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    Will a Red Rocket X in a thunderbolt enclosure work on Windows? I'm looking at purchasing a Magma Expressbox 3T and am hoping I can use my Red Rocket X on both my onset DIT mac laptop and my Windows Davinci box back at the office. Anyone tried this before?
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    Curious to what others experiences are. But I was told by Red that the Rocket-x card isn't as efficient when put in an expansion chassis connected thru thunderbolt. He wasn't able to tell me how inefficient. I am also on a mac tho, so sorry I don't have any info for windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brody_B
    But I was told by Red that the Rocket-x card isn't as efficient when put in an expansion chassis connected thru thunderbolt. He wasn't able to tell me how inefficient.
    The card is bottle-necked by the limited bandwidth of TB.

    Some TB drivers, on Windows, only work when plugged in on boot-up. e.g. the Apple drivers included in bootcamp are like this. Non-Apple TB MBs work much better with Thunderbolt and can be hot plugged. Drivers don't ship in Windows for Thunderbolt.

    I skipped the RR-X this time around so I can't give you any hard numbers. I owned the original RR. I wish I could use the RR-X to decode and then the CPU/GPU to debayer then you would get the best of both worlds. Currently when you use the GPU to debayer, you are using the CPU to decode.
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    Stacey,

    Sounds to me like you are saying the Rocket X should work on my Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard with thunderbolt add on card as long as I plug the thunderbolt enclosure in before turning on the computer?
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    On paper the Rocket-X is indeed bottlenecked in a TB enclosure however your usage scenario will dictate how much it matters in real world situations:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danai Chutinaton View Post
    Will a Red Rocket X in a thunderbolt enclosure work on Windows? I'm looking at purchasing a Magma Expressbox 3T and am hoping I can use my Red Rocket X on both my onset DIT mac laptop and my Windows Davinci box back at the office. Anyone tried this before?
    Move a different card to the chassis. Not the Rocket X. Ideally you want lower priority devices in the expansion and higher priority such as GPU's and decoding/encoding cards on the board. Network adapters, SAS controllers, and to some extent i/o cards can go in the expansion chassis.
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