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Best eGPU Enclosures – November 2020 External GPU Buyer’s Guide

Best eGPU Enclosures – November 2020 External GPU Buyer’s Guide

Find the best eGPU enclosure from our weekly updated guide. Compare the most popular Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures with linked hands-on reviews.
Mantiz Saturn Pro Review – King of the Ring

Mantiz Saturn Pro Review – King of the Ring

Priced to be the most affordable full-featured eGPU enclosure on the market, the Mantiz Saturn Pro delivers a knockout punch in performance and value. It showcases the best of the four-year evolution of Thunderbolt 3 eGPU technology. With a unique combination of good looks, unrivaled expansion ports, and exceptional flexibility, the Saturn Pro is truly king of the ring.
AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box Review – Cooler than Cool

AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box Review – Cooler than Cool

Gigabyte's AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is an affordable solution relative to piecing together an RTX 2080 Ti and a premium external GPU enclosure yourself. By no means is it the best value for eGPU users. Yet by all means, it is the highest-performing eGPU available today and the only liquid-cooled option. The ultrabook and monitor you pair will need to be equally as capable in order to make the most use of this eGFX. Enabling eGPU gaming at 144Hz in FHD, 100Hz in QHD, and 60Hz in UHD, this Gaming Box keeps up with desktop alternatives while retaining the versatility of the ultrabook. Ultimately to choose the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is to answer Outkast's call for rebellious originality, "What's cooler than being cool?"
NetStor HL23T-Plus Review – Singular Focus

NetStor HL23T-Plus Review – Singular Focus

I commend NetStor for setting out to build the perfect eGPU enclosure for the Radeon VII. They have accomplished this goal. The problem is no one loves the Radeon VII as much as NetStor does. This singular focus narrows the HL23T-Plus’ target market to Mac professionals who need the computing power of the Vega II architecture.
Razer Core X Chroma Review – Absolute Unit

Razer Core X Chroma Review – Absolute Unit

As of summer 2019, there are two types of eGPU buyers: those who prioritize a single feature and those who buy the Razer Core X Chroma. Unless you want the quietest or smallest eGPU solution, you can't go wrong with Razer's latest offering. Priced at US$399, it's $100 more than the very competitive base Core X. This added cost is well worth the refinements in expansion I/O, RGB, and liquid-cooled GPU compatibility. This absolute unit of an eGPU enclosure is destined to eat up market share. With the Core X and Core X Chroma, Razer delivers a one-two punch that knocks everybody out. If other eGFX vendors don't up their game soon, our eGPU buyer's guide will be topped by Razer products heading into 2020.
VisionTek Mini eGFX Review – Mobility meets Utility

VisionTek Mini eGFX Review – Mobility meets Utility

At $350 MSRP the VisionTek Mini eGFX is a good value for enthusiasts who have been looking for a small eGPU enclosure. It truly offers a one Thunderbolt 3 cable solution. Dual Thunderbolt controllers sweeten the deal as the only alternative to the Razer Core V2 that retails at $500. While the looks are nothing to write home about, its design function is to do the hard work behind the scenes rather than be the center of attention. In a small market and with even smaller dimensions, the VisionTek Mini eGFX excels by combining mobility and utility.
2018 Mac mini Review – Heedlessly Renovated

2018 Mac mini Review – Heedlessly Renovated

  After four years of neglect, the Mac mini returned to the spotlight in late 2018. The miniature headless Mac hasn’t fared well, now taking on a gray pallor and running a fever. Its Intel 8th generation 65W processor is an internal flame the cooling system can barely manage. Some ... Read More
Sapphire GearBox Review – Loud and Clunky

Sapphire GearBox Review – Loud and Clunky

Like an old manual transmission, the Sapphire GearBox is loud and clunky to operate. But unlike having the control of the driver’s seat, using this eGPU enclosure feels more like riding a semi for public transportation. At $259, the GearBox Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure is a good value but there are further refinements for Sapphire Technology to consider. First is to provide firmware options to either prioritize expansion port stability or maximize external GPU performance. The second improvement is PSU fan-stop in sleep mode. We hope 2019 will be a year full of refined, affordable and user-friendly external graphics solutions.
AKiTiO Node Duo Review – Two Slots, Endless Possibilities

AKiTiO Node Duo Review – Two Slots, Endless Possibilities

AKiTiO has continuously pushed for wider adoption of Thunderbolt 3 technology by being the first to bring innovative, affordable solutions to the market. During initial release the Node Duo comes with a 2m Thunderbolt 3 cable. This is a $60 value and makes the $370 MSRP price even more appealing. The AKiTiO Node Duo caters to true eGPU enthusiasts. It provides unmatched flexibility compared to other enclosures. While the dual slots run at x2 speed, the endless possibilities of this configuration are well worth the tradeoff.
Blackmagic eGPU Review – Apple’s UltraFine Curse

Blackmagic eGPU Review – Apple’s UltraFine Curse

Apple is renewing their commitment to the pros, they said. Everything will be more pro, they said. All I see is a locked-in solution that further keeps Mac users under the UltraFine curse. Apple has increasingly tightened their grip on hardware repair and upgrade options, going against the fundamental purpose of external graphics solutions and the flexibility needs of professional users.

I tore down more than a dozen eGFXs to review in the past 18 months. The Blackmagic Design unit was the most challenging and clearly not meant to be upgraded or repaired. Luck would have it that I’ve also been without my 2016 15″ MacBook Pro for more than a week for a warranty top case replacement. The culprit? A single stuck W key. What happened to thoughtful design so we don’t have to waste time and money when one small component fails?

The Blackmagic eGPU achieves its goal of providing a singular solution to the problem Apple created. US$699 is overpriced when compared to other similarly performing solutions on the market, but it’s better than no choice at all if you have an UltraFine Display. Also noteworthy is that it’s the first eGPU with the Titan Ridge controller. Ultimately a non-upgradable, outdated graphics card is a huge disappointment and will be the undoing of this eGFX. Cursing consumers and using black magic, Apple’s storyline has become a dark fairy tale.