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

  • 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
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Learn more about the Apricorn VEL-SOLO-X2

Model

Brand
APRICORN
Model
VEL-SOLO-X2

Spec

Type
PCI Express to SATA Card
Specifications
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

Features

Features
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)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Marshall W.
  • 7/4/2014 8:40:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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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  • tom w.
  • 3/2/2014 7:54:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Ender E.
  • 11/18/2013 1:33:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome for 3.1 Mac Pro

Pros: This product works extremely well in an Early 2008 Mac Pro. I installed this on the PCIe 2.0 x16 slot with a 250GB Samsung 840 Evo and it has given machine it's life back.

Cons: Set up can be a bit confusing for Bootcamp.

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  • John G.
  • 5/9/2013 12:58:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDidn't work on the Asus P6X58D Premium

Pros: I reviewed this well for use on an Asus P7H57D-V EVO. I indicated I was going to try it with an Asus P6X58D Premium. Both the card, then after a restart, and the SSD installation processes went well.

Cons: But I encountered about 66% of all the speeds with the same OCZ Vertex 3 SSD (DiskMark 3.02 x64) when installed on the Apricorn. I contacted technical support. It seems there must be a conflict with the Marvell drivers for the two different Marvell chips on the aging Asus P6X58D Premium and the newer Apricorn. Seems the Apricorn doesn't show up in the Device Manager either, so trying a direct route for driver installation seems out too.

Other Thoughts: Gave it three eggs, because I would try it again, if I had another mainboard. It just seems motherboard dependent.

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  • John G.
  • 4/29/2013 1:07:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked fine on Asus P7H57D-V EVO

Pros: Installed the card fine, started the computer, shut the computer down after it recognized the card and booted fine, moved the existing SSD to the Apricorn, restarted the computer and it worked fine. The Apricorn cut boot times by 30 seconds using the same Crucial M4 128 GB SSD on a LGA 1156 mainboard that has the hamstrung first generation Marvell SATA 3 connector using Windows 7-64 bit Premium.

Cons: Not the devices fault, but Windows 7 boot delay still takes nearly a minute.

Other Thoughts: Bought a second unit several days ago to increase SSD speed on a Asus P6X58D Premium that has the same SATA 3 Marvell limitations while awaiting the rumored X99 LGA 2011 mainboards supposedly happening next year.

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  • Scotty T.
  • 4/19/2013 11:02:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjust to add

Pros: this is a update review..this card is still performing great. i have tweaked my bios and have even better read and writes.. sequential read is up to 407 and sequential write is 315. random read is now 41253 and random write is 31678. also as to have i accomplished anything, well windows 7 experience index thinks i have. for it has rated my primary hard disk to 7.9 from 7.7...so i am very happy.

Cons: Looks like newegg has discontinued this product.

Other Thoughts: you may have to change things in the bios to get full benefits or even for your operating system to recognize it. i failed to state in previous review that i installed this in a PCI Express x16 slot for i had one open. i just use one video card. some say if you use both x16 slots your video card will operate on x8 instead of x16. i sure havnt noticed any difference while gaming but im not a big time gamer.

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  • Scotty T.
  • 4/12/2013 1:01:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: increased sequential read and write..can use for boot drive..easy setup..removes one sata cable for a minor touch of air flow and better neatness.. 30 dollars less than original price.

Cons: decreased random read and writes ( IOPS )..poor manual and instructions.

Other Thoughts: i installed on old board ( asus P5B premium board ). installed without ssd and booted up, windows loaded drivers, re-started pc and shut back down. inserted a boot ssd ( samsung 830 ) and started pc back up. would not boot, tried again would not boot. shutdown and unplugged my storage drive which was connected to my motherboard. started back up and it booted to windows. plugged my storage drive back up and everything is fine. rebooted and works great, no blue screen of deaths. it did add about 3-4 seconds boot time for it has to initialize each time started up. you can see this happening in bios. samsung magician reported running on sata3 6GB's now instead of sata2.. sequential read went from 275 to 357 MB/s..sequential write went from 258 to 310 MB/s. random read (IOPS) went from 47115 to 36009..random write (IOPS) went from 33233 to 31906.. now did i accomplish anything with better sequential and less (IOPS), i dont know for im no expert on this. i guess it depends what kind of computering you do. but everything is running great and im happy.

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  • Dave F.
  • 3/29/2013 4:38:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk--NG w/Vista and/or 7

Pros: none, it would be a decent concept if it worked

Cons: doesn't work; no online support from manufacturer; waste of time trying to get it to work

Other Thoughts: I tried getting this to install on a home computer running Vista Business. Device Manager could see the drive, but i was unable to access it. I tried different PCI slots on the board with no luck.
Took it to work and tried installing it on a machine with Windows 7. It could be read through startup but wouldn't boot. (When the same drive was connected directly to the board, there was no problem.)
I agree with another reviewer who writes it off to a firmware issue that Apricorn is unwilling to acknowledge or resolve.
NewEgg has lowered the price, Apricorm is offering rebate along w/NewEgg's. Along with the lack of information on the Apricorn site I'm wondering if they're phasing these out.
I bought this based on a positive review in PC World. The review and directions make this sound like an easy way to squeeze a little extra speed out off an SSD on an older board. But, if it doesn't work, it's obviously a waste of time and money.

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  • charles a.
  • 3/13/2013 1:36:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdo not waste money

Pros: none

Cons: bought 4 cards, software is junk does not find cards. but comuter did. called support, they told me to use hdclone software.

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