Sonnet Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis

Sonnet Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis

Sonnet Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis

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Product Highlights

  • Connect Professional PCIe Cards
  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface
  • Includes Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI ExpressBox
  • 3x Full Length PCIe Slots
  • Temperature-Controlled Fans
  • Integrated 300W Power Supply
  • Rugged Aluminum or Steel Housing
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Sonnet Echo Express III overview

  • 1Description

The Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis from Sonnet enables you to connect three compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface and other special-purpose cards to your iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or the new Mac Pro with a Thunderbolt port. The Echo Express III-D integrates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards that require supplementary power. The expansion chassis is eco-friendly as it automatically powers off when the connected computer is powered off or in sleep mode. The use of larger, slower-spinning fans in the Echo Express III-D reduces noise. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single port on your computer.

Thunderbolt 2
The original 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt interface has provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, which is more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high-bandwidth cards such as the RED Rocket, 16 Gb Fibre Channel, multi-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, or multiple bandwidth-hungry cards require more than 10 Gb/s. Thunderbolt 2 overcomes this barrier by providing a higher bandwidth of up to 20 Gb/s for these demanding applications.
PCIe 2.0 Cards over Thunderbolt 2
Sonnet's Echo Express III-D makes possible to use full-size professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 16Gb & 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and RAID controller PCIe cards with your Thunderbolt 2 port-equipped Mac. Featuring high-bandwidth Thunderbolt 2 technologies, the Echo Express chassis squeezes every bit of performance out of the most demanding PCIe cards and ensures optimum performance with every compatible computer.
Smart Design
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express chassis securely protects the PCIe cards installed inside without weighing you down. The chassis also includes an internal 300W universal power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector and power harness cable to provide ample power for cards with high power requirements. Two large, remarkably quiet, and temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans and airflow management ensure that hot-running cards and the chassis components remain reliably cool without having to install an extra blower in one of the three slots. Because the fans automatically speed up and slow down in steps as needed, there is no guesswork in setting a switch position, and no need for tools to change settings. Echo Express products are environment-friendly, automatically powering on and off with your computer.
RED Rocket Support
The Echo Express III-D is designed to make the card work in one slot without sacrificing any connections. This Echo chassis includes mounting holes that have been designed specifically for the installation of two BNC connectors, enabling you to install the RED Rocket card in one slot and its BNC connectors in the Echo chassis' mounting holes, leaving the two remaining slots open.
UPC: 732311009983
In the Box
Sonnet Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis
  • Power Cord
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • Thunderbolt Cable Lock
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Sonnet Echo Express III specs

    External Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 2
    PCIe Cards Supported One full-length, full-height, double-width PCIe card, plus one single-width card or
    Three full length, full height, single-width PCIe cards
    Expansion Slots x8 electrical PCIe 2.0 (x8 mechanical)
    x8 electrical PCIe 2.0 (x16 mechanical)
    x4 electrical PCIe (x8 mechanical)
    Power Supply Universal: 300 W , 115 to 230 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Operating Temperature 0 to 35°C (32 to 95°F)
    RoHS Compliant Yes
    Compatibility Mac with a Thunderbolt 2 port
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.8 x 10.2 x 16" (7.5 x 25.9 x 40.5 cm)
    Weight 7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.1 x 13.1 x 4.3"

    Sonnet Echo Express III reviews

    Echo Express III-D Desktop Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just didn't work We work on major theatrical release features in our production office, and so we always have to balance new technological innovations against known and proven legacy equipment and software. We thought the Echo Express would be an excellent bridge in that regard. Installation documentation is excellent, and the process went smoothly. The vendor's integrity checks with the installation instructions was correctly verified at both chassis and OS/finder level. But the two IO boards we installed in the chassis were not seen by, nor accessible to, the software and connective hardware that used those boards whatsoever. What a shame; I would have loved to have known it was some kind of pilot error of mine, because we really need this product, but not so.
    Date published: 2014-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built... and solid. I bought this unit to hold an AVID HDX card for a pro tools rig in a professional recording studio. The unit is made very well, and the installation of the card was a breeze. It is a very solidly made, and sturdy unit. It is a little bit pricey to me for what it is, but it is priced competitively with it's competitors (Magma, etc.) The fans seem well designed to keep it cool, and the case is well ventilated.
    Date published: 2015-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great just bought the second one for the 2nd suite Works great with the RED Rocket-X card.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but there are details to consider The product works as it said in the page, I use it to install a Red Rocket Video Card and use it with the new Mac Pro, but the bus can't work to 8x so the card can't work at full capacity, at this point the Red Rocket works as well as the integrated video card, so the solution was not usefull to my needs.
    Date published: 2014-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Product Its a very good product I user it for a Pro Tools PCIe HDX Card with a Mac Pro 2013 the fan's are not that loud it's also upgradeable to thunderbolt 3 from thunderbolt 2.
    Date published: 2018-06-27
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