|ID||Article Title||Post Date|
||Which HDMI adapter should I use to connect an HDMI monitor to an Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Chassis' Thunderbolt port?||Mar-19-15|
|For video up to and including 1080p (1920x1080), Sonnet recommends either the "Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support" or the "Griffin Mini DisplayPort to HDMI with Audio + DVI". Many other adapters are poorly designed and have issues with proper color space.|
For video up to and including 4k (3840x2160) which is supported by Thunderbolt 2, Sonnet recommends the Accell B086B-005B-2 Ultra Display Port 1.1 to HDMI 1.4 Adapter.
||What cables are compatible with the Sonnet Thunderbolt lock for Echo Express, xMac mini Server, and xMac Pro Server products?||Aug-15-14|
|Apple's, Sonnet's, and most other copper Thunderbolt cables can be locked in place with the Sonnet two-connector lock.|
In the case of using one copper Thunderbolt cable and one mini Display Port cable or adapter, the lock will secure the Thunderbolt cable without securing the mini Display Port cable or adapter.
Optical Thunderbolt cables are not supported at all with the Sonnet lock. The lock may not be used at all if one of the Thunderbolt cables is optical.
||Echo Express III-D Video Quick Start Guide ||Jul-20-15|
||How do I connect Thunderbolt 3 computers to Sonnet Echo Express Expansion Chassis? What performance increase can I expect?||Nov-24-17|
|There are two ways to connect Thunderbolt 3 computers to Sonnet Thunderbolt 2 products.|
1) Using Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt Adapter
The Apple Adapter will allow you to connect a Thunderbolt 3 Mac to any Sonnet self-powered Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 device, at about the same performance. (The Apple adapter also works with some Thunderbolt 3 PCs, but the compatibility results vary.)
2) Using Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card for Sonnet Echo Express Expansion chassis.
Echo Express SEL or SE I Thunderbolt II Expansion Chassis with Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card becomes equivalent to an Echo Express SEL or SE I Thunderbolt III Edition, respectively, like this:
PCIe 3.0 slot--Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Card--Thunderbolt 3 Cable--Thunderbolt 3 computer
Maximum performance will be from 30% more (with a PCIe 2.0 card) to twice as fast (with a PCIe 3.0 card) compared with Thunderbolt 2 (1350MB/s-->2700MB/s).
Echo Express SE II, III-D or III-R Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Expansion Chassis upgraded with a Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card become this:
PCIe 2.0 slots--PCIe 2.0 Bridge--Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Card--Thunderbolt 3 Cable--Thunderbolt 3 computer
Maximum performance will be 30% more compared with the Thunderbolt 2 Card (1350MB/s-->1750MB/s).
Echo Express III-D or III-R Thunderbolt 3 Editions are this:
PCIe 3.0 slots--PCIe 3.0 Bridge--Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Card--Thunderbolt 3 Cable--Thunderbolt 3 computer
Maximum performance will be twice as fast compared with the Thunderbolt 2 Editions (1350MB/s-->2700MB/s).
||Can I put a GPU card in the Echo Express III?||Oct-05-17|
|The Echo Express III Chassis is not certified for use with GPU cards. Nevertheless, several customers have reported success using the NVIDIA QUADRO P4000 in the Echo Express III-D and III-R. For more information about using GPU card with macOS and Windows, see Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box product page and support notes.|
||What power cable do I need for the Avid HDX card for the Echo Express III-D, III-R, or xMac Pro Server?||Feb-16-18|
||Matrox Cards do not support Windows 10 Fast Startup option.||Sep-09-19|
|When using Matrox Cards in Thunderbolt Expansion chassis, you need to disable Fast Startup under Windows 10.|
To disable Fast Startup, first, open your power options by hitting Windows+X or right-clicking your Start menu and selecting Power Options. In the Power Options window, click "Choose what the power buttons do."
If this is the first time you've messed with these settings, you'll need click "Change settings that are currently unavailable" to make the Fast Startup option available for configuration.
Scroll to the bottom of the window and you should see "Turn on fast startup (recommended)", along with other shutdown settings. Just uncheck this box to disable Fast Startup. Save your changes and shut down your system.