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APRICORN VEL-SOLO-X2 Extreme Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro

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Changer Type
PCI Express to SATA Card
Upgrade your desktop system to an high speed SSD with the latest SATA III interface (6Gbs)

Uses a single PCIe 2.0 x2 slot or larger for data transfer speeds up to 550 MB/sec

When configured with two drives data transfer speeds up to 800 MB/sec

2.5" SSD connects via SATA III interface

Additional Auxiliary SATA III connector for expansion to another drive


Compatible with 2.5" SATA III and SATA II SSDs and hard drives

Uses a single PCIe 2.0 x2 slot or larger for data transfer speeds up to 550 MB/sec

When configured with two drives data transfer speeds up to 800 MB/sec

Auxiliary SATA III port for additional expansion to any hard drive or SSD

Ideal for use as a boot disk or scratch disk

Includes Apricorn's EZ Gig Cloning Software with Data Select

Macs clone using Apple's Built-in Disk Utility

TRIM Compatible and can access capacities in excess of 2.2TB

Fits Standard Desktop Systems (not compatible with low profile systems)
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  • Patrick P.
  • 2/17/2016 1:15:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe ONLY Card I've Found That WORKS In A Dell T5500!

Pros: Easy as can be to install.

WINDOWS 7 Pro TIPS: Install the card with NO DRIVE inserted and boot. Card will be seen by the BIOS and boot into Windows. MS Device Driver automatically installed. Shutdown the PC. Pull the card, install your SSD with the 4 screws provided, reinsert the card into same slot and boot the PC INTO YOUR BIOS SETUP. IF using the SSD as a Boot Drive with OS already installed, select the SSD in the Boot Sequence as the FIRST DEVICE, save the settings and reboot. Otherwise, Boot the PC, verify the BIOS see the SSD, reboot and go thru the cloning/fresh OS install process

Cons: Nothing. Works right out of the box. Follow the instructions and you won't be ripping your hair out. Yeah...that's right...READ!

Other Thoughts: Definitely would recommend this product. The Dell T5500 has 3GB/sec SATA II on board so the SSD I installed was running only at 50%. I tried THREE OTHER CARDS before getting to this one and there is an apparent conflict with the Dell BIOS and the others.

This card went into a PC SPECIFICALLY BUILT as a ProTools 12 DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for my home recording studio. It has 2 x 6 Core Xeon Processors (12 Cores), 72GB RAM, SanDisk 480GB SSD Boot Drive and 2 @ 2TB SATA Hard Drives. Connected this to a Vizio 39" TV via HDMI and using it as a standard monitor. I can swap the input via the TV remote over to cable if I want WHILE THE PC IS RUNNING. :)

After installing the card, the existing SanDisk 480GB SSD is running at a full 6GB/sec.

It takes 5 seconds after POST to boot Windows 7 Pro SP1 and 7 seconds loading ProTools off the SSD.

Ran a stress test with a ProTools track I call "Insane"...200 tracks of the AIR Music Tech Soft Synth Plugin "Hybrid"...30 second MIDI clip...ProTools loaded it in 42 seconds. Opened the PT Resources window and hit "Play"...less than 36GB RAM used and CPU/Cores utilization never went over 35%!

An additional upside to this card, as if it needed it but at additional expense over the base card, is that it has a SECOND SATA III connector on it for ANOTHER drive. I can see myself picking up a 1TB SSD in 6 months when prices drop further and running it at 6GB/sec off that. I figure the ProTools Plugin "Content" files load time will be cut by 50% MINIMUM.

Greased Lightning is a PIG compared to this machine.

BTW, NASA called....they want to rent this PC to launch their next mission to Pluto. :)

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  • Forrest C.
  • 4/15/2015 2:55:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor some machines requires firmware update

Pros: Easy installation, fast benchmark performance, great USA based support, and very fast firmware-flash update turnaround time from Apricorn support.

Cons: Requires firmware flash update for some machines in order to for the SSD to be seen in BIOS. Firmware flash updates for the SOLO X2 must be performed by Apricorn in their facility.

