OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Helios 3S Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Solution

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OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Helios 3S Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Solution
Key Features
  • Use a PCIe Card via Thunderbolt 3
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16/x4 Slot
  • 2 x 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 Port
Connect a half-length, full-height, single- or double-width PCIe card to systems with a Thunderbolt 3 port using the Mercury Helios 3S Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Solution from OWC / Other World Computing. Built with one PCIe 3.0 x16/x4 slot, the Mercury Helios 3S is useful for expanding the connectivity of systems like the iMac, Mac mini, or MacBook Pro, which do not have the PCIe slots needed for pros working in creative fields. Instead, this solution connects to Thunderbolt 3 hosts to leverage this connectivity via PCIe expansion that is outside of the computer. It can be used for video capture, digital audio, an SSD, 40GbE or 10GbE network adapters, SAS controllers, Firewire, USB, or eSATA host adapters, and more.
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OWC / Other World Computing Mercury Helios 3S Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Solution

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OWC / Other World Computing Helios 3S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Retask Without Limits
  • 4Capture, Stream, and Share in Seconds
  • 5Pro-Level Performance Cards for Every Need
  • 6Add New Capabilities to Your Workflow
  • 7Plug-and-Play

Connect a half-length, full-height, single- or double-width PCIe card to systems with a Thunderbolt 3 port using the Mercury Helios 3S Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Solution from OWC / Other World Computing. Built with one PCIe 3.0 x16/x4 slot, the Mercury Helios 3S is useful for expanding the connectivity of systems like the iMac, Mac mini, or MacBook Pro, which do not have the PCIe slots needed for pros working in creative fields. Instead, this solution connects to Thunderbolt 3 hosts to leverage this connectivity via PCIe expansion that is outside of the computer. It can be used for video capture, digital audio, an SSD, 40GbE or 10GbE network adapters, SAS controllers, Firewire, USB, or eSATA host adapters, and more.

The Mercury Helios 3S features two 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of which is used to connect to your host Windows or Mac system and provides up to 85W of power for device charging. The second Thunderbolt 3 port, which provides up to 15W of power, can be used to daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices. There is also a DisplayPort 1.4 input that supports connecting up to an 8K display.

Included with this chassis is a Thunderbolt 3 cable, an external power supply, and a power cable. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

Please note that the Echo Express SE IIIe does not support GPUs. Also, if the installed PCIe card uses more than 25W of power, plug in the power adapter to your host.

General Features

Retask Without Limits

Instead of buying one or more function-dedicated Thunderbolt interface devices, you can use the Mercury Helios 3S like a dock for multiple PCIe cards. Capture high-quality audio with a PCIe audio card and then retask the Helios 3S with a PCIe SSD card to edit and archive tracks. You can swap cards in minutes, adding a new level of flexibility to your workflow.

Capture, Stream, and Share in Seconds

With dual 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports that are backward compatible with Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt, the Mercury Helios 3S offers the bandwidth needed to support data-intensive 4K capture cards to speed up diverse video workflows such as vlogging. Boost your DAW with external DSP acceleration and run larger mixes with multiple plug-ins. Livestream the action in your gaming sessions or share files over a 10GbE or Fibre Channel network without any speed throttling.

Pro-Level Performance Cards for Every Need

Mercury Helios 3S supports a wide variety of half-length, full-height, single- or double-width pro-level PCIe cards from brands like AJA, Apogee, ATTO, Avid Pro Tools, Blackmagic Design, CalDigit, HighPoint, Intel, Solid State Logic, Universal Audio, and OWC for tasks including:
  • Video capture
  • Digital audio
  • Solid-state drives
  • 40GbE / 10GbE network adapters
  • SAS controllers
  • Firewire, USB, or eSATA host adapters
  • Add New Capabilities to Your Workflow

    Thunderbolt 3 offers more than just speed. The Mercury Helios 3S leverages the full power of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver added potential to your Mac or PC. Daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt peripherals for incredible capabilities to work or play, charge your notebook with 85W while you work, and even add up to an 8K display via the DisplayPort interface to expand your viewing space.

    Plug-and-Play

    No special software or drivers needed. Just plug the Mercury Helios 3S into an open Thunderbolt 3 port on your computer with the included cable to immediately expand your system's capabilities. No tools required either. Just remove two thumb screws and insert a card to start enjoying productivity gains wherever your work takes you.
    UPC: 810586032773

    OWC / Other World Computing Helios 3S Specs

    General
    Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)
    Supported PCI Card SizesFull-Height, Half-Length, Single-Width, Double-Width
    Host ConnectionThunderbolt 3
    Ports1 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
    1 x DisplayPort 1.4
    Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
    Power
    Power Source Type External Adapter
    AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 2.2 A
    Physical
    Form FactorDesktop
    Construction MaterialAluminum
    CertificationsRoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions5.6 x 3.2 x 9.2" / 14.22 x 8.13 x 23.37 cm
    Weight3.64 lb / 1.65 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight6.525 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.1 x 8 x 7.6"
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