ROBEN-3TM Thunderbolt

(3) Slot Rack-mountable Expansion for Embedded Mac Mini

Create a super Mac mini with the ROBEN-3TM. Connect your PCIe cards to your Mac mini all in one enclosure. Access ALL of your Mac mini ports from outside of the ROBEN-3TM for easy connectivity and functionality.

Key Features

  • Cooling 33.4 CFM Fan
  • Slots 3 PCIe Slots
  • Power 250 watt
  • Speed 20 Gbps
  • Extras Mac mini rack

Connect (3) PCIe cards + embed a Mac mini.


Part # roben-3tm

The ROBEN-3TM takes expansion computing to an exciting new dimension. Featuring three (3) full-length, full-height PCIe slots and Thunderbolt 2, the ROBEN-3TM offers you the unique ability to embed an Apple Mac Mini directly into the system chassis. This incredible feature gives you the most dynamic 3-slot Thunderbolt expansion capacity known to mankind.

You have a lot invested in your creative assets, so the ROBEN-3TM allows you to keep your valuable plug-ins secure with an optional front panel USB iLok.

The rack-mountable aluminum chassis was designed with a 250-watt power supply, auxiliary power, and features Magma’s exclusive quiet cooling control. The ROBEN-3TM is precision engineered as the ideal sidekick to the Apple Mac mini.

We understand that your projects require an exceptional, high-performance workstation, so the ROBEN-3TM was designed for mission critical capabilities previously reserved for our defense and aerospace customers. Failure is not an option, so we integrated the best of Magma’s advanced technologies and sourced the highest quality components for this superlative chassis.

It’s time to create. Simply add a host of specialty PCIe cards to an Apple Mac mini and unleash your creative genius. ROBEN-3TM’s patented performance optimizing backplane flawlessly integrates PCIe expansion, storage, and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, ensuring that each system device operates at maximum performance and speed.


  • Attach PCIe cards to Thunderbolt 2-enabled computers
  • Extension of PCI Express signals outside the computer
  • Daisy-chain or end-point device
  • Embeddable Mac mini (compatible with the Mid 2011, Late 2012 and Late 2014 models of Apple’s Mac mini – Identify your Mac mini model)
  • Lockable iLok secure location using one of the front panel USB ports (lock sold separately)
  • Single power cord for expansion slots and Mac mini (Thunderbolt cable included)


  • Easy Plug and Play installation
  • Use any combination of x1, x4, x8 and x16 PCIe cards
  • Magma’s exclusive quiet cooling control
  • Auxiliary power cables
  • 250-watt power supply

ROBEN-3TM Specifications

ROBEN-3TM Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe Expansion - 3 Slot with Embeddable Mac Mini
  • (3) Full Length/Full Height PCI Express Slots
    • 3 slots x8 PCIe 2.0 electrical; x16 mechanical
Cable Required Thunderbolt (Sold Separately)
Interconnect Bandwidth 20 Gbps Bi-directional
Material Aluminum Chassis
Dimensions 17” L x 14.25” W x 3.48” H (432mm x 363mm x 88.4mm)
System Cooling
  • (1) 80mm 33.4 CFM Expansion Card/Backplane Fan
  • (1) Variable speed thermistor control option (or full speed)
Power Supply
  • 250W, 100-240 VAC, 50-60HZ
  • Two 4-pin auxiliary power tabs
Ambient Temperature 0º to 50º C
Storage Temperature -40º to 125º C
Relative Humidity 10% to 90% non-condensing
Regulatory Compliance
FCC Class A Verified
RoHS Compliant
CE Certified
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 7, 8
  • Mac OS X Yosemite
30 day money back guarantee
1 year return to factory
Package Contents
  • Power Indicator
  • Rackmount Enclosure
  • iLok (Optional)
  • HDMI Port
  • Ethernet Port
  • USB 3.0 Ports
  • Power Cord Socket
  • Thunderbolt 2 Ports
Hardware Included
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • U.S. Power Cord

ROBEN-3TM Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Thunderbolt cable included?

The Thunderbolt cable is sold separately.

Do I need any special Firmware, Software, or Driver?

No firmware, software or driver is required from Magma, but you may need an updated driver for your PCIe card.

What types of PCIe cards can be used with the ROBEN-3TM?

Check the Thunderbolt PCIe Card Compatibility for a list of cards that have Thunderbolt 2 Compatible drivers. If your PCIe card is not on this list, contact the card manufacturer to ask if they have a Thunderbolt 2 Compatible driver.

Can the Magma Thunderbolt 2 Interface add-in card be used in a Mac Tower?

No, it will not work as an add-in PCIe card in a Mac Tower.

Do older Thunderbolt devices on a Thunderbolt daisy chain affect performance?

Yes. If you have a mix of generations on a Thunderbolt 2 daisy chain, make sure that the Thunderbolt devices sit after the Thunderbolt 2 devices on the chain. Anything placed after a first generation Thunderbolt device will operate at Thunderbolt speeds.

ROBEN-3TM Docs and Drivers

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Drivers and Utilities:

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Recommended Controller Cards:

Please see our Thunderbolt PCIe Card Compatibility list for controller card options.