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Echo II DV Rackmount
Rackmount 2-slot, Dual Thunderbolt Interface to PCIe Card Expansion System for Computers with Thunderbolt Ports
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Echo II DV Rackmount
Rackmount 2-slot, Dual Thunderbolt Interface to PCIe Card Expansion System for Computers with Thunderbolt Ports
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Connect Two Bandwidth-hungry Pro PCIe Cards to Computers with Thunderbolt Ports

Are you using one of the latest portable, mini desktop or all-in-one computers in your creative pro workflow? You’ve probably discovered that onboard processing power alone is not enough to get your job done. While these Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® computers include high-performance Thunderbolt™ ports to support peripherals, they lack PCIe® expansion slots necessary to install specialty cards that add needed video and audio I/O, transcode data, and connect to high-speed networks and shared storage.

Sonnet has the ultimate solution for connecting cards with high bandwidth requirements — Echo™ II DV Rackmount — a professional Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect two up to full-length (12.28 inches long), single-width PCIe cards to your computer, each to a separate Thunderbolt port (if needed) for maximum bandwidth to each card.

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Dual Thunderbolt Interfaces
Double the Dedicated Bandwidth
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Connect DV I/O or Other Bandwidth-hungry PCIe Cards
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Dual Thunderbolt Interfaces for Maximum Bandwidth
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Full 2880 MB/s PCIe Bandwidth to Each Slot
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Connect Echo II DV to Two Thunderbolt Ports on Your Computer for Maximum DV Performance
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2x 2880 MB/s

Specially Designed to Support Maximum Performance from Two Cards

Two PCIe Card Slots. Dual Thunderbolt Interfaces for Double the Bandwidth.

Some computers — such as the latest MacBook Pro®, Mac Studio®, Mac mini® and iMac® (plus some Windows PCs such as Dell XPS 9730)— have multiple Thunderbolt ports that are supported by separate 40Gbps Thunderbolt buses and provide up to 2880 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to each port. Among multi-slot Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion systems, the Sonnet Echo II DV Rackmount is unique. Instead of using one Thunderbolt interface for two or three slots — which dynamically allocates the PCIe bandwidth between them — Echo II DV employs one interface per slot. With each slot getting Thunderbolt’s full PCIe bandwidth, you can exploit two cards’ full potential when connected at the same time to separate Thunderbolt buses on the computer, ideal for cards with high bandwidth requirement such as DV I/O, NVMe SSD storage, and 10 and 25Gb Ethernet adapters.

Dual Thunderbolt Interface Cards Inside Echo II DV Desktop
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Dual Thunderbolt Interface Cards Inside Echo II DV Desktop

It’s All About That Bandwidth!

Separate Thunderbolt Interface for Each Card Slot

By employing a separate Thunderbolt interface for each card slot, Echo II DV is designed to provide full PCIe bandwidth to each slot when connected to two computer Thunderbolt ports that also have independent PCIe bandwidth. Computers with independent PCIe bandwidth to two or more Thunderbolt ports include all Apple silicon (M series) Macs, and Intel Macs or PCs with three or four Thunderbolt ports. (A few Pro PC laptops with only two Thunderbolt ports support independent PCIe Bandwidth. Check your computer’s specifications.) Computers that share PCIe bandwidth between their Thunderbolt ports, that would provide only shared bandwidth to the two slots, include Intel Macs or PCs with only two Thunderbolt ports.

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Dual Thunderbolt Ports Connection Option for Maximum Performance

Connect Two DV I/O or Other High-bandwidth Cards Directly to Two Thunderbolt Ports On Your Computer for Full PCIe Bandwidth to Each Card

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Single Thunderbolt Port Connection Option

Also Works with Computers with Only One Available Thunderbolt Port to Support Two Cards

Single Thunderbolt Port Connection Diagram

Got Only One Thunderbolt Port On Your Computer?

Daisy Chain the Two Thunderbolt Interfaces to Connect Two PCIe Cards Through a Single Thunderbolt Cable

Does your computer have only one available Thunderbolt port? Because each PCIe card slot’s Thunderbolt interface includes two Thunderbolt ports, you can connect the interfaces together in a daisy chain to enable Echo II DV Rackmount to connect to your computer with a single Thunderbolt cable.

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Shared Bandwidth

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Thunderbolt Connected

Plugged into one or two of your computer’s Thunderbolt ports, the Echo II DV Rackmount system enables you to connect two up to full-height, single-width professional PCIe cards.

