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Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe M.2 adapter - Chassis + Card

The Thunderbolt 3 m.2 enclosure lets you take advantage of the speed and size of PCIe M.2 internal solid-state drives, connected externally to your Thunderbolt 3 desktop or laptop computer

Product ID: BNDTB4M2E1

  • Boost performance and productivity by externally adding a PCIe M.2 SSD to your Thunderbolt 3 computer via the Thunderbolt 3 chassis
  • Create an efficient work station with the chassis’ extra display options, using the DisplayPort output and additional Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Upgrade your peripherals without having to upgrade your chassis, by just switching out your PCIe card
  • Assemble and install easily with just a screwdriver and no software
€ 466,99 EUR exc VAT
€ 565,06 EUR inc VAT
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Overview

This Thunderbolt 3 to PCIe M.2 adapter lets you take advantage of the speed of PCIe solid-state drives, connected externally to your Thunderbolt 3 desktop or laptop computer. The adapter combines the StarTech.com Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis (TB31PCIEX16) and the M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card ( PEX4M2E1), giving you a DisplayPort output and an additional Thunderbolt 3 port.

Rear facing product diagram with port callouts

Boost your system speed and performance

Get ultra-fast data access by adding this PCIe M.2 SSD adapter externally to your existing Thunderbolt 3 computer, using the Thunderbolt 3 chassis -- improving your storage performance and expanding overall capacity. The adapter supports PCIe M.2 SSDs (NVMe and AHCI): 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 drives.

Extend your workstation

Connect additional displays through the chassis’ dedicated DisplayPort output and second Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port (USB-C video adapter may be required). With two extended displays, you can multitask effortlessly, avoiding the hassle of repositioning open windows or programs repeatedly throughout your workday.

Install with ease

You can assemble and connect the adapter in minutes. Put it together using only a screwdriver then plug and play with no software or drivers required.

The PEX4M2E1 and TB31PCIEX16 are backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty.

 

Applications

Connect a PCIe M.2 SSD to your computer through your computer’s Thunderbolt 3 port, to boost storage speed and increase data capacity

Ideal for high-performance workstations for AV creators and editors

Great for off loading large raw data files to high performance external storage, conserving system resources for day to day operations

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Air Flow Rate 14.06 CFM
Bus Type Thunderbolt 3
PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile
Chipset ID Chassis: Intel - Alpine Ridge DSL6540
PCIe Card: N/A
Fan Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing
Fan(s) Yes
Fans 1 - 92 mm
Industry Standards Thunderbolt 3
Interface Thunderbolt
PCI Express
Noise Level 24.55 dB
Performance
Bandwidth 3.94 GB/s (x4 PCIe 3.0 )
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 40 Gbps (Thunderbolt 3)
Type and Rate Thunderbolt 3 - 40 Gbit/s
Connector(s)
External Ports 2 - Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C (24-pin) Female
1 - DisplayPort (20 pin) Female
Internal Ports 1 - PCI Express x16 Female
Software
OS Compatibility OS Independent
Special Notes / Requirements
Note The expansion chassis does not support video cards.
This expansion chassis does not provide full power delivery but will provide 15W of power, resulting in a slow charge to some laptops, such as MacBook Pro. When the dock is connected to your host laptop, a charging icon may appear on your laptop's screen. This is only sufficient enough to charge your laptop in sleep state, and charging will require an extended time period.
5K support can only be achieved using a Thunderbolt 3 5K monitor. DisplayPort 5K monitors will not work with this expansion chassis.
A 4K-capable display is required to achieve 4K x 2K resolution (4K is also known as 4K x 2K).
Certain monitors may be limited to 4K at 30Hz when connecting through DisplayPort. These monitors include the following models: Dell P2715Q, Viewsonic VX2475Smhl-4K, Philips 288P6LJEB, LG 31MU97C-B, Asus PB287Q (these models will need to be set to 4K at 30Hz).
When connecting a display to one of the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, a USB-C video adapter might be required depending on the input of your display.
Secondary Thunderbolt 3 port can also be used to connect USB 3.1 (10Gbps) USB-Type C devices, such as USB 3.1 Hubs. Backwards compatible with USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1), and USB 2.0.
System and Cable Requirements Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - power indicator only
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 2A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 5.417A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Plug Type N
Power Consumption (In Watts) 65
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity Chassis: 20-80%RH
PCIe Card: 15% ~ 90% RH
Operating Temperature Chassis: 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
PCIe Card: 5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature Chassis: -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)
PCIe Card: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 500 mm [19.7 in]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Aluminum and Steel
Product Height 82 mm [3.2 in]
Product Length 280 mm [11 in]
Product Weight 1.6 kg [3.6 lb]
Product Width 142 mm [5.6 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.6 kg [8.1 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion box
1 - Thunderbolt 3 cable
4 - rubber feet
1 - universal power adapter (NA/JP, UK, EU, ANZ)
1 - x4 PCI Express® to M.2 PCIe SSD Adapter
1 - low-profile bracket
1 - full-profile bracket (pre-installed)
2 - quick-start guides
1 - SSD standoff and installation screw
Drive Connectors 1 - M.2 (NGFF, M-Key, PCIe x4)
Host Connectors 1 - PCI Express x4 Male
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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