Sonnet xMac Mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition


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Sonnet xMac Mini Server - Thunderbolt 3 Edition - SON-XMACMSA-TB3


  • Adds Connectivity and Capabilities to Your Mac mini - Connects two high-performance PCIe 1.1, 2.0, or 3.0 expansion cards to the Mac mini
  • Diverse PCIe Card Support - Supports pro video capture and playout, pro audio, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA RAID controllers, and other PCIe cards
  • Server Room Ready - 1U rackmount enclosure with user-replaceable fans, easy to remove the lid, built-in cable management features
  • Makes Your Mac mini Road-Ready - Securely holds the computer and PCIe cards in place during transport, adding mobility to your Mac
  • Thunderbolt 3 Interface - Offers approximately 1750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to the installed cards
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports - One port used to connect to the computer; second port supports daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt(1)peripheral devices to your computer, attaching a single USB(2) peripheral device, or connecting a 4K display.
  • Rear Panel Connectivity, Front Panel Operation - Ethernet, HDMI and USB-A ports mounted at the rear of the chassis for easy connectivity; front panel power button activates power switch on Mac mini; illuminated USB-A port enables connection of keyboard, mouse, thumb drive, etc.
  • Power for High-Performance PCIe Cards - Integrated 150W power supply provides plenty of power for cards you install; auxiliary PCIe power connector enables the use of power-hungry non-GPU cards such as the Avid® Pro Tools|HDX(3) or the RED® ROCKET-X™


  • Mac mini® [late 2018 (8,1)]
  • macOS 10.14.4+
  • macOS Mojave compatible

Technical Notes

  1. Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices on Macs used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, sold separately.
  2. Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb) or Gen 2 (10Gb) devices when connected with proper cable or adapter (sold separately).
  3. One 4K monitor directly supported. Two 4K monitors require either a 4K monitor with multi-stream transport support (DP out) or a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter. The 5K monitor requires a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter. All Thunderbolt 3 Macs support two 4K monitors. Most Thunderbolt PCs support two 4K monitors.
  4. Compatibility requires the installation of Thunderbolt technology-aware drivers, available from the manufacturer. See our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a partial list of compatible PCIe cards.
  5. ThunderLok 3 compatible specifically with Sonnet 0.5-meter and 0.7-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables; Sonnet 1-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables require ThunderLok 3L
  6. Mac mini and PCIe cards sold separately.

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