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Sonnet Tempo SSD PCIe card

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link: http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempossd.html

I ordered one of these for my Dell XPS 8500 SE to install Windows 8.1 on. The XPS's OS is a 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate on a 500GB Samsung 840 (regular) with a 3TB HDD. There were not any extra SATA III connectors (only SATA II), so I chose to go with this Sonnet Tempo SSD card. I have read only a few reviews of it and I went for it.. I have a 256GB 840 Pro to mount on the Sonnet card for the Windows 8.1 install.

The card has good performance specs of 500 MB/s read and 420 MB/s write. It's a 6Gb/s SATA PCI Express adapter card that enables you to attach readily available 2.5" SSDs and install the assembly neatly into a single PCIe slot, no cables or drivers necessary. SSDs attached to these Sonnet cards can be configured as boot drives under Windows. With SSDs attached, it is narrow enough to occupy the space of only a single-width card.

This is one of the few reviews: http://thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/sonnet-releases-upgradeable-hd-sdi-enabled-tempo-ssd-pcie-cards/

Here's a video with a 840 Pro installed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp6P1MAxDd4
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Hmm, I wonder what chipset it uses, no mention of that on the product page. Might be one of the new Marvell 92xx chips.

Hopefully your board and BIOS will support booting from a PCIe SATA card, since all boards do not have that capability.
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Hmm, I wonder what chipset it uses, no mention of that on the product page. Might be one of the new Marvell 92xx chips.

Hopefully your board and BIOS will support booting from a PCIe SATA card, since all boards do not have that capability.
I just read (here) that someone said that it was a Marvell 88SE9182 chipset, but I'm not sure. I can only find that it is reported to be a "high performance" chipset.??

Hopefully it will boot.
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I received the Sonnet card, but I am not going to be able to use it. It uses a PCIe 2.0 x2 slot and I do not have one. I have a PCIe x16 slot being used by the graphics card and three PCIe slots with one of them being empty.

I have an empty mSATA slot which is 6 GB/s. I also have a new 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that I am not using. I found a mSATA to 7pin SATA Adapter made by MicroSATACables.com that I can mount in the mSATA slot and connect the SSD to it via a 7 pin SATA cable. Then a 15 pin power cable is attached to the SSD. I just ordered one and a few 7 pin SATA cables. The adapter is a lot cheaper than the Sonnet card at $14.75. Hopefully this will be all that I need to add Windows 8 Pro so that the XPS 8500 SE will be a dual boot system along with Windows 7 Ultimate.

mSATA to 7pin SATA Adapter: http://www.microsatacables.com/msata-to-7-pin-sata-dapter/

customer reviews on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-mSATA-Adapter/dp/B009UDAINW/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1370797842&sr=1-6&keywords=msata+to+sata+adapter
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