Other Thoughts: I almost gave up on the X2 until I sent an email to Apricorn support explaining that my Samsung 840 Pro SSD mounted on the X2 never appears in BIOS, which of course prevents it from being the boot disk.

Now, after sending my X2 to Apricorn for a firmware update, the SSD mounted on the X2 is now shows in BIOS and is the boot device in my Lenovo Thinkstation D10.

For those who don't know, the Lenovo D10 is one finicky box when it comes to PCIe device compatibility. Put the wrong PCIe device in a D10 and it won't even make it though POST much less boot.

Anyway, it looks like the X2 SSD upgrade kit will be adding years of additional life to my old D10 as it is plenty fast.

Even with the minor inconvenience and added expense of sending my X2 to Apricorn for a flash update, I'll still give it five stars.

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  • James M.
  • 3/4/2015 8:48:58 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: easy install
seen on the boot

would buy again for PC without SATA III

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: Installed in MSI Eclipse Plus mobo 1366
with a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
running Win 7 PRO
installed clean OS i twice since, no problems
have not use the second port as I do not have another SATA III Drive

speed testing with out RAPID mode now is
Sequential Read 257 MB/s
Sequential Write 67 MB/s
Random Read 41975 IOPS
Random Write 8983 IOPS

VS old Velociraptor hard drive
SR 87 SW 101 RR 264 RW 651
the Samsung Magician program works well and will even ran RAPID mode until new Magician release came out

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  • RANDY G.
  • 2/28/2015 2:16:19 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDOA - Poor support

Pros: Based on the device's specification and what I was after (SATA-3 and JBOD), it should have been slam-dunk wonderful. Alas, it was not to be.

Cons: Product appears to have been DOA. Not "seen" by two different systems, an older Asus P7P55 board and a Lenovo ThinkStation. In fact, it BSOD'd the Asus box. Tech support seemed listless and uninterested. He did say it appeared to be hardware, so either take it back to store or RMA. RMA is done through website, so I filled out the online form and submitted it. No return email from Apricorn. So I returned it and bought a different adapter from a different manufacturer that works properly.

Other Thoughts: The product is well reviewed and probably would have worked well for me. I do understand that DOAs happen. However, the support experience was unacceptable. For this reason, I will avoid Apricorn products in the future.

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  • David H.
  • 11/22/2014 3:55:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great on my 2010 MAC Pro!

Pros: Easy install: just mount the SSD in the drive and plug into an empty PCIe slot. Open Disk Utility and format. Used Mac Migration to migrate my old iMac HD boot drive to the Apricorn Solo X2 w/Samsung Pro 84- 512GB SSD. SSD is fast: Black Magic Speed tested at write: 478Mb/s and Read at 492Mb/s!

Cons: Price. But hopefully the $30 rebate will come through and got it for $10 off at Newegg so would bring the price to $60. But cannot always count rebates.

Other Thoughts: Does not use up one of my 4 drive bays for the SSD.

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  • Wendy H.
  • 9/19/2014 10:43:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSlower than MB SATA

Pros: It wasn't DOA!

Cons: This product ran my Samsung 840 pro at about 2/3 of what I got from my motherboard's SATA controllers. It also cause the SLI setting in the Nvidia control panel to disappear.

Other Thoughts: Though I was able to find a use for it in my wife's computer which doesn't have SATA III, it was useless in my main, Haswell computer. Get it only for an SSD holder for a system that doesn't have SATA III.

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  • Adam S.
  • 9/8/2014 5:13:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Performance, works with FreeBSD

Pros: - Fast! 267 MiB/sec writes - 506 MiB/sec reads on an Intel 720 series SSD.
- Works with FreeBSD - uses the Marvell 88SE9182 chipset
- Awesome that it has an extra port in addition to the SSD slot.
- Fits in SuperMicro 1U rack servers (with a riser card).
- Appears to support port multipliers!!

Cons: none!

