Mako

M.2 NVMe RAID carrier board for up to 8 TB of SSD storage

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. It can be configured as a software RAID using standard methods for the respective OS:

System Requirements:
  • 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
Optional:
  • 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 (for example, Samsung)

* 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.

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-AX370 Gaming K5
Operating System Ubuntu 16.04.1
PCIe Slot PCIe Gen3 x16
M.2 SSDs Samsung 960 PRO (2TB) x 4 in software RAID 0 configuration
Benchmark Software Diskspeed (EDT disk IO test software)
Average Seq.Read 6.6 GB/s
Average Seq.Write 6.1 GB/s
Motherboard ASRock OC Formula Z170
Operating System Windows 10 version 1803 (OS Build 17134.81)
PCIe Slot PCIe Gen3 x16
M.2 SSDs Samsung 960 PRO (2TB) x 4 in software RAID 0 configuration
Benchmark Software CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64 (32GB file, 9 iterations, Q=32, T=1)
Average Seq.Read 6.4 GB/s
Average Seq.Write 5.4 GB/s
Benchmark Software ATTO Disk Benchmark 4.00.0f2 (32GB file, 1MB IO size, direct IO, QD=9)
Average Seq.Read 6.4 GB/s
Average Seq.Write 5.8 GB/s