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Sonnet Tech xMac Mini Server

Brand: Sonnet
SKU: XMAC-MS-A-TB3
  • Convert your Mac mini® with Thunderbolt 3 ports from a rudimentary computer to a workstation
  • Take advantage of the USB-C (a USB that can do it all) – 40 gbps Thunderbolt 3
  • Enable your ideas
  • Clever design inside and out
  • Simple expansion options

Clever Design Inside & Out

The xMac Mini Server has many clever design innovations.  The xMac Mini Server’s power switch turns the computer on and off, short of the need for you to reach around the back, and the PCIe slots power on/off with the Mac Mini for energy savings. The enclosure’s rear panel comprises mounting holes for two BNC connectors used for HD/SDI output from cards like the RED ROCKET-X or for MADI and word clock IO from cards like the RME HDSPe MADI FX. There’s a central power hub for the computer and the PCIe slot’s power supply, allowing you to power the lot with one power cord. The front panel USB-A port offers a handy visual cue, lighting up when the computer is on.The fans are user-replaceable and there’s an extra-quiet fan kit available.

Take Advantage Of The USB-C (A USB That Can Do It All)

The xMac Mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports:

  • The first is utilised for connecting to your computer
  • The second supports daisy chaining of up to five extra Thunderbolt peripheral devices to a single port on your computer.

This Sonnet solution includes 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, meaning that you are able to connect a USB device to the second Thunderbolt 3 port by means of the proper adaptor or cable. There’s also complete support for linking a 4K display @ 60Hz. For linked peripherals necessitating extra power, 15 watts is provided to associated bus-powered devices.

Enabling Your Ideas

The xMac Mini Server allows you to increase your Mac mini’s abilities in ways you never imagined. It can be an ingest station for uncompressed 4K video or act as a virtual sound check, pro audio plug-in DAW and record rig.

For PCIe card compatibility information, see the PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a list of cards that have been tested to be recognised over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Simple Expansion Options

The xMac Mini Server offers simple access to its PCIe slots and your computer’s ports – just loosen two thumbscrews and then slide the top cover off. Once inside, installing PCIe cards and linking cables to the computer are easy. The included Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable attaches your Mac Mini to one of the xMac Mini Server’s Thunderbolt 3 ports, connecting the PCIe slots to the computer. The xMac’s second Thunderbolt 3 port enables daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt peripherals such as extra;

  • Audio I/O devices
  • Video capture and playback devices
  • Pro video breakout boxes
  • PCIe expansion (like Sonnet’s Echo Express III-R rackmount chassis)
  • And more…

Envision The Opportunities…

  • Video wall server
  • Large-Capacity RAID Storage Server
  • Metadata Controller
  • ProTools Multitrack Recording Rig
  • Video Ingest Station

Link two high-performance PCIe cards to convert your Mac Mini with Thunderbolt 3 ports from a modest computer to something much more.

Convert Your Mac mini® To A Workstation!

For numerous applications, a Mac Mini with Thunderbolt 3 ports has all the processing power needed to substitute for a full-sized desktop or workstation. But for pro video and audio users, the mini’s compacted size can limit its possibilities – there are no slots for PCIe expansion cards needed to provide extra connectivity and functionality and you need to firmly rack mount the computer. Sonnet’s award-winning xMac™ Mini Server addresses these problems and make the most of a Mac mini’s capabilities in a big way.

Inside its custom 1U enclosure, the xMac Mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition firmly mounts your Mac Mini and attaches two PCIe cards to the computer through one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports. A USB-A port and a power button mounted on the front panel allow the connection of a thumb drive, mouse, keyboard or any other USB peripherals. This allows the operation of the system without requiring access to the back of the computer.

Extra panel-mount cables (HDMI, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and USB-A) are included to attach the ports on the computer to ports on the back of the xMac Mini Server for expedient exterior connection. Due to the active electronics at both ends of Thunderbolt cables, pass through Thunderbolt ports are not possible but an opening on the back panel allows you to effortlessly route cables to the computer or the internal connections on an installed card.

Key Features

For High-Performance PCIe Cards That Need More Power – The xMac mini Server assimilates a universal 150W power supply and comprises an auxiliary PCIe power connector for cards that need additional power, such as the Avid Pro Tools | HDX or the RED ROCKET.

In short, there is plenty of power for any combination of compatible cards.

Rear Panel Connectivity, Front Panel Operation

  • USB-A, HDMI and Ethernet ports mounted at the back of the chassis for simple connectivity;
  • Front panel power button activates power switch on Mac mini;
  • illuminated USB-A port enables connection of keyboard, mouse, thumb drive, etc.

Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports

  • One port used to connect to the computer;
  • Second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five extra Thunderbolt peripheral devices to your computer, attaching a single USB peripheral device or linking a 4K display.

Thunderbolt 3 Interface

Offers roughly 1750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to the installed cards.

Ensures That Your Mac Mini Is Road-Ready

Firmly holds the computer and PCIe cards in place during transport, adding mobility to your Mac.

Ready For The Server Room

1U rackmount enclosure with built-in cable management features, easy to remove lid and user-replaceable fans.

Diverse PCIe Card Supports

  • SAS/SATA RAID controllers
  • Fibre Channel
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Pro audio
  • Pro video capture and playout
  • And other PCIe cards

Improves Capabilities And Connectivity To Your Mac mini by attaching two high-performance PCIe 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0 expansion cards. The xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition supports one single-width card, one full-length & one full-height. Plus one full-height, half-length card. Plus, if you install a PCIe card that comprises a daughter card (or interface connector bracket) like the ones included with The Lynx AES16e-50, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G or RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, a supplied mounting bracket lets you firmly mount the daughter card inside the chassis next to the main card, leaving the xMac’s second PCIe slot open for another card.

Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Cable And ThunderLok™ 3 Included

To link your computer to the xMac Mini Server, Sonnet includes a 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable and to prevent unintentional cable disconnection which can lead to data loss, they include a Sonnet ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure the cable to the xMac. ThunderLok 3 is simple to connect and utilise. Just slide it over one end of the cable, plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Due to its innovative design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.

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