- Where to Buy
Need to upgrade your server or desktop computer? Don’t want to lose your investment in pricey PCI cards that don’t fit the new computer? You can install practically any PCI card into the Magma PCI Expansion System and connect it to your new or old computer. It is small enough to fit on your desktop and only takes up two spaces when rack-mounted. In addition, Silencer® cooling fans keep cards cool without sounding like a turbo engine.
The Magma 4 Slot PCI Expansion System allows you to plug-in up to four (4) full-sized power-demanding PCI cards and up to four (4) hard drives in the chassis. How else can you add so much power to a 1U server, a small form-factor desktop, or your brand-new laptop?
Save Time, Money and Trouble
Use your high-end PCI cards and vital data wherever you are – without the expense of “buying duplicate cards” or “packing them along in your briefcase” to install in another computer upon arrive. Simply add your PCI cards, and possibly a hard drive or two, to the Magma expansion chassis and then connect the chassis to any host computer (laptop or desktop) using one of a variety of Magma host cards. Yes, even your laptop!
The use of computer specific host cards makes using your unique PCI cards and vital data as simple as “Plug & Play” because all you need to do is to connect the MAGMA PCI Expansion System to the host card for your computer and turn it on. Use the same PCI cards on your laptop as you do on your desktop or server – just add a Magma host card and connect the cable. The auto-switching power supply even allows you to work internationally by simply adding a power cord plug adapter.
Setting up your PCI cards and data in one chassis provides you an opportunity to use a consistent hardware configuration – regardless of what type of computer is available. The MAGMA 4 Slot PCI Expansion System can also be added to your portable ATA road case. Being able to “hit the ground running” is vital to every successful venture. Being able to use “the same PCI cards,” regardless of location also reduces project risks.
Host cards are available for the following systems: (1) Laptop: CardBus or ExpressCard and (2) Desktop/Server: 32 or 64-Bit PCI, or x1 PCI Express.
Multiple host interface cards provide easy connection to practically any computer
|PCI4DRQ||4 Slot PCI Expansion System with standard PCI host card (Desktop)|
|CB4DRQ||4 Slot PCI Expansion System with CardBus (PCMCIA) card (Laptop)|
4 PCI slots (32-bit/33MHz)
1-meter PCI expansion cable
|Interconnect Bandwidth||132 MB/sec (Theoretical Max. of PCI 32/33)|
13.1"W x 3.5"H x 16.4"D
(19"W with rack ears mounted)
|9 lbs or 4.086 kg|
|Class A FCC Emissions|
|Two Silencer 28CFM fans|
|One Silencer 28CFM fan in power supply|
|Host Connections and Power Consumption|
|Universal PCI 32/33||0.63W max; 5V @ 0.125A|
|Low Profile PCI (64/33)||0.86Wmax; 3.3V@0.25A|
|x1 PCI Express®||0.69W max; 3.3V @ 0.21A|
|CardBus (PCMCIA)||0.42W max; 3.3V @ 0.125A|
|Hard Drive Support|
|Drive bays for four 3.5” internal or|
|One 5.25” external and two 3.5” internal drives|
|Chassis Power Supply|
|AC Input: 100-240VAC|
|Input Frequency: 50-60HZ|
|Input Current: 10.0A Max|
|DC Output: 550Watts Max|
+12V 36.0A maximum
|Total power on +3.3V and 5V must not exceed 200W max.|
Contact Magma for Specs
|Ambient Temperature||0º to 50º C|
|Storage Temperature||-20º to 60º C|
|Relative Humidity||5% to 85% non-condensing|
|FCC Class A Verified|
|Supported Operating Systems|
|Money back guarantee|
|1 year return to factory|
4 Slot - Top View
4 Slot - Rear View
Yes, this unit does work with Pro Tools systems.
Yes, all Magma power supplies are auto switching.
No drivers are necessary for this unit.
Yes, this unit is rack mountable via the rack ear provided. It will be stationary in the rack.
"Thank you for all your help - you saved us a lot of time and heartache. We now use our Macbook Pro with a Magma PCI 4 slot and Pro tools HD3 (PCI) in it and it works great. Thanks again for your help!"
- Tony Thomas, Audio & Music Production
"Magma saved our school over $35,000 by giving us the flexibility to use current Pro Tools software with PCIx HD Core and Accel cards. Our instructors can train students with the newest Pro Tools software while still using older hardware. The Magma chassis allows us to utilize our initial investment in Pro Tools HD hardware as long as we possibly can while we plan to upgrade the Digi hardware at some point in the future."
-Mark Kirchner, Chief Academic Officer, Studio West