Sonnet&s new McFiver PCIe adapter card gives computers five additional interfaces, namely two M.2 NVMe SSD slots, one 10 Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type-C ports. The card requires only a single-width card slot and is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux computers with a free x8 PCIe slot. In addition, the card can be used on computers with Thunderbolt ports when installed in the x8 PCIe slot of a PCIe card expansion system for Thunderbolt.
Sonnet McFiver PCIe adapter card
The McFiver PCIe card thus enables users to add internal SSD storage as well as 10GBASE-T (copper) 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and 10Gbps USB-C ports to their systems using just a single adapter card. The McFiver card can be populated with one or two single- or double-sided M.2 NVMe 2280 PCIe SSDs (sold separately). Two USB peripherals can be connected and powered via the USB-C ports. A full 10 Gbps connection is supported via each port. SSD, SSD RAID, and hard drive devices with bus power can be powered with up to 7.5 watts of power through each port.
Sonnet engineers designed the card to provide high performance for each function. For computers with Thunderbolt ports but without PCIe card slots, such as notebooks, mini- and all-in-one desktops, users can install the new PCIe adapter crate in a Sonnet Echo PCIe card expansion system for Thunderbolt, giving them all the interfaces of the McFiver card using a single cable.
Sonnet McFiver PCIe adapter card with two SSDs
Compatible with macOS, Windows and Linux operating systems, Sonnet says the McFiver PCIe card is the only PCIe adapter card available with M.2 NVMe SSD slots, as well as 10GBASE-T, 10GbE and USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C ports. The card requires only one full-height card slot and no power connection. Neither additional power supply for the card nor a power supply for connected USB devices is required for operation. Therefore, it can be used in almost any PC or Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system with an x8 PCIe slot.
Because the McFiver uses an x8 PCIe 3.0 bridge chip, it does not require special SSDs or a specific motherboard to operate, nor does it require PCIe bifurcation to support RAID functions. When inserted into a computer&s PCIe 3.0 or 4.0 card slot, Sonnet&s solution supports high storage performance. For example, an installed NVMe PCIe SSD delivers data transfers of up to 3,400 MB/s. With two SSDs formatted as a RAID 0 set, transfers of up to 6,600 MB/s are supported.
The McFiver&s RJ45 10GbE port can be connected to 10GbE infrastructure up to 55 or 100 meters away using cost-effective CAT 6 or CAT 6A copper cables. The card also supports multi-gigabit Ethernet speeds (5Gb/s and 2.5Gb/s) over standard CAT 5e cables at distances up to 100 meters when used with switches that support multi-gigabit. For Mac users, the card also offers support for audio-video bridging (IEEE 802.1Qav, AVB). When used with a switch or router with AVB support plus infrastructure, the card is suitable for use in professional audio and video applications where stream synchronization is critical.
Like all of Sonnet&s latest USB-C cards, the McFiver supports full 10Gbps bandwidth on each USB port. Intelligent power management and provisioning for powering connected drives across ports ensures operation even when two drives are connected. The card provides independent power control for each port. This avoids potential interference that can cause accidental interruptions to other connected devices, for example, when a hard drive is booted.
Price and Availability
The McFiver PCIe card (part number G10-USBC-M2-E) is expected to be available in mid-June at a suggested retail price of 585 euros.