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The Mercury Helios Single-Slot PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis from OWC / Other World Computing provides you with the flexibility to upgrade the capabilities of most workstations by offering an extra x16 PCIe 2.0 slot. It can be used to connect a single PCI card for video capturing, video editing, media transcoding, audio processing, fast networking, and more to a computer via the Thunderbolt interface.
The Helios supports one half-length (up to 7.75"), full-height, and single-width PCIe card to provide a vast array of expansion options. It also supports a double-width card with a x2, x4, x8, or x16 interface. The expansion chassis offers expansion of computing capabilities of any Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac laptop, or PC. This technology provides the flexibility to use a PCIe card with the bandwidth to support their capabilities.
For cooling, a silent, variable speed fan keeps the aluminum inside of the chassis ventilated and running smoothly. Furthermore, it automatically powers on/off with your computer.
One PCIe 2.0 slot
Thunderbolt 2 offers up to 20 Gb/s bandwidth
For HD/4K video workflows
Compatible with 10 Gb/s networking interface cards
For Pro Audio workflows
For Ultra-Fast Datasets + Storage
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Helios Single-Slot PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis
3.3' Double-Shielded Thunderbolt Cable
External Power Adapter
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
x16 PCIe 2.0
Supported PCIe Cards
One half-length (up to 7.75" /19.68 cm), single-width, full-height x16 PCIe 2.0 card
PCIe Card Power
2 x Thunderbolt (20 Gb/s)
Input: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0 A
Output: 12 V/10 A
OS X 10.9 or later Windows 7 SP1 or later Boot Camp is not supported
Minimum Requirements Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt interface Recommended Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt 2 interface
OS X (requires installed PCIe card be bootable)
Operating: 32 to 95°F (0 to 35°C) Non-Operating: -40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)