Sonnet has introduced their new Fusion Dual U.2 PCIe card. The card is sold bare for $199.99 and customers can install U.2 SSD or Intel Optane devices. The card controller sets the devices in a RAID 0 configuration to increase aggregate performance to match PCIe 3.0 speeds.
- Computer with available full-length, full-height x16 PCIe slot (PCIe bifurcation not required)
- Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater)
- OS X 10.13.6 or greater
- Linux kernel 5+
- PCI Express 3.0 x4
- NVMe fully supported
- Two U.2 (SFF-8639)
- U.2 (2.5-inch) NVMe PCIe SSDs
- 2 year warranty
Installing a pair of Micron 15.3 TB 9300 series U.2 SSD units would be a very powerful unit. Note that this card is not SAS or SATA compatible, it is PCIe direct.
Stuffing one of the cards into the gaming box would perk up game loading times substantially. The Micron 9300 SSD products are very competitively priced vs their rivals. The 9300 is very popular with SSD array servers but they are available discretely for all users.
Most of the PCIe cards offered lately have been dual or quad M.2 SSD. Sonnet is stepping up with dual U.2 which can provide more capacity. The Sabrent 8TB M.2 SSD are in very limited supply while the Micron 9300 U.2 SSD is widely available.