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matthewmchang
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Quick question for the eGPU community.

I currently own a Mantiz Venus + AMD Vega 56 + MacBook Pro (13 inch). I just saw the newly released Akitio Node Pro, and I am tempted to return the Mantiz Venus because the Akitio Node Pro seems like the perfect eGPU enclosure. The build quality of it seems great, too. I really dislike the Mantiz Venus' build. Its metal, but all of the edges are super rough, and feels scratchy and terrible. Is the Akitio Node Pro worth the switch?

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Mymantiz_John
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HI, sorry to hear that you dislike the Mantiz Venus, but we do the high quality built on the enclosure with the aluminum anodizing treatment. all the surface and edge are follow the the UL standard. All other eGPU are with its own characteristic and sales point. Thank you.

 

 

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Daelin
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i have my super ugly devil box hidden in the last corner of my desk. 

tbh i don't think the node pro will satisfy you more then the venus. what i saw in videos the build quality of akitio products is everything else then good, especially the enclosures.

if you look into aesthetics and build quality you probably have to buy a razer core, otherwise get used to a product not fully matured yet! 😉

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 ikir
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I like Venus quality, I have an Akitio Node and even if I like Akitio, the build quality is not superior to Mantiz.

technically I think Venus is superior to Node Pro


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sprober
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I have a Mantiz and have really been happy with it, seems pretty bulletproof. As for appearance I have it in a rack on a shelf next to a Thunder 3 quad mini and a stand for my macbook pro, the rack and shelf is black as are the faceplates of the other rack equipment so the aluminum items are kind of a nice contrast. Certainly don't think it looks bad.

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tfindlay
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Hi,

Just my $0.01c worth. I have the old Akitio Node, and whilst it looks ok, there really isnt much to it. I upgraded the PSU and fans in it, so for me, there is no point going to the Node Pro.

As for build quality, I wouldn't rate what I got in the Akitio node very highly. The power coating is rough and just a slap-dash job over the outside, the insides are not coated, the screws are not that nice, the fans are horrible.

The only benefit I see in the Node Pro is the extra ports, and once you budget to replace the fans and PSU, its really not worth it.

I don't know anything about the Mantiz sorry, so cant comment on that.

 

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Chippy McChipset
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I can't claim to have used either Node but you would be making a mistake going from Node to Node Pro. This is a confusing name scheme from AKiTiO in my opinion. Just by looking at the names and which is newer you might assume anything the Node can do the Node Pro can do better, but this is not the case. From what I can see, the Node Pro is not for eGPU use, it is basically the Node Lite, extended to accept full-length PCIe cards. Also the small amount of room inside the enclosure as compared to the Node and other eGPUs, suggests it was not designed for use with eGPUs. Also the fact they do not list any compatible GPUs is a sign.

[Just found what I was looking for... look down the page (below the table) for the Remarks...

"Graphic cards of any kind are NOT supported." ]

 

I should add I had the exact reaction you did when I first saw the Node Pro on their site; it was only after looking into it more closely I realized this was not an eGPU / not a replacement of the Node.

Thunderbolt 3 Macs, Sonnet and OWC eGPUs, 4K Displays, etc


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Flint Ironstag
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It's a legal thing.  They cannot advertise them with GPUs, and they will not support this configuration.  

I'm absolutely going to get 2 of these: 1 for office, 1 for home.  They will both have high end GPUs.

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itsage
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@chippy-mcchipset I totally agree with you. The AKiTiO Node Pro is certified as a Thunderbolt 3 PCI expansion enclosure, not eGPU/eGFX enclosure. While there's no restriction to prevent you from installing a graphics card, AKiTiO doesn't support eGPU use with the Node Pro.

Our Buyer Guide separates TB3 eGFX enclosures from TB3 PCIe ones.

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Chippy McChipset
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Flint: it's less about legalities than physics. Look at the amount of space inside the box and think in terms of cooling. Like itsage says, there's nothing preventing you from trying but why not use a chassis designed for our purposes? That's my take anyway. I wouldn't invest $750-$1000+ in a GPU and then stuff it in that box just because the box is a newer design / looks a little more sleek than the Node.

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