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nando4
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@DanKnight advised here about this youtube video:

The product on the way left is a project we’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s called the EXP. It’s basically the professional/premium version of the Node. It’s targeted towards professional users that need to install pro cards like Quadros and FirePros. It’s still in the works so no details on it yet.

 

Have asked AKiTiO for specs and price details.  From here, we see the EXP overcomes some of the Node’s shortcomigs.

Good news on the eGPU front, my films sponsor AKiTiO have figured out how to run their eGPU Thunderbolt 3 box on the new MacBook pro as well as on Windows systems. The NODE will be available next month, it has 1 TB3 port and provides 15w of power for charging a laptop. The upcoming EXP will have dual TB3 ports and 1 display port, will provide 75w of power to charge a laptop. The EXP won’t be available till early April and will have a different looking and slightly smaller case from the NODE’s design.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

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The beneficts that I understood were:

- Small case. That could be positive, but could be bad for the biggest cards.

- More ports. For daisychain (although is not recommendable for performance purposes when using a eGPU).

- Be able to charge a laptop till 75w??

Apart from that, what is the benefict of the EXP?

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I'm wondering, why do all those enclosures just have around 60 watt power delivery?

TB3 allows 100 watt maximum power delivery, why not pushing it to 100 watt?

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More ports? Bad for performance... Charge a laptop? OK, but you have its own charger... Small case? Bad for big cards...

Maybe it uses another chip that makes it more usable for MacOS, and with certification...

If doesn't have any other feature than the ones I mentioned before, I don't think that worth it. If this even will increase the price, or you have to wait... Worth it? No, IMHO.

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@ed_co,  a smaller case and 75W charging makes it more transport friendly. 75W cable meaning single-cable docking. I assume that it will, like the node, have an internal PSU so would just carry the notebook and the EXP bits – power plug, EXP, TB3 cable – to a LAN party. Node is larger and without laptop charging needs the laptop charger to be carried as well.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 // compares M.2 vs TB3 performance


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I use my eGPU on the road all the time. There are still plenty of uses cases for a somewhat portable eGPU.

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But the charger compared with the node itself is really small... and the node, doesn't have external charger.

And obviously, the eGPU approach, is not meant to be a mobile thing... Even though, I understand your concern, and is considerable.

 
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I use my eGPU on the road all the time. There are still plenty of uses cases for a somewhat portable eGPU.

Fair enough 😉

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Having ports could be a nice addition for connecting at least mouse and keyboard, so when you come back home just plug your Node and you can start work again.


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I had success making the egpu to work with my Macbook Pro 13" 2016 TB w/ bootcamp. Was actually fairly easy, didn't have to do any setup, basically plug and play. After reading this blog for long time decide to pull the trigger and it's working great.

I got the Akitio Thunder 3 enclosure coz of the size. I had bought the Node but end up cancelling after coz I wanted something more compact.

Things that I got:

- Akitio Thunder 3 enclosure. ($208)

- DA-2 (˜$10 Ebay)

- EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC ($268) - Fits perfectly 

- DA-2 to Akitio and 6-pin connector (Sold ready on Ebay $18)

 

Connected everything, booted on windows 10 bootcamp then it automatically installed something that recognized the card but had error, so I installed latest drivers, rebooted and was working. I can plug in/out and works. Works in the internal display as well as connected to external monitor. 

The sound was not working, but if you disable and enable the driver, it start working. I was rebooting every time but just realized you just need to disable and then enable it. Not sure if there is a definitive fix, but still not big of a deal.

Playing FarCry Primal at ultra in the retina resolution getting 40-50 FPS!!

The question is if should mod the enclose and open hole on the side, still debating because will lose the warranty. The temperatures with the case 80% closed is around 70 degrees at full power, which is great. The only mod I did was to change the direction of the fan, which seems to work better.

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More ports? Bad for performance... Charge a laptop? OK, but you have its own charger... Small case? Bad for big cards...

Maybe it uses another chip that makes it more usable for MacOS, and with certification...

If doesn't have any other feature than the ones I mentioned before, I don't think that worth it. If this even will increase the price, or you have to wait... Worth it? No, IMHO.

Different strokes for different folks.

More ports is bad for performance, yes, but good for convenience. Charging is good if you don't want to connect another cable or if you want a separate charger for home anyway. A small case is good if you want to take it somewhere or if your space is limited.

For me the big thing is single-cable docking. Instead of plugging in Thunderbolt, USB, and power, I can plug in Thunderbolt and go. I'm willing to pay a bit more and lose a bit of performance for that convenience.

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More eGPU publicity on 9to5mac.

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Any news from akitio? It should be great to hear more news about the new case 😉

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I found this prototype in one forum:

I guess it will be with Akitio Node Length - 32cm and Akitio Thunder2/3 H and W 14.9cm x 7.6cm.

 

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Posted by: enjoy

 

I found this prototype in one forum:

I guess it will be with Akitio Node Length - 32cm and Akitio Thunder2/3 H and W 14.9cm x 7.6cm.

 

   

Ahhhhh I WANT IT NOOOOOWWW! Sorry for caps 😛


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Is it having an Internal PSU? Any card will be compatible? If so, I am in love...

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It's hard to imagine the case has any power brick in it. Anyway, I'm still wanting it!

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Hate to be a buzz kill... just did a reverse image search on it. It took me to a thread from  August. That was a prototype of the Node. I don't think that is the EXP, I can't find anything about it at all.

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Posted by: enjoy

 

I found this prototype in one forum:

I guess it will be with Akitio Node Length - 32cm and Akitio Thunder2/3 H and W 14.9cm x 7.6cm.

 

   

Regardless of it it's a Node prototype from August or not, AKiTiO should at least give us color options. I prefer a brushed silver aluminum chassis over matte black aluminum.

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Akitio didn't even announce anything!! Talking about colours, seriously??

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Posted by: Dschijn

 

More eGPU publicity on 9to5mac.

   

 

That's where I heard of the AKiTiO and the Node/Thunder3 setups. I knew eGPUs were *conceptually* possible back in the TB1 days, but the 9to5Mac articles were my first time seeing an actual implementation of an eGPU.

The more attention we can bring to eGPUs, the better!

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Added DanKnight’s comment identifying the EXP chassis by youtube video in the opening post.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

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