Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter - Mac/Win

Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter - Mac/Win

Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter - Mac/Win

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  • PCI Express x1 Interface
  • 2 x eSATA External Connectors
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Up to 125Mbps Data Transfer Rate
  • DVD-ROM Support
  • Port Multiplier Aware
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Sonnet TSATAII-E2P overview

  • 1Description

The Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter from Sonnet is an expansion card that adds two eSATA ports to your Macintosh or Windows computer. The card supports SATA II speeds of up to 3 Gbps. This is an excellent solution for adding eSATA capability to your computer.

SATA Connections
The controller card allows you to connect up to two eSATA drives to your computer, greatly expanding your potential storage capacity. eSATA offers excellent performance, often superior to USB 2.0 or FireWire drives.
Port Multiplier Support
The controller card can work in conjunction with enclosures that support port multiplication to connect multiple eSATA drives to one port. This increases the capacity from two eSATA devices to 10, giving you the ability to connect much larger amounts of storage when working with devices that support port multipliers.
Plug and Play Installation
Simply install the card into an open PCI Express x1 slot on your Mac or PC and install the driver: it couldn't be easier.
UPC: 732311004940
In the Box
Sonnet Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter - Mac/Win
  • Half-Height Bracket
  • Documentation & Software CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sonnet TSATAII-E2P specs

    Interface Protocol SATA II
    Host Connection Type PCI Express x1
    Data Transfer Rate Up to 125 Mbps
    Cache Memory Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Channels 2
    Device Support eSATA
    Hot Swap Support Yes
    Connectors 2x eSATA
    Maximum Cable Length Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Raid
    Supported Software RAID support only
    Included No
    System Requirements
    Mac Computer: Mac Pro, Power Mac G5 with PCI Express
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3
    Windows Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista
    Hardware PCI Express x1 slot
    Power Bus-powered
    Environmental Requirements
    Operating Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Storage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.3"

