NAB 2012 news: Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion

After first surfacing a good few months ago, there’s news from Magma on their ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion at NAB 2012. It’s good to see the device, which brings PCIe slots to iMacs and MacBook Pros, is being shown off on the Avid and RED stands too.

This makes the Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion a very interesting proposition for those in audio and video who currently need PCIe slots to run their apps. The ExpressBox 3T would open something like Pro Tools HDX or HD Native up to older machines, and Rob explained that will be a major boost to Pro Tools HDX or HD Native users, with the future of Mac Pro machines hanging in the balance.

“Irrespective of what may or may not happen with Mac Pros, it at least opens the market for HD Native to those who have a decent iMac and want to get into the Pro Tools HD market but don’t want to buy a whole new machine as well as the hardware,” said Rob.

James thinks the ExpressBox 3T will be equally useful for broadcast work. He said: “I can imagine this being used for treating rushes and doing rough cuts for test shots on set. Also for the smaller environment, this can sit on the desk and really beef up an iMac Avid suite.”

The ExpressBox 3T hosts three PCIe 2.0 slots – two x8 (of which one can hold a x16 card) and a x4 – which connect to your machine via Thunderbolt. It also houses its own 220w power supply. In terms of availability, Magma say they have “begun the Thunderbolt compliance process with Intel and Apple and shipments of ExpressBox 3T will start immediately after completion.”

If you’re at NAB 2012, check out the Avid stand (SU902) to see it in action, or get dibs on one by pre-ordering your ExpressBox 3T from Jigsaw24 now! For more information, get in touch on 03332 409 306 or email

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