The Mako is a PCI Express Gen 3.0 carrier board for up to four high-speed M.2 NVMe SSDs [not included] that can be configured as an NVMe RAID for up to 8TB of storage capacity with read / write speeds of up to 6GB/sec*.
Adding a populated Mako board to a Windows or Linux based computer can provide immediate and significant performance improvements for just about any application. Software development, simulation, graphic design, animation, video editing, financial analysis, and gaming are just a few of the applications that can benefit from such an upgrade.
The Mako M.2 NVMe RAID carrier board is straightforward to install and use as a high-speed, high-capacity disk drive in Linux or Windows systems. The Mako can be configured as a software RAID using standard methods for the respective OS:
- Windows 7
- Windows 8, 10
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows – 7, 8, 10, Server 2012
- Linux – standard distributions, kernels 4.x and above
- OS standard NVMe driver (available from NVM Express website)
- PCIe Gen 3.0 x8 slot (previous generations and less lanes are supported at reduced bandwidth)
- Up to four M.2 NVMe SSDs (PCIe Gen 3.0 x4)
- Bootable drives are supported if BOIS/UEFI supports booting from a PCIe device
- S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools (Open Source) for disk inspection and monitoring, available for download from SourceForge
- Manufacturer specific NVMe drivers available from drive manufacturer
* Maximum achievable speeds can vary widely depending on the OS and system hardware. Older Mac Pro systems (e.g. 5,1) use PCIe Gen 2.0 x16 slots. While the Mako will work in these systems, it will do so at the reduced rate of PCIe Gen 2.0 x8. This will reduce the maximum achievable read and write speeds to between 2.5GB/s and 3.0GB/s. Below are EDT generated test results on Linux and Windows systems.