best EGPU for 15" MacBook pro 2017 touchbar with RP555 dGPU?
August 7, 2017 4:35 am
Referencing the Buyer Guide & using a process of elimination:
- AKiTiO Thunder3 mini-eGPUs are not recommended until the TI83-based AKiTiO Node Lite is released with macOS HS Sierra compatibility.
- If want a single-cable charging solution, then go for an enclosure with 87W or more of power delivery to match a 15" MBP's charger (Sonnet 550, Mantiz Venus, Aorus Gaming Box, XG Station 2). From those the Aorus Gaming Box represents good value buying if are OK with using the included GTX1070 card.
- If want best eGPU & external storage performance, host each using separate MBP ports & cables. It may mean you won't be paying extra for an eGPU enclosure with ports. In which case the Sonnet 550 is the standout choice but it's scheduled to be released in Q3.
- If neither charging, nor ports are important then the AKiTiO Node and Sonnet 350 are solid budget choices. The Sonnet 350 has quieter/better cooling and shared componentry with the Apple Dev Box. Though with AMD's VEGA imminent release, the higher rated AKiTiO Node PSU has capacity to host up to 375W TDP video cards (Vega 64 LE is 345W), whereas the Sonnet 350's max of 300W for video cards would limit you to a Vega 64 air edition with 295W TDP. The AKiTiO Node may then be your best choice for greater video card options.