Sonnet Breaks Away With New Card Expansion System


Here’s another company that plans on using a spotlight in Las Vegas in early April to showcase one of its new products.

Sonnet will showcase at the 2018 NAB Show its new eGFX Breakaway Box 650, a Thunderbolt 3 to eGPU PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, Radeon Pro WX 9100, 9100 SSG and overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series-based cards.

The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games. The new Sonnet system includes a built-in, variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan.

Sonnet will also display two new external graphics solutions, the eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 560 and eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 570. These integrated Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processing unit (eGPU) systems are portable and offer users improved graphics performance when used with thin and light laptops.

Also at the NAB Show: Sonnet will showcase new Thunderbolt 3 editions of its Echo Express Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion systems.

Sonnet’s Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (2U rackmount) systems support the installation of up to three full-length, full-height PCIe cards, and connect them to the computer through a single cable.

With the new interface, both systems enable users of Mac and Windows computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth. Both systems feature a built-in, universal 300-watt power supply with a 75-watt auxiliary power connector for installed cards, plus two large, ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans.