Add up to 32TB of Enterprise SSD Storage!
Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card
Two U.2 NVMe SSD Connectors on a PCIe 3.0 x16 Card • Add Your Own U.2 SSDs
The Most Economical Way to Add Ultra-fast, Extra-large Capacity SSD Storage
Do you need more storage capacity for your computer? Is super high-speed throughput plus maximum IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) performance critical to your work? U.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs deliver both. Sonnet’s Fusion™ Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card enables you to upgrade your system in a flash, mounting two enterprise class U.2 SSDs with up to 32TB or greater capacity(1) in a single full-length x16 PCIe card slot, with no separate power or data cables, drive adapters, or mounting trays required.
Install into any compatible x16 PCIe slot
Enterprise Class Performance & Capacities
Familiar Size and Shape, Different Connector and Interface
U.2 SSDs look like 2.5-inch SATA drives — they even share the same general dimensions and mounting screw hole placement, but their connectors are different, and so is their performance. Unlike SATA drives, U.2 NVMe SSDs interface with your computer’s PCIe bus, enabling them to perform seven times as fast.
How fast? Current PCIe 3.0 U.2 SSDs deliver sustained performance of up to 3500 MB/s read and 3500 MB/s write, or about 7x the performance of the fastest SATA SSDs.
Many U.2 SSDs are now available in capacities up to 16TB — perfect for storing large video projects—with higher capacity models on the horizon. Sonnet’s Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card will support bigger SSDs as they become available.
Fantastic RAID 0 Performance
Install the Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card with your SSDs into your system and configure the SSDs as a RAID 0 set for even greater storage performance.
Performance based on ATTO Disk Benchmark (available on the Apple® App Store) test results with two Micron 9300 7.68TB NMVe drives with 64MB transfer size and macOS 10.15.6 using SoftRAID software. See our Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card Performance PDF for additional benchmarks and details.
Sonnet Advantages – Full Performance Design
The Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card is a full-height, full-length PCIe 3.0 card with an x16 (x8 electrical) interface, designed to support full performance from two U.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs. The Sonnet card features:
x16 PCIe Bridge Icon
Devotes four lanes of PCIe 3.0 bandwidth to each SSD installed
Doesn’t require a specific motherboard to operate or specific SSDs to support RAID features — No PCIe bifurcation is required
Universal Compatibility Icon
Mac®, Windows, and Linux compatible
U.2 SSD Icons
Mounting Support for Two U.2 SSDs
Connect and mount directly to the card, no power or data cables, adapters, or mounting trays required
Mac Pro 5,1 User?
Mac Pro 5,1 users can install macOS on one SSD to create an incredibly fast boot drive and use the other installed SSD as a super-fast media storage or scratch drive. The Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card makes it possible.
Silent and Cool Running
Unlike M.2 SSDs, which require heatsinks to be attached to enable stable performance, U.2 SSDs are designed with their cases acting as heatsinks—that means installation is much easier. As a result, the Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card doesn’t need a fan to keep the SSDs cool enough to enable them to maintain their high performance at all times.
Connect Two Enterprise SSDs Through One Cable to Your Computer without Slots
Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe card slot? Sonnet’s Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card is ideal for use in one of our Thunderbolt 3 expansion systems that accept full-length PCIe cards. The combo enables you to add two U.2 NVMe SSDs to any Mac computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 ports, or Windows or Linux computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Simple and S.M.A.R.T
NVMe compliance ensures that integrating a Fusion Dual U.2 SSD PCIe Card into your system is easy—the necessary drivers are installed automatically. The Fusion card uses your computer’s built-in drive formatting utilities to format the SSDs. SSD health monitoring is supported through S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data reporting, too.
Full-length, full-height computer card
PCI Express 3.0 x4
Two U.2 (SFF-8639)
U.2 (2.5-inch) NVMe PCIe SSDs
2.5-inch SATA and SAS SSDs NOT supported
Only from a single SSD (not RAIDed)
Mac Pro 5,1 or Mac Pro 7,1
Any Thunderbolt Mac
macOS, Windows, Linux
RAID 0 or 1 (Stripe or Mirror)
S.M.A.R.T. Status Data Reporting Support
RoHS 3 (Directive 2015/863)
IEC62368-1 and IEC62368-2
SSD mounting screws
Support Knowledge Base
Drivers, Documentation, FAQs
As of 09/2020, the current maximum capacity of most U.2 SSDsis 16TB. This product will support higher-capacity SSDs as they becomeavailable.
This products performance will vary based on the type andnumber of SSDs used, the CPU speed, and the PCIe architecture.
Performance in a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassislimited by maximum Thunderbolt 3 PCIe bandwidth of 2750 MB/s. PCIe bandwidth ofThunderbolt 2 is about half of Thunderbolt 3.
Mac Pro 5,1 (Mid 2010 & Mid 2012) with available full-length x16 PCIe slot
Mac Pro 7,1 (2019)
macOS Catalina compatible
Computer with available full-length, full-height x16 PCIe slot (PCIe bifurcation not required)
Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater)
Linux Kernel 5.0+
Mac computer with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 2 ports via a Thunderbolt 3 or 2 to PCIe card expansion system with available full-length x16 PCIe slot
Windows computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports via a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion system with available full-length x16 PCIe slot
Linux computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports via a Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion system with available full-length x16 PCIe slot