Sonnet xMac mini Server


  • Product Description

      PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini with Thunderbolt port. Features 150W power supply, and auxiliary power connector, and Thunderbolt 2 interface. Upgradeable to Thunderbolt 3.Rackmount Server

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

  • Product Details

    • Variant: Default Title
    • SKU: XMAC-MS-A
    • Product Type: Expansion
    • Brand: Sonnet

In Depth

Key Features

  • Adds Connectivity and Capabilities to Mac mini—Connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt technology to the Mac mini, supports high-performance expansion cards
  • Server Room Ready—1U rackmount enclosure with user-replaceable power supply and fans, built-in cable management features
  • Diverse PCIe Card Support—Supports Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, pro video capture and playout, SAS/SATA RAID controllers, pro audio, and other PCIe cards
  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with Mac mini with Thunderbolt 2 technology; backward compatible with Mac mini and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technoogy
  • Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card
  • Supports Thunderbolt Expansion—Enables daisy chain connection of additional Thunderbolt technology devices through second Thunderbolt port
  • Front Panel Operation—Front panel power button activates power switch on Mac mini; USB 3.0 port enables connection of keyboard, mouse, thumb drive, etc.
  • Power for High Performance PCIe Cards—Integrated 150W power supply provides plenty of power for any cards you install; auxiliary PCIe power connector enables use of power hungry cards such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED ROCKET
  • Rear Panel Connectivity—Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports are mounted at the rear of the chassis for easy connectivity
  • Energy Efficient—Variable-speed fans automatically adjust to the unique needs of each configuration, and the auto power on/off feature ensures there is no energy wasted with cards powered on when the Mac mini is sleeping or off
  • 5-Year Warranty Included at No Additional Cost—No extra charge for a 5-year warranty
Part No.  
XMAC-MS-A xMac mini Server(1)
Warranty 5-year
Dimensions (WxDxH)

19 x 17.75 x 1.72 in. (48.3 x 45.1 x 4.4 cm)


16 lbs (7.26 kg)   

Form Factor Rackmount
External Connectors
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 (one open, one used)
  • One RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port extension
  • Three USB 3.0 ports (one front mount and 2 rear mount)
  • One HDMI port extension
Internal Connectors
  • 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr (provides auxiliary power for PCIe cards that require it)
  • One C-8 power
Expansion Slots
  • One x8 (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0 half-length
  • One x16 (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0 full-length
Compatible PCIe Cards(4) Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart
Power Supply

Universal 150W, 90-260V AC, 50-60 Hz

Operating Temperature

+32º F to +95º F (0º C to +35º C)

RoHS Compliant Yes

Package Contents

  • xMac mini Server, assembled
  • Daughter card mounting bracket
  • 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable
  • Thunderbolt cable lock(4)
  • Power cord
  • Documentation

Note: Mac mini and PCIe cards sold separately



  • Mac® mini or Mac mini with OS X Server [late 2012 (6,1) through late 2014 (current 7,1) with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports]
  • OS X® 10.8.5+
  • macOS Sierra compatible

PCIe Card Compatibility

Technical Notes

  1. Mac mini and PCIe cards 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. Thunderbolt 2 upgrade exchange kit for xMac mini Server is available for purchase at nominal fee. Upgrade is compatible only with third and fourth generation xMac mini Server (part no. XMAC-MS-A); older models not supported. This upgrade is NOT part of the Thunderbolt 2 upgrade program for Echo Express III-D, III-R, or SE II.
  4. Thunderbolt cable lock compatible with Apple and Sonnet copper Thunderbolt cables. Not compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.
  5. Thunderbolt cable lock is compatible with Apple and Sonnet Thunderbolt cables. For more information see Support Article FAQ 785.