Sonnet Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards

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Sonnet Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards
Key Features
  • Use PCIe Cards via Thunderbolt 3
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 Slots
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Daisy-Chain up to 5 Thunderbolt Devices
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Connect three full-length PCIe cards to systems with a Thunderbolt 3 port using the Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Chassis from Sonnet. The Echo Express III-D is useful for expanding the connectivity of systems like the MacBook Pro, which does not have the PCIe slots needed to connect pro video and audio inputs, transcide data, and connect high-speed storage and networks. Instead, the Echo Express III-D connects to Thunderbolt 3 hosts to leverage this connectivity via PCIe expansion slots that are outside of the computer. Up to three PCIe card are supported for tasks including video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 8Gb or 16Gb FIber Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controllers.
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Sonnet Express III-D Overview

Connect three full-length PCIe cards to systems with a Thunderbolt 3 port using the Echo Express III-D Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Chassis from Sonnet. The Echo Express III-D is useful for expanding the connectivity of systems like the MacBook Pro, which does not have the PCIe slots needed to connect pro video and audio inputs, transcide data, and connect high-speed storage and networks. Instead, the Echo Express III-D connects to Thunderbolt 3 hosts to leverage this connectivity via PCIe expansion slots that are outside of the computer. Up to three PCIe card are supported for tasks including video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 8Gb or 16Gb FIber Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controllers.

The Echo Express III-D features two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports which yields up to 2750 MB/s of bandwidth, enabling it to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, plus 16Gb FC cards and dual-port 10GbE cards at full performance. With the ability to handle multiple demanding and high-performance PCIe cards, you'll be able to connect with two 4K displays at 60 Hz, one 5K display at 60 Hz, and Thunderbolt and USB devices.

General Features

Three PCIe 3.0 Slots

Sonnet's Echo Express III-D supports three full-size PCIe cards, up to 12.28" (full-length) long. The III-D integrates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power, such as the RED ROCKET-X. Despite all that power, the III-D is environmentally friendly; it automatically powers on or off whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powers off or sleeps, respectively.

40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3

The Echo Express III-D includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The first is used for connecting 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 III-D includes 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter. The III-D also provides full support for connecting two 4K displays at 60 Hz or one 5K display at 60 Hz. For connected peripherals requiring extra power, 15W is provided to connected bus-powered devices.

All-Around Smart Design

The Echo Express III-D is wrapped in a rugged, yet lightweight aluminum outer shell, resulting in a system light enough to carry without weighing you down, yet sturdy enough to securely protect the installed PCIe cards.

Its two large, slow-spinning fans, enhanced with computer-modeled airflow management, ensure that even hot-running cards remain reliably cool without the need to install an extra PCIe blower card that would prevent the use of one of the three slots. Because the fans automatically speed up and slow down as needed, you don't have to guess which speed setting to select, and there's no need for tools to change settings. There is no power switch on the chassis, nor is one needed, because the III-D automatically powers on and off with your computer.

Quiet Operator

In operation, the Echo Express III-D is remarkably quiet. It may be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments, and it is one of the quietest Echo systems. The natural convection of warm air through the PCIe cards is assisted by two quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans, and vented out the top of the chassis with reduced air velocity and turbulence, resulting in little fan noise.

Thunderbolt 3 Non-GPU Cards Supported

The Echo Express III-D supports three single-width, full-length PCIe cards, or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, enabling it to support a wide variety of Thunderbolt 3-compatible, non-GPU PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 card available.

RED ROCKET Supporter

Sonnet designed the Echo Express III-D to accommodate the RED ROCKET or RED ROCKET-X and its BNC connector bracket (for HD-SDI output) card/bracket pair in a single slot. This Echo chassis includes two BNC connector mounting holes, enabling the installation of the card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the chassis' mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open.

Designed for BNC Connector Cables

Echo Express III-D's back panel has two BNC connector mounting holes, enabling the use of a RED ROCKET card without the need to install the BNC connector bracket that would normally occupy a valuable PCIe slot.

40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 Cable and ThunderLok 3L Included

To connect the Echo Express III-D to your computer, Sonnet includes a 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 cable and a Sonnet ThunderLok 3L Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure the cable to the Echo chassis.

Accidental cable disconnection can lead to data loss. Sonnet's ThunderLok 3L 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, the ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won't get lost when not in use.
UPC: 732311012280

Sonnet Express III-D Specs

General
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x8 (x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x8 (x4 mode)
Supported PCI Card SizesFull-Height, Full-Length, Single-Width, Double-Width
Host ConnectionThunderbolt 3
Ports1 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Data Transfer RatesThunderbolt 3: 40 Gb/s
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
Power
Power Source Type300 W Internal PSU
AC Input Power115 to 230 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Cooling
Fans2
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
Physical
Form FactorDesktop
Construction MaterialAluminum
Host Cable Length2.3' / 0.7 m
Dimensions3.8 x 10.2 x 16" / 9.65 x 25.91 x 40.64 cm
Weight7.5 lb / 3.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.3 x 13 x 6.1"
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