Other Thoughts: Benchmarking (using bonnie++) revealed that the controller preforms awesomely, even faster than the built in MB SATA controller on this SuperMicro server. Performance numbers above are likely the performance of the SSD (ie; that's the bottle neck, not the card). Perfect.

FreeBSD recognizes the card with no issues:

ahci0: <Marvell 88SE9182 AHCI SATA controller> port 0xe040-0xe047,0xe030-0xe033,0xe020-0xe027,0xe010-0xe013,0xe000-0xe00f mem 0xf7520000-0xf75201ff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci1

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  • Marshall W.
  • 7/4/2014 8:40:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMost Excellent Apricorn SOLO X2 PCI-e Card

Pros: 5 Minute, "Easy as Pie" Install in Slot 2's - 16x PCI-e Lane.
Sata III, 6 GBPS Interface speed on a "Jurassic" Macpro3,1 Desktop.
SSD Screws included. No Driver sw needed on a Mac.
$20 Apricorn M-I-R.
Superfast Shipping from Newegg - Arrived the next day !

Cons: None at this point.

Other Thoughts: Loaded it with a "C-Note" 240GB OCZ Vertex 460 SSD from Newegg.
on The Early 2008 MacPro 2.8 Ghz Quad(8)Core Desktop.
Blackmagic Benchmarked 495.8 MB/s Writes and 477.1 MB/s Reads.
Waiting to add a OCZ 480GB SSD to it when the time is right….
and get even higher "Back to the Future" Speed.

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  • 3/2/2014 7:54:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: This thing really works! In a 2012 Mac Pro, it SIGNIFICANTLY increases HDD speeds over the native SATA II bus.

Cons: none

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  • Mark B.
  • 12/29/2013 7:18:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot as easy as it looks online

Pros: Easy to attach my SSD and plug into my MacPro (5,1). Mac quickly recognized the device and formatting my new SSD was quick and easy. I combined this with a Samsung 750GB SSD and they make quite a pair.

Cons: To physically install the device only took a few minutes, the actual setup and moving of my OS to this new SSD took several days. A few of the issues:
1. To use "restore" in OSX disk utility, the target drive must be "as big as or bigger" than the source drive. This is not usually the case when moving to a SSD because they're so expensive. You likely have a 1 or 2TB system drive and are moving to a 500GB or 750GB SSD. I only had 350GB on my source drive, but because it was 2TB HDD and my SSD was 750GB, Restore did not work.
2. Time Machine - would no work either. I have my iTunes and iPhoto library on different disks and a Time Machine restore did not work.
3. I thought I could just install "Mavericks" on my new SSD while keeping my original OS drive in place. Nope. Because there was no "recovery partition" on the new SSD, this would not work. Nice of Apple to put this partition on every system, but a pain when you can't install on a disk without one.
4. Clean install - with no physical DVD for OSX Mavericks, was tricky but I finally got it. Actually installed an old Mountain Lion OS on the SSD from the DVD (this added in the "recovery partition"), then downloaded Mavericks on my original HDD through the App store, then installed Mavericks on the SSD, changed the target boot drive to my SSD, and finally migrated my data over from my old 2TB drive to my SSD.
This was a CHORE and took several days to complete. Moving 350 GB of data around took a lot of time on each attempt but SUCCESS was finally mine!!
The Outcome - very, very nice. My MacPro does run much quicker and I don't get the spinning beach ball near as much as I used to. Programs open quickly and searches are very quick. I really like the device and it has added a little time before I need to upgrade. No glitches since install. I'm considering this project a success - though it took a LOT LONGER than I ever expected.
Only thought - they give you an extra SATA connector - but they put it on the inside. I can see for PC that may help, but not Mac. Why not put one extra adapter on the inside and one on the outside?

Other Thoughts: I was very surprised by how long it took New Egg to get this too me. I almost always receive my goods within a week. I placed the order online on 11/25 and it didn't arrive until 12/9 - that's 14 days. Giving 4 days for the Thanksgiving break and that's still 10 days. Not their usual speed - but I'm sure they were busy for their "Black Friday" month of November.

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