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If it seems like you might have just read something about a new Thunderbolt PCI Express expansion chassis coming from Magma, that’s probably because we just mentioned it earlier this week. Now Magma has slipped out the official word, with a three-slot ExpressBox 3T soon available for preorder.
Magma has announced they will soon be accepting preorders for the ExpressBox 3T, a three-shot Thunderbolt expansion chassis which will finally fulfill one of the many promises of Intel’s new I/O technology by allowing PCI Express cards to be used on computers without internal slots -- in other words, the entire current Mac line with the exception of the Mac Pro.
“Magma's ExpressBox 3T provides an 'outside-the-box' solution for using PCIe® cards with Thunderbolt-equipped computers,” the company reveals in their announcement emailed to customers. “High-performance work flows are possible by connecting a Thunderbolt-equipped computer to a Magma ExpressBox 3T containing PCIe cards such as video capture, media transcoding, audio processing, and fast data storage. Because Thunderbolt is also based on DisplayPort technology, you can daisy-chain a high-resolution display with your Magma ExpressBox 3T.”
This is an exciting development for audio/video professionals who have long been chained to the higher-end Mac Pro for their creative work. Now, video capture cards that were previously exclusive to computers with internal PCI Express cards can be used with the iMac or even a notebook -- as well as legacy SCSI cards and most anything else using PCIe.
Magma will start accepting preorders for the ExpressBox 3T in the fourth quarter (anytime between October 1 and the end of the year), with a suggested retail price promised at “under $1,000.” Interested parties can sign up on the company’s website to be among the first to hear the news.
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