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Sonnet SON-ECHOEXP3FD (SONECHOEXP3FD) Desktop, 3 Slot Thunderbolt 2 Chassis for PCIe Cards

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Overview
Use Up to Three PCIe Cards with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots
Echo Express III-D with Mac ProToday's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power–power that many thought would only be possible in full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they're very desirable. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the new Mac Pro®. Proven to be a processing powerhouse and packed with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports, it lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for transcoding data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. With the Echo Express III-D, Sonnet has created a solution that leverages the paradigm shift enabled by Thunderbolt technology, allowing PCIe expansion slots to be connected outside a computer. This desktop Thunderbolt-to-PCIe...
Summary
Accessory Type: Ports and Expansion
Included in box
  • 1x Echo Express III-D chassis(1)
  • 1x Power cord
  • 1x Thunderbolt cable
  • 1x Thunderbolt cable lock(3)
  • 1x Documentation

About the Sonnet Thunderbolt 2 Chassis

Use Up to Three PCIe Cards with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots
Echo Express III-D with Mac ProToday's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power–power that many thought would only be possible in full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they're very desirable. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the new Mac Pro®. Proven to be a processing powerhouse and packed with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports, it lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for transcoding data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. With the Echo Express III-D, Sonnet has created a solution that leverages the paradigm shift enabled by Thunderbolt technology, allowing PCIe expansion slots to be connected outside a computer. This desktop Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion chassis makes it possible for you to connect three professional video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards to any Mac® with a Thunderbolt port.

Built for Speed
20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology-equipped computers are here. The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high bandwidth cards such as the RED ROCKETs, 16Gb Fibre Channel, multi-port 10Gigabit Ethernet cards, or the use of other bandwidth-hungry cards require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications. The Echo Express III-D's Thunderbolt 2 interface takes full advantage of this increased bandwidth to ensure optimum performance from installed cards when the chassis is connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped computer.  Need to connect to a computer equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt? No problem, the Echo Express III-D is fully compatible with earlier generation Thunderbolt computers as well..

Smart Design Inside and Out
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express III-D securely protects the PCIe cards installed inside, yet the chassis is light enough to carry without weighing you down. The fans are variable-speed and temperature-controlled, and the computer-modeled airflow management ensures that even hot-running cards remain reliably cool without the need to install an extra PCIe blower card that would prevent the use of one of the three slots. Because the fans automatically speed up and slow down as needed, there is no guesswork in setting a switch position, and no need for tools to change settings. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch needed on the chassis.

RED ROCKET Supporter
If you're a RED ROCKET user, you already know that the card normally takes two PCIe slots—one for the card itself and another for the BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output). Sonnet designed the Echo Express III-D to accommodate the card/bracket pair in a single slot. This Echo chassis includes mounting holes designed specifically for the installation of two BNC connectors, enabling you to install the ROCKET card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the Echo chassis' mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open. The extra bandwidth afforded by the Thunderbolt 2 interface doubles ROCKET's throughput, too.

Quiet, Please
The Echo Express III-D was designed to be remarkably quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments, and it is one of Sonnet's quietest Echo chassis. Its dual, top-mounted, ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fans assist the natural convection of warm air through the PCIe cards, and vents it out the top of the chassis through custom Venturi openings with low form-drag grills, resulting in reduced air velocity, turbulence, and consequently, fan noise.

Thunderbolt Cable and Lock Included
Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable and lock that secures Thunderbolt connectors(3) plugged into the Echo chassis. It is easy to install and prevents accidental cable disconnections.

Every Thunderbolt-Compatible Card Supported
The Echo Express III-D supports three single-width, full-length PCIe cards, or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, enabling it to support every Thunderbolt-compatible card available. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported. Do you have a card in mind but aren't sure it's compatible? We've worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognized over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Hardware
Warranty5-year
Dimensions (WxDxH)3.8 x 16 x 10.2 in. (9.7 x 40.5 x 25.9 cm)
Weight7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)
Form FactorDesktop
External ConnectorsTwo Thunderbolt
Internal Connector6-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 SlotsOne 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
orThree 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 SupplyUniversal 300W, 115-230V AC, 50-60 Hz(5)
Operating Temperature0˚ C to 35˚ C (32˚ F to 95˚ F)
RoHS Compliant Yes

Provides PCIe Card Expansion
Use high-performance PCIe cards with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port

Thunderbolt 2 Interface
Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with host computers and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology.

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 Aluminum 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.

5-Year Warranty Included at No Extra Cost
No extra charge for a 5-year warranty

New Thunderbolt Cable & Lock Included
Includes Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt cable lock to secure cable from accidental disconnections

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