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MERCURY HELIOS 3

Description:

THE LITTLE BLACK BOX TO DO IT ALL. FAST.

The OWC Mercury Helios 3 PCIe expansion chassis gives Thunderbolt equipped Macs the ability to tap into a huge variety of pro-level performance PCIe cards, previously the sole domain of desktop workstations. Leveraging extreme performance Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe 3.0 technologies, Mercury Helios 3 delivers nearly unlimited expansion potential to your Mac. At up to 40Gb/s transfer speed, the sky’s the limit with the flexibility to completely customize the capabilities of almost any workflow or workstation.

EXPANSION COMES STANDARD

Mercury Helios 3 features one half-length (up to 7.75"), full-height, double-width x16 PCIe 3.0 slot to provide a vast array of expansion options. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports means Mercury Helios 3 supports up to five additional daisy-chained Thunderbolt peripherals including power delivery. Mercury Helios 3 also features an additional mini DisplayPort to add additional UHD or HD displays and an included Thunderbolt 3 cable. 

MERCURY HELIOS SUPPORTS A HUGE VARIETY OF PCIE CARDS, INCLUDING:

  • Fibre Channel
  • 10GbE Network Interface Controller
  • Video capture
  • Digital audio
  • Solid State Drive
  • SAS controllers
  • FireWire, USB, or eSATA host adapter cards



Specification:


System Requirements

  • Software
    • OS
      • Mac: macOS 10.12.1 or later
      • PC: Windows 10 or later
      • Note: Boot Camp is not supported
    • Driver
      • Driver not required
  • Hardware
    • Minimum
      • Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt 3 interface
  • Bootability
    • macOS (requires installed PCIe card be bootable and the Mercury Helios 3 must be connected to a compatible Mac host.)

Interface

  • (2) Thunderbolt 3 - 40Gb/s
  • (1) Mini DisplayPort

Device Interface

  • PCIe 3.0 (PCI Express)

PCIe Card Support

  • (1) PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) half-length (up to 7.75"), full-height, single-width or double-width
  • Notes
    • PCIe card must operate with no driver or have a Thunderbolt-aware driver
    • Please see the OWC PCIe Thunderbolt card compatibility chart for more information
    • Not compatible with OWC Mercury Accelsior Pro Q SSDs.

Performance

  • Thunderbolt 3 - up to 40Gb/s
  • Note: Speeds will vary based on setup, configuration, and other environmental factors

Display Host Capabilities

  • Supports dual display configurations via Thunderbolt 3 and Mini DisplayPort
  • One display up to 4K @ 60Hz and a second display up to 1080p @ 60Hz
  • Mini DisplayPort does not support DP++. An active adapter is required for use with HDMI and DVI displays.

Power

  • PCIe card minimum guaranteed power
    • 25W (slot)
  • Power Supply
    • External UL-listed, universal auto-switching
    • AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
    • DC output: 12V, 10A
    • Adapter plugs for international use sold separately

Dimensions

  • Height: 3.2 in (8.2 cm)
  • Width: 5.3 in (13.4 cm)
  • Length: 9.7 in (24.5 cm)

Weight

  • 3.1 lb (1.4 kg)

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