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HighPoint Launches Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations

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  1. btarunr

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    HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 18 years, has launched a new series of PCIe Expansion Stations for Thunderbolt host systems. HighPoint's NA211TB and NA211TB-LD Thunderbolt Expansion Stations can transform any system with a Thunderbolt connection into a powerful workstation.

    Why sacrifice performance for portability? Why give up efficiency for expandability? With HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations, you no longer have to trade the convenience of compact form factor and portable computing for the performance and versatility of a traditional desktop. HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations enable any computer with a Thunderbolt port harness the power and flexibility of full-size PCIe cards - all via a single compact port!

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    Adding PCIe I/O support and external storage to your Thunderbolt capable MacBook or laptop has never been easier! The NA211TB's compact, stylish aluminum housing supports up to 3 Thunderbolt Aware full-length and full-height PCIe cards. The single-cable, hot-plug design allows you to quickly add or remove just the cards you need, exactly when you need them; keeping things trim, slim and efficient - just the way you like it. The NA211TB is the perfect platform for any I/O requirement - whether adding video or audio capture card for a media project, networking support or external storage expansion for business applications, or simply adding SAS/SATA or USB 3.0 connectivity to your laptop.

    The NA211TB PCIe Expansion Station is the ideal host for HighPoint's extensive selection of Thunderbolt enabled storage controllers. Thunderbolt Enabled Rocket & RocketRAID series controller cards can add SAS, SATA and USB 3.0 connectivity to any Thunderbolt host system; from simple hot-swap capable personal backup solutions to high-performance Hardware RAID configurations designed to tackle the most demanding professional media applications.

    For more information, visit the product pages of NA211TB and NA211TB-LD.
     
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    and the only thing we care about, does it work with graphics cards?
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    their press info has some graphics cards listed, but nothing gaming capable.


    why arent they using this for what people really want - a decent CPU with IGP system (laptop, etc) with an external graphics card and external monitor for gaming.
     
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    Thunderbolt itself is a transparent pcie bridge, unless there's an added layer I don't see why not other than the obvious power draw problem. I don't think it will have any pcie power plugs.

    Judging from the supported hardware list it's clear that these are designed for video/audio professionals, gamers aren't even on their radar.
     

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