Connect Three Full-length PCIe Cards to Computers 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. Prime examples are the latest MacBook Pro®, and Mac mini®, 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 high-performance Thunderbolt™ 3 ports to support peripherals. Sonnet’s Echo™ Express III-D (Thunderbolt 3 HDX Edition) is a pro-level, desktop Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect your computer to three full-length PCIe cards at the same time.
Optimized to support up to three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards, Sonnet's Echo Express III-D (Thunderbolt 3 HDX Edition) is Avid qualified, compatible and ready for use out of the box, no extra parts or special configuration necessary! It has been tested and approved for use with Pro Tools HD 12 software, and is qualified by the Avid Audio group for use with Pro Tools HDX and HD Native systems. See this Sonnet FAQ and the Avid website for ProTools System Requirements and Compatibility.
Avid Pro Tools | HDX cards sold separately
Through a simple Thunderbolt 3 connection, add professional PCIe cards (three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card) including audio interface, video capture, storage expansion cards, additional USB 3 interfaces, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
Use one, two, or three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards with computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Supports three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card.
Offers up to 1750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to the installed cards.
Every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU card supported regardless of length or height.
One port connects to computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices.
Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans automatically and quietly cool the card.
Powers on/off automatically with the computer.
Provides robust and secure protection.
Integrated 300W power supply with 75W auxiliary power; Thunderbolt daisy chain port provides up to 15W of power to connected peripherals.
Echo Express III-D supports three single-width, full-length PCIe cards, or one double-width, full-length card plus one single-width card, enabling it to support every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0, and PCIe 3.0 card available. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve put together a list in our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart (PDF). There you’ll find cards identified as conforming to Thunderbolt technology requirements, and organized by fit and power compatibility with specific expansion system.
Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D supports three full-size PCIe cards, up to 12.28 inches (full-length) long. The III-D integrates a universal 300W power supply and includes a 75W PCIe power connector for cards that require supplementary power, such as the Avid Pro Tools|HDX. Even with all that power, the III-D is enviro-friendly; it automatically powers on or off whenever the connected computer powers on (or wakes), or powers off or sleeps, respectively.
1. Three PCIe 3.0 slots
2. 75W auxiliary power connector
3. 300W power supply
Sonnet includes a 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable that, unlike some other cables, transfers data at Thunderbolt 3’s full 2750 MB/s bandwidth, and supports up to 100W of Power Delivery (PD). Sonnet also provides a ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(1) that prevents accidental cable disconnections—just slide it 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.
Echo Express III-D (Thunderbolt 3 HDX Edition) features a Thunderbolt 3 interface and yields up to 1750 MB/s of bandwidth for the installed cards, providing more than enough bandwidth to support three Pro Tools | HDX cards at full performance.
Echo Express III-D (Thunderbolt 3 HDX Edition) includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports; the first connects it to your computer, while the second supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices to a single port on your computer. The III-D also includes 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter. For connected peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to connected bus-powered devices. With the ability to handle multiple demanding, high performance PCIe cards, support for connecting two 4K displays @ 60Hz or one 5K display @ 60Hz(2), and support for a vast array of Thunderbolt(3) and USB(4) devices, Thunderbolt 3 is a leap forward in every way.
Echo Express III (Thunderbolt 3 HDX Edition) is available in two versions, the III-D (desktop) and III-R (rack mount), to suit your workflow needs. The III-R mounts in a rack space 2U tall, and is only 16 inches deep, making it perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, and in server rooms as well. The III-R even saves space for other equipment—with an optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit, you can install one or two mobile rack devices in the III-R’s rack enclosure.