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nando4
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The ~US$140 ADT-Link R43SG-TB3 combines a M.2 eGPU adapter (R43SG), NVME-to-TB3 adapter (CY/cablecc) and 50cm TB3 cable.  It offers a lot of flexibity:

 

1.  Inexpensive – costs significantly less cost than a TB3 enclosure as seen in the Buyer’s Guide

 

2. Can host an unlimited GPU size

 

3. Can use a ATX or Dell DA-2 PSU for input power

 

4. Optional: once sized up with (2) & (3), can build a custom enclosure around it

 

5. My favorite:  can use the eGPU adapter either with a higher-performance M.2 slot or TB3 port.   Or mix and match.

Choose which device (eGPU, NVMe SSD) will use which port (TB3, M.2). You do not get such a choice if buy a dedicated TB3 eGPU enclosure. Though this is more relevant to PC than Macs.

 

6. If not being used to host a TB3 eGPU, the NVME-to-TB3 adapter (CY/cablecc) and 50cm TB3 cable components can be used to host portable, fast external NVME SSD storage.

 

 

With (4), take a peek at the Forza benchmarks to see the greatest disparity in performance between these two interfaces (~60FPS on TB3 and ~100FPS on M.2 using a GTX 1080Ti). This may get the interest of gamers wanting to max out the performance of their eGPU.

The R43SG-TB3 would allow you to do this without impacting your storage by:

 

 

1. Splitting off the R43SG-TB3 into it’s constituent R43SG M.2 eGPU adapter and CY/cablecc NVMe-to-TB3 adapter.

 

2. relocating your PCIe SSD into the NVME-to-TB3 adapter, attach it to your Thunderbolt port and boot of it. Both my Dell Precision 7510 and HP Elitebook 840 G5 support Thunderbolt boot. Incidentally, the 2-lane TB3 on the Elitebook 840 G5 means the 4-lane NVME M.2 port was always going to be a better performer for eGPU use.

 

3. using the M.2 port to host the R43SG to deliver near-desktop performance levels, 100FPS+ on Forza 4 with a  GTX 1080Ti.

 

R43SG-TB3

  • Product ID: R43SG-TB3
  • Interface: PCIe x16 / Thunderbolt 3
  • Application: eGPU
  • Shelf time:2019-01-10 11:07:19
  • Product description: R43SG-TB3 eGPU adapter
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ADT-Link PCIe x16 to TB3 eGPU Adapter

 

Brand name: ADT-Link-LINK

Product name: PCIe x16 to TB3 extension cable

Product model: R43SG-TB3

Transfer speed: PCIe3.0 x4 , 32G/bps (Max.)

Wire length: 25cm, 50cm

Application: eGPU

Power Supply Description:

Supporting power supply is DELL 8PIN 12V/18A/220W, or standard ATX power supply. The power supply should be prepared by the buyer or purchased separately.

 

Cable length Description:

The length of the wire refers to the part of the visible wire. It does not include the PCB and the connector. For the wire length, please refer to the 50cm blue arrow in the figure below.


 

Included 50cm Thunderbolt 3 type-c cable

 

Cable EMI shielding Description:

EMI Shielding with Conducting Polymer
The extender utilizes the latest materials for EMI shielding with five sole flat cables design. This technique allows each cable to be fully covered by electromagnetic interference shielding with conducting polymer to guard against incoming or outgoing emissions of electromagnetic frequencies, minimize disturbance and degradation on performance, and reduce the weight of the extender.

 

Photo:

24P_ATX and 4P_CPU power input, 8P_GPU power output.

 

Product accessories, enclosed with the following graphics card power cord below

 

SW1, Power Forced Start Switch, 1 for automatic startup, 2 for forced startup, please cut to 1 for automatic startup.
 
