Sonnet xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System

Sonnet xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System

Sonnet xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System

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Product Highlights

  • 4U Rackmount Enclosure
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 Expansion Slots
  • Thunderbolt 2 - to - PCIe ExpressBox
  • Front Panel Power Button
  • Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI Ports
  • Integrated 300W Power Supply
  • Air Cooled & Energy Efficient
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Mac Compatible
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The xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System from Sonnet is a 4U rackmount enclosure for the Mac Pro. It has three integrated PCIe 2.0 slots, 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 technology, and expandability of Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis for PCIe cards. Like the III-R, the xMac Pro Server provides space to mount additional equipment, such as storage expansion. To support a wide range of mobile racks, carts, and portable rack cases, the xMac Pro server is 16" deep. The xMac Pro Server securely holds the computer and installed cards, making your Mac Pro road-ready.

The xMac Pro server supports three full-length PCIe cards. It has a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power, such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the new RED ROCKET-X. The xMac Pro server is eco-friendly, as it automatically powers the PCIe expansion system on or off whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powers off or sleeps, respectively.

Note: Mac Pro, PCIe cards, and mobile rack device mounting kits are sold separately.

Provides PCIe Card Expansion for Mac Pro
Constructed of heavy-duty steel, xMac Pro server's outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for the computer and PCIe cards installed inside. Hidden behind a front panel, both the computer and PCIe card expansion system reside in separate modules to simplify setup and maintenance, allowing you to work with computer or cards individually. A protective cocoon of steel with soft touch padding to hold the Mac Pro firmly in place, while protecting its mirror finish. There is leftover space in the enclosure, suitable for mounting additional equipment such as hard disk drives, solid state drives, a tape drive, optical drive, or even a Qio MR pro media reader
Makes Your Mac Pro Road-Ready
4U rackmount enclosure securely holds the computer and PCIe cards in place, adding mobility to the Mac
Three PCIe Slots
The xMac Pro server supports three full-length PCIe cards or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, enabling it to support Thunderbolt-compatible card available. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported
Thunderbolt 2 Interface
The Mac Pro includes six high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 2 ports The original 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt on older computers 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 ROCKET™, 16Gb Fibre Channel, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and other bandwidth-hungry adapters require more than 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 technology provides higher bandwidth for demanding applications. The xMac Pro server's 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 interface uses this increased bandwidth to ensure optimum performance from installed cards connected to the Mac Pro. If you need to connect a peripheral equipped with 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt, xMac Pro server is compatible with earlier generation Thunderbolt devices as well
Power for High Performance PCIe Cards
Integrated 300W power supply provides optimal power for any card you install; 75W auxiliary PCIe power connector enables use of cards that consume lot of power, such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX or the RED ROCKET-X
Cool, Quiet Operator
The Mac Pro's cylindrical core is topped with a single large fan that quietly and efficiently cools the computer, drawing in cool air through the bottom and expelling warm air through the top. Mounted on its side inside xMac Pro server, the computer's airflow path remains unchanged and unobstructed; full, independent airflow through the computer is maintained according to Apple's specifications. The xMac Pro server was designed to be quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments

The PCIe card expansion system is cooled separately with dual, ultra-quiet, and temperature-controlled fans. Its fans vent warm air through custom Venturi openings with low form-drag grills, resulting in reduced air velocity, turbulence, and fan noise. The fans have variable-speed. The computer-modeled airflow management ensures that even hot-running cards and chassis components remain cool, without the need to install an extra PCIe blower card that would prevent the use of one of the three slots
Front Panel Operation, Rear Panel Connectivity
The xMac Pro server front panel mounted power switch turns the computer on and off without the need for you to reach around the back. The front panel USB 3.0 port connects to the Mac Pro, enabling you to connect a keyboard, a mouse, or a thumb drive to the computer, without having to access its ports from the back. Other Mac Pro interface ports are extended to the back of the chassis and mounted on the rear panel for convenient interfacing of the remaining connections: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and USB 3.0 cables, as well as the power cord. Holes for cable ties enable you to secure cables inside, keeping them clutter-free, while avoiding accidental disconnects

An included Thunderbolt cable connects one of the Mac Pro's Thunderbolt 2 port to one of xMac Pro server's Thunderbolt ports, linking the PCIe slots to the computer. xMac Pro server's additional Thunderbolt port supports daisy chaining Thunderbolt peripherals such as additional PCIe expansion, pro video breakout boxes, video capture and playback devices, audio I/O devices, and more. The xMac Pro server includes adjustable and removable rackmount extension rails that allow the enclosure to be installed securely in a variety of racks from 16 to 26" deep
Energy Efficient
Variable-speed fans automatically adjust to the needs of each configuration, and the auto power on/off feature ensures that there is no energy wasted with cards powered on, when the Mac Pro is sleeping or is turned off
RED ROCKET Supporter
RED ROCKET, or RED ROCKET-X card normally takes up two PCIe slots, one for the card and another for the BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output). The xMac Pro server accommodates the card/bracket pair in a single slot. The xMac Pro server includes mounting holes designed specifically for the installation of two BNC connectors, enabling you to install the RED ROCKET card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the Echo chassis mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open. The extra bandwidth provided by the Thunderbolt 2 interface increases the ROCKET's throughput

Thre xMac Pro server's back panel has two mounting holes for BNC connectors, allowing the use of a RED ROCKET card without the need for the BNC connector bracket that would normally occupy a PCIe slot
Thunderbolt Cable Lock Included
Sonnet includes a lock that secures the Thunderbolt cable connectors in place when plugged into the xMac Pro server. It is easy to install and prevents accidental cable disconnections

Note:Mac Pro and PCIe cards are sold separately.

UPC: 732311010828
In the Box
Sonnet xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System
  • 1.0m Thunderbolt Cable
  • Thunderbolt Cable Lock*
  • 2 x Power Cords
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Note: *Thunderbolt cable lock is compatible with Apple and Sonnet Thunderbolt cables. Not compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.

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    Sonnet XMAC-PS Specs

    Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 2.0 x8 (x8 mode)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x8 (x4 mode)
    Supported PCI Card Sizes Full-Length, Double-Width
    Ports 2 x Mini DisplayPort Thunderbolt 2
    2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
    3 x USB Type-A USB 3.0
    1 x HDMI
    Operating System Support macOS/OS X
    Power Source Type 300 W Internal PSU
    AC Input Power 115 to 230 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Form Factor Rackmount (4 RU)
    Certifications RoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions 19.0 x 7.0 x 16.0" / 48.2 x 17.7 x 40.6 cm
    Weight 32.5 lb / 14.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 38.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 20.0 x 9.0"

    Sonnet XMAC-PS Reviews

    xMac Pro Server PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt 2 Expansion System is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from xMac Pro Server allows for ease-of-use We installed an xMacPro Server TB2 Expansion Chassis in our machine room to make the MacPro rack-mountable.By putting the chassis in a rack, it made all connections to the MacPro so much easier.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best overall solution I'm in the middle of old Mac pro cheese grater models that are dying and whatever else Apple will grace us with in the near future.? This is a great solution to bridging the gap for a high end studio running Pci-e cards and numerous peripherals.? Great construction and easy to put together.? Would buy again.
    Date published: 2018-02-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy killer case Great all-in-one solution, sadly the drives expansion is sold separately and it costs too much for its purpose. Also, to my opinion the metal it's made of is too thick and therefore it's very heavy, but i guess it gains a more professional vibe cause of this.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits like a glove Assembly was easy and functionality is great.? Sturdily built and rack installation was effortless.? Nice expandability options (opted for the Migration expansion) and connectivity
    Date published: 2018-02-12
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