[Sticky] [GUIDE] DIY barrel plug adapter without soldering (for the Akitio Thunder2, Thunder3 and other eGPU enclosures). Used with a desktop ATX power supply.
Guide here or click any picture below. Feel free to ask questions.
Here’s the disclaimer that is contained within, but I wanted it to be really clear:
ANYTHING YOU DO BASED ON THIS GUIDE IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. YOU ARE DEALING WITH HIGH-CURRENT DC POWER DELIVERY!
If you are not careful, you can destroy your Akitio device, your video card, your power supply, all of them at once, and YOU CAN EVEN ELECTROCUTE YOURSELF. Be very very careful. Never, ever, ever work on live wires. Double-check that your power supply is not connected to the outlet, and keep in mind that the capacitors in a power supply can retain power for quite a long time after it is switched off and disconnected from the grid! Make sure to do any wiring work with your wiring disconnected from the power-supply itself. If you are not sure of what you are doing, ask for help. If you are a minor, please don’t do this stuff without permission from your guardians, and better yet, adult supervision by someone who knows electric work. If you are at a jurisdiction where doing any kind of electric work without a license is illegal, and you are not licensed, then you are at the mercy of the law. I won’t be held responsible for your screw-ups, capice?
YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT MAY OCCUR AS A RESULT OF FOLLOWING THIS GUIDE, and you understand that you need to read all of it to know what you’re doing.
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