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Desmond Ford
Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:56:39 am

Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP...

Is it to good to be true?

Wouldn't this be perfect for Resolve users?

Does it not obviate a Mac Pro?

I just found out about this today, but can't find any user reviews online. Does anyone know anything about it?


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Eric Santiago
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:40:10 am

You can use a BMD Intensity Pro or DeckLink.
I tested with their Tempo SSD Pro and had 15fps with RAW from BMCC (thanks John Brawley).
With any HD format its butter.
Cant use it as GPU expander though.
All in all, a great addition to the Retina.


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Desmond Ford
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 22, 2012 at 12:02:21 am

Wait, I don't understand. I thought that it specifically was a GPU Expander.

If it can host a Red Rocket, why not an Nvidia Quadro 4000?


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Sascha Haber
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 22, 2012 at 9:58:47 am

Maybe it has no power plugs internally.

A slice of color...

Resolve 9.01 OSX 10.8.2

Colorist / Aerial footage nerd
http://vimeo.com/saschahaber


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Craig Harris
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 22, 2012 at 5:28:10 pm

Thunderbolt only supports 4 PCI lanes. The following is on the Sonnettech webpage.

"The PCIe slot will physically accommodate up to a x16 PCIe card, however the actual electrical bandwidth of Thunderbolt is x4."


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Neil Sadwelkar
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 22, 2012 at 7:24:11 pm

The Mac OS does not support GPUs over Thunderbolt-PCI. Any other card is supported.

I've just got a Mercury Helios Thunderbolt-PCI from OWC. It works just fine for connecting an Atto SAS card to a MBP.

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Eric Santiago
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 23, 2012 at 2:34:39 pm

http://www.sonnettech.com/support/kb/kb.php?cat=451&expand=_a1_b664_a2&acti...


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John Davidson
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 23, 2012 at 7:02:11 pm

I have one. It's awesome. We use it with a mac mini, a Small Tree ethernet switch and an Areca 1882x RAID into a ProAvio 8MS to feed ProRes streams over ethernet to 4 rooms. I cannot comment on the 4000 usability, but it does have it's own power supply unless I'm mistaken.

It's MUCH bigger than it looks in pictures. There a 3 slot enclosure also from Magma, but they were backordered forever so I went with Sonnet.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Eric Santiago
Re: Sonnet Echo Express Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion now Available for MBP....
on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:10:11 am

Same here Neil. Magma back order pushed us to the Sonnet.
Love the case. Handles RED ROCKET and a Tempo SSD Pro with two Crucial M4 512GB SSD set to RAID 0.
Getting wicked speeds using Black Magic Disk test.
Too bad about GPU but add another Echo and you can load that with more options. Makes a great DIT mobile using a Retina or any new MBP with TB :)


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