Features

  • Supports up to 3 extra PCI-Express 3.0 slots (Slot 2 is available for a PCIe x16 GraphicCard with double width space)
  • 32Gbps Bandwidth – PCIe Gen3 x4
  • Integrated High Speed PCIe Gen3 Switch
  • Host Card Standard / Low-Profile Available Works with Any Form Factor Computers
  • Internal Ultra-quiet 300W Power Supply

NA211A-G3 PCIe 3.0 Expansion Chassis 3-Slot Product Description

The Power of Three Slots in a Single Slot

Featuring Netstor’s most powerful design yet, the PCIe Expansion Chassis 3-Slot NA211A-G3 transforms any single PCI Express slot into three available PCI Express slots for power users and professional alike.

Integrated High Speed PCIe Gen3 Switch

The ultra fast PCIe Gen3 switch has been thouroughly tested and built on the PCIe slots backplane to allow each PCIe 3.0 slot within expansion chassis to be kept at highest performance rates to keep all of your work running smoothly and without fail.

32Gbps Bandwidth – PCIe Gen3 x4

The PCIe expansion chassis implements the latest PCIe 3.0 technology and PCIe Gen3 x4 (four lane) host interface with 8Gbps throughput per lane, offering blazing-fast data transfer rates of up to 32Gbps between host and expansion chassis, dedicated for a variety of professional applications.

Host Card Standard / Low-Profile available for any Form Factor Computers

In addition to working with PC, workstation with standard form factor, the Netstor three PCIe 3.0 slots expansion box also works seamlessly and perfectly with low height server like 1U/2U ones as Netstor host card is adapted to low-profile bracket for application.

 

Fully Supports Windows/Mac/Linux Platforms

The PCIe Expansion Chassis 3-Slot NA211A-G3 is created to support all computer operating system platforms, and the expansion chassis itself simply doesn’t require a driver for application. Thus the Netstor unit does work with all computers running Windows/Linux and tower Mac Pro running macOS.

Industrial Server-Grade 300W PSU

The Netstor three PCIe 3.0 slots expansion box is built with an industrial, server-grade 300W PSU that is guaranteed to have the highest reliability and the ultra quiet sound level to the users in favor of any noise-sensitive working environment. In addition, the PSU has considerately reserved two auxiliary 6+2 pin PCIe power cables plus one Molex 4-pin power cable in support of any high-end graphics card and professional, specialty PCIe cards like Red Rocket-X.

Convenient Adjustable Fan Speeds

Carrying one front hot-swappable 80×80 mm ultra quiet cooling fan module, which provides most excellent airflow ventilation ever and ensures PCIe cards within can run long term without any high temp concern. Additionally, the fan speed of the cooling fan can be adjusted manually according to PCIe cards implementation situation within the NA211A-G3 PCIe expansion chassis.

PCIe Expansion Chassis 3-Slot NA211A-G3 Product Description

Form Factor Desktop
Host Interface Up to 32Gb/s external PCIe 3.0 x 4
No. of Slot 3* PCI Express 3.0 x8 (Two slots are available for PCIe x16 cards)
Configurations Three slots can be installed as the following combinations A.) three PCIe cards in the unit: single-width card × 2 (gold-finger ×8/×16) single-width card × 1 (gold-finger ×8) B.) two PCIe cards in the unit: dual-width card × 1 (gold-finger ×8/×16) single-width card × 1 (gold-finger ×8/×16)
Card Length Available Supports Full length (320mm), full height (120mm) PCI Express Cards
LED Display Power On
Cooling One 80x 80x 20 mm cooling fan 45.2 CFM @ full speed
Material Solid metal structure with aluminum housing
Power Supply Single 300W (Energy-Efficiency & Low Noise) Input: 90~230 VAC/50-60 HZ
Dimension 371 (D) x 110 (W) x 200 (H) mm 14.6 (D) x 4.3 (W) x 7.87 (H) inch
Host Requirement One PCIe 3.0 x4/ x8/ x16 slot
Operating Temperature 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)
Relative Humidity 20 to 80% (non-condensing)
Package Content Enclosure x 1 PCIe 3.0 x4 Host Adapter x 1 PCIe Gen3 x4 connection cable x 1 (1.5 meter) Power Cord x 1 Carry Bag x 1

Does the NA221A-G3 have a built in AC plug or does it use an external PS brick?

