News Sonnet Technology Packs M.2, USB-C and 10 Gb Ethernet into a PCIe Add-in Card

Johnpombrio

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A strange mix of ports. The 10Gb Ethernet port is top of the heap while having PCI 3.0 M.2 slots instead of USB 4.0 M.2 and only USB 3.2 instead of USB 3.2X2 is good for an older rig. Bring the ethernet port down to 2.5Gb/s and drop the price by half and you have a very decent card for older machines.
 

garylcamp

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'Sonnet Techynology is in the finishing stages of launching its "McFiver" PCIe add-in card, featuring expansion support for two M.2 SSDs, two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, and a single 10Gb Ethernet port.'

$399 is the cost of a good new MOBO that likely has all these features. $100 I might consider upgrading my older computer but not $400.
 

olaf

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As extension card for older SFF type cases seems useful.

It's not always possible to make a low profile card. And as SFF cases have both a height and length restriction that could get tricky , and ventilation on those is miserable most of the time.
 
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Hell, at that price point you could buy a motherboard with better support and a PCIE NIC. 8 lane PCIE slots are becoming rather scarce. Agreed, there are some valid uses, but not many that will coax $400 out of someone's wallet.