velocity Solo is bundled with Apricorn's EZ Gig Cloning software or Windows with Data Select. Data Select provides a simple method to deselect data folders from the cloning process which is useful when migrating from a large HDD to a smaller SSD and perfect for creating a boot disk. This gives you the option to run your OS and applications from a fast, smaller SSD boot drive, while keeping your documents and media files on your original hard drive. For Mac Pro, use Apple's built-in Disk Utility.
Compatible with TRIM Command
The Velocity Solo x2 is TRIM compatible and if the Operating System supports TRIM, it can access drive capacities in excess of 2.2 TB.
Target Applications:
Boot disk
Scratch disks for design applications
High resolution image editing and manipulation
Photo editing and retouching
Video editing and post-processing
Gaming
Windows and Mac Compatible
The Velocity Solo x2 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS x 10.4 or later version.
Data Transfer Rate Read/Write Speed: Up to 550 MBps when used with one SSD¹ (up to 800 MBps speed when configured with two SSDs) 1
Please Note:

1: Solid State Drive (SDD) sold separately

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Interface PCIe 2.0 x2 slot with two SATA III (6 Gbps) (backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 x2 slot and SATA II & I)
System Requirements PC: Full size desktop system with PCIe 2.0 (PCIe 1.0) x2 card slot or larger
Mac Pro: The Velocity Solo x2 will function in all Mac Pro models, but will only boot in EFI64 machines which are the last 3 models known as Mac Pro 3,1 4,1 and 5,1. The first two models, Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1 are EFI32; so they won't boot from the Velocity Solo x2, but will function as high performance storage
OS Compatibility PC: Windows XP, Vista and 7
Mac: OS X 10.4 or later
Dimensions 5.25 x 4.75 x 0.67" (133 x 121 x 17 mm)
Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro
  • Apricorn EZ Gig Cloning Software for Windows
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  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    by PowerReviews
    ApricornVelocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro
     
    4.0

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (8)
    • Easy to install (6)
    • Highly compatible (4)
    • Easy to set up (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (6), Heavy duty user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7), Business (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Quite happy with this solution

      Using the X2 PCI card along with a 480GB SSD as my new system & applications drive inside a 2008 Mac Pro. Applications definitely launch faster, as with any SSD solution, but...Read complete review

      Using the X2 PCI card along with a 480GB SSD as my new system & applications drive inside a 2008 Mac Pro. Applications definitely launch faster, as with any SSD solution, but this is better than putting an SSD in one of the drive bays:

      - PCI is faster than the SATAII bus that the drive bays are connected to
      - no 2.5" / 3.5" adapters required
      - get to keep my existing 4 drives (the PCI card with SSD gives me 5 drives total)

      Have not really seen any appreciable speed up in boot-time, but I heard that may be due to the specific Mac Pro model I have (apparently there is a delay of few seconds in the hardware recognizing a boot drive on the PCI bus instead of the SATAII bus, although not all 2008 Mac Pro units seem to have this issue). Even without any boot speed increase, I am happy that I installed this PCI card.

      All in all I have had no issues, after 2 months of use.

      PS. I must add that both B&H customer service and Apricorn customer service were very helpful in resolving any questions and issues I contacted them about.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      works with samsung 840 in mac pro 2008

      This is an awesome product. Works flawlessly in my 2008 Mac Pro.

      The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 5 is that it has issues booting in bootcamp...Read complete review

      This is an awesome product. Works flawlessly in my 2008 Mac Pro.

      The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 5 is that it has issues booting in bootcamp with Windows 7 64 bit. It boots fine the first time it is installed but after that, it won't boot unless first shut down (NOT restarted) in Mac OS. I also cannot have a HHD plugged in with another Windows installation (Windows Vista in my case) otherwise it automatically boots in that OS instead of the SSD plugged into the Velocity x2.

      I have also tried the Velocity x1 and it had none of these boot issues but I decided to keep the Velocity Solo x2 since it has faster read/write speeds. Having to boot down in MAC OSx isn't that annoying considering how fast booting and shutting down is with a SSD.

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      4.0

      Mac Pro 2009 Upgrade

      By steve in pa

      from bay area

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

      • A Bit Pricy

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

      I installed this in a 2009 Mac Pro. In combination with a Samsung 500GB SSD, it has made for significant speed increase in launching apps and booting up.

      No drivers, it just works. Easy to attach SSD drive. I had no issues with conflicts. Noticable speed increase over spinning disk on stock SATA II connections, but I don't have benchmark numbers.

      It has a connector for a second drive - data only not power. It would have been nice if there was power and a physical way to mount a second drive.

      I've installed this setup in two separate Mac Pro's with no issues. Would buy again.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      I love this Product!

      By Exousia

      from Florida

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Highly Compatible
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Upgrade

        Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

        It was easy to install in my Mac Pro computer. I added a 240GB SSD and my computer now runs really fast with software loading quickly and eveything running smoothly and quietly. It has the capability of adding another SSD to the controller for maximum speed and it also leaves my other hard drive bays available for additional drives later on. I heartily recommend this product to anyone wishing to upgrade their computer for better performance.

