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Highpoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 Expansion Chassis Thunderbolt 3 PCIe 3.0x16 Expansion Chassis

Model Number: RS6661A

$275.84 USD
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Ultra-compact & portable Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis - transform your notebook into a compact media workstation! the RocketStor 6661A allows you to quickly add any PCIe X4, X8 or X16 card to your Thunderbolt 3 capable computing platform; such as media capture, Ethernet, fiber channel, or external storage/RAID controller cards. Like it's processor, the lightweight, small-footprint design is ideal for compact workstations and mobile computing platforms such as iMacs, MacBook's pros and Razor notebooks. At just 7 inches tall, and less than 3 inches wide, the RocketStor 6661A is small enough to pack into a laptop bag, yet is capable of supporting full-sized PCIe 3.0 add-in cards. Efficient chassis design keeps temperatures in CHECK during heavy workloads: PCIe devices, such as networking, video and hardware RAID cards can generate a great deal of waste heat during heavy I/O; an efficient, reliable, cooling system is an essential component of any PCIe expansion solution. The RocketStor 6661A was designed to accommodate performance intensive applications. The ventilated, all-aluminum chassis and dual cooling fans keep temperatures in CHECK during high-stress workloads. Simple plug and play installation: the RocketStor 6661A can be easily added to any Thunderbolt 3 capable Mac & PC platform via a single cable connection. Quick release thumbscrews and a Slidable chassis Cover make adding or removing PCIe cards a snap!.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Gerard Nicol
Works but not right away

I purchased one of these to so I could use a LTO tape drive with my Intel NUC. Pros: cheaper that the rest and works. Cons: the PCIe slot is smaller than most cards with an open end. At first it thought there was no chance this thing would take my card. Fans are a little rattly and build quality is about 70% of what you’d like. I’d be happy to pay $50 more to get better quality (but all products on the market like this get the same critical reviews on quality). But the biggest problem is if you’re unfamiliar with how Thunderbolt interacts with windows security. When you plug the device in Windows pops up a message asking if you approve the device. But even when you say yes it doesn’t work. I had already started an Amazon return when I decided to take another look. Device manager has a Cisco driver with an arrow icon on it. I opened the properties and saw that it was disabled. After enabling the driver up popped my SCSI adapter and then my LTO tape drive. $300 for this, $100 for a SCSI card and $500 for a Dell external LTO5 drive and for $30 a tape I can mount an LTFS drive and drag and drop files to tape at high speed. Would buy again.

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grapland
Build Is Good But Unnecessarily Noisy

You will have your pcie card enclosed in a thick, heavy, and well surface-processed aluminum chassis with perfect heat dissipation. One of the things I can't buy in is the fan design. The two small fans are installed on the internal metal frame, not on the inside face of external chassis. It may make the installation less error prone, but the side effect is... it turns the enclosure to a resonance box ( think about the cellos). The noise then gets amplified to be like a powerful CPU fan running at full speed, with even higher pitch. After some experiments, I found that the fans themselves are actually unnecessary in such design. The power supply shipped is rated 12V 5A, so the max heat capacity of the whole system is no more than 60w. The TB3 chip won't make much heat. Then we have several cases to discuss: 1. For those cards less than 5w: They even cannot heat up themselves. So no fan is needed. 2. For those cards in 5-15w. They are hot and will have a heat sink installed. My experiment with one of such card provides that, even without fan in enclosure, the card can still work normally with chip temp <180F. (Modern commercial semiconductor can run around 200F). In these cases I'd leave the fan unplugged. 3. For those card in 15-30W. They generally have fan installed. My experiment with a low-end video card fall in this range gives out 185F without enclosure fan. The fan on the pcie card is running at 70%, but given the better build (it's pulled from certified workstation), and a position which doesn't trigger resonate, they sound much acceptable. 4. For those card with more than 30w: If they still stick on single-slot design, they generally have meshed panel with turbo fan exporting heated air directly through it. So they will take care of their own air flow fine. The enclosure fans are not needed either. There are some exceptions. Some devices, even when run in low watts, may be hot due to the board design, and adjust their performance based on the temperature. The NVME drives are one of them. If you want no noise while require unthrottled performance, go grab some heat sink on it. You only need to cover the controller part. Even a tiny one with 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/4 will do the work very well. Remember not to fix them with the rubber band (most of the design sold here are with them), since they will eventually break in high temp, and eject the metal heat sink to some key naked circuits nearby.

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CVH
コンパクトeGPU

GTX1050Tiを取り付けて使いました。 Thunderbolt3付のノートパソコンに買い替えた際に、Akitio Nodeを買ってGTX1660Superを取り付けて使ってみたら、予想以上に快適で驚きました。 性能面では満足していたこの組み合わせですが、人の欲は深いもので持ち運びが出来るeGPUが欲しくなり、本機を購入しました。 12V10Aの電源を付けて使ったところ、上記のベンチマーク結果が得られました。 取り付けの際にビデオカードのファンは取り外しましたが、本機内蔵のファンで100%の性能発揮時にも十分な冷却が出来ていました。 この運用では75W級のGTX1050TiやGTX1650補助電源無ししか使えそうにありませんが、リュックサックにノートパソコンと一緒に入るサイズでTiger Lakeを除く内蔵GPUを大幅に上回るグラフィック性能を得られるので重宝しそうです。 追記 Elsaの1スロット型GPUが手に入ったので其方で改めてテストしました。 1080p以下・標準品質でFF15を動作させる必要ラインはクリアしているようです。

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Matthew Joordens
Does not work with all Pcie devices

I got the product to use a Vive HTC headset wirelessly. That requires a PCIe board. This product did not allow me to connect the device through the thunderbolt 3. A have got another brand now that works fine.

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gddr
disappointing

Not x16 PCIE as advertised, its x4 slot. Bad design, no power switch for on/off. Slim size, (almost) silent operation are its good points.

Highpoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 Expansion Chassis Thunderbolt 3 PCIe 3.0x16 Expansion Chassis
HighPoint Technologies

Highpoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe 3.0 Expansion Chassis Thunderbolt 3 PCIe 3.0x16 Expansion Chassis

$275.84 USD

Ultra-compact & portable Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis - transform your notebook into a compact media workstation! the RocketStor 6661A allows you to quickly add any PCIe X4, X8 or X16 card to your Thunderbolt 3 capable computing platform; such as media capture, Ethernet, fiber channel, or external storage/RAID controller cards. Like it's processor, the lightweight, small-footprint design is ideal for compact workstations and mobile computing platforms such as iMacs, MacBook's pros and Razor notebooks. At just 7 inches tall, and less than 3 inches wide, the RocketStor 6661A is small enough to pack into a laptop bag, yet is capable of supporting full-sized PCIe 3.0 add-in cards. Efficient chassis design keeps temperatures in CHECK during heavy workloads: PCIe devices, such as networking, video and hardware RAID cards can generate a great deal of waste heat during heavy I/O; an efficient, reliable, cooling system is an essential component of any PCIe expansion solution. The RocketStor 6661A was designed to accommodate performance intensive applications. The ventilated, all-aluminum chassis and dual cooling fans keep temperatures in CHECK during high-stress workloads. Simple plug and play installation: the RocketStor 6661A can be easily added to any Thunderbolt 3 capable Mac & PC platform via a single cable connection. Quick release thumbscrews and a Slidable chassis Cover make adding or removing PCIe cards a snap!.

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