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Sonnet Echo Express SE Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Cards with Temperature-Controlled Fan and Two Thunderbolt Ports

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  • Adds an Expansion Card Slot to Any Computer with a Thunderbolt Port—The Echo Express SE supports a single half-length (up to 6.6"), full-height, single-width, x8(1), PCIe 2.0 card
  • High Bandwidth—With Thunderbolt’s PCI Express performance and 10Gb/s of throughput on each of the two channels in both directions, the SE is perfect for special-purpose PCIe cards for video capture, audio interface, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, digital audio, RAID control, and more
  • Two Thunderbolt Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer
  • Temperature-Controlled Fan—Automatically operates slowly and quietly with cooler cards, provides better cooling for hot cards
  • Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.8 Kg
Product Dimensions31.8 x 16.5 x 20.3 cm
Item model numberECHO-EXP-SE
Wattage60 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 175,031 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
Date First Available1 Aug 2012

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Potential Achiever Today's ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power, power that many people thought would only be possible in full-size desktop computers. Smaller in size and portable, they're very desirable. For many professionals, this processing power alone is not enough. You need an expansion slot to install specialty cards to connect various video and audio inputs, for processing data, and to connect to high-speed storage and networks. The problem is, only desktop computers (which aren't very portable) have slots, and currently available PCIe expansion for notebook computers has been very limited in performance—until now. If you've got a computer with Thunderbolt technology, then the Echo™ Express SE Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis for PCIe cards is exactly what you need. Sonnet's Echo Express SE enables you to use a high-performance PCI Express® adapter card (sold separately) with any computer with a Thunderbolt port. Imagine using a compatible professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or RAID controller card with your iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air or MacBook Pro; this Sonnet product makes it possible!

Expanding Outside the Box Sonnet harnesses the potential of Thunderbolt technology to enable you to connect a high-performance PCIe expansion card to computers without expansion slots. Developed by Intel® and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple®, Thunderbolt technology supports high-performance data services and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Based on PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gb/s of throughput per channel in both directions. Connected via a Thunderbolt cable (not included, sold at the Apple Store), Echo Express SE carries the computer's PCIe channel to the slot and passes both PCIe and DisplayPort data through a second Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining other devices. Echo Express DNA and Performance in a Smaller and Lighter Package The Echo Express SE is small, light, and perfect for use in situations where the installed PCIe card doesn't require much space or a lot of power. Like its larger sibling, the Echo Express, the SE has a single slot, but uses a smaller enclosure that accommodates a half-length (up to 6.6" long), full-height, single-width, x8(1) PCIe 2.0 card. Do you have a card in mind but aren't sure which Echo Express you need? We've worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible PCIe cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of tested cards that are recognized over a Thunderbolt connection, compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements, and that will physically fit the enclosure.

Smart Design Inside and Out Constructed of aluminum, the Echo Express SE's outer shell helps transfer heat away from the card and securely protects it inside. The enclosure is ventilated front and back, and a quiet, temperature-controlled fan (with no switches or jumpers to configure) automatically helps keep even the very hottest cards cool; when not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper so you can work without a lot of noise in the background. The Echo Express SE is enviro-friendly, powering on and off with your computer.

Strong Link in the Chain This Sonnet solution supports daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express SE, the Apple® Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring bus power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain Thunderbolt port to peripherals.

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1 x Sonnet Echo Express SE Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for PCIe Card

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I bought this to run my UAD audio pci card w my thunderbolt equipped MacBook Pro. It's easy to set up and hasn't dropped its connection yet. I have it in the machine room ( away from my studio ) , I think it's a little noisy hence giving it 4 stars but build quality seems really good - a good purchase
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not very suitable for desktop use 17 Jan 2013
By Kirill Pertsev - Published on Amazon.com
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Does what it's supposed to do, but the normal operation is extremely loud for normal quiet work environment. So called "temperature controlled fan" provides about 10% speed difference between full speed and 'cold' operation. Such difference is barely audible. Sonnet support confirmed that this is normal.
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Works as expected 7 May 2013
By Evan Chavez - Published on Amazon.com
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Remarkable piece of hardware. Pretty much plug 'n' play. I bought it for my UAD-2 card and the integration was seamless. My only gripe is coming from an audio mix engineer's standpoint- this thing is LOUD! The fan whirs at about 500hz and if you're mixing with nearfields at a low level, you are going to hear this thing humming. I wish I had shelled out an extra $20 for a longer thunderbolt cable so I could get it as far away from my ears as possible but other than that you couldn't ask for a better product. I love the daisy chain expansion potential and installation was a snap. Highly recommended but again be mindful of the noise if that's something that may interfere with your intended use
Work with Areca RAID Card but Display Issue 20 Mar 2013
By hhako - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this to use my existing RAID card from Areca which was used in Mac Pro. Now I can connect RAID through Thunderbolt from my Mac Mini 2012. As for RAID functionality, it works great and I'm very satisfied.

I need to take out two stars because of display issue I have. I connect display through Echo Express SE since Mac Mini has only one Thunderbolt port. I connect through Apple's mini Displayport to Dual DVI adapter since my 27' monitor - 2560x1440 - require dual DVI. Once in a while, display shows noise and I need to disconnect cable. This won't happen when I connect directly to Mac Mini. This issue seems common for mini displayport to dual DVI adapter if you have old firmware. I confirmed mine has latest firmware.

I also used mini Displayport to Displayport cable since my monitor has Displayport. In this situation, display show flickering and sometime black out. Again, this won't happen when I connect directly to Mac Mini. HDMI port to DVI usage of Mac Mini 2012 causing flickering issue. I updated to OS 10.8.3 but problem still exist.

I'm not 100% sure this is problem of Echo Express SE or Mac Mini. Since direct connection to Mac Mini works fine, I suspect Echo Express SE may have some issue.

I contacted Sonnet Technology Support but didn't get any response from them.

I forgot to mention about noise. This box is quite loud although it is acceptable for me. I placed it on 8 HD case and it is making noise more than 8HD case. It may not be acceptable for some people.
Nice. Works well with UAD. 29 Dec 2012
By Yuichiro Nagai - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly plug and play.
I hope these things keep coming down in price. Ideal would be a box with say 2 slots and some docking features. Like the new Belkin.
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