SW2, PERST # signal delay switch, 1 delay 2.2 seconds, 2 delay 4.5 seconds, with eGPU software, for graphics card compatibility optimization, the current software does not support, please cut to 1
 
SW3, CLKRUN # signal delay switch, 1 is closed, 2 is delayed for 9 seconds, with eGPU software, for graphics card compatibility optimization, the current software does not support, please cut to 1
 
J1, PERST # signal delay switch, OPEN to open delay function, SHORT to close delay function, the current software does not support, please insert the jumper cap SHORT.
 
J2, CLKRUN_Capacitance Delay, currently the software does not support, only for R&D engineers plug in capacitance adjustment delay testing. It takes about 2.2 seconds to insert a 1uF capacitor, 5 seconds to insert a 2.2u capacitor, and so on.

 

Installation steps:
1. Install the hexagonal copper pillar and insert the graphics card into the PCIe x16 slot. The screw is tightened so that the graphics card will not shake or fall off.

2. Install ATX power supply or DELL power supply, including graphics card power cord should also be connected, after installed, DELL power supply will light orange lights.

3. You can plug in the TB3 cable when the computer is on. After connecting, the ATX power supply will automatically start the fan to turn. If you use the DELL power supply, the green light will turn on. At this time, the R3G board will turn on two green lights. The system will recognize the card automatically. Please install the graphics card driver. The installation of the driving process may prompt the computer to restart.

4. finish.

 

Download:

To open 3D PDF files. Please use Adobe Reader DC software.

3D PDF files download http://www.adt.link/Uploads/download/ADT-Link_R3G_3D.zip

 

WebShop:

http://www.adt.link/product/R43SG-TB3-Shop.html

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eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10


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gmanny
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@nando4 frankly, it seems again more financially viable to get a PCIe enclosure and then get a PCIe-to-M.2 adapter which go for around $15 on Amazon. All the use cases are covered as well and the experience is more pleasant because in addition to having bare PCBs out, you can also elect to have stuff neatly inside the enclosure.

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nando4
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@gmanny, if intending to use the eGPU only on a Thunderbolt interface then sure, the R43SG-TB3 is not so financially suited.

What if you’d like to see 100FPS in Forza rather than the 60FPS you’re getting using your Thunderbolt 3 port? If so, then the R43SG-TB3 would allow you to do this without impacting your storage by:

 

1. Splitting off the R43SG-TB3 into a R43SG M.2 enclosure and a NVMe-to-TB3 enclosure.

2. relocating your PCIe SSD into the NVME-to-TB3 enclosure, attach it to your Thunderbolt port and boot of it.

3. using the M.2 port to host the R43SG to deliver near-desktop performance levels, 100FPS+ on Forza 4 with your GTX 1080Ti.

 

I have tested this on my Elitebook 840 G5 which has Thunderbolt boot support, as do the Dell XPS/Latitude/Precision systems and it works great, Forza 4 results here. It has a 2-lane TB3 port so was always better suited to using the 4-lane M.2 port for the eGPU.

You can see the flexibility here to choose which device (eGPU, NVMe SSD) will use which port (TB3, M.2). You do not get such a choice if buy a dedicated TB3 eGPU enclosure.

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eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10


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gmanny
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@nando4 ooh, a very good point, thank you! I kinda haven't thought about the M.2 direct attachment as I'm only in the Thunderbolt 3 game at the moment. But now I want one of these for my XPS 15! 🙂

Now that got me thinking - the Akitio Node Pro that I have has a pretty dumb PCB that receives the PCIe signal and I wonder if the connector on the TB3 mainboard is standard enough that I could replace the TB3 mainboard with a riser plugged into the aforementioned M.2-eGPU adapter. Very interesting stuff!

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everton.correa
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Hello, I live in Brazil and here is really hard to find enclosures to buy. Actually, there is none at the moment to buy. The only I could find (Razer Core X) is being sold by 1100 USD. So my backup plan now is the R43SG-TB3. My quest is: Is there a way to build this eGpu and daisy chain it with a thunderbolt hub?

My plan is to build a dock with an eGpu and some USB ports. Is that possible?

