AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box
The Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers (e.g. laptop computers) where installing an internal expansion card is not an option and for systems where there is not enough space for more PCIe cards. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection not only makes adding an external PCIe card easy but it also allows you to take the device with you to use on location and move it from one system to another. Installing and replacing the PCIe card is a simple matter of removing a few thumb screws and does not require any tools.
This product is not supported on Mac OS X
This product is not supported on Boot Camp
This product is not designed for graphics cards
This product does not support full-length PCIe cards
Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
2nd Thunderbolt port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort devices
1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
Removable back panel for double-width cards
Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
Durable and rugged aluminum casing
No tools required for installation
4 Lane PCI Express 3.0 Compliant Interface
Supports PCIe Gen3 x4 cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth for both the internal PCIe card as well as any additional Thunderbolt devices in the daisy chain.
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.
The AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.
The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.Frequently asked questions about the Akitio Thunder3 Range and Mac
How about older Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 products with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?
Yes, existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices from Akitio will work fine on the new MacBook Pro with the bidirectional adapter from Apple or with our own T3T adapter. There might be some models that require a firmware update but testing is currently still ongoing. Once we have concluded all the tests, we will update this page again. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266.
How about an older Mac in combination with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?
The bidirectional adapter from Apple can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port but it requires macOS Sierra. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266. In our tests, we found that with Mac OS 10.10 the adapter does not work at all but with Mac OS 10.11 and macOS 10.12, the adapter appears to work. The devices mentioned above that are currently not compatible with the MacBook Pro 2016 (Thunder3 Duo Pro, Thunder3 PCIe Box, Thunder3 Quad) appear to work OK on a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 computer. The Node and the PCIe SSD are still not compatible.
How about Boot Camp?
Boot Camp is not part of the Thunderbolt™ compatibility testing and certification process by Apple and Intel. Even if the product has been certified for Windows, this does NOT include systems that are running Windows on a Mac with the help of Boot Camp. For this reason, Akitio does not support Boot Camp. If you still want to use Boot Camp, in our experience, the external storage drives are recognized by the system as long as you connect them before starting up the system. Hot plug is not supported. External GPUs like the AKiTiO Node are not supported at all.
Are you really sure that the Node is not compatible with a Mac computer?
Yes, we can only confirm that the Node is compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 Intel NUC and the Razer laptops. Several other PCs using Windows 10 appear to be compatible upon initial testing but the Node is NOT compatible with the Mac.This also applies to a Mac running Boot Camp and to older Thunderbolt 2 computers. Having said all that, we are aware how dedicated the eGPU community is and who knows, as this statement is published, someone might already have found a way to make it work anyway.
How long do I have to wait for these new Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible with both PCs and a Macs?
We are currently working to make all of our Thunderbolt 3 products except the Node and the Thunder3 PCIe SSD compatible with Windows and macOS. As this includes a hardware change and the new products have to be re-tested and re-certified to make sure everything is working as expected, it's likely going to take some time. As a rough estimate, we expect the first products to be available at the beginning of the next year (2017).
If I cannot use the Node on my Mac, how can I then use a full-length PCIe card?
We are working on another Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis designed for full-length cards, other than external graphics cards, that will work with both Windows and macOS. Please give us a bit of time and we will have the right solution for you.
AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box
T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU (without PCIe card)
2-year limited warranty
High quality aluminum with metal chassis
1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart)
Supports half-length, full-height and double-width cards
PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 25W
Not designed for graphics cards
2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports
1 x DisplayPort 1.1
1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface
Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps
DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz)
System requirements (PC)
Windows 7 and later
Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
System requirements (Mac)
Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)
Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
Output: DC +12V/6A
Fan noise level
9.17 inches x 5.87 inches x 2.99 inches
23.3 cm x 14.9 cm x 7.6 cm
AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box
Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
Retail Box Size: 12.4 x 12 x 4.9 in. (31.5 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm)
Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 25.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 in. (65 x 40 x 35 cm)
This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X or Apple's Boot Camp.
PCIe card (driver) must be compatible with requirements for Thunderbolt technology (e.g. hot-plug support, recovery from sleep).
This device is not designed for graphics cards.
| Stock code || TBP-AK-T31|
| Brand || AKiTiO|
| Series || Thunderbolt3 PCIe|
| Model || Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU|
| Type || 2x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 25W) - Windows Only|
| ROHS || Y|
| Date added || 11/08/2016|
Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Information
| Form factor / drive height || 23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6cm|
| Guarantee || 2yr|
| OS Support - Windows || Windows 7 and later|
| OS Support - Mac/OSX || *NOT SUPPORTED*|
Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Connections
|PCIe||PCIe v3 x16||Internal||1|
Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Speed
| Weight (kg) || 3kg|
| Watts || 72W|
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