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Mercury Helios 3
Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis

Mac / PC / Thunderbolt 3 / PCIe
Features an x16 PCIe 3.0 double width card slot
The Little Black Box to do it All. Fast
The OWC Mercury Helios 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 is 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 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 is fast and flexible with phenomenal throughput up to 40Gb/s. The perfectly simple solution to add high-performance PCIe cards made for video production, transcoding, audio processing, data storage and much more.

Product Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • macOS 10.12.1 or later
    • Windows 10 or later
  • Driver
    • Driver not required for macOS
    • Driver not required for Windows
  • Note(s)
    • Boot Camp is supported running Windows 10

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring built-in Thunderbolt 3 interface

Bootability

  • macOS (requires installed PCIe card be bootable)

Interface (Chipsets)

  • (2) Thunderbolt 3 (Intel Alpine Ridge)
  • (1) mini DisplayPort

Maximum data transfer rate

  • 40Gb/s

Expansion slot

  • (1) PCIe 3.0 x16 card (x4 mode)
  • Backward compatible with PCIe 2.0 or 1.0 cards that meet the size requirements listed.

PCIe cards support

  • (1) Half-length, full-height, double-width cards
    • Maximum card length: half-length (up to 7.75")
    • Maximum card height: full-height
    • Maximum card width: double-width
  • Graphics cards (i.e. GPUs) are not supported
  • Not compatible with OWC Mercury Accelsior Pro Q SSDs

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

Power

  • Power Supply
    • External UL-listed, Universal auto-switching
    • AC input: 100~240V, 1.2A, 50–60Hz
    • DC output: 12V, 7.5A
    • Minimum guaranteed power: 25W

Enviornmental

  • Operating Temperature
    • (°F) 32° — 95°
    • (°C) 0° — 35°
  • Non-operating Temperature
    • (°F) −40° — 149°
    • (°C) −40° — 65°

Height

  • Height: 82 mm (3.2 in)
  • Width: 134 mm (5.3 in)
  • Length: 245 mm (9.7 in)

Weight

  • 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n HELIOS1TB3 UPC#: 812437024500

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This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
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
PC Desktop
PC Compatible
Compatible with Intel / AMD based desktop/laptop PCs with built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Includes

  • Helios Thunderbolt 3 High Performance PCIe Chassis
  • 0.5 meter (20 in) 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • 12V 7.5A Auto-switching power supply
  • Power Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Assembly Manual and User Guide (download only)

Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use - but should the need occur - we're proud to provide a superior level of support and service coverage to our customers.

3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.