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

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  • 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
Your price
$9,760.23 MXN
VAT included in the price

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

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030879132

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS Independent

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Number of Drives 1
Compatible Drive Types M.2 (PCIe, AHCI, M-Key, NGFF)
Connector(s) 1 - Internal Ports PCI Express x16
1 - External Ports Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C (24-pin) (40Gbps)
1 - Internal Ports PCI Express x4
1 - Drive Connectors M.2 (PCIe, AHCI, M-Key, NGFF)
1 - External Ports DisplayPort (20 pin)
1 - Host Connectors Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C (24-pin) (40Gbps)
Environmental 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)
Humidity Chassis: 20-80%RH
PCIe Card: 15% ~ 90% RH
Hardware Fan(s) Yes
1 - Fans 92 mm
Air Flow Rate 14.06 CFM
Noise Level 24.55 dB
Interface Thunderbolt
Bus Type Thunderbolt 3
Card Type Standard Profile
Interface PCI Express
Bus Type PCI Express
Industry Standards Thunderbolt 3
Fan Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing
Chipset ID Chassis: Intel - Alpine Ridge DSL6540
PCIe Card: N/A
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators power indicator only
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 8.1 lb [3.6 kg]
Package Length 14.2 in [36 cm]
Package Width 11.4 in [29 cm]
Package Height 5.7 in [14.5 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 40 Gbps (Thunderbolt 3)
Bandwidth 3.94 GB/s (x4 PCIe 3.0 )
Type and Rate Thunderbolt 3 - 40 Gbit/s
Hardware Raid Supported No
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Aluminum and Steel
Cable Length 19.7 in [50 cm]
Product Length 11.0 in [28 cm]
Product Width 5.6 in [14.2 cm]
Product Height 3.2 in [82 mm]
Weight of Product 3.6 lb [1.6 kg]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 2A
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 5.417A
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Plug Type N
Power Consumption (In Watts) 65
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.
System and Cable Requirements Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Note 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.
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion box
Thunderbolt 3 cable
4 - Included in Package rubber feet
1 - Included in Package x4 PCI Express® to M.2 PCIe SSD Adapter
universal power adapter (NA/JP, UK, EU, ANZ)
low-profile bracket
full-profile bracket (pre-installed)
2 - Included in Package quick-start guides
1 - Included in Package SSD standoff and installation screw

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

If you set your display to [email protected] and connect a display to the DisplayPort output on the laptop docking station, your display may flicker. This issue only affects certain monitors and is a result of an interoperability issue between the hardware used in the display and the docking station. This issue is not specific to StarTech.com docking stations.

To resolve this issue, try any of the following:

  • Connect a USB-C to DisplayPort cable from the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port on the docking station to the DisplayPort input on the display. (StarTech.com product ID for the USB-C to DisplayPort cable: CDP2DPMM1MB.)
  • Connect a USB-C to HDMI 2.0 cable from the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port on the docking station to the HDMI input on the display. (StarTech.com product ID for the USB-C to HDMI 2.0 cable: CDP2HD4K60.)
  • If you are using a dual monitor setup, connect a dual DisplayPort adapter from the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port on the docking station to the DisplayPort input on the displays. (StarTech.com product ID for the Thunderbolt 3 dual DisplayPort adapter: TB32DP2.)
  • Disable MST (Multi Stream Transport) or DisplayPort 1.2 mode on your display and enable [email protected] Refer to the information provided by the manufacturer for assistance. 

This docking station provides 15 watts of power, which may be enough to display a charging icon, but is likely not enough to restore battery power while the system is on and being used. If an icon is displayed and the system is put into sleep mode, battery power will be restored slowly.

If your computer is not detecting your Thunderbolt™ 3 device, try the following:

  • Update the Thunderbolt software on your Thunderbolt 3 host device.
  • Update the Thunderbolt controller NVM firmware on your Thunderbolt 3 host device.
  • Update the Thunderbolt controller drivers.
  • Update your motherboard BIOS or UEFI.

For more information about how to update the software, firmware, drivers, and BIOS or UEFI, refer to the website of the manufacturer of the Thunderbolt 3 host device. The following website includes links to some of the manufacturers of Thunderbolt 3 host devices: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/updates. If the manufacturer of your host device is not listed, you should contact the manufacturer or refer to their website for more information.

For more information about how to check which version of the Thunderbolt software and firmware you are currently using, see the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-check-software-firmware.

For more information about Thunderbolt 3 host system and motherboard compatibility, refer to the Thunderbolt 3 Compatibility and Troubleshooting guide.

When you connect a Thunderbolt™ device to any Windows operating system that can support Thunderbolt 3, a pop-up message appears. To use your Thunderbolt 3 device do one of the following:

  • Select Connect Only Once.
  • Select Always Connect.

Caution! If you select Do Not Connect, only video will pass through on your Thunderbolt 3 device.

If you accidentally set a Thunderbolt™3 device to not connect to your computer when prompted by the system, you can force the software to prompt you again for authentication. To do so, complete the following:

  1. Right-click the Thunderbolt icon.
  2. Click Approve Attached Devices.
  3. Select the Thunderbolt 3 port that you want to authenticate.

