Echo™ Express III-D – Thunderbolt 3 Edition

  • Category: Adapter/Expansion
Sonnet Technologies, Inc.
Operating System: 
Self or Bus Powered: 
Self Powered
Number of Thunderbolt Ports: 
Thunderbolt Version: 
Thunderbolt 3

Key Features*
• Connects Three Full-Length PCIe Cards to Any Mac or Windows Computer With Thunderbolt 3 Ports—Use multiple high-performance PCIe cards at the same time
• Three PCIe 3.0 Slots—Supports three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card
• 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface—Offers 2,750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth, doubling the performance of Thunderbolt 2
• Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports—One port used to connect to the computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices to your computer, attaching a single USB peripheral device, or connecting up to two 4K displays or one 5K display
• Remarkably Quiet—Large, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans that automatically cool the cards, plus computer-modeled design that reduces airflow turbulence and velocity, combine to provide quieter cooling for all cards
• Built-in Universal Power Supply—Integrated 300W power supply with 75W auxiliary power connector
• Rugged Aluminum Housing—Provides robust and secure protection
• Nearly Every Thunderbolt 3 Compatible Card Supported—Works with every Thunderbolt 3 compatible non-GPU PCIe card, regardless of length or height
• Thunderbolt Cable Included—Includes 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
• Free Lifetime Technical Support

—Connect Three Full-Length PCIe Cards to Any Mac or Windows Computer with Thunderbolt 3 Ports—
For pros working in the creative fields, a computer’s processing power alone is not enough to get the job done. A prime example is the latest MacBook Pro®, which, while offering great performance, lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary to support specialty cards that connect pro video and audio inputs, transcode data, and connect to high-speed storage and networks. Instead of slots, these computers include ultra high-performance Thunderbolt 3 ports to support peripherals. Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D - Thunderbolt 3 Edition leverages the Thunderbolt 3 ports’ PCIe data to connect PCIe expansion slots outside of a computer. This powerful desktop Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system enables you to connect three professional PCIe cards—including video capture; audio DSP; 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter; 10Gb, 25Gb, or 40Gb Ethernet; or RAID controller; etc.—at the same time to any computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.

The Echo Express III-D - Thunderbolt 3 Edition features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, which offers double the PCIe bandwidth and connectivity of Thunderbolt 2, and yields up to 2,750 MB/s of bandwidth, enabling it to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, and 16Gb FC cards and dual-port 10GbE cards at full performance. With the ability to handle multiple demanding, high performance PCIe cards, support for connecting two 4K displays @ 60Hz or one 5K display @ 60Hz, and support for a vast array of Thunderbolt and USB devices, Thunderbolt 3 is a leap forward in every way.

* See Sonnet website for details