2015 13" Dell XPS 13 9350 + GTX980Ti@16Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [theitsage]^  

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theitsage
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January 10, 2017 9:51 pm  

I updated the firmware for the Node last night and this enclosure is now ready for prime time. It was plug-n-play with a Dell XPS 13 9350. This was not the case prior to the AKiTiO Node firmware update. Time Spy with Nvidia Optimus - http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17307843

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Shamu
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January 11, 2017 9:28 am  

This is awesome! Won't have to settle for the thunder3 with the XPS13! Does it perform well, any glitches experienced? Thanks!


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January 11, 2017 9:30 am  

With regards to the XPS Thunderbolt 3 PCIe speed running at 2x rather than the advertised 4x, the performance loss vs. the Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro is about 15% in Nvidia Optimus mode. Time Spy results through AKiTiO Node + GTX 980 Ti:

Dell 2015 XPS 13" 9350 - 3,520 -  http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17307843

Apple 2016 13" MacBook Pro - 4,003 -  http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/16739069

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Shamu
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January 11, 2017 9:32 am  

Not bad considering the theoretical halving of bandwidth. So glad I didn't jump the gun on a thunder3.


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theitsage
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January 11, 2017 9:33 am  
Posted by: Shamu

 

This is awesome! Won't have to settle for the thunder3 with the XPS13! Does it perform well, any glitches experienced? Thanks!

I haven't encountered anything yet. It's hot-pluggable and does not have issues with sleep/wakeup so far.


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January 11, 2017 4:38 pm  

Did you update the firmware using the XPS 13 or did you use a computer that was already compatible?

Would be a shame if customers weren't able to update it if they only had their XPS on hand. Hopefully they will have the firmware update shipped with future batches. 


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theitsage
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January 12, 2017 7:48 am  

Excellent question. I did not update it through the Dell XPS 9350 but I'm certain the Node firmware update would work if I did.

The XPS 9350 has always been able to connect to the thunderbolt enclosure itself just fine. It's the incompatible firmware between the Node and XPS which triggers the message "External GPU Support: No". This message it still there after the Node firmware update but that doesn't matter as long as the eGPU shows up in Device Manager. The only way for this to disappear is when Dell releases a new Thunderbolt firmware update for this XPS 9350.


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tikkaty
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February 10, 2017 4:11 pm  

@theitsage , I have a 9350 and want to buy the AkiTiO node, can you confirm the XPS 9350 works with the AkiTiO Node.

Also will the node also support the new nvidia cards such as the Nvida 1080 GTX or just work with GTX 980


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theitsage
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February 21, 2017 10:38 am  

Yes to both of your questions. The 9350 works with AKiTiO Node and pairing with the GTX 1080 will work the same way as GTX 980.


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March 9, 2017 3:01 pm  

@theitsage What thunderbolt firmware are you using in the XPS 9350? When I upgraded from 8 to 16 I got "eGPU supported: no" in the thunderbolt settings. Would you say that's OK?

Also, does it work for tensorflow? I don't need gaming.


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theitsage
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March 10, 2017 10:55 am  

It was firmware 16. The latest crop of Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures have firmware that ignore this "eGPU supported: no" message in Intel Thunderbolt Software. I have not used tensorflow to comment whether or how it works with eGPU.


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