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Pro Rackmount Enclosure and PCIe Card Expansion Solution
xMac Studio
Pro 3U Rackmount Enclosure with Thunderbolt to PCIe Card Expansion System for Mac Studio
designed for professional workflow expansion
Audio | Video | Color Grading | Photography | DITs | Event Productions | Broadcasts
Mac Studio with Avid Pro Tools | HDX Card
Your Workflow

expanded and secured

A Mac Studio™ delivers phenomenal processing power, outperforming computers multiple times its size and price — it also provide a lot of ports to connect things. But how do you incorporate a Mac Studio into off-the-desk professional workflows?
Sonnet xMac Studio integrates a Mac Studio into a compact rackmount enclosure with an optional PCIe card expansion module to support diverse audio and video application needs
xMac Studio Front View with Recording Studio In Background
xMac Studio Models
Designed for Expansion
Connect Specialty Audio and Video Cards
Three Systems to Choose From
For many creative professionals, PCIe card expansion for connecting specialty cards to handle audio and video post-production projects is not an option — it’s a necessity! Sonnet designed the xMac Studio for pro workflow flexibility; choose a system configured with a Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion module that best suits your needs. xMac Studio is also available without a module so you can add one at a later date, or use one of your existing compatible Sonnet expansion modules*.
xMac Studio with Echo III Module
Three Card Expansion
xMac Studio/Echo III
Enclosure with Echo III Module
Three PCIe 3.0 slots
(one x16 plus two x8 slots; supports PCIe 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 PCIe cards)
Supports three full-height,
full-length PCIe cards
Two 40Gbps Thunderbolt ports
400W power supply
(with 75W aux. power connector)
Dual Noctua quiet fans
(rated at 17 dbA)
Includes power cable, 40Gbps Thunderbolt cable, ThunderLok 3 connector retainer clip, and two adhesive-backed magnets for mounting portable SSDs
Part No. XMAC-STD-III
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Supports up to three Avid Pro Tools | HDX Cards
xMac Studio with Echo I Module
One Card Expansion
xMac Studio/Echo I
Enclosure with Echo I Module
One PCIe slot
(one x16 slot; supports PCIe 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 PCIe cards)
Supports one full-height,
full-length PCIe card
One 40Gbps Thunderbolt port
400W power supply
(with 150W aux. power connectors)
Dual Noctua quiet fans
(rated at 17 dbA)
Includes power cable, 40Gbps Thunderbolt cable, ThunderLok 3 connector retainer clip, and two adhesive-backed magnets for mounting portable SSDs
Part No. XMAC-STD-I (Shipping Oct. 4, 2022)
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xMac Studio
Optional Card Expansion
xMac Studio/No Module
Enclosure with no module
Pro rackmount enclosure with an open bay for an Echo III or Echo I Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion module
Includes two adhesive-backed magnets for mounting portable SSDs
Part No. XMAC-STD-0 (Shipping Oct. 4, 2022)
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* Compatible with Echo III and Echo I Modules used in DuoModo and Echo desktop and rackmount Thunderbolt to PCIe card expansion systems
Echo III and Echo I Expansion Modules’ Features
PCIe cards not included with modules
Echo III ModuleEcho I Module
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Versatile PCIe Card Expansion
From low-profile, half-length to full-height, full-length in size, Echo expansion modules support every Thunderbolt-compatible, non-GPU PCIe card available.

View PDF of supported PCIe cards
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400W of Power
Built-in 400W power supply supports power-hungry cards including Avid Pro Tools | HDX, AJA® Kona® 5, Blackmagic Decklink 4K Extreme 12G, and Blufish444’s Epoch and KRONOS SDI cards. System powers on and off automatically with the connected Mac Studio.
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Quiet Fans
Dual temperature-controlled, variable-speed Noctua fans rated at 17 dbA offer ultra-quiet operation.
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40Gbps Thunderbolt Interface
40Gbps Thunderbolt interface offers 2800 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to the installed PCIe card(s).
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Learn Why Echo Modules Use Thunderbolt 3 Instead of Thunderbolt 4

Learn Why Echo Modules Use Thunderbolt 3 Instead of Thunderbolt 4 >

xMac Studio Front View
Mac Studio computer and PCIe cards not included
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Control and Connect

Easy Access to Mac Studio and PCIe Card Expansion Module

xMac Studio is a rugged steel 3U rackmount enclosure for securing a Mac Studio with optional PCIe card expansion module in a rack, placing the Mac Studio behind a quick and easy to remove front panel. Convenient front panel operation allows you turn Mac Studio on with its own dedicated front power button, connect USB devices through a 4-port USB-A hub, and access the computer’s front ports and SD card slots. When equipped with an Echo III or Echo I PCIe Card Expansion Module, three rear panel locking thumbscrews allow you to easily pull out and access the module and PCIe cards through the front without removing the front panel. The xMac Studio design enables you to connect and disconnect cables without needing to remove the Mac Studio from the enclosure.

