HighPoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 x16 Expansion Chassis

BH #HIRS6661A • MFR #RS6661A
HighPoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 x16 Expansion Chassis
Key Features
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
  • Supports PCIe x16, x8, and x4 Cards
  • Daisy-Chain Six Thunderbolt Devices
Add Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe x16, x8, and x4 cards to your system, including audio, video capture, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, storage/RAID controllers cards, and PCIe SSDs using the RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 x16 Expansion Chassis from HighPoint. Its lightweight, small-footprint design is well-suited for compact workstations and mobile computing platforms such as iMacs, MacBook Pros, and more. At 7" tall and less than 3" wide, the RocketStor 6661A is small enough to pack into a laptop bag but can also support full-sized PCIe 3.0 add-in cards in its open-ended PCIe 3.0 x4 slot.
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HighPoint 6661A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Thunderbolt 3
  • 4Chassis Design Features

Add Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe x16, x8, and x4 cards to your system, including audio, video capture, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, storage/RAID controllers cards, and PCIe SSDs using the RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 x16 Expansion Chassis from HighPoint. Its lightweight, small-footprint design is well-suited for compact workstations and mobile computing platforms such as iMacs, MacBook Pros, and more. At 7" tall and less than 3" wide, the RocketStor 6661A is small enough to pack into a laptop bag but can also support full-sized PCIe 3.0 add-in cards in its open-ended PCIe 3.0 x4 slot.

Aside from its PCIe slot, the RocketStor 6661A is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which provide bi-directional speeds of 40 Gb/s. While one port is used to interface with your host system, the other can be used to daisy-chain up to six devices together, including dual 4K displays or a single 5K display, thanks to support for DisplayPort 1.2. Thunderbolt 3 also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and provides 15W of power to compatible devices for charging.

HighPoint's RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 x16 Expansion Chassis is compatible with Thunderbolt 2 devices, as well as USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB 3.1). Please be aware that any daisy-chain connections will terminate if a peripheral or device is connected via USB Type-C. Included is a Thunderbolt 3 cable, a 60W external power supply, and a power cord. Protection is provided by a limited 1-year warranty.

General Features

Compact & Portable Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis

Transform your notebook into a compact media workstation. The RocketStor 6661A allows you to quickly add most PCIe x4, x8 or x16 cards to your Thunderbolt 3 computing platform, such as media capture, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external storage/RAID controller cards. Like its processor, the lightweight, small-footprint design is suited for compact workstations and mobile computing platforms such as iMacs, MacBook Pros, and Razor notebooks. At just 7" tall and less than 3" wide, the RocketStor 6661A is small enough to pack into a laptop bag yet is capable of supporting full-sized PCIe 3.0 add-in cards.

Efficient Chassis Design Keeps Temperatures Cool During Heavy Workloads

PCIe devices, such as networking, video, and hardware RAID cards can generate a great deal of waste heat during heavy I/O. Thus, an efficient and reliable cooling system is an essential component of any PCIe expansion solution. The RocketStor 6661A was designed to accommodate performance-intensive applications. The ventilated, all-aluminum chassis and dual cooling fans help keep temperatures cool during high-stress workloads.

User-Friendly Plug-and-Play Installation

The RocketStor 6661A can be added to most Thunderbolt 3 Windows and Mac platforms via a single cable connection. Quick release thumbscrews and a slidable chassis cover make adding or removing PCIe cards simple.

Compatible PCIe Cards

Compatible PCIe cards include the RocketStor 6661A-NVMe (Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe RAID), RocketStor 6661A-4USB (Thunderbolt 3 to 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A), RocketStor 6661A-2USB (Thunderbolt 3 to 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A & 10 Gb/s 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C), RocketStor 6661A-2U2e (Thunderbolt 3 to 2 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A & 2 x 6 Gb/s eSATA), RocketStor 6661A-mSAS2 (Thunderbolt 3 to 2 x mini-SAS [8 x SAS/SATA channels]), RocketStor 6661A-mSAS1 (Thunderbolt 3 to 1 x mini-SAS [4 x SAS/SATA channels]), and RocketStor 6661A-eSATA (Thunderbolt 3 to 4 x 6 Gb/s eSATA Ports).

Thunderbolt 3

Daisy-chain up to six devices
Bi-directional, dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
Eight lanes of DisplayPort 1.2 supports dual 4K displays or one 5K display
Power deliver up to 15W to bus-powered devices
Backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 2 devices
USB Type-C ports are compatible with existing USB devices via a USB Type-C cable and support speeds up to 10 Gb/s

Chassis Design Features

Rugged, slim aluminum enclosure
Dual quiet, high-efficiency cooling fans
Quick release thumbscrews for easy access
UPC: 643653666119

HighPoint 6661A Specs

General
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Supported PCI Card SizesFull-Height, Full-Length
Maximum GPU Length8.2" / 20.8 cm
Ports2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Operating System SupportmacOS/OS X
Power
Power Source Type60 W External Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power12 VDC at 5 A
Physical
Construction MaterialAluminum
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)920,585 Million Hours
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Dimensions2.25 x 6.42 x 10.12" / 5.72 x 16.31 x 25.7 cm
Weight5.18 lb / 2.35 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 9.6 x 5"
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