Fusion Flex J3i

Fusion Flex J3i is an upcoming adapter from Sonnet Technologies Inc. for adding SATA hard drives and/or SSDs to the empty top space of Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro. The adapter bracket offers bays and isolation mounts for two 3.5-inch drives (or 2.5-inch drives via included adapter plates), plus a third bay for a 2.5-inch SATA drive. Appropriately sized power and data cables are also included.

Fusion Flex J3i is promised for mid-June availability at $199.99 solely for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro models.

Icy Dock SSD cards

ToughArmor MB840M2P-B is an interesting PCIe card announced by Icy Dock USA that holds an M.2 NVMe SSD in a unique slot so that it is easily removable from outside the computer.

The patent-pending M.2 adjustable locker lets you quickly place the M.2 NVMe SSD (2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110) into the drive tray and move the adjustable M.2 locker towards the M.2 NVMe SSD to lock the drive in place.

Other features include power and activity status lights, aluminum and a thermal pad for heat dissipation, “EMI grounding”, and a single-width format that fits both full-height and low-profile PCIe 3.0 slots with x4 bandwidth compatible with x4, x8, and x16 slots. (It’s also compatible with PCIe 4.0 at limited bandwidth.)

ToughArmor MB840M2P-B will be sold via third-party resellers, including Amazon, for the 2019 Mac Pro and other computers and PCIe expansion boxes with PCIe slots.

ToughArmor MB839SP-B is a 2.5-inch SATA version that’s already available (at $64.99 when checked at Amazon). The company also offers a wide variety of other storage racks, docks, enclosures, etc.

IronWolf SSDs

IronWolf SSDs are new solid-state drives from Seagate Technology LLC, designed specifically for use in NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems and available in both 2.5-inch SATA and M.2 NVMe formats. Features include endurance from 435 to 7000 TBW, sequential read/write speeds up to 560/535 MB/s for SATA and up to 3150/850 for NVMe, all depending on capacity, and compatibility with common NAS systems from Synology, QNAP, et al, plus “firmware to keep your NAS enclosure maximized for demanding 24×7 and multi-user environments.”

IronWolf SSDs are sold through resellers, including Amazon, where the IronWolf SATA SSD started at $69.99 and the IronWolf M.2 NVMe SSD at $144.99 when checked (for the lowest capacity of 240 GB).

 

Aura P12

Aura P12 is an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD from OWC (macsales.com) that’s available in capacities as high as 4 TB. Features include Toshiba TLC 3D NAND flash with a Phison E12 controller, 6820 TBW durability (for the 4TB version) with promises of high performance (read/write up to 3400/3000 MB/s) with PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth, plus support for SMART and for TCG Opal/TGC Pyrite.

Aura P12 is priced at $1,149.88 for 4TB, $419.99 for 2 TB, $188.99 for 1 TB, $98.99 for 480 GB or $59.99 for 240 GB with a 5-year OWC limited warranty.

Glyph Atom Pro

Atom Pro NVMe SSD is a compact, bus-powered, high-performance, SSD storage device from Glyph Production Technologies, Inc. that connects to a Thunderbolt 3 port on a computer or powered dock. Features include a “heat-dissipating” aluminum shell, “MIL-Standard 810F rating for shock, vibration, dust, and sand” and “read speeds up to 2,800 MB/s and write speeds reaching 2,450MB/s” with capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB.

Atom Pro NVMe SSD was priced at $299.95 / $449.95 for 500 GB / 1 TB when checked (at Amazon and elsewhere) or $999.95 for 2 TB.

(The Samsung X5 offers similar features, performance and pricing.)

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card from Sonnet Technologies, Inc. that accomodates two standard 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, with a hardware RAID controller, and also offers a 10Gbps USB-C port. Features include RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, and JBOD modes (selected via external switch), 15-watt power delivery, status indicator lights, and performance “up to 1,000 MB/s.”

Fusion Dual 2.5-inch SSD RAID is due for release by the end of this month at $129.95 for Mac Pro models or external Thunderbolt PCIe enclosures that can hold a full-length, full-height PCIe 3.0 card.

Sensei

Sensei is a new utility app  from Cindori AB that adds to the capabilities of the company’s previous Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei Mac apps but only runs on macOS Catalina. Features include SSD Trim support, SMART reporting, performance testing, fan control, detailed Mac information and monitoring (temperature, CPU, GPU, battery, drives), an app uninstaller, disk “cleaning” and more.

Sensei 1.0.0, which is compatible only with macOS 10.15 Catalina, is priced at $59 for a permanent license or $29/year as a subscription. Upgrade discounts are available for owners of Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei.

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  • SSDs – Samsung’s ultrafast PCIe 4.0 SSD previewed
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Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0

Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 [Amazon link] is an NVMe M.2 SSD from Sabrent that uses the new PCIe 4.0 standard for ultra-high performance, promising read/write speeds up to 5000/4400 MB/s with computer motherboards that support PCIe 4.0.

Note: In order to take advantage of these speeds, a PCIe Gen4 motherboard is REQUIRED. Otherwise it will be at pcie gen 3 speed at max of 3500MB/s. When installing any NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD directly onto a PCIe Gen4 Motherboard a Heatsink is required to dissipate the heat generated by the drives extreme speed levels to avoid thermal throttling and maximize performance.

The Sabrent 1TB Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 Internal SSD is backward compatible with PCIe 3.0. Using a Gen 3 PCIe motherboard will enable the user to reach speeds of up to 3400 MB/s (read) and 3000 MB/s (write).

Other features include SMART and Trim support, upgradable firmware, power management support (“APST / ASPM / L1.2”), and support for ONFi 2.3, ONFi 3.0, ONFi 3.2 and ONFi 4.0 interfaces.

Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 is sold via resellers in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities ($119.98 to $369.99 when checked at Amazon).