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

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

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

For creative pros using the latest portable, mini desktop and all-in-one computers in their workflows, onboard processing power alone is not enough to get the job done. While these computers include high-performance Thunderbolt™ 3 ports to support peripherals, what they lack is PCIe expansion slots to install specialty cards that add needed video and audio inputs, transcode data, and connect to high-speed shared storage and networks. Sonnet has a solution—the Echo™ III Desktop—a professional Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe card expansion system that enables you to connect three (up to) full-length (12.28 inches long) PCIe cards at the same time, via a single cable.

 

Echo III Desktop

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.

 

Key Features:

  • Connects up to Three High-performance non-GPU PCIe Cards
  • Pro Tools | HDX Compatible
  • Three PCIe 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)
  • Energy Savings (Powers On/Off Automatically with the Computer)
  • Remarkably Quiet (Noctua Fans Rated at 17dBA)
  • 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports (One Port for Computer, Second Port Supports Thunderbolt Peripheral Daisy-chaining)
  • Rugged Aluminum Enclosure
  • Includes 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 Cable
  • Includes Sonnet Designed ThunderLok 3 (Prevents Accidental Cable Disconnections)
  • Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® Compatible
  • Avid® Qualified
  • 2-year Product Warranty
  • Free Lifetime Customer Technical Support
  • Designed and Made in the USA

 

SEE A LIST OF SUPPORTED PCIE CARDS (PDF)  

 

Product specifications and information subject to change without notice. Computer hardware and accessories featured in photos that are not included with product are shown for illustration purposes; items sold separately.

 

 

 

Mac Compatibility

  • Mac (Intel®) with Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Mac (M1) with PCIe cards that have M1 compatible drivers
  • Mac with a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt port with an Appl Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter plus a Thunderbolt 2 cable
  • macOS® 10.12.6+
  • macOS Big Sur compatible

 

Windows Compatibility

  • PC with Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Windows 10 (64-bit Edition Version 1809 or greater, see note)
  • Important Note: Windows computers require the latest BIOS and Thunderbolt drivers to support this product. Check with your computer manufacturer for update information.

 

Linux Compatibility

  • Linux® computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Linux Kernel 5.0+

 

PCIe Card Compatibility

For a list of compatible PCIe cards, view the PDF of Sonnet's PCIe Card 

 

Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

 

Hardware

 

Part Number

  • ECHO-3D-TB3

 

Warranty

  • 2-year

 

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)(1)

  • 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

  • 0ºC to 35ºC (32ºF to 95ºF)

 

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)

 

Compliance

  • RoHS 3 (Directive 2015/863)
  • IEC62368-1 and IEC62368-2

 

Package Contents

  • Echo III Desktop enclosure
  • Power cord
  • 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable
  • ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip(2)
  • Documentation

 

Support Links

 

Support Knowledge Base

Drivers, Documentation, FAQs

 

Product Manual

Manual

 

Technical Notes

 

  1. When set to HDX compatibility mode, PCIe slots operate in PCIe 2.0 mode and the chassis’ bandwidth is limited to 1750 MB/s.
  2. ThunderLok 3 compatible specifically with Sonnet 0.5- and 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables; Sonnet 1- and 2-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables require ThunderLok 3L.
  3. While the Echo III Desktop features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, some computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 use an x2 PCIe lane implementation of Thunderbolt 3 technology that limits PCIe performance to 20Gbps.
  4. Full performance requires the use of the included Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable, or comparable Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cables; look for the Thunderbolt icon AND the number 3 on the connector housings to identify these cables.
  5. Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt peripheral devices on Macs used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, sold separately.
  6. Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gb) or Gen 2 (10Gb) devices when connected with proper cable or adapter (sold separately).
  7. Assuming that a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connection is established, all Thunderbolt 3 computers support one 4K monitor directly attached to the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 port, without affecting PCIe bandwidth to the device. Using two 4K monitors or a single 5K monitor attached to the pass-through Thunderbolt 3 port reduces available PCIe bandwidth to the device. Two 4K monitors requires either: 1) for Thunderbolt 3 Macs or for Windows Thunderbolt 3 PCs that support two monitors—a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter; or 2) for Windows Thunderbolt 3 PCs that support two monitors—a 4K monitor with multi-stream transport support (DP out).
  8. Power supply will operate as low as 90VAC, with linear power derating from 400W @ 115VAC to 320W @ 90VAC.

 

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Manufacturer Sonnet
Manufacturer P/N ECHO-3D-TB3
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