Why Thunderbolt 3 Instead of Thunderbolt 4?
Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion systems rely on Thunderbolt 3 technology for maximum performance.
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PCIe Cards

Versatile PCIe Card Support

Supports Every Thunderbolt Compatible, Single-width, Non-GPU Card

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Echo II DV Rackmount supports every Thunderbolt compatible, single-width, non-GPU PCIe 4.0, 3.1, 2.0, and 1.1 card available including video capture, streaming and transcoding; SSD storage; audio DSP; 10Gb or 25Gb Ethernet; SAS or SATA host bus adapter; and other specialty types to your system.

Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve put together a compatibility list that identifies cards conforming to Thunderbolt technology requirements and organized by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion systems.

PCIe Cards Compatibility PDF

Key Features

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Adds Connectivity & Capabilities

Connects two high-performance non-GPU PCIe cards via one or two Thunderbolt cables to your computer lacking expansion slots.

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Dual Thunderbolt Interfaces

One interface per slot supports full PCIe bandwidth to each installed card, enabling maximum performance at the same time.

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Four Thunderbolt Ports

Two ports connect to computer for maximum performance; secondary ports support daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt interfaces to enable single-cable connection to computer.

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Broad PCIe Card Compatibility

Every Thunderbolt compatible, single-width, non-GPU card supported regardless of length or height.

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Two PCIe 3.1 Slots

Two x16 slots support two full-height, single-width cards.

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Remarkably Quiet

Dual temperature-controlled, variable-speed Noctua fans rated at 17dBA automatically and quietly cool the cards.

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40Gbps Thunderbolt System

Supports full PCIe bandwidth for each installed card. Learn more about Thunderbolt 3 performance benefits over Thunderbolt 4.

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Rugged 2U Steel Rackmount Housing + Optional Expansion Space

Provides robust and secure protection in server and DIT racks; space for an additional Echo II DV, Echo III, or xMac mini Module (sold separately).

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Apple® M series Compatible

Supports M series Macs (with PCIe cards that have compatible drivers).

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Intel® Mac Compatible

Supports Intel Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Windows Compatible

Supports Windows computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Linux Compatible

Supports Linux computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Echo II DV Desktop Module with Two Auxiliary Power Cables

Two PCIe 3.1 Slots and Power to Spare

Echo II DV Rackmount features two x16 PCIe slots, enabling it to support a wide variety of cards. To support power-hungry cards, it integrates a universal 400W power supply and includes dual 75W auxiliary power connectors (one for each card slot) for non-GPU cards that require extra power, including AJA® Kona® 5, Blackmagic DeckLink 8K Pro, Bluefish444 Epoch and KRONOS SDI cards, and Avid Pro Tools | HDX. Designed without a power switch, Echo II DV powers on and off automatically with the connected computer, saving energy in the long run. With no power switch, you can’t forget to turn off the system!

Overview of Echo II DV Desktop Features

Supports Low-profile as Well as Full-height PCIe Cards

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Built for Cool, Rackable Expansion

Echo II DV Rackmount mounts in a rack space 2U tall, and is only 16.5 inches deep, making it ideal for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, and in server rooms as well. Its enclosure is formed of heavy-duty steel to provide secure mounting for the Echo II DV module and protection for the PCIe cards installed inside, and to support maximum airflow for cooling, regardless of where you install it in a rack.

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Echo II DV Rackmount accommodates the PCIe cards you need for your workflow, ranging from the largest video I/O and audio transcoding cards, to the smallest Ethernet NIC and USB interface cards
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Extra Space, Extra Expansion Possibilities

Echo II DV Module—the heart of Echo II DV Rackmount—occupies one half of the rackmount enclosure, leaving space for an additional Echo module (and even a Mac mini mounting module/Thunderbolt dock). Does your computer have four Thunderbolt buses like Mac Studio and M2 Pro Mac mini? Add an additional Echo II DV Module to exploit your computer’s full potential, connecting four bandwidth-hungry PCIe cards at full performance. Add an Echo III Module instead to connect three full-height, full-length cards through a single Thunderbolt cable. Do you need to secure a Mac mini in a rack? Consider the DuoModo xMac mini Module to mount your mini and connect the Echo II DV Module plus a Thunderbolt storage dock, all in a 2U rack space!

Echo II DV Rackmount Rack Rails

Rack Steady

Echo II DV Rackmount includeds adjustable rackmount extension rails to enable the 2U enclosure to be installed securely in a variety of racks from 16 to 24 inches deep.

