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Sonnet Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System

$1,899.00

ECHO-EXP3FR
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Product Details

Rackmount, 3-slot Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System with integrated power supply, variable speed fans, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices. Upgradeable to Thunderbolt 3.

Specifications and appearance are given as guidelines and may change without notice.

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In Depth

Key Features

  • Provides PCIe Card Expansion—Use high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt-equipped computers
  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with host computers and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology
  • Provides Space for Installing Additional Devices—Using optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits, you can install HDDs, SSDs, a tape or optical drive, and more inside the Echo Express III-R enclosure
  • Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card
  • Three PCIe Slots—Supports three full-length, full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card
  • Remarkably Quiet—Large, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans that automatically cool the cards, plus computer-modeled design that reduces airflow turbulence and velocity, combine to provide quieter cooling for all cards
  • Integrated Universal Power Supply—Built-in 300W power supply with 75W auxiliary power connector
  • Rugged Steel Housing—Provides robust and secure protection for any environment
  • Every Thunderbolt-Compatible Card Supported—Works with every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, regardless of length or height
  • AVID Qualified for Pro Tools|HDX & HD Native and Media Composer/Symphony
  • 5-Year Warranty Included at No Extra Cost—No extra charge for full 5-year warranty
  • Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections
Part No.  
ECHO-EXP3FR Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System
EXP3FR-MRM Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (optional; sold separately)
Hardware  
Warranty 5-year
Form Factor Rackmount Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system
External Connectors Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
Internal Connector 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr (same type as on legacy Mac Pro motherboard; provides up to 75W of power for PCIe cards that require supplemental power)
Expansion Slots
  • One x8 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 2.0
  • One x16 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 2.0
  • One x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0
PCIe Cards Supported(1)
  • One full length, full-height, double-width PCIe card, plus one single-width card

    or

  • Three full length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards
Compatible PCIe Cards(2) Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart
Power Supply(5) Universal 300W, 115-230V AC, 50-60 Hz
Operating Temperature

0˚ C to 35˚ C (32˚ F to 95˚ F)

Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 16 x 3.48 in. (48.26 x 40.6 x 8.85 cm)
Weight 19 lbs (8.6 kg)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System
  • Power cord
  • Thunderbolt cable
  • ThunderLok Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip(3)
  • Documentation

Note: PCIe cards and Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit sold separately.

Mac Compatibility

Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port

OS X® 10.8.5+

macOS Sierra compatible

PC Compatibility

PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port(4)

Windows® 10, 8, 7

PCIe Card Compatibility

For up-to-date PCIe card compatibility see our PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

For maximum PCIe bandwidth when used with a Mac Pro (late 2013), dedicate one of the computer’s Thunderbolt 2 busses to the Echo Express III-R. For more info see Sonnet's FAQ Article


Technical Notes

  1. PCIe cards and Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit sold separately.
  2. Compatibility requires the installation of Thunderbolt technology-aware drivers, available from the manufacturer. See our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a list of up-to-date compatible PCIe cards.
  3. ThunderLok compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not yet compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.
  4. Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows. See the PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for details.
  5. Power supply will operate at 90-115V AC, with linear power deration of 240W-300W over that range.

Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits Options

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