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Hard DriveThunderbolt Compatibility with PCIe Cards in Sonnet Echo Express SE II,
Echo Express III-D/III-R, and xMac mini Server (Third Generation)

Have an earlier generation Echo Express or xMac mini Server chassis? View our legacy support page
for PCIe card compatibility information.

All Sonnet Thunderbolt products are designed to comply with comprehensive Thunderbolt compatibility requirements, and have passed the Apple/Intel compatibility certification tests.

For PCIe card expansion products, there is an additional requirement that each PCIe card's driver must also be compatible with Thunderbolt technology. PCIe cards' Thunderbolt compatibility requirements include: 1) the card driver must enable the correct card ID to be recognized over Thunderbolt, and 2) it must properly support hot-plug/unplug, recover from sleep, etc. as defined in the Thunderbolt device interconnect paradigm.

All cards identified on this list have either been tested for compliance with Intel's Thunderbolt connectivity requirements in Sonnet's labs, by the PCIe card developer using Sonnet's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion products, or both. The compatibility list is broken out with a column for each Sonnet product and, in the case of xMac mini Servers, a column for each of its PCIe slots.

We will update this list as new cards are tested and verified to be compatible. Please download the latest drivers from the PCIe card developer's website before attempting to use the card in one of our Thunderbolt expansion products.

 


Pro Audio
Ethernet Adapters (Gigabit)Ethernet Adapters (10 Gigabit)Fibre ChannelFireWire/USB
PCIe Bus ExtenderSAS/SATASSDVideo Capture & ProcessingStorage

Information updated March 6, 2014

Pro Audio
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Avid HD Native    
Avid Pro Tools|HDX       (9)  
Lynx AES16e    
Lynx AES 16e-SRC    
Lynx AES16e-50   (7)   (7)
RME HDSPe Madi    
RME HPSDe MADI FX    
RME HDSPe RayDAT    
RME HDSPe AIO    
RME HDSPe AES    
RME HDSPe PCI (with Multiface, Multiface II & Digiface)  
Solid State Logic MadiXtreme 64   Driver In Development   Driver In Development Driver In Development Driver In Development
Solid State Logic MadiXtreme 128   Driver In Development   Driver In Development Driver In Development Driver In Development
Universal Audio UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator    
Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo DSP Accelerator  
Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo/Quad/Octo DSP Accelerator    
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Ethernet Adapters (Gigabit)
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Small Tree GbE PEG1, PEG1F  
Small Tree GbE PEG2, PEG2F  
Small Tree GbE PEG4    
Small Tree GbE PEG2G6I    
Sonnet Presto Gigabit Pro PCIe(6)  
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Ethernet Adapters (10 Gigabit)
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
ATTO Fast Frame NS11, NT11  
ATTO Fast Frame NS12, NT12  
ATTO Fast Frame NS14    
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-1S+E  
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-2C  
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-2S  
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-C  
Myricom 10G-PCIE-8B-S  
Myricom 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2C  
Myricom 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2S  
Myricom 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S  
Myricom 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S+E    
Small Tree 10GbE PETG2NDA, PETG2-CAT6, PETG2-CX4, PETG1SFP+, PETG2SFP+  
Small Tree 10GbE PETG4NDA, PETG4SFP+    
Small Tree 10GbE PETG6NDA, PETG6SFP+    
Sonnet Presto 10GbE 1-Port  
Sonnet Presto 10GbE 2-Port  
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Fibre Channel
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCIe Card(1)  
Apple Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCIe Card    
ATTO Celerity FC-81EN  
ATTO Celerity FC-82EN  
ATTO Celerity FC-84EN    
ATTO Celerity-161E  
ATTO Celerity-162E  
ATTO Celerity-164E        
Sonnet 8Gb Single Channel Fibre Host Adapter PCIe 2.0  
Sonnet 8Gb Dual Channel Fibre Host Adapter PCIe 2.0  
Sonnet 16Gb Single Channel Fibre Host Adapter PCIe 2.0    
Sonnet 16Gb Dual Channel Fibre Host Adapter PCIe 2.0    
Sonnet 16Gb Quad Channel Fibre Host Adapter PCIe 2.0          
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FireWire/USB
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Sonnet Allegro FW800 PCIe    
Sonnet Allegro FW400 PCIe    
Sonnet Tango 3.0 PCIe    
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PCIe Bus Extender
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Accusys ExaSAN QSFP to PCIe HBA  
Sonnet PCIe 2.0 Bus Extender Card  
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SAS/SATA
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Areca ARC-1202 2-port SAS RAID Adapter (8)
Areca ARC-1212x/1222x 4/8-port SAS RAID Adapters (8)
Areca ARC-1300-4e/-4x 4-port SAS Adapters (8)
Areca ARC-1320-8x 8-port SAS Adapter (8)
Areca ARC-1882x 8-port 6Gb SAS RAID adapter (8)
ATTO ExpressSAS H680 Adapter  
ATTO ExpressSAS H6F0 Adapter    
ATTO ExpressSAS H644 Adapter  
ATTO ExpressSAS R680 RAID Adapter(2)  
HighPoint Rocket RAID SAS 2711/2722  
HighPoint Rocket RAID SAS 4522  
HighPoint Rocket RAID SATA 644L    
Sonnet Tempo SATA 6Gb Pro 2-port  
Sonnet Tempo SATA 6Gb Pro 4-port    
Sonnet 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID Controller(2)  
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SSD
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe R0    
Sonnet Tempo Single/Dual SSD PCIe Adapter   (3)   (3)
Sonnet Tempo Pro Dual SSD PCIe Adapter        
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Video Capture & Processing
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
AJA Kona LHe Plus    
AJA Kona LHi    
AJA Kona 3G      
Black Magic Intensity Pro    
Black Magic Decklink 4K    
Black Magic Decklink Quad    
Black Magic Decklink HD Extreme 3D    
Black Magic Decklink Studio    
Black Magic Decklink Studio2    
Black Magic Intensity Duo    
Black Magic Decklink SDI    
Bluefish444 Create HD        
Bluefish444 Create 3D        
Bluefish444 Create 3D Ultra        
Bluefish444 Epoch 2K Horizon        
Bluefish444 2K Core        
Bluefish444 2K Ultra        
Matrox Mojito MAX        
RED ROCKET (10)       (11)  
RED ROCKET X       (12)   TBD
Sienna Automation X    
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Storage(4)
Product
Mac
PC
Echo Express
SE II
Echo Express SEL
Echo Express III-D/III-R
xMac mini Server (3rd Gen)
      Full Height
Half Length
Low-Profile
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Full Height
Half Length
Full Height
Full Length
Sonnet Fusion D400QR5/R400QR5(5)  
Sonnet Fusion DX800RAID  
Sonnet Fusion RX1600RAID  
Tandberg Data LTO-2, LTO-5   (4) (4) (4) (4)
TOLIS TGSHH4S-EXT LTO-4 HH SAS Drive  
TOLIS TGSHH5S-EXT LTO-5 HH SAS Drive  
TOLIS TGSHH4S-LIB LTO-4 HH SAS Drive  
TOLIS TGSHH5S-LIB LTO-5 HH SAS Drive  
Storage DNA Evolution D100  
Storage DNA Evolution X100, X100-8, X100-24  
Storage DNA Evolution X200, X200-24, X200-48  
Storage DNA Evolution X400-48  
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Technical Notes

