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Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 5:00pm
Magma launches three Thunderbolt to PCI-e expansion chassis
Magma has announced pricing and availability for three new Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion products. The product family is called Roben-3 and is designed to be the expansion solution for creative professionals who have adopted the Thunderbolt interface as the main high-speed input-output option, such as users of the upcoming Mac Pro.

The rack-mountable aluminum chassis was designed for integrated removable storage expansion, with room for up to eight hot-pluggable 2.5-inch SSD, SAS or SATA hard drives. The units connect through Thunderbolt interfaces at 10Gbps, with the option of 20Gbps bandwidth with the roll-out of Thunderbolt 2-capable devices. Roben-3 systems feature Magma's Quiet Temperature Controlled (QTC) cooling and a 540-watt power supply.

One model of the Roben-3 also allows users the option of hosting a Mac mini within the chassis, creating an integrated rackmount server with direct Thunderbolt connection to three-slot PCIe expansion slots. Mac mini external connectivity is provided through the front and rear panels, with the ability to upgrade to an iLok housing -- allowing users to secure valuable application or plug-in licenses right to the chassis.

The Roben-3TX has a pair of 5.25-inch bays, and room for three full-length, full-height PCI-e slots. The Roben-3TS also has the three PCI-e slots, but replaces the pair of 5.25-inch bays with eight 2.5-inch SATA drive bays. The Roben-3TM replaces the drive slots in the other two models with an area to embed the Mac mini directly in the case.

The Roben-3TX retails for $1,399. The Roben-3TS and -3TM both retail for $1,899.