Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis
Thunderbolt | Thunderbolt 2 | Mac | PC
Use PCIe Expansion Cards with any Thunderbolt Equipped Mac or PC
Helios 2 is the ideal way to access up to two PCIe cards and is perfect for video capturing, video editing,
media transcoding, audio processing, ultra-fast networking, data storage, and more via its Thunderbolt interface.
Get empowered with the flexibility to upgrade the capabilities of almost any workflow and workstation.
Install Two PCIe Cards + Daisy Chain
Helios 2 supports two half-length (up to 7.75"), full-height, single-width x8 PCIe cards to provide a vast
array of expansion options. It also supports the combination of one "single-width" and one "double-width" card
for compatibility with cards that utilize a daughter card.
View the PCIe card compatibility chart
- Two PCIe card slots + daughter card support
- Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
- Thunderbolt daisy-chain six devices plus a display
Thunderbolt Performance Juggernaut
The Helios 2 is the perfect solution to enhance and expand the computing capabilities of any Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2
equipped Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac laptop, or PC. Utilizing Thunderbolt high-performance technology, Helios 2 is a tour de force that provides the flexibility to use a multitude of PCIe cards with the bandwidth to support their capabilities.
By the Numbers: Thunderbolt Interface Speed Comparison Chart
Datasets + Storage
Durable, Cool, and at the Ready
A whisper quiet variable speed fan keeps the inside of the Helios 2's durable aluminum ventilated chassis running cool.
It automatically powers on/off with your computer, so it's at the ready whenever you are.
Lock It Up
Let's face it, you have PCIe cards because they serve an important workflow need. Helios 2 comes with a
Thunderbolt cable lock that prevents accidental cable pulls from stopping your work in progress — ensuring
your PCIe cards and daisy-chained Thunderbolt devices stay connected.
PCIe Expands your Computing Capabilities
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dual speed 10G/1G LC fiber
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Two mini-SAS ports
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MAXPower 2-port eSATA 6Gb/s & 2-port USB 3.0
2 USB 3.0 ports | 2 eSATA 6Gb/s ports
With dedicated bandwidth per port, this card is capable of delivering a whopping 500MB/s per port simulteneously.
MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e
2 miniSAS 6Gb/s ports
Utilize mini-SAS connected drives and arrays to achieve massive performance.
MAXPower eSATA 6G Pro PCIe Controller Card
2 eSATA 6Gbs ports
Connect up to two external eSATA drives and achieve up to 500MB/s performance. That's 6x faster than FireWire 800 and 100x faster than USB 2.0.
MAXPower 4-port eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0
4 eSATA 6Gbs ports
This card couples four eSATA 6Gbs ports with a built-in hardware RAID. Achieve speeds up to 1,000MB/s for out of this world performance.
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