An opening on top of xMac Studio ensures hindrance-free wireless signal access. The xMac Studio is designed to allow normal WiFi and Bluetooth wireless operation in most configurations (depending on rack type and position in rack), so you can use wireless devices and iOS® device control apps.
USB-A Port with a Flash Drive
Front USB-A Ports
No production downtime – swap ubiquitous USB-A flash drives with on set colleagues

Key Features

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Connects PCIe Card Slots to Mac Studio

Use high-performance PCIe cards with the Mac Studio.

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Makes Your Mac Studio Road-ready

3U rackmount enclosure with firm rubber cushions securely holds the Mac Studio and Thunderbolt expansion module in place, adding mobility to your workflow.

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Ideal for Use in Server Rooms

Standard mounting holes and included adjustable rack rails enable easy installation into any standard server rack up to 24” deep.

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Front to Back Airflow Management

Supports direct airflow through the enclosure, Mac Studio, and Thunderbolt expansion module to keep them operating as cool in a rack as on a desk, even when the xMac Studio is mounted between two other rack-mounted components.

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Front Panel Power Switch and Integrated USB-A Ports

Front panel button enables operation of the computer’s rear-mounted power switch; integrated USB-A hub enables connection of four USB peripherals to the Mac Studio.

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Easy Access

No tools required – removable front panel secured with thumbscrews allows easy installation of and access to the Mac Studio. Secured with three thumbscrews on the back, the Thunderbolt expansion module can be removed and reinstalled through the front of the enclosure without removing the front plate.

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Space for Storage

Behind a covered opening beneath the computer is a space to place two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs (sold separately); two included adhesive-backed magnets secure them in place.

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Open Slot and Port Access

Provides access to the computer’s SD card slot and front and back panel ports, enabling you to connect and disconnect cables easily.

Free Lifetime Tech Support
xMac Studio Rear View
Cool Design

Go with the Airflow – Supports the Mac Studio Thermal Design

xMac Studio secures your Mac Studio without trapping in recirculating hot rack air, supporting its thermal design to keep it as cool in a rack as out on a desk. Ventilation holes on the enclosure’s front panel plus an enclosed chamber beneath the Mac Studio ensures the computer’s ability to draw in cool air through its base, while a completely open back enables it to expel warm air out the back unimpeded.
Samsung Portable SSD Drive
Space for SSDs
Secure Two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs Under the Mac Studio
xMac Studio provides space beneath the computer to house two Thunderbolt or USB SSDs (sold separately) up to 3.2 inches wide by 0.75 inch tall. Simply remove the rear access panel, apply the supplied adhesive-backed magnet to the bottom of the SSDs, insert the SSDs and connect them to the computer, and then reinstall the panel. The space is also suitable for other thin, bus-powered devices.
xMac Studio without Front Panel Showing Location of Installed SSD Drive In SSD Storage SpaceClose Up Photos of xMac Studio's Power Button Assembly and SSD Storage Space
Pro Audio and Video Apps
xMac Studio In Mobile Rack Kit with Avid Pro Tools | Carbon
Road Trip Ready

Workflows on the Go

Do you need to take your workflow on the road? The xMac Studio is a perfect travel solution. Its 16.5-inch mounting depth – plus firm rubber cushions that securely hold your Mac Studio in place during transport – make xMac Studio ideal for use in molded rack cases from Gator Cases, fly racks from SKB Cases, or most any travel rack.
Additional PCIe Card Thunderbolt Expansion Options
xMac Studio with Echo III RackMount System
Need to Connect More than Three PCIe Cards?
Connect Additional Echo Modules
Mac Studio computers are equipped with four or six Thunderbolt ports, each supported by its own bus — each port provides full PCIe bandwidth. If you need to connect more than three PCIe cards (or more than one card with high bandwidth requirements), connect an Echo III Rackmount system configured with an additional Echo III Module, or a DuoModo Dual-Module Rackmount Enclosure configured with two Echo I Modules to connect as many as nine professional PCIe cards to your computer, all in just 5U of rack space. If you need to connect even more PCIe cards (and have the rack space), add additional expansion systems.
RackMac Studio with Echo III RackMount System
Need to Connect PCIe Cards to Two Mac Studios?
Choose a RackMac Studio Enclosure and Connect Echo Modules
If you need to add PCIe card expansion to two Mac Studio computers, you can also choose the RackMac Studio 3U rackmount enclosure and add an Echo III Rackmount system configured with an additional Echo III Module, each connected to a Mac Studio, all in just 5U of Rack space.

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