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Runamok81
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SFF Forum is currently designing a small Mini eGPU chassis.  
https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/an-egpu-dock-thats-actually-sff-name-tbd.1277/

No name as of yet.  But it supports cards up to the Mini GTX 1080, and can be either powered internally or via an external brick.   It uses a donor inXtron board as the TB3 controller and HDPlex parts for power.

Input from eGPU fans during this design process is welcome.    Today's livestream here.

Updated render - 02-12-2017
 
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itsage
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Thank you for sharing. I'm definitely keeping an eye on this SFF eGPU chassis discussion.

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esatamacmodular
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thanks OP. love the discussion posted there and the implementation, etc.. but a TB3 controller card alone for that proposed build is $280. That is if you aren't pulling it from another egpu case like node or thunder3, etc. Kinda makes me less interested in going the DIY case route. Maybe the prices will come down?

http://www.inxtron.com/products/thunderbolt3-hdk

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Runamok81
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Livestream is live again right now.
https://beam.pro/SFFNetwork

Yeah, it's still not economical.   To do this, you basically require a donor inXtron HDK TB3 board + Chassis + PSU.  So out of pocket is just as much as a razer core, albeit much smaller.
  
However, after the project is done, we'll have the design.  The first purpose built Mini eGPU.  

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enjoy
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Hi its look great, i think you must make the size at least for:

  • Zotac GTX 1080 MINI (Power Consumption: 180W / Card Length: 211mm x 125mm )
  • Zotac GTX 1070 MINI (Power Consumption: 150W / Card Length: 210mm x 122mm )

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Runamok81
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Yes, the Zotac GTX 1080 Mini will fit inside the SFF eGPU.  🙂    

I'm happy to see this progressing.  Size is at about 4L now.  That means you could almost fit two inside of a Razer Core. You could fit three inside of an Akitio Node

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Username
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A case that really is small and yet can hold different sized cards would be great!

Nice work!

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bkydcmpr
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I wish I had read this post earlier, too bad he couldn't finish the design. I found a power supply may be used in this project:

http://www.trcelectronics.com/Meanwell/power-supply-lrs-350.shtml

It's 30mm thick, will save 10mm compare to Flex I suggested in the other post. It is possible to arrange the power supply and the video card back to back, so the size of the chassis could be controlled under 80x150x240mm, with Zotac 1080 Mini inside. 

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bkydcmpr
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I'm not a big fan of the design he left over, the HDPlex power supply blocks the front air intake to the video card.

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