  1. Some older versions of the Apple/LSI Fibre Channel Card may not be compatible with Thunderbolt technology. Here's what we know:
    • Compatible Versions: H3-2507-01D, H3-250770-01D, L3-25077-00E, L3-25007-00G
    • Incompatible Versions: L3-00137-01D, L3-00137-01E, LSI 7104-EP-LC, LSI 7404-EP, H3-25077-01E
    • Please send an email to support@sonnettech.com if you have another version that does or does not work.
  2. Cooling Kit for ATTO R680 RAID Card (Sonnet Part No. CK-R680) required for Echo Express III or xMac mini Server chassis. Ambient temperature limited to 30ºC in Echo Express SE II or SEL chassis. Note: Cooling kit not compatible with ATTO R680 RAID card installed with optional ATTO CacheAssure™ module.
  3. Single SSD in this chassis.
  4. SAS LTO models used with compatible SAS card such as ATTO H680 or H644.
  5. Recommended with Sonnet Tempo SATA 6Gb Pro 2-Port or Pro 4-port.
  6. Only Sonnet Presto Gigabit Pro PCIe model number GE1000LAB-E (shipping on or after January 1, 2014) is Thunderbolt compatible.
  7. RPM Dynamics is currently providing approved modified to the Echo express SE II and xMac mini Server that facilitate connection to the RJ45 port on the AES16e-50 card.
  8. See www.areca.com.tw/support/s_thunderbolt/thunderbolt.htm for the latest information.
  9. Supports up to three Avid Pro Tools|HDX cards.
  10. Using beta driver. Hot plug not supported.
  11. In Sonnet tests, RED ROCKET with a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Echo Express III supported:

    • 24 fps @ 5K, full-frame, 8-bit
    • 11 fps @ 5K, full-frame, 16-bit

    These results may vary depending on configuration and are provided for information purposes. Sonnet does not guarantee any particular performance of third-party cards.
  12. In Sonnet tests, RED ROCKET X with a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Echo Express III supported:

    • 32 fps @ 5K, full-frame, 8-bit (note: should be sufficient for playback of dailies in the field)
    • 16 fps @ 5K, full-frame, 16-bit
    • 22 fps @ 6K, full-frame, 8-bit
    • 12 fps @ 6K, full-frame, 16-bit
    • 64.5 fps @ 6K, full-frame, 8-bit, exporting to 1080
    • 58.5 fps @ 6K, full-frame, 8-bit, exporting to 1080 (note: should be able to do 3D 1080 in real time)

    These results are preliminary using beta software and may vary depending on configuration and are provided for information purposes. Sonnet does not guarantee any particular performance of third-party cards.

Sonnet Thunderbolt Expansion Partners

Sonnet works closely with the following partners to ensure Thunderbolt compatibility for their products.


AdobeAJAAppleATTOAvidBlack Magic DesignBlueFish 444CalDigitExaSANFocusrite
Fusion ioLynx Studio TechnologyMatroxMyricomREDRMESiennaSmall Tree Softron Media ServicesSolid State LogicStorageDNATandberg DataTolis GroupTools On AirUniversal Audio