To use a Thunderbolt 3 adapter to output to a display at 60Hz, your monitor must support the refresh rate and you need to set the monitor to work at 60Hz. By default, most monitors are set to DP1.1, which will not work with this Thunderbolt 3 device when you use a display at 60Hz. In most cases, you need to set your monitor's DisplayPort settings to DP1.2.

To resolve this issue, use the buttons on your monitor to change the DisplayPort settings to DP1.2. For more information about changing your monitor settings, refer to the website of the manufacturer of your monitor.

How To

When you connect a Thunderbolt™ device to any Windows operating system that can support Thunderbolt 3, a pop-up message appears. To use your device, complete the following:

  1. In the New Thunderbolt devices have been attached pop-up message, click OK.
  2. In the User Account Control pop-up message, click Yes.
  3. In the Approve Thunderbolt Devices pop-up message, do one of the following:
    • If you want to authorize your Thunderbolt devices every time that you connect them, select Connect Only Once in the drop-down list.
    • If you want to authorize your Thunderbolt devices only once, select Always Connect in the drop-down list.
  4. Click OK.

If you accidentally set your Thunderbolt device to Do Not Connect in step three above, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/thunderbolt-3-denied-authentication.

If you accidentally set a Thunderbolt™3 device to not connect to your computer when prompted by the system, you can force the software to prompt you again for authentication. To do so, complete the following:

  1. Right-click the Thunderbolt icon.
  2. Click Approve Attached Devices.
  3. Select the Thunderbolt 3 port that you want to authenticate.

You can use the Thunderbolt™ software to manage your Thunderbolt 3 devices on a computer running a version of Windows. To manage your Thunderbolt 3 devices, complete the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Thunderbolt and click on the search result.
  3. Right-click the Thunderbolt icon.
  4. Click Manage Approved Devices.

Before You Buy

Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connector, but not all host connections, cables, and devices with a USB-C connector support Thunderbolt 3. This means that a USB-C device is compatible with a Thunderbolt 3 host connection, but a Thunderbolt 3 device is not compatible with a USB-C host connection. Therefore, it is essential to know whether you have a USB-C or a Thunderbolt 3 host, cable, or device.  

To determine if your component is a Thunderbolt 3 device, look for the Thunderbolt 3 symbol. USB-C devices do not include this symbol.  For more information about USB-C, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/usb-c-port-capabilites

Components

Thunderbolt™ 3 is the latest version of the Thunderbolt standard for connecting computers and electronic devices. It is capable of the following:

  • Total bandwidth up to 40Gbps. Data transfer speeds are dependent on the other features that you are using in your setup.
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 support.
  • 4K 60Hz video on one or two separate displays.
  • 5K 60Hz video on a single display.
  • A 10 GbE network connection between two Thunderbolt 3 compatible computers.
  • Up to six devices daisy-chained from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
  • Alternate modes, such as DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DP Alt Mode).
  • Bi-directional power delivery up to 100W (not all Thunderbolt 3 devices support power delivery).

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connector, but not all host connections, cables, and devices with a USB-C connector support Thunderbolt 3. This means that a USB-C device is compatible with a Thunderbolt 3 host connection, but a Thunderbolt 3 device is not compatible with a USB-C host connection. Therefore, it is important to know whether you have a USB-C or a Thunderbolt 3 host, cable, or device.

To determine if your component is a Thunderbolt 3 device, look for the Thunderbolt 3 symbol (shown below). USB-C devices do not include this symbol.  For more information about USB-C, see the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/usb-c-port-capabilites.

Thunderbolt symbol: https://sgcdn.startech.com/005329/media/products/gallery_large/TBLT3MMXM.B.jpg.

Backwards compatibility

If you use an adapter, Thunderbolt 3 host connections are compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 devices. You can use the StarTech.com TBT3TBTADAP to make a Thunderbolt 3 host connections backwards compatible.

Thunderbolt 3 devices are not backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 host connections.

Although the Thunderbolt™ 3 standard is capable of data transfer speeds up to 40Gbps, not every cable can support this bandwidth. For example, cables over a certain length or made with certain materials are only capable of data transfer speeds up to 20Gbps. 

To confirm the capability of your Thunderbolt 3 cable, refer to the information provided by the manufacturer. StarTech.com lists the capabilities of the Thunderbolt 3 cables on the individual product pages.

There are two different Thunderbolt 3 cable symbols: the 20Gbps symbol and the 40Gbps symbol. The 20Gbps symbol is composed of the Thunderbolt 3 symbol, and the 40Gbps symbol is composed of the Thunderbolt 3 symbol and the number three. These images are shown below.

Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB-C connector, but not all host connections, cables, and devices with a USB-C connector support Thunderbolt 3. This means that a USB-C device is compatible with a Thunderbolt 3 host connection, but a Thunderbolt 3 device is not compatible with a USB-C host connection. Therefore, it is important to know whether you have a USB-C or a Thunderbolt 3 host, cable, or device.

To determine if your component is a Thunderbolt 3 device, look for the Thunderbolt 3 symbol (shown below). USB-C devices do not include this symbol.  For more information about USB-C, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/usb-c-port-capabilites.

Thunderbolt symbol: https://sgcdn.startech.com/005329/media/products/gallery_large/TBLT3MMXM.B.jpg.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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