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neich03
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Hi, im very impressed because the price in the official store now is 130$, not 250$ like in aliexpress !!!!!!!
i just want to confirm some doubts before clicking that sweet BUY button...
i want to use it with a macbook pro mid 2015 and a radeon vega 64 trough thunderbolt 2.

the question is:

If i buy this adapter, the GPU card (i read vega 64 needs at least 600w), a standard ATX power supply (this one for example: https://www.ebay.es/itm/650W-Gaming-PC-ATX-Power-Supply-PFC-Silent-Fan-4-PIN-for-Desktop-Computer/352821051008?hash=item5225c5fe80:g:MCgAAOSwm6xdoTEi ), a TB3 to TB2 adapter (apple´s official) and a TB2 to TB2 cable, and i plug it all together... will i have a monster macbook pro 😀 😀 ?? or at least... will it work? is it compatible with macbook or i should go straight for the razer core X??or it´s just as compatible as the core X??

I searched info but i can´t find allmost any information about this device in youtube, reviews in Amazon or any other place...

Any answer or suggestions are really appreciated... if anyone tried it with a mac and can tell us the experience would be so useful!!

Thanks in advance for all, and congratulations for this awesome website!!

cheers!!

 

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nando4
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@neich03, there doesn’t appear to be any reports of this particular R43SG-TB3 product on here.  Keep in mind the ADT-Link R43SG-TB3 combines a M.2 eGPU adapter (R43SG), M.2-to-TB3 adapter (CY/cablecc) and 50cm TB3 cable. 

We’ve had reports of use of the ADT-Link R43SG with other M.2 adapters:

Finally, there is no question the ADT-Link R43SG is a great standalone product given several M.2 builds with it:

https://egpu.io/builds/?table_filter =”R43SG”

 

 

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15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10


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neich03
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@nando4

Boomshakalaka! thank you so much for your fast and precise answer! watching your experience and @itsage ´s case, i think i shouldn´t have problems with the R43SG-TB3 right? if it worked with other m2 to tb3 adapters... why souldn´t work with the official ADT-link adapter....?right?

so i think i will go for it and i´ll tell you as soon as i test it.

Big thanks again!! Awesome website!!

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itsage
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@neich03 It should definitely work. The best performance use like @nando4 suggested is a direct M.2 connection if your computer has a support M.2 slot. Thank you for sharing the news on the lower price of this R43SG-TB3 product. It’s great to see Thunderbolt 3 devices are getting more affordable.

Regarding the power supply, it depends on your chosen graphics card. For many a Dell DA-2 220W power brick (about $20) would be a good choice. Going with an ATX PSU is also good but it has more wires and fan noise. Please share your R43SG-TB3 build with us once you put it together.

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@neich03

Looking over @itsage build link, I don't think it will work on a MB Pro with TB2.

See this reply:

Posted by: @itsage

@sernie It's likely not going to work through Thunderbolt 2 interface because the UTE02 main board needs bus-power from the Thunderbolt 3 port. Using the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter would not provide bus power. If your 2015 27" iMac has the Fusion drive, it's actually the best Mac to use this ADT-Link R43SG M.2 eGPU adapter. You can swap the spinning drive out for SATA 2.5" SSD, then pop the ADT-Link R43SG M.2 connector into the iMac PCIe SSD slot using a NGFF NVMe M.2 adapter. The PCIe extension cable can be routed through the rear exhaust vent cutouts. Piggyback the eGPU on the iMac stand with something like the Twelve South Backpack.

 

Have you ordered the adapter?

140$ is a sweet deal, way more convenient in terms of price than any other enclosure out there. And you can personalize it by creating your own custom case...but it just might not work. I'm in the same situation as you. 😆 

 

 

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@neich03 @itsage @nando4

I've been researching this option for quite some time now. Taking my chances and purchased the R43SG-TB3 from Ebay.

Very excited to see how it pairs with my Red Devil 5700 XT and Mac Mini.  I'm also testing the Wavlink M.2-TB3 with the Sabrent 2TB Rocket SSD. 

