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AR/VR Development Platform
Helios FX + Express 4M2

Mac / PC / Thunderbolt 3
Powerful eGPU and SSD storage enclosures to drive AR/VR workflows
The OWC AR/VR Development Platform consists of the Thunderbolt 3 connected Mercury Helios FX and the Express 4M2 enclosures to deliver a robust, yet flexible, platform to build your AR/VR masterpieces upon. You have the power to choose the SSDs and the GPU that will power your creative vision across the finish line. When project requirements change, the OWC AR/VR Development Kit can easily adapt with new SSDs and GPU.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse
AR/VR development needs fast storage and a lot of it — the OWC Express 4M2 has the job covered. Express is ready to serve with four easy-to-access M.2 NVMe SSD slots customizable for any workflow and vibration damping feet that allow for vertical or horizontal orientation. Install up to 8TB of capacity and experience up to 2800MB/s of mind-bending performance via Thunderbolt 3.
The eGPU chassis built to empower
Add the power of a high-performance GPU to your Mac and Windows PC via Thunderbolt 3. Whether you're bringing an AR/VR creative vision to life, playing the latest hardware-punishing game, or connecting additional displays — the OWC Mercury Helios FX is built to empower everything you do.

Helios FX Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • macOS 10.13.4 or later1
  • Windows 10 (64-bit, version 1709) or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Any eGPU-compatible Thunderbolt 3 Mac or PC2

PCIe Card Support

  • Any driverless PCIe card or PCIe card with a Thunderbolt-aware driver3

Transfer Rate (Max)

  • Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps)

Expansion Slots

  • (1) PCIe 3.0 (x4)

Power

  • Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching
  • Supplies 550 W

Environmental

  • Ambient Temperature
    • Operating: 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C)

Dimensions

  • Height: 20.0 cm (7.9 in)
  • Length: 34.0 cm (13.4 in)
  • Width: 18.5 cm (7.3 in)

Weight

  • 3.22 kg (7.10 lbs)
1. For non-GPU PCIe cards, 10.12.6 or later is required
2. Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 Macs do not support external graphics.
3. All cards which require a driver must have a Thunderbolt-aware driver (Mac and Windows).


Express 4M2 Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • macOS 10.12 or later1
  • Windows 10 or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt 3 interface
  • Mac or PC featuring Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 interface2

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge DSL6540)
  • (2) USB-C and Power Delivery (Texas Instruments TPS65983)
  • (1) DisplayPort3

Max Transfer Rate

  • Thunderbolt 3: 40 Gb/s (5000 MB/s)

Display Support

  • 4K @ 60Hz

Drives Bays

  • (4) M.2 - 2280 "M Key" (PCIe 3.0 x1 per slot)

Drives Supported

  • (4) M.2 NVMe or
  • (4) M.2 AHCl (PCle only)

Fan Quantity

  • 1

Kensington Security Slot

  • No

LED

  • Yes (Power and Activity)

Housing Material

  • Aluminum

Color

  • Black

Plug and Play

  • No

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC

Power

  • Power Supply
    • Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching
    • AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
    • DC output: 12V, 7.5A

Environmental

  • Ambient Temperature
    • Operating: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
    • Non-Operating: -4°F to 158°F (−20°C to 70°C)

Dimensions

  • Height: 6.0 cm (2.4 in)
  • Length: 11.3 cm (4.4 in)
  • Width: 13.6 cm (5.4 in)

Weight

  • 800.0 g (1.76 lbs)
1. SSDs using 512b sector sizes require macOS 10.13 or later.
2. Host computers with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port require the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.
3. Does not support Dual-Mode DisplayPort (DP++). Adaptable to HDMI, DVI, and VGA via active adapters. Supports Multi-Stream Transport (MST), although MST is not currently supported by macOS.
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This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
iMac Intel
iMac Pro
(27-inch Late 2017)
(December 2017)
Model ID: iMacPro1,1
3.2GHz 8-core, 3.0GHz 10-core, 2.3GHz 14-core, 2.5GHz 18-core
Install Videos coming soon
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 5K display
(27-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,3
3.4GHz i5, 3.5GHz i5, 3.8GHz i5, 4.2GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 4K display
(21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,2
3.0GHz i5, 3.4GHz i5, 3.6GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,1
2.3GHz i5
MacBook Pro Retina w/ Touch Bar
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Mid 2018)
(July, 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,1
2.2GHz i7, 2.6GHz i7, 2.9GHz i9
Detailed specs coming soon
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2018)
(July, 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,2
2.3GHz i5, 2.7GHz i7
Detailed specs coming soon
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina w/ Touch Bar
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,3
2.8GHz i7, 2.9GHz i7, 3.1GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,2
3.1GHz i5, 3.3GHz i5, 3.5GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,1
2.3GHz i5, 2.5GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,3
2.6GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,2
2.9GHz, 3.1GHz, 3.3GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,1
2.0GHz, 2.4GHz

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OWC AR/VR Development Platform Helios FX + Express 4M2 Mfr P/N: ARVRDEVP OWC SKU: OWCARVRDEVP Add sheer GPU computational power and four M.2 NVMe SSD slots for up to 8TB and 2800MB/s to your AR/VR workflow OWC Helios FX: 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
OWC Express 4M2: 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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