Sonnet Echo III Desktop 3-Slot Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe Card Expansion System

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ECHO-3D-TB3

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Connect Three Full-length PCIe Cards to Computers with Thunderbolt 3 Ports


Designed for creative pros, the Sonnet Echo™ III Desktop is a professional Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect three PCIe cards at the same time, via a single cable. Add the peripherals you need to get the job done - specialty cards for needed video and audio inputs, transcode data, and connect to high-speed shared storage and networks.

The Echo III Desktop features one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots, enabling it to support a wide variety of cards at the same time. To support really power-hungry cards, it integrates a universal 400W power supply and includes a 75W auxiliary power connector for non-GPU cards that require extra power, including the Avid Pro Tools | HDX. Designed without a power switch, the Echo III 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!

Echo III Desktop supports every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU PCIe 1.1/2.0/3.0 card available including video capture and transcoding; audio DSP; 6Gb or 12Gb SAS or SATA host bus adapter; 10Gb, 25Gb or Ethernet; SSD storage; and other specialty types to your system.

At the flick of a switch, the Avid qualified Echo III Desktop system is instantly optimized to support up to three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards, with no extra parts necessary! This chassis has been tested and is qualified by Avid Audio group for use with Avid Pro Tools HD 2020 software, and Avid Pro Tools HDX and HD Native systems.

Sonnet includes a 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable that transfers data at Thunderbolt 3's full 2750 MB/s PCIe bandwidth. In addition, Sonnet provides a ThunderLok™ 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(2) 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.

Key Features

Adds Connectivity & Capabilities - Connects up to three high-performance non-GPU PCIe cards via a Thunderbolt 3 cable to your computer lacking expansion slots.

Pro Tools | HDX Compatible - HDX compatibility mode enables use of up to three Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards with no additional parts needed.

Broad PCIe Card Compatibility - Every Thunderbolt 3 compatible, non-GPU card supported regardless of length or height.

Three PCIe 3.0 Slots - One x16 plus two x8 slots support three full-height, single-width cards, or one double-width card plus one single-width card.

Pro Power - Integrated 400W power supply with 75W auxiliary power. Saves energy by powering on/off automatically with the computer.

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

40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface - Offers 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth for the installed cards.

Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports - One port connects to computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices.

Rugged Aluminum Housing - Provides robust and secure protection.


In the Box
- Echo III Desktop enclosure
- Power cord
- 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
- ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip
- Documentation


Technical Specs
Form Factor: Desktop expansion system
External Connectors:
• Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
• 12V power port
Internal Connector: 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr (same type as on legacy Mac Pro motherboard; provides up to 75W of power for PCIe cards that require supplemental power)
Expansion Slots (Facing Rear, Left to Right):
• One x8 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 3.0
• One x16 mechanical (x8 electrical) PCIe 3.0
• One x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 3.0
PCIe Cards Supported:
• One full-length, full-height, double-width PCIe card, plus one single-width card or
• Three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards
Power Supply: Universal 400W, 115-230V AC, 50-60 Hz(8)
Operating Temperature: 0C to 35C (32F to 95F)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.5 x 16.7 x 9 in. (8.9 x 42.4 x 22.9 cm)
Weight: 9.7 lbs (4.40 kg)

Prior to purchase, the buyer is encouraged to read further technical notes and compatibility details available on the SonnetTech website.
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