The AC plug for NA221A-G3 uses an external PS brick.

What is the power capacity of the PSU?

The power supply is 300W.

Does the NA211A-G3 accept one or two 3.5" hard drives?

We no longer have a version that fits 3.5″ hard drives available since all of the PCIe 2.0 versions were discontinued.

Can the case / power supply handle a full size GPU?

For the NA211A-G3, the maximum PCIe GPU card clearance is 315mm x 120mm. 

Does the NA211-G3 need a software driver for Linux OS?

NA211A-G3 itself is a PCIe expansion chassis that extends PCIe 3.0 signal from one slot on computer to three PCIe 3.0 slots for use; therefore, NA211A-G3 itself doesn’t need any driver on any platform of Linux, Windows, and macOS.

As third-party PCIe cards installed in NA211A-G3 connecting to computer running Linux, only the third-party PCIe cards in NA211A-G3 will require the Linux driver for the Linux OS.

I want to expand the PCI slots on my Macbook Pro. What is the optimal setup for the Netstor NA211A-G3 in which to do so?

Given the following two setup options, which would be the most optimal?
OPTION 1:

PCI 1: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb

PCI 2: OWC Accelsior Pro Q 2T

PCI 3: Sonnet allegro pro usb 3.0 4-port

PCI 4: NETSTOR host Card

NETSTOR

SLOT1: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb (will the PSU power be enough from NETSTOR?)

SLOT2: BM Decklink 4K monitor

SLOT3: OWC Accelsior + SSD Angelbird 500Gb

 

OPTION 2

PCI 1: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb

PCI 2: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb (external PSU, it’s already installed for the first GPU)

PCI 3: Sonnet allegro pro usb 3.0 4-port

PCI 4: NETSTOR host Card

NETSTOR

SLOT1: OWC Accelsior Pro Q 2T (not sure if transfer speed will be slowdown because PCI3.0 x4)

SLOT2: BM Decklink 4K monitor

SLOT3: OWC Accelsior + SSD Angelbird 500Gb

The “option 1” won’t be workable because when you install a GPU card with dual-width then it will be occupied two expansion slots. Therefore, NA211A-G3 can only install up to 2 cards. ‘Option 2’ would be the optimal choice to meet your demands. A third option can also be used, in which you would use the Netstor NA255A then you can get maximum performance and you don’t need to worry the power supply for GPU card as well.  The following setup is the optimal layout for the NA255A should you choose to upgrade.

OPTION 3 

PCI 1: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb

PCI 2: Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan X 12Gb (external PSU, it’s already installed for the first GPU)

SLOT3: OWC Accelsior Pro Q 2T

PCI 4: NETSTOR host Card

NETSTOR

SLOT1: Sonnet allegro pro usb 3.0 4-port

SLOT2: BM Decklink 4K monitor

SLOT3: OWC Accelsior + SSD Angelbird 500Gb

Please contact us for further details regarding optimal setups.

Is NA211A-G3 backward compatible with a 2.0 x 4 PCIe slot on the motherboard. (motherboard is Jetway NAF93-Q77.)

Yes, NA211A-G3 is backward compatible with a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot on PC motherboard. If the PC motherboard has a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, the user can install NA211A-G3’s host card in the PCIe 2.0 x4 slot on PC motherboard to have NA211A-G3 work with the computer.

NA211A-G3 does not work with following lights. The host PCIE card is lighting red (in the computer). The target PCIE card is blue (in the GPU box). No card is lighting green (no connection). Graphic card gets power, NA211A-G3 fan and lights are on. What could be the issue?

Nowadays on the market, the vendors only sell CPUs supporting PCIe 3.0.

 

CPUs supporting only PCIe 2.0 have already been phased out on the market, so the customer can just select a new CPU which will support PCIe 3.0 and no need to worry about the CPU part.

 

Additionally, a PC motherboard has the PCIe 3.0 slots on it including manufacturers from AsusASRockGigabyte, and MSI…etc., and then the NA211A-G3 will work with the PC motherboard installed with the CPU which supports PCIe 3.0.

 

Assuming customer is using an AMD host computer, the Windows 10 operating system is running on AMD computer, then after he acquires the Intel CPU/motherboard host computer, he will also need to use Windows 10 operating system on the Intel computer due to drivers’ compatibility situation (the drivers for the third-party PCIe cards installed in his NA211A-G3 chassis).