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Dual Noctua Fans

Ultra-quiet Operation

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Noctua Fan

Rated at 17.1dbA

Featuring dual Noctua fans, Echo II DV Rackmount is designed to deliver ultra-quiet operation so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. Rated at 17.1dBA — below the 20dBA ceiling prescribed for use in recording and broadcast studios — the fans spread the spectrum of their noise to minimize the impact at any single frequency. To further ensure negligible noise levels, the fans are temperature-controlled, automatically speeding up and slowing down smoothly as needed, and the enclosure is engineered to optimize airflow over the installed cards to effectively and efficiently cool the system.

Noise Levels Comparison Chart
Comparative examples of noise levels source: iacacoustics.com
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Secure Connections for High Performance

40Gbps Thunderbolt Cables and ThunderLok 3 Clips Included

Sonnet includes two Thunderbolt cables that support Thunderbolt’s full 40Gbps bandwidth and are fully compatible with Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 3 computers. Sonnet also provides two ThunderLok™ 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clips that prevent accidental cable disconnections — just slide one over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.

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ThunderLok Advantage

Sonnet Thunderbolt expansion systems are designed with Thunderbolt ports that include threaded mounting holes for securing Sonnet ThunderLok retainer clips that prevent accidental cable disconnections.

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Get Full Thunderbolt Performance, at a Distance

Whether noisy PCIe card fans make it impractical to use the Echo II DV Rackmount in a noise-sensitive environment, or because securing it in another room is required, you may find it necessary to put some space between the chassis and computer. No problem! Thunderbolt optical cables (sold separately), available in lengths from 5 to 50 meters, enable you to locate your equipment where you need and connect the pieces without loss of functionality. These thin, lightweight, and tough fiber optic cables are easy to route, and support high-speed data transmission equal to copper Thunderbolt cables.

Thunderbolt Optical Cables

Fastest External Interface Available

Echo II DV Rackmount features dual 40Gbps Thunderbolt interfaces – one for each slot – that deliver up to 2880 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth, enabling each slot to support 4K video capture and processing cards at high frame rates, audio DSPs, and 25GbE and dual-port 10GbE network cards at full performance.

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Four 40Gbps Thunderbolt Ports
Two ports are reserved for the connections to your Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 computer (one for each PCIe slot); the other two ports enable expansion of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices each in daisy chains.
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10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support
10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 support allows you to connect a USB device to the secondary Thunderbolt ports using the proper cables or adapters.
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Provide 15W of Power
For peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to bus-powered devices through each secondary Thunderbolt port.
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Supports Connecting One 5K 60Hz Display
Maximize the utilization of one computer Thunderbolt port.
Thunderbolt 4 Computers

Compatible with Thunderbolt 4 Computers and Apple M series Macs

Echo II DV Rackmount is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 4 computers, including Apple M series Macs. Sonnet Thunderbolt expansion systems are purposely designed with a Thunderbolt 3 controller and its four lanes of PCIe (not available in a Thunderbolt 4 peripheral) to achieve maximum potential performance. Learn more about the performance benefits of Thunderbolt 3 over Thunderbolt 4.
Apple M Series CPU

Compatible with Apple M series Macs

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Complementary Echo II DV Products

Sonnet Echo II DV Rackmount

Desktop Version Available

Choose between Echo II DV Rackmount and Echo II DV Desktop to suit your workflow needs. Echo II DV Desktop is wrapped in a rugged, yet lightweight aluminum outer shell, resulting in a system light enough to carry without weighing you down, yet sturdy enough to securely protect the installed PCIe cards.

Sonnet xMac Studio/Echo II

xMac Studio Companion

Echo II DV Module is also available as part of xMac™ Studio, the Sonnet 3U rackmount enclosure with Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion system for Mac Studio computers. Combine the power of an Echo II DV Rackmount with an xMac Studio/Echo II DV to connect four bandwidth-hungry PCIe cards to a Mac Studio, each to a separate Thunderbolt port for maximum bandwidth to each card.

Sonnet DuoModo Family

Compatible with DuoModo Enclosures

Echo II DV Module is compatible with our DuoModo™ family of modular Thunderbolt expansion systems, comprised of interchangeable modules for PCIe cards, a Mac mini mounting system (with integrated 40Gbps Thunderbolt storage dock), and desktop and rackmount enclosures so you can quickly and easily interchange modules depending on your workflow.

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