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The most user friendly Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis for connecting one PCIe card.
Enhance the power of your Thunderbolt equipped computer with the Magma ExpressBox 1T and harness lightning-fast throughput over a single cable via Thunderbolt technology. ExpressBox 1T enables serious professionals to use specialty PCIe cards with any Thunderbolt-equipped computer, so that you can achieve high performance wherever your work takes you. Add a PCIe card to ExpressBox 1T and your computer turns into a powerful workstation capable of HD video capture and editing, media transcoding, audio processing, data processing, or high-speed storage and networks.
ExpressBox 1T offers the largest card length slot (7.75") among all half-length 1-slot Thunderbolt chassis on the market, giving your Mac the power to achieve maximum performance with any compatible PCIe card. Whether your mission involves professional video capture, audio interface, SAS & SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or a RAID controller card, Magma's family of Thunderbolt products provide the perfect outside-the-box solution for your project.
Need a quiet work environment for your recording or video projects? ExpressBox 1T features quiet ventilated cooling with two user-controlled fans, allowing you to adjust fan speed and noise level based on your working environment needs.
ExpressBox 1T offers quick and easy installation for its users. Open the chassis with two thumbscrews, no tools required. The card carriage slides right out, providing quick access to the PCIe slots and easy installation of cards. We designed our products with optimal ease of access so that you can be up and running in seconds.
ExpressBox 1T protects your valuable PCI Express cards in a heavy duty chassis while providing lightweight portability, so you can take high performance anywhere your work requires. The extruded aluminum shell provides a strong, protective housing while also removing heat from the cards inside. The sleek design of the ExpressBox 1T matches elegantly with your Thunderbolt equipped Mac, ensuring that you stay classy with a Magma chassis. Magma’s expertise in developing products that extend PCI and PCI Express signals over a cable and outside the computer provides a reliable foundation for producing rock solid products that offer the highest performance even in the most demanding configurations.
|EB1T||Thunderbolt to PCIe Expansion - 1 Slot|
(1) PCI Express Slot (For cards that are 7.75" or less
|Cable||Thunderbolt (Sold Separately)|
|Interconnect Bandwidth||10 Gbps (1.25GBps) Bi-directional|
|Material||Heavy-Duty Extruded Aluminum|
9.5” L x 2.3” W x 6.9” H
(249mm x 58mm x 174mm)
|Weight||3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)|
|System Cooling||(2) Fans with Speed Control|
65W Power Supply
100-240 VAC, 47-63HZ
|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|
|Mac OS X||10.6.8 or higher|
|30 Day Money back guarantee||1 year return to factory|
ExpressBox 1T – Front and Rear View
1. Power indicator
No firmware, software or driver is required from Magma, but you may need an updated driver for your PCIe card.
Maximum PCIe card length for ExpressBox 1T is 7.75" long. Check the PCIe Card Compatibility Page for a list of cards that have compatible drivers. If your PCIe card is not on this list, contact the card manufacturer to ask if they have a Thunderbolt Compatible driver.
No, it will not work as a add-in PCIe card in a Mac Tower.
"The Magma ExpressBox 1T is, in my opinion, a very high quality expansion chassis. It is an excellent match for the Lynx AES16e series of PCI Express cards, allowing them to access the Thunderbolt bus on Apple computers. The ExpressBox 1T’s compact size and rugged construction make it ideal for our purposes.
Installation was a breeze. I just opened up the chassis, slipped in the AES16e, closed the chassis and plugged in to the Thunderbolt cable. Once I installed the Lynx driver, I was up and running. Magma was also very responsive to our request for a variable speed cooling fan. As our cards do not require a lot of cooling, a low speed on the fan allows quieter operation in a studio. This is a very high quality product and a great value as well."
- David Hoatson, Co-Founder and Chief Software Engineer, Lynx Studio Technology, Inc.
"We've been using the ExpressBox 1T with our Symphony 64 PCIe card for several weeks now, and QA has given it the thumbs-up for its high performance and smooth user experience."
- Roger Robindore, Director of Product Evangelism, Apogee Electronics
"Thunderbolt technology combines high-speed data and display transfers, delivering great responsiveness with absolute ease of use. Magma’s upcoming products will use Thunderbolt technology to extend system capabilities even further."
- Jason Ziller, Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, Intel