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OWC Unveils the Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis

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    Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line at CES 2014. The Helios 2 is a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac Pro (2013), Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.

    More Users Can Now Tap Into Power of PCIe and Thunderbolt
    Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards wherever their work takes them.

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    The original Mercury Helios is fast and flexible with throughput up to 10 Gb/s, while the Helios 2 handles throughputs of up to 20 Gb/s, and is the perfect solution to massively boost workflow productivity. Both are bootable with AHCI compliant cards and can daisy-chain up to six devices.

    Helios 2 Key Features:
    • Two Thunderbolt Ports
    • Expansions slots: (2) PCIe 2.0 x 8 (x4) mode
    • Up to 20 Gb/s data transfer
    • Daisy-chain up to six devices
    • OWC One-Year warranty

    The OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis will be available soon for $479.99. For more details, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios/Helios2.
     
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    Wah? PCIE x8 in x4 mode? Why bother making it x8 at all?
    For $480 I'd expect it to come with a goddamn GPU ASWELL!
     
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    Modern Mac users...the only sort of folk who would over spend by $1k for a computer raving about how small and attractive it is, then turn around and buy one of these because they can't do anything with it.

    Sigh...I can't believe over a decade ago I was one of them...
     
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    They are also the only sort of folks who can attach basically any PCI-e card to their laptops...
     
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    You think thunderbolt attached GPU acceleration is only available for macs?

    Oh dear...
    Maybe you should Google more.
     
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    Or maybe you should try to find a Non-Apple Thunderbolt Laptop... Good luck with that! less than 1% are
     
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    It took me less time to go to a price comparison website and I found more of them, but they are, as I wrote, less than 1%, and very rare in every store... Apple is pushing towards Thunderbolt, no one else cares about It.
     
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    Who needs a weak ass laptop with a low power CPU to start pushing GPU accelerated tasks for $480 (+ GPU cost) may I ask? Thunderbolt is for Apple displays, for every other user in the world, we use DVI and HDMI, and for transferring things, there's this amazing thing called a Universal standard, like USB and Ethernet. Apple are pushing thunderbolt, because that's what they do - maintain a closed platform. They don't want their users mingling in with other devices, and thunderbolt is there to ensure that.
     
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    Do you think Helios or Thunderbolt are only for external GPU? are you joking? I think YOU should Google more... http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Compatibility/
    Thunderbolt is an Intel platform, non Apple, and has technical capabilities far beyond USB, HDMI and Ethernet.
     
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    Sorry. Should've known that macbook pro users need to spend $480 on a thunderbolt box so they can put a network adapter in it. Silly me.
    Thunderbolt is so amazing everyone is adopting it because of it's capabilities beyond that of every other standard cable.
     
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    Yes silly you :) Pro Audio, Raid, 10GbE, video capture/processing, fibre channel... ring any bell? someone use PC for work, you know.
    PS: The list I linked is for OS X, a lot more cards are compatible with Windows, and every windows driver is "Thunderbolt aware"
     
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    Great bait mate. 8/8
     
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    I wouldn't mind being able to get a couple ethernet ports and a video card that could output to 3 monitors off my Macbook Air. It's a steep price, but it might be reasonable if it had a couple ethernet ports and USB 3.0 ports built-in that didn't take space away from the PCI-E cards.
     

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