OWC Mercury Helios 3 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis

BH #OWHELIOS1TB3 • MFR #OWCHELIOS1TB3
OWC Mercury Helios 3 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis
Key Features
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16/x4 Slot
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • Supports Half-Length Cards up to 7.75"
The Mercury Helios 3 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis from OWC / Other World Computing lets users connect PCIe expansion cards to their host system using Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 provides bi-direction data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, which can drive peripherals made for video production, transcoding, audio processing, data storage, and more.
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OWC OWCHELIOS1TB3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Highlights
  • 3Support for Most PCIe Cards
  • 4Compatibility

The Mercury Helios 3 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis from OWC / Other World Computing lets users connect PCIe expansion cards to their host system using Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 provides bi-direction data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, which can drive peripherals made for video production, transcoding, audio processing, data storage, and more.

This enclosure has one PCIe 3.0 slot which runs at x4 but can accept cards up to x16. Supported form factors include half-height cards up to 7.75", as well as full-height and double-width cards. It interfaces with your host system using one Thunderbolt 3 port, while a second Thunderbolt 3 port can be used to daisy-chain an additional five compatible Thunderbolt 3 peripherals and deliver a minimum of 25W of power. Also supported is a dual-display configuration via Thunderbolt 3 and separate mini DisplayPort output. The Mercury Helios 3 can drive one display up to 4K at 60 Hz or two 1080p displays at 60 Hz.

Compatible systems include the Mac mini, MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, iMac, and MacBook Air running macOS 10.12.1 or later, as well as Intel/AMD-based systems running Windows 10 or later. Windows 10 is also supported under Boot Camp. Included is a 1.6' Thunderbolt 3 cable, an auto-switching power supply, and a power cable. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

Please note that graphics cards, OWC Mercury Accelsior Pro Q SSDs, and OWC's 2-port Jupiter mini-SAS PCIe HBA Card are not supported.

Highlights

Daisy-chain support for up to five additional Thunderbolt peripherals
Near-silent operation
Plug-and-play - no drivers needed

Support for Most PCIe Cards

Fibre Channel
10GbE Network Interface Controller
Video capture
Digital audio
Solid-state drives
SAS controllers, such as the OWC Jupiter
FireWire, USB 3.1 Gen (USB 3.0), or eSATA host adapter cards

Compatibility

Mac mini (Late 2018)

Macmini8,1

MacBook Pro (15" with Touch Bar, Late 2016)

MacBookPro13,3

MacBook Pro (13" with Touch Bar, Late 2016)

MacBookPro13,2

MacBook Pro (13" with Retina Display, Late 2016)

MacBookPro13,1

MacBook Pro (13" with Retina Display, Mid 2016)

MacBookPro14,1

MacBook Pro (13" with Touch Bar, Mid 2017)

MacBookPro14,2

MacBook Pro (15" with Touch Bar, Mid 2017)

MacBookPro14,2

MacBook Pro (13" with Touch Bar, Mid 2018)

MacBookPro15,2

MacBook Pro (15" with Touch Bar, Mid 2018)

MacBookPro15,1

iMac Pro (27", Late 2017)

iMacPro1,1

iMac (21.5", Mid 2017)

iMac18,1

iMac with Retina 4K Display (21.5", Mid 2017)

iMac18,2

iMac with Retina 5K Display (27", Mid 2017)

iMac18,3

MacBook Air (13", Late 2018)

MacBookAir8.1

Windows

Compatible with Intel- and AMD-based desktop/laptop systems with built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports

OWC OWCHELIOS1TB3 Specs

General
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 (x16 mode)
Supported PCI Card SizesFull-Height, Half-Length, Double-Width
Host ConnectionThunderbolt 3
Ports2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
1 x Mini DisplayPort
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
Power
Power Source Type External Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Physical
Form FactorDesktop
Host Cable Length1.64' / 0.5 m
Dimensions5.28 x 3.23 x 9.65" / 134 x 82 x 245 mm
Weight3.09 lb / 1.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.65 x 11.4 x 4.8"

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