The Mercury Helios Thunderbolt PCI Express Expansion Chassis from Other World Computing is fast and flexible with up to 10 Gbps throughput. It's an ideal solution for high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture, video editing, media transcoding, audio processing and data storage. It is bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices. Mercury Helios can use any half-length PCIe2.0 card (up to 6.5" (16.51 cm)) to provide a massive boost to your workflow. Thunderbolt equipped computers like the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, now have the ability to tap into a wide variety of professional level performance PCIe cards.
The expansion chassis gives you the freedom to use any half-length (up to 6.5" long), full-height, single-width x1, x4 or x8 PCIe card via Thunderbolt technology
It is bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices.
The PCIe card expansion facilitates data transfer of up to 10Gbps SSD, 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity, uncompressed HD video capture and more
The Expansion Chassis features a quiet cooling fan with good ventilation and variable speeds
Mercury Helios is hot-pluggable* and automatically switches on/off through your computer
In the daisy-chain the last device can be a bus powered device**
Rugged yet lightweight aluminum housing makes this expansion chassis quite portable
Note:*All devices connected to the PCIe Card must be securely removed before disconnecting the Helios.
**Thunderbolt bus-powered device should be the last device on the chain.
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Helios Thunderbolt PCI Express Expansion Chassis
Mercury Helios External Enclosure
External Power Adapter
Color User Manual
3 Year Solution Warranty with 48 Hour Turnaround Time
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Supported PCIe Cards
Form Factor: One half-length up to 6.5" (16.51 cm) long, single width, full-height PCIe card
PCIe Cards: Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, RAID Controller, Video Capture, Digital audio, State Solid Drive, SAS controllers such as the OWC Jupiter, FireWire, USB 3.0, eSATA host adapter cards.
One PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4 mode)
Thunderbolt - 2x 20 pin-port
Max Data Transfer Rate
Thunderbolt - 10Gbps (or 1250MBps)
Bootable as long as the specific PCIe card installed is bootable Thunderbolt: Supported on Macs meeting minimum requirements.
Macintosh System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Including 'Lion' 10.7.x and 'Mountain Lion' 10.8.x
Available Thunderbolt port