Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System

Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System

Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System

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Product Highlights

  • Thunderbolt 3 Interface
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x8 Slot
  • Supports Full-Height, Half-Length Cards
  • Temperature-Controlled Fan
  • Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included
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PCIe Support: Full-Height, Half-Length

Full-Height, Half-Length Low-Profile

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Sonnet ECHO-EXP-SE1-T3 overview

  • 1Description

The Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Card Expansion System from Sonnet provides a PCIe 3.0 x8 slot for Thunderbolt 3-equipped notebooks, SFF desktop systems, and other computers without a PCIe slot. The Echo Express SE I supports full-height PCIe cards, featuring a length up to 7.75". For supporting a wide variety of PCI cards, it sports one expansion slot that can accommodate double-width PCI cards or single-width PCI cards coming with a daughter card. 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, which operates over the Thunderbolt connection. There's also an integrated variable-speed fan for cooling your PCI card and the SE I's internal components.

The Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Card Expansion System comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, letting you daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to your computer. Each of the two Thunderbolt 3 ports transmits data at a rate of up to 40 Gbps and offers a USB Type-C design, so you can connect the included 1.6' Thunderbolt 3 cable on the first try. Moreover, a ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip is supplied to help ensure the cable stays connected to the chassis.

PCIe 3.0 Slot and Space for a Daughter Card
The Echo Express SE I's PCIe 3.0 slot supports a half-length (up to 7.75" long), full-height, single- or double-width PCIe card. Some specialty cards, such as Blackmagic Design's DeckLink 4K Extreme, and RME's HDSPe MADI FX card, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The daughter card occupies the adjacent expansion slot space without requiring a PCIe slot.
Thunderbolt 3 Technology
The Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 edition includes two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports; the first connects it to your computer, while the second supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices to a single port on your computer. The SE I comes with USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using a proper cable or adapter. The SE I also provides full support for connecting two 4K displays @ 60 Hz or one 5K display @ 60 Hz. For connected devices requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to connected bus-powered devices.
Smart Design
The Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 Edition's lightweight, yet rugged aluminum outer shell securely protects the installed PCIe card. Inside, the card is protected with a variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan, which ensures that the card and SE I's internal components remain reliably cool. The fan automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the optional PCIe 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.
Designed to accommodate cards up to 7.75" long, the Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 Edition supports most PCIe 3.0, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 1.1 cards, which are compatible over a Thunderbolt connection.
Quiet Cooling
The Echo Express SE I is designed to be 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 PCIe card at all times.
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok Included
To connect the Echo Express SE I - Thunderbolt 3 Edition to your computer, Sonnet includes a 1.6' (0.5m) Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps) cable and a Sonnet ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Accidental cable disconnection can lead to data loss. Sonnet's ThunderLok 3 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.
UPC: 732311012051
In the Box
Sonnet Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System
  • Universal Power Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 1.6' (0.5m) Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sonnet ECHO-EXP-SE1-T3 specs

    Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0 x8 (x4 mode)
    Supported PCI Card Sizes Full-Height, Half-Length, Single-Width
    Maximum GPU Length 7.8" / 19.7 cm
    Ports 2 x Mini DisplayPort Thunderbolt 2
    Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
    Power Source Type 60 W External Adapter
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Certifications RoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions 5.6 x 8.6 x 3.5" / 14.2 x 21.8 x 8.9 cm
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.9 x 5.9"

    Sonnet ECHO-EXP-SE1-T3 reviews

    Echo Express SE I Thunderbolt 3 to Full-Height/Half-Length PCIe Card Expansion System is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't throw that PCIe card away... I normally have an aversion to connecting any computer gizmo through a third gizmo; this is just asking for trouble. But seeing the positive reviews for the Sonnet products I thought I would give this a try to save my RME pro audio HDSPe AIO cards $900 + investment, since I was purchasing a new Mac with no PCI slots. Bottom line: it was pretty much load, plug and play. The card was instantly recognized and works perfectly with Logic 10+ on High Sierra. I was also able to daisy-chain a USB-C SSD drive from the second port without interference or performance loss.� There is a little bit of fan noise, always the bane of a studio owner, but less than many other devices here.
    Date published: 2018-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as it neeed It works as expected with Intel 750 Series SSD, I am satisfied
    Date published: 2017-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet Thunderbolt 3 Box Well made Thunderbolt 3 box works as described. Quiet temperature controlled fan. . . easy to take apart to insert card. Comes with one Thunderbolt 3 cable lok and quality 0.5m thunderbolt 3 cable. No problem being recognized in Windows 10 environment with X99 motherboard and Thunderbolt 3 card.
    Date published: 2017-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Using it for a SAS PCI card controlling an LTO-5 Tape Drive I have been wanting to get rid of my tower for ages. The one thing keeping me from being able to do so was the occasional need to use an external LTO-5 tape drive which has a SAS interface. Now that my latest laptop has a Thunderbolt 3 port, I rolled the dice and gave this expansion system a try. Amazingly it worked first try, no fighting with drivers, no issues at all. It took under 5 minutes to open the chassis, move the card from my tower to this unit, and then fire it up for a test drive. Windows 10 immediately recognized both the PCI SAS card and the attached LTO-5 Tape Drive. I ran the tape drive diagnostic program to make sure the interface could keep up with the speed requirements and all tests passed. One caution: I was using the piggy-backed USB-C port on the back of this expansion unit to drive a 4K DisplayPort adapter. While the tape drive was reading or writing I had some display flashing. I assume this is because of the bandwidth needed to run both 4K-60FPS plus the demand from the tape drive. The solution was as simple as removing the 4K monitor cable from this device. I don't have any problem running the laptop without the desktop monitor for the occasions when i need to operate the tape drive.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works with Tv 2 adapter Works well and very quiet
    Date published: 2017-04-09
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