Sonnet Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System

Sonnet Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System

Sonnet Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System

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Product Highlights

  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface
  • 2 x Thunderbolt Ports
  • Upgradable to Thunderbolt 3
  • Temperature-Controlled Fan
  • Rugged Aluminum Housing
  • Smart Design Inside and Out
  • Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included
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PCIe Support: Full-Height, Half-Length

Full-Height, Half-Length Low-Profile

Not available with current selections

Connection Type: Thunderbolt 2

Thunderbolt 2 Thunderbolt 3
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  • 1Description

The Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System from Sonnet supports most Thunderbolt-compatible cards, including PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards up to 7.75" long. It is suitable for connecting one professional video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, or RAID controller PCIe card to any Mac or Windows PC with a Thunderbolt port. The PCIe expansion slot is necessary to install specialty audio, video, networking, and storage controller interface cards. The SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides ample bandwidth for many of the demanding, high performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. The Echo Express SE I may also be upgraded to Thunderbolt 3.

Note: PCIe cards sold separately

Form Factor
The Echo Express SE I is small and light for use in situations where connecting only a single PCIe card is required. The SE I is designed to have a small footprint, yet it's large enough to support the vast majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. The SE I's small size doesn't limit its performance. When installed in this system, a card will perform the same as when installed in an Echo Express SE II, Echo Express III-D, or Echo Express III-R.
Thunderbolt 2 Technology
The SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides ample bandwidth for many of the demanding, high performance PCIe cards and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While delivering maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports, the SE I is also fully compatible with computers with 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, supporting cards at full-performance. And like the other Echo Express models, the SE I includes two Thunderbolt ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices from a single port on your computer.
Upgradable to Thunderbolt 3
The Echo Express SE I can be upgraded to Thunderbolt 3.
Supports Thunderbolt-Compatible PCIe Cards
Able to accommodate cards up to 7.75" long, Sonnet's Echo Express SE I supports Thunderbolt-compatible cards. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 cards are also supported.
Smart Design Inside and Out
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express SE I securely holds the installed PCIe card. The card is protected inside, too. Instead of using a fixed speed fan that may not reliably cool a hot-running card or a fan with a user-controlled switch, the SE I employs a variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan to ensure that the card and chassis' components remain reliably cool. The expansion chassis' fan automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the installed card when it's hot, and slows down when it's cool. Since Echo Express products automatically 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.
PCIe 2.0 Slot and Space for a Daughter Card
The Echo Express SE I's PCIe 2.0 slot supports one half-length+ (up to 7.75" long), full-height, single or double-width PCIe card. Some specialty cards, such as RME's HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design's DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e 50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The daughter card occupies the adjacent space without filling a PCIe slot.
Ultra-Quiet
The Echo Express SE I is designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times.
Strong Link in the Chain
This Sonnet solution supports daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express, the Apple Thunderbolt display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10W is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok Included
Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the Echo Express SE I to your computer and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. Sonnet's ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from the Echo chassis and is easy to install and use: Just slide it over one end of the cable and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won't get lost when not in use.
UPC: 732311011269
In the Box
Sonnet Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System
  • Power Cord
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • ThunderLok (Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip)*
  • Universal Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Note: *ThunderLok (Thunderbolt connector retainer clip) is compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not yet compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.

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    • 1Description
    Form Factor Desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system
    External Connectors 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
    12 V power
    Expansion Slot 1 x x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0
    PCIe Cards Supported 1 x Low-profile PCIe card*

    PCIe cards sold separately.

    Power Adapter Universal 80 W, 100 to 240 V, 50 to 60 Hz
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C)
    RoHS Compliant Yes
    Compatibility Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
    OS X 10.8.5+
    OS X Yosemite

    PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port *
    Windows 8 and 7

    Important Note: *Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows.
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.63 x 3.50 x 8.63" (14.29 x 8.85 x 22.01 cm)
    Weight 2.60 lb (1.18 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.9 x 5.8"
    Echo Express SE I Desktop Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Card Expansion System is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Died after 26 days of use So had it for 26 days work on the thing none stop and one day it just would drop the connection and had to unplug the thunderbolt to kick start it again, then it finally died. Had to return it to BH and ended up getting the promise tech which is a little bit more but is a bit smaller
    Date published: 2017-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for MacPro Expansion I use both the SE I and II in our editing facility to connect our 8Gb Fibre Channel storage to the New MacPros and they work great. They are simple to install and really quiet in our edit suites.
    Date published: 2015-12-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from This unit mounts upside down Extremely frustrated to discover that this unit is mounted upside down and in fact does not allow for daughter cards from the Decklink. Even their own power and thunderbolt pcie is upside down. To only add to my frustration, the Thunderbolt cable lock is included but the chassis does not have receiving threads to use it. Not at all what is advertised.
    Date published: 2018-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Thunderbolt Expansion Box Quality construction with ample power supply provided for Thunderbolt PCIe expansion card. Has two thunderbolt ports. Works well with both Apple Thunderbolt and PC enabled thunderbolt computers. Did not encounter any compatibility issues with Firmtek PCIe cards.
    Date published: 2016-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Works as expected with a Magewell Quad Capture card and a MacBook Pro. �A little fan noise, but not bad.
    Date published: 2018-04-12
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