AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box

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Thunderbolt 2
4K workflow
Thunderbolt cable included

AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Expansion Box

TweakTown Best Features AwardThe portable Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for systems that do not support or have enough available space for expansion cards. The external Thunderbolt 2 connection allows you to daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices, making this the ideal plug and play companion especially when you have to take your system with you. Replacing the card is a simple matter of removing three hand tightening screws, so no tools are required.

  • Two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for lightning fast speeds of up to 20Gb/s
  • 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
  • 4 lane PCI Express 2.0 compliant interface at 5.0Gbps
  • Removable back panel for double-width cards
  • Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt™ devices
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing
  • No tools required for installation

4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2 Technology

Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 support, which allows for video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. If you are a video editor, you can now use a single port to connect your external Thunderbolt devices and a 4K display.

4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2

4 Lane PCI Express 2.0 Compliant Interface

The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. Replacing the card can be done without tools, simply by removing two hand tightening screws for the chassis and one for the card.

PCIe expansion card

Provides Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports for Daisy-Chain

The second Thunderbolt 2 port lets you daisy-chain up to five Thunderbolt devices together. For example, you can attach additional external drives and even a display, all connected to the computer through a single cable.

Thunderbolt daisy-chain

AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box

  • T2PC-TIA-AKTU (without PCIe card)

  • CE

  • FCC

  • VCCI

  • Thunderbolt™ technology

  • 2-year limited warranty

  • High quality aluminum with metal chassis

  • 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart)

  • Supports half-length, full-height and double-width cards

  • PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 25W
  • Does NOT support graphics cards

Not applicable

  • 2x Thunderbolt™ 2 ports

  • 1x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 2.0 interface

  • Thunderbolt™ 2 interface up to 20Gbps

Not supported

  • Mac OS 10.9 or above

  • Computer with Thunderbolt connector

  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C

  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C

  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

  • External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)

  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz

  • Output: DC +12V/5A

  • 23 dB(A)

  • 9.17 inches x 5.87 inches x 2.99 inches

  • 23.3cm x 14.9cm x 7.6cm

  • AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box

  • Thunderbolt cable

  • Power adapter

  • Setup guide

  • Retail Box Size: 12.4 x 12 x 4.9 in. (31.5 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm)

  • Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 25.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 in. (65 x 40 x 35 cm)

  • The maximum real world performance of this Thunderbolt 2 device is 1375MB/s.

  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Apple's Boot Camp.

  • PCIe card (driver) must be compatible with requirements for Thunderbolt technology (e.g. hot-plug support, recovery from sleep).

  • Graphics cards are not supported.

  • Thunderbolt cable not included with all models or in all regions.

  • To connect this device to a Thunderbolt 3 computer, a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter like the AKiTiO T3T is required.


The AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box is definitely one of the most versatile enclosures we have seen in quite a while. In fact, I cannot think of the last time we have seen something that is as flexible. If you are one that wants control of your storage solutions or enjoy video editing and only have the latest MBPr, then the Thunderbolt 2 enabled AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box may be for you. With this device, you can install some of the quickest PCIe storage solutions available on the market, and access them through any Thunderbolt enabled device. Read More...

Tyler Bernath - TweakTown (August 22, 2014)


  • apple-boot-camp-not-supported-80This product is not supported on Boot Camp
  • This product is not supported on Windows
  • This product does not supported graphics cards
  • This product does not support full-length PCIe cards

Not compatible with Boot Camp