Whether you’re capturing 4K at 60P RAW video footage to CFexpress™ memory cards, or shooting hundreds of photos in a session and saving them to XQD™ memory cards, the generated files are huge, and the cards fill up fast. Moving those files to your computer for editing is a must, but if you use the wrong tool, you’ll spend a lot of time waiting around. Get a Sonnet SF3™ Series - CFexpress/XQD Pro Card Reader; it’s the ultimate tool for finishing the job fast.
Ingests footage from CFexpress 2.0 Type B cards and XQD cards at up to maximum supported speeds(1).
Dual card slots enable simultaneous ingest of footage from two cards for greater efficiency.
This Thunderbolt 3 device provides four lanes of PCIe 3.0 (two lanes to each card slot). Thunderbolt 4 would be limited to one lane total. Learn more about Thunderbolt 3 performance benefits over Thunderbolt 4.
Small and rugged aluminum enclosure for reliable operation; design enables multiple SF3 Series card readers to occupy same footprint.
Threaded mount points enable secure attachment of two readers side-by-side on a rack tray in just 1U of rack space.
One port connects to computer; second port supports daisy chaining of up to five additional SF3 Series pro card readers.
Supports M1, M2, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra Macs.
Supports Intel Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 1 ports (with adapter plus Thunderbolt 2 cable, sold separately).
Supports Windows computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Sonnet‘s line of pro card readers rely on Thunderbolt 3 technology for maximum performance. Learn Why ›
“The Sonnet SF3 Series CFexpress/XQD Pro Card Reader is one of the few on the market today that will allow you to use your CFexpress card to its full performance capabilities. Its build is beyond reproach with a smooth brushed aluminum exterior with ribbing that acts as a heatsink, two ports in the front that will accommodate CFexpress Type B or XQD cards, as well as two Type-C [Thunderbolt 3] ports at the back to allow for daisy chaining as Thunderbolt 3 does.”
– The SSD Review
The SF3 Series - CFexpress/XQD Pro Card Reader is ultra-fast, able to ingest files from CFexpress and XQD cards at their maximum speeds. Better still, it can ingest files simultaneously from two CFexpress cards — at more than double the average ingest speed of other CFexpress or XQD card readers — to cut your ingest times in half.
Sonnet’s SF3 Series pro card readers include threaded mount points that enable you to securely attach two readers side-by-side on a rack tray in just 1U of rack space.
SF3 Series pro card readers feature rugged aluminum enclosures designed to be stacked and daisy chained, enabling multiple AJA PAK Media
, CFast™ 2.0
, CFexpress/XQD™, RED MINI-MAG®
, and SxS™ PRO X
readers to occupy the same footprint, while connecting to your computer through a single
cable. You can take advantage of Thunderbolt’s up to 2800 MB/s of PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth to ingest four, six, or more cards simultaneously!
Fastest External Interface Available
Featuring a dual-port 40Gbps Thunderbolt interface, this reader ingests footage from all CFast memory cards to Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports — on location, in the studio, or in the edit suite — at up to the fastest speeds the cards will support.
One port is reserved for the connection to your Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 computer; the second port enables expansion of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices in a daisy chain.
10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2 support allows you to connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter.
For peripherals requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to bus-powered devices.
Maximize the utilization of one computer Thunderbolt port.
All the Right Connections
Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable that supports Thunderbolt‘s full 40Gbps bandwidth, and is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 3 computers. Sonnet also provides a ThunderLok™ 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip 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 reader by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
SF3 Series professional card readers are fully compatible with Thunderbolt 4 computers. Sonnet’s media readers are purposely designed with a Thunderbolt 3 controller and its four lanes of PCIe (not available in a Thunderbolt 4 peripheral) to achieve maximum simultaneous ingest speeds. Learn more
about the performance benefits of Thunderbolt 3 over Thunderbolt 4.
compatible with Apple M1 and M2 series computers
see Tech Specs for details
No Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3? No problem — SF3 Series - CFexpress/XQD Pro Card Reader is also compatible with Macs with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the bi-directional Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
and a Thunderbolt cable (both sold separately).
SF3 Series - CFexpress/XQD Pro Card Reader