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The Xpander Rack Mount 2 Series II from Cubix is a 2U, external PCIe expansion chassis that can support one server connection and up to two single-slot, discrete graphics cards or two dual-slot GPU cards per system. The host must have a PCIe x8 or x16 expansion slot available for the Host Interface Controller (HIC). The rack mount Series II provides two or four PCIe x16 slots and you can connect an HIC in a host computer to one Xpander. This enables massive parallel calculations separate from the server, greatly enhancing system performance and flexibility.
You can enhance your existing server I/O infrastructure capabilities without adding servers. The rack mount Series II provides hardware acceleration using nVIDIA graphics and GPU cards for faster HD-SDI capture/playback, VDI and thin-client multimedia performance. It also saves space, weight and cost while increasing I/O card density.
With an HIC installed, a single host computer can support four single-wide or two double-wide Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) inside the Xpander enclosure. The rack mount Series II provides two or four PCIe Gen2 x16 slots for GPUs or other PCIe adapters with multiple Input/Output (I/O) ports such as FireWire, USB 2.0 or High-Definition (HD) audio. You can use nVIDIA Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) enabled GPUs for rendering or high-performance computing (HPC). You can also install one or two nVIDIA SDI I/O cards with a Quadro 4000/5000/6000 in rack mount Series II.
You can install GPUs for blazing-fast hardware acceleration, as well as other types of third-party I/O controllers
Features four PCIe Gen2 x16 expansion slots (supporting two dual-slot, four single-slot cards or a combination of both formats)
Supports one host system in a 2U, 19" rack mount system
Provides a 700W independent power supply, variable speed and temperature-controlled cooling fans to meet almost any expansion requirement in environments ranging from IT data centers to the most noise-sensitive digital production sets or post-production workstation offices
Simple and quick installation with minimal impact per rack mount computer; install an HIC and drivers for devices installed in the GPU-Xpander
Each x16 cable and connector provides a 250 mating duty cycle
You can add two dual-slot or four single-slot GPUs (or combination of each) for supporting a single rack mount computer which has limited slot expansion capabilities and power supply capacities
Add third-party I/O cards such as RED Rockets, Blackmagic Design Decklink 4k/3D Extreme, nVIDIA DVP and ATTO to the Xpander
Add powerful GPU cards like nVIDIA Quadro 4000/5000/6000, Tesla C2070/K10 or GeForce GTX 580/680 graphics cards, while minimizing the ambient noise impact on production sets and broadcast studios
In the Box
Cubix Xpander Rack Mount 2 Series II
1 x Power Cord
1 x 2-Slot or 4-Slot Main Interface Board (MIB)
1 x PCIe x16 or x8 HIC
1 x External PCIe x16 or x8 Cable
1-Year Warranty for Parts & Labor
Table of Contents
PCIe x16 mechanical/electrical
Number of Slots/MIB
2 or 4
2 double-wide or 4 single-wide, full-length, full-height controllers/adapters
136-pin external PCIe x16 Length: 6.5' (2 m)
250 mating cycles maximum per connector
Host Interface Controller
PCIe x16 Slot: Install in a PCIe x16 slot PCIe x8 Slot: Install in a PCIe x8 or x16 Slot
4 status LEDs: System Reset: On: System reset, Off: Normal operation Link OK: On: Cable connected Off: Cable not connected
Power Supply Good: On: Power on, voltages in spec Off: Power off or voltage out of spec Power Supply On: Main power on Off: Main power off
1 power input receptacle and 3 cooling fans
Maximum Speed: 112 cfm Xpander Power Up: Fan is full on for 10 seconds Fan Speed, Minimum: 50%, 6 V at 77°F (25°C) or less Fan Speed, Maximum: 100%, 12 V at 122°F (50°C) or more Fan Speed, Range: 77 to 122°F (25 to 50°C) in gradual, linear progression Normal Operation: D1 LED: 1 pulse of 10 ms on for every 700 ms off Error Indication: D1 LED: 4 pulses of 10 ms on for every 700 ms off Error Conditions: -1. No fan tachometer or - 2. No temperature sensor connected
Minimum: ~60 dBA with two double-wide or four single-wide GPUs Maximum: ~70 dBA with two double-wide or four single-wide GPUs
Single-phase, auto-ranging, 100-240 V AC, 10-5 A, 50/60 Hz Total output power not to exceed 700 W
Temperature: 32 to 86°F (0 to 30°C) Humidity: 5 to 80% (non-condensing)