    Sonnet TSATAII-E2P reviews

    Tempo SATA E2P 2-Port eSATA PCI Express Host Adapter - Mac/Win is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as advertised! I purchased this product to work with my eSATA G-Drives and G-RAID hard drives. I edit high definition video, so any extra speed I can add to the system is helpful. Installation was very simple, although the directions are not very specific. I know the inner workings of my machine fairly well (Mac Pro) so I had no trouble installing the device. Installation of drivers was simple and straight forward. After that it's literally plug and play. I noticed an instant improvement in read times when quickly shuttling through HD timelines. Overall I'm very satisfied with the device. It's a cheap speed upgrade and well worth the time and cost.
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BIG BANG FOR THE LITTLE GUY I originally wanted to go with the PRO Version of this...Due to this is connected to my BEAST @ Home. Although I just couldn't find it in me to spend $300 after getting the other products for my laptop. The speed is surprisingly fast! I was impressed and able to transfer all my files and I am talking Hundreds of GIGS in no time. I would suggest this product for an MAC user. Install was quick and simple, Downloaded the latest driver straight from Sonnet's website and after the Restart....Let the Transferring begin!
    Date published: 2010-09-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tempo doesn't disclose important info Did you know that: external hard drives with USB 2.0/eSATA dual interface based on the Oxford Semiconductor OXU931DS storage controller chip may not be compatible with Mac OS X when connected via SATA. Known issues are kernel panics occurring when the drive is connected, or the drive not being recognized by the operating system. This info needs to placed front and center so people don't waste time buying this card if you are trying to connect it to an affected external Hard Drive. This has been a known issue for YEARS. Why haven't they taken care of it? The info about this is in the fine print on their spec page. Not very thoughtful customer service in my opinion since, if they are not going to fix the problem, they need to warn everyone about the issue so everyone doesn't waste time. The product is good if you do not have one of the affected external drives (the ones with the Oxford controller chip noted above)
    Date published: 2012-08-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Card worked Great!! Until I upgraded Card worked Great!! Until I upgraded to OSX 10.7 now only firewire works. Im looking for an updated driver.
    Date published: 2011-07-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Attention Windows or PC users This product doen't Supports Non-RAID eSATA and software driver didn't come with it, If you intend to buy this product for Non-RAID eSATA Don't buy it. I did call tech supports, They didn't even know how to support on windows, Finally i did returned this product back to B&H for not as describe.
    Date published: 2015-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Competent PCI Express eSATA card I have two Mac Pro 2010 Dual Quad Core Towers that I use for Digital Photography and Digital Video, one at the house and one at my office. Both have 4 2TB drives filling up the drive bays. I use one internal drive for MacOS 10.6.8 and applications, one for stills photography raw files, one for digital video files including video original, transcodes, mp4, and video edits, and the final one for digital audio and scanner files. Both machines are similarly configured and I attempt to keep the applications and databases in sync, not an easy task. I use Photoshop and Lightroom for the stills files, Final Cut Pro and iMovie for the video with a Lightroom 3 data base for all the video originals and edits, and Nikon, Epson, and Silverfast for the film and print scanning. As near as I can tell, FCP does not directly import AVCHD video from my Panasonic GH2, but iMovie 11 imports the files from the camera card and converts to .MOV files. I can't speak to Final Cut X. Also, Lightroom 3 does not import AVCHD files either, apparently. I also use legacy FW400 and FW800 drives to maintain multiple backup and archives of the various image, audio, and video hierarchies on the drives. If you feel safe with one backup (or even 2) you are likely to be disappointed in the foreseeable future. The problem that the Sonnet Tempo card addresses is the transfer of gigabytes of data between the two systems and the Time Machine backups. eSATA is significantly faster than Firewire and every shoot requires at least 2 external backup copies at both sites in addition to the 2 copies on the two Mac Pro computers. To keep the LR data in sync, the files are imported into one or the other systems, key-worded, down-selected, and rough edited. Then that folder is exported as a Lightroom Catalog and imported into the other system. I have been using these cards since August of last year with a 4Drive Raid tower and 4 external drive enclosures that allow me to repurpose the 1TB drives that I took out of the computers when the 2TB drives were installed. These external drive enclosures are triple I/F units (USB/FW/eSATA) making them ideal to use in the field (FW) with a laptop, then in the office/home environment with the eSATA I/F. As Macintosh users are aware, Apple does not directly support eSATA. Sonnet has been providing missing features for Mac users for as long as I can remember and I have yet to have a problem with any Sonnet product I have used. These eSATA cards are no exception. (Note: I started with a Radio Shack Model I computer and have owned and operated Macs since the 512K 'Fat Mac'.) The only caution I have to offer is to power up and mount the eSATA drives before any FW external drives. I have not extensively tested this, but it appears to me that the FW drive chain will drop off line if the eSATA drives are powered and mounted after the FW drives. I bought the 2 port adapter instead of the 4 port card primarily because the 2 port card was significantly cheaper than the 4 port card, I have PCI slots to burn, and I needed 2 cards (one for each computer system.) If you are slot challenged, the extra expense of the 4 port card may appeal to you. Not only would I recommend these cards to a friend, I may wind up buying two more for my systems. You can buy 4 2-port cards for the price of one 4 port card, so if you are not using your slots, the 2 port card is the way to go, particularly if you use multi-drive towers or RAID enclosures that only require one port. There is one caveat and that is more an Apple problem than a Sonnet problem, but the net result is the same. Some controller cards in external drives and drive enclosures are not compatible with eSATA cards installed in Macintosh computers. I am not that much of a techie and being a Mac user I have ALWAYS bought FW drives. That usually means a FW/USB or a FW/USB/eSATA drive or inclosure and as far as I can tell, the triple I/F drives and enclosures work fine, at least all of mine do. It is likely that a USB/eSATA drive will not work. If this is what you as a Mac user have then you are likely using it as a USB drive and want the speed upgrade of eSATA. Before you take the plunge you will need to verify with either the drive vender or Sonnet that the controller chip is compatible.
    Date published: 2012-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sonnet 2 port eSATA card I use an eSATA card internally in my early 2009 MacPro to connect to several external drives. The Lacie card I'd used for 4 years gave up, though oddly, only one port ceased working - the other one was ok. I found this quite inexpensive Sonnet card at B&H to replace it, and installed it right away. Installation requires downloading software from the web (via a link on the included CD) and bingo, it worked right away. Great solution for very little money.
    Date published: 2013-12-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Necessary for video editing I have a (mid-2010) Mac Pro Quad and I edit corporate and documentary on FCP7. Normally, I work with external hard drives for each client. To get a faster turnaround time, it's important to have a quick data transfer. I'm also extremely poor, so the eSATA adapter is the way to go. Faster than Firewire 800 and so far, it hasn't failed on me yet. .. .although, it probably will now that I jinxed myself.
    Date published: 2011-02-14
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