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        • Personal

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        4.0

        Works right out of the pack

        By Bob

        from Stamford, CT

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

            I installed the Velocity Solo X2 with a 1 TB Samung 840 EVO in a 2010, 6 core, 3.33Ghz Mac Pro. I used the Apple Disk Utility to clone the original start up HD and since then the Velocity X2 has been working perfectly. It's a very good upgrade and should keep my Mac up to date for another 2 years. The only problem is a very long start up time due ( I suspect) to the Mac being started from a PCI card instead of the internal drive bays. Since I normally only start up once a day it's not a problem, just a little scary the first time. When up and running the Mac wakes up from sleep instantly and software loads almost as fast.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            The fastest way to install an SSD

            By Photo Pro

            from New Jersey

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                The greatest thing about this card is it lets you utilize the full speed of a high quality SSD. In my case, I used a 512GB Samsung 840 Pro in a Mac Pro 3,1 (2008). All four of my drive bays are filled with SATA drives in a RAID configuration. Rather than install an SSD in the spare optical bay and use a SATA cable to connect to the motherboard, I did my research and felt the Velocity Solo X2 was the easiest and best performing option.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 SATAIII Card

                By Lowrider

                from Tucson

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Fast
                • Highly Compatible
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Firmware Update Tough

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                  This card is being used on a 2010 Mac Pro in a PCIe2 slot with a Samsung 840 Series 500GB SSD. The card allows full SATAIII speeds, and is working as designed. The SSD Drive is very fast with this drive attached. My boot time with the card, drive combo has been reduced from 40 seconds to 25 seconds.

                  My only issue has been the ability to update the drives firmware to the latest revision. Samsung writes firmware for use on both PCs and Macs - A very good thing, IMHO. The firmware update would not recognize the drive when it was used in conjunction with the Apricorn card. I needed to remove the SSD from the Solo card and attach it to an SATAII cable hooked directly to the MOBO. Once that was done it updated just fine. I then returned it to the Solo x2, and none of the data had been erased and the drive had the latest firmware.

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                  • Personal

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                  1.0

                  Didn't Work

                  By Jim

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                      On my Windows 7 computer z58 motherboard, the card was recognized, but only without a drive attached. Once I plugged a drive in, the OS couldn't see it. I tried multiple slots and multiple settings, nothing worked.

                      B&H was excellent about returning the drive, quick and painless.

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                      • Personal

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                      3.0

                      works with samsung 840 in mac pro 2008

                      By Jeefer

                      from Mt. Pleasant, SC

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                      • Issues With Bootcamp

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                        This is an awesome product. Works flawlessly in my 2008 Mac Pro.

                        The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 5 is that it has issues booting in bootcamp with Windows 7 64 bit. It boots fine the first time it is installed but after that, it won't boot unless first shut down (NOT restarted) in Mac OS. I also cannot have a HHD plugged in with another Windows installation (Windows Vista in my case) otherwise it automatically boots in that OS instead of the SSD plugged into the Velocity x2.

                        I have also tried the Velocity x1 and it had none of these boot issues but I decided to keep the Velocity Solo x2 since it has faster read/write speeds. Having to boot down in MAC OSx isn't that annoying considering how fast booting and shutting down is with a SSD.

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                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Quite happy with this solution

                        By 2008 Mac Pro user

                        from Montreal, Canada

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                          Using the X2 PCI card along with a 480GB SSD as my new system & applications drive inside a 2008 Mac Pro. Applications definitely launch faster, as with any SSD solution, but this is better than putting an SSD in one of the drive bays:

                          - PCI is faster than the SATAII bus that the drive bays are connected to
                          - no 2.5" / 3.5" adapters required
                          - get to keep my existing 4 drives (the PCI card with SSD gives me 5 drives total)

                          Have not really seen any appreciable speed up in boot-time, but I heard that may be due to the specific Mac Pro model I have (apparently there is a delay of few seconds in the hardware recognizing a boot drive on the PCI bus instead of the SATAII bus, although not all 2008 Mac Pro units seem to have this issue). Even without any boot speed increase, I am happy that I installed this PCI card.

                          All in all I have had no issues, after 2 months of use.

                          PS. I must add that both B&H customer service and Apricorn customer service were very helpful in resolving any questions and issues I contacted them about.

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By AJR

                          from Hac Hts, CA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Enhance Experience
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                            I installed this in an older MSI motherboard that doesn't have SATA III ports. Install went w/o a hitch after downloading the latest BIOS from Apricorn as directed, then installing the board.

                            After setting the mobo BIOS to boot from the new board everything worked fine. My Windows experience in Win 7 went from 7.7 to 7.9 and the speed update is noticeable, especially when accessing my secondary data drive.

                            I only wish that it was a little less expensive.

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                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            Little Pricey, But Works Well!

                            By cycomachead

                            from Berkeley, CA

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                            • Bit Pricey
                            • Lacks Power

                            Best Uses

                            • Enhance Experience
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                            Essentially, it doubled the Read speed of my Crucial M4 SSD, and improved the Writes by 25% (so they're as fast as they can get)! It's a pretty darn good performance boost, and I'm waiting to see how it performs once I RAID two SSDa together.

                            I feel like this card will be awkward with 2 SSDs. There's no power connection or place to put a second SSD, which some cards offer. However, I'm not using the 2nd drive bay in my mac pro, so that's not too much of a problem, as it is a minor annoyance.

                            I wish it used x4 instead of x2. Double the lanes would be great to have that extra headroom when using RAID, otherwise I feel like I may potentially hit a wall against the card interface.

                            Because of those two quirks, I feel like the card is a bit over priced, but it did work with Zero issues so far in my Mac Pro (Mid 2010) so I can't complain too much!

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                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Turbo Charge your MacPro!

                            By Maurice

                            from Petaluma CA

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Apricorn Velocity Solo X2 SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs & Mac Pro:

                              Much shorter boot times, application startups and great for video editing! setting up two SSD'Ss with the card is difficult since you need to find separate location and mounting for second SSD in the case (MacPro 3,1 2008, 2.8GHz) 500MBs + Reads

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                              • Personal

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