I know NVME (pcie gen 4) - TB3 is a crazy bottleneck but would be great to have when I decide to upgrade to a full PCIe Gen 4 build.

Will run all the bench marks and should have results in a few weeks.

 

2018 Mac Mini - ADT-Link R43SG-TB3 - Red Devil RX 5700 xt


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What percentage of performance loss does the internal LCD acceleration with the R43SG generate? I would appreciate if anyone shared their percentage.

Laptop : Aorus X5-V7, CPU : I7-7820HK, iGPU : None, dGPU : GTX 1070, eGPU : RTX 2080, interface : Razer core X, ADT-Link R43SG(Nvme M.2)


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neich03
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Posted by: @str

@neich03

Looking over @itsage build link, I don't think it will work on a MB Pro with TB2.

See this reply:

Posted by: @itsage

@sernie It's likely not going to work through Thunderbolt 2 interface because the UTE02 main board needs bus-power from the Thunderbolt 3 port. Using the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter would not provide bus power. If your 2015 27" iMac has the Fusion drive, it's actually the best Mac to use this ADT-Link R43SG M.2 eGPU adapter. You can swap the spinning drive out for SATA 2.5" SSD, then pop the ADT-Link R43SG M.2 connector into the iMac PCIe SSD slot using a NGFF NVMe M.2 adapter. The PCIe extension cable can be routed through the rear exhaust vent cutouts. Piggyback the eGPU on the iMac stand with something like the Twelve South Backpack.

 

Have you ordered the adapter?

140$ is a sweet deal, way more convenient in terms of price than any other enclosure out there. And you can personalize it by creating your own custom case...but it just might not work. I'm in the same situation as you. 😆 

 

 

S

 

It arrived today and i´ve been the hole afternoon trying to make it work with any results... it doesn´t seem to work trough tb2... maybe because the power bus issue @itsage mention in his answer... if i understood, the power to make the m2.nvm to tb3 work, should came from the tb3 port, and the tb3 to tb2 adapter acts as a "filter" for that power supply right? or... it´s also because the tb2 doesn´t give that power?? well, in any case that lack of power to the m2.nvm to tb3 adapter seem to the the main problem right? maybe any way to power it separately??

Furthermore, it has a strange behavior: When switch on the power supply, the gpu´s fans doesn´t work. it overheats until i have to power it off...
if i take out the J1 jumper (just while it´s powered on)... the fans start moving but in any case the computer recognize the egpu... 

if i plug it into a standard PC (hackintosh with high sierra), when i turn it on, fans move inmediatly and the system recognize it same way...

i disabled de IPS an installed the purge-wrangler in my mbp... nothing...

i wish i had read your answer before... i think i won´t be able to have a refound sending it back to our chinese friends...

i´ve being looking for a m2.nvme to tb2 adapter to avoid using the tb3 to tb2 adapter but it seem to don´t exist...

i can´t make it work with this setup and mojave....F&%$·%&ck!!!

Any ideas, suggestions are really apreciated!! thanks to all guys!!

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itsage
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@neich03 The M.2 Thunderbolt 3 board needs about 2.5W of Power Delivery in order to power on. The adapter would disconnect from the computer if PD drops below this level. Through the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter, there’s no bus power unfortunately. I’ve used a USB-C power meter to observe a Wavelink UTE02 M.2-TB3 enclosure and during idle it pulled 2.5W. When I ran the NVMw SSD inside, it went up to about 6.5W.

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@neich03

You could connect it to a Thunderbolt 3 device that has two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
https://www.sonnettech.com/product/echo-express-sel-tb3/overview.html
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-thunderbolt-dock/

If you by a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe enclosure then you could just connect the GPU directly to that (you may need a riser cable and you would still need the separate PSU). You could add a PCIe to NVMe adapter and connect the R43SG or similar M.2 to PCIe for the GPU.

That all adds cost, so you might as well have purchased a real eGPU in the first place.

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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