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Old 02-15-2008, 12:58 PM
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Default Re: Expansion Chassis for Mac Pro?

I think the Magma website makes things pretty clear...
But yes, they make chassis' that have PCI slots but can plug into a PCI-e computer using a specific PCI-e "host card".

I believe that the SBS unit is also an option

- rob

This one the PE6R4 seems the best bet. has the best latency of all the chassis's so far and it seems to be tested with pro tools.....

For Digidesign Pro Tools:

If you’re looking to build the most powerful Pro Tools|HD® system or want to move your existing Pro Tools|HD for PCI system to a host computer with PCIe (PCI Express) slots, the Magma PE6R4 Expansion Chassis allows you to do both. This 4U rackmountable system offers six available PCI-X (PCI Extended) slots and comes with a PCIe host interface card, enabling you to expand the capabilities of a PCIe-based computer to accommodate a PCI-based Pro Tools|HD system (PCI-X supports PCI cards).

4U rack-mount all steel enclosure

PCIe host interface card (x4)

Six PCI-X slots (64-bit/66 MHz)

Fan provides optimal cooling within the ventilated enclosure

Two 1-meter, high-speed InfiniBand cables and power supply included

Supports Apple’s Mac Pro; Windows support coming soon
The Magma PE6R4 Expansion Chassis sports an all steel, ventilated enclosure and comes with a PCIe host interface card, high-speed InfiniBand cables, and power supply. The 4U enclosure features six easy-to-access PCI-X slots that can be used to accommodate up to six Pro Tools® PCI-based HD Core, HD Accel, and HD Process cards. And thanks to the internal fan, your cards will stay nice and cool — even when your sessions heat up.

To use the Magma chassis, you will need Pro Tools HD 7.3.1cs1 software or higher (not included). If you have Pro Tools HD 7.3.x software, download and install the Pro Tools HD 7.3.1cs1 software update to use with the Magma chassis.
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