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Sonnet Tech Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 2-To-PCIe Expansion Chassis, Three FHFL Slots

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  • Link three full-length PCIe cards to computers with Thunderbolt Two ports
  • Revolutionary bandwidth for exterior expansion, more than enough to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards
  • Wrapped in a rugged, lightweight aluminum outer shell, resulting in a system light enough to transport without weighing you down
  • Intended to be ultra-quiet so that it can be easily utilised in noise-sensitive environments
  • Delivers plenty of bandwidth for many of the most challenging, highest performance PCIe cards and includes support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol which allows video streaming to a 4K video monitor

Thunderbolt Two – Adaptability. Performance. Bandwidth.

The original 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface provided revolutionary bandwidth for exterior expansion, more than enough to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high bandwidth adapters such as the RED ROCKET, 16Gb Fibre Channel cards, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards and other bandwidth-hungry cards need more than 10Gbps. The Thunderbolt Two eliminates this wall by providing more bandwidth for challenging applications.

20Gbps Thunderbolt Two Interface

Echo Express III-D features 20Gbps Thunderbolt Two which delivers plenty of bandwidth for many of the most challenging, highest performance PCIe cards and includes support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol which allows video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While the III-D brings you maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt Two ports, it is also completely companionable with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt, supporting most cards at full-performance.

ThunderLok & Thunderbolt Two Cable Included

Sonnet Tech includes, at no extra cost,  a one-metre Thunderbolt Two cable and a Sonnet ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to avoid unintentional cable withdrawals —just slide it over one end of the cable and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by rotating a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not utilised.

Silent Operation

Echo Express III-D is intended to be ultra-quiet so that it can be easily utilised in noise-sensitive environments. Its two big, slow-spinning fans, improved with computer-modelled airflow management, warrant that even hot-running cards remain dependably cool without the need to install an extra PCIe blower card that would thwart the utilisation of one of the three slots. Since the fans robotically speed up and slow down as required, you don’t have to guess which speed setting to select and there’s no need for tools to change the settings.

Intended For BNC Connector Cables

Sonnet Tech intended the Echo Express III-D to accommodate the RED ROCKET or RED ROCKET-X and its BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output) card/bracket pair in a single slot. This Echo chassis comprises two BNC connector mounting holes, allowing the connection of the card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the chassis’ mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open without the need to fix the BNC connector bracket that would usually inhabit a valuable PCIe slot.

No Concession, Three PCIe 2.0 Slots

‍Sonnet Tech’s Echo Express III-D supports three full-size PCIe cards, up to 31.2 cms (full-length) long. The III-D assimilates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W PCIe power connector for cards that necessitate additional power, such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX. Even with all that power, the III-D is enviro-friendly; it robotically powers on or off every time the associated computer powers on (or wakes) or powers off or sleeps, respectively.

Clever Design Inside And Out.

Echo Express III-D is wrapped in a rugged, lightweight aluminum outer shell, resulting in a system light enough to transport without weighing you down, yet robust enough to firmly protect the installed PCIe cards. Since Echo Express products robotically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the chassis, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.

Every Thunderbolt Compatible, Non-GPU PCIe Card Supported

Echo Express III-D supports three single-width, full-length PCIe cards or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, allowing it to support every Thunderbolt Two companionable, non-GPU PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 card offered.

Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s companionable? Sonnet Tech has put together a supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart (PDF). There you’ll find cards acknowledged as compliant to Thunderbolt technology requirements and organised by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion system.

Complimentary Lifetime Tech Support

‍Sonnet Tech was established in Irvine, California in 1986. Since then, they’ve established and brought to market numerous pioneering and award-winning products that improve the performance and connectivity of Mac, Windows and other industry-standard computers. Many of their employees (including engineers) have been with the company for more than 20 years (some have been there since the foundation). They have a wealth of knowledge about their current and past products. Should you ever need technical support on one of their products, just contact them and they’ll be there to help you.

Pro Tools And Media Composer

The Echo Express III-D is Avid capable. It has been verified and accepted for utilisation with Pro Tools HD 12 software and is qualified by the Avid Audio group for utilisation with Pro Tools HDX and HD Native systems and distinctly qualified by the Avid Video group for use with Media Composer / Symphony with many contemporary and older Mac computers with Thunderbolt Three and Thunderbolt Two ports.

See the Avid website for particulars on Pro Tools System Requirements and Compatibility and Media Composer System Requirements.

Thunderbolt Two Connectivity

Through a modest Thunderbolt Two cable, attach professional PCIe cards (three full-height, single-width cards or one double-width card plus one single-width card) with video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and RAID controllers.

Three-Slot Thunderbolt Two Desktop Expansion System

With Sonnet Tech Echo Express III-D you can link three full-length PCIe cards to computers with Thunderbolt Two ports. For professionals working in the artistic fields, a computer’s processing power unaided is not sufficient to get the job done. Prime cases include notebook and all-in-one desktop computers that lack PCIe expansion slots required to support specialty cards that link pro video and audio inputs, transcode data and attach to high-speed storage and networks. Sonnet Tech’s Echo™ Express III-D is a professional-level desktop Thunderbolt™ Two to PCIe card expansion system that allows you to attach three full-length PCIe cards at the same time to your computer through a solitary cable.

Key Features

  • Unified Power Supply: Unified 300W power supply with 75W supplementary power; daisy chain port supports up to 10W of power to linked peripherals.
  • Rugged Aluminum Housing: Delivers robust and secure protection.
  • Energy Saver Mode: Powers on/off robotically with the computer.
  • Curiously Silent: Two big temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans robotically and silently cool the cards.
  • Two Thunderbolt Two Ports: One port attaches to your computer; the second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five extra Thunderbolt peripheral devices.
  • Professional Performance: Every Thunderbolt companionable, non-GPU PCIe card supported irrespective of length or height.
  • Three PCIe 2.0 Slots: Supports three full-height, single-width cards or one double-width card plus one single-width card.
  • 20Gbps Thunderbolt Two Interface: Complete Thunderbolt Two performance; backward companionable with 10Gbps Thunderbolt.
  • Link PCIe Cards: Utilise numerous high-performance PCIe cards with any computer with a Thunderbolt Two port.

Thunderbolt Three Upgrade Options Available

If you have already purchased an Echo Express III-D, Sonnet Tech offers a Thunderbolt Three upgrade card – the upgrade is as easy as swapping a PCIe card in the chassis.

If you’re in the market for a Thunderbolt Three to PCIe card expansion system, the Sonnet Tech Echo Express III-D (Thunderbolt Three Edition) is also available.

Rackmount Version Offered

Sonnet Tech Echo Express III is offered in two versions, the III-D (desktop) and III-R (rackmount), to suit your workflow requirements.

The III-R mounts in a rack space 2U tall and is only 16 inches deep, making it seamless for utilisation in an extensive range of prevalent mobile racks, carts and rack cases and in server rooms as well. The III-R even saves space for other equipment —with an discretionary Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, you can fit one or two mobile rack devices in the III-R’s rack enclosure.

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