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Sonnet Dual-Slot 40Gbps Thunderbolt Card Reader for SxS PRO X Media

Sonnet has announced a Professional, Dual-Slot 40Gbps Thunderbolt Card Reader for SxS PRO X Media. SxS PRO X is the recording media used on cameras such as the Sony VENICE, Sony F5/F55, and some of the Sony PXW shoulder-mounted 2/3″ options.

The SF3 Series SxS PRO X Card Reader features dual card slots and a dual-port 40Gbps Thunderbolt interface.

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It is compatible with Mac and Windows computers and it can ingest footage from any SxS media cards at up to their maximum supported speeds.

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You could use this card reader with older cameras such as some of the earlier ARRI ALEXA models that used SxS cards.

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The reader features an upgraded interface (PCIe 3.0 x2), so that SxS PRO X cards can support nearly 3x-faster read speeds (up to 1,250 MB/s) when compared to last-generation (SxS Pro+) cards. Not only can the Sonnet reader support up to the maximum SxS PRO X card read speeds, but it can read two cards simultaneously at up to 2,500 MB/s and cut ingest times by more than half compared to other readers.

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The SF3 Series card readers feature aluminum enclosures. The dual 40Gbps Thunderbolt ports enable users to stack and connect up to six readers in a daisy chain through a single cable and ingest footage from four, six, or more cards simultaneously.

For mac computers, the reader is compatible with macOS 10.12.6+. If you are using macOS Big Sur it is compatible with SxS driver 3.0.

Price & Availability

The SF3 Series SxS PRO X Card Reader is expected to be available from Sonnet in late April at a suggested retail price of $299.99 USD.

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