Akitio Node GPU compatibility chart
Can we start our own compatibility chart sticky here? Akitio list is awfully short which threw me off when I was shopping for GPUs, but I took the chance with the card I bought and it works. I am pretty sure most graphics card should work though:
I will start with my card which works combined with NUC Skull Canyon.
User Reported compatibility with Node:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GV-N1080D5X-8GD 8GB - NUC Skull Canyon
This list will be inaccurate if people interpret the word "compatible" differently. I guess "External GPUs supported" is just a cosmetic string value. How do we define compatibility?
From my understanding, compatibility means hot plug and surprise removal of TB3 cable. That's Intel's definition.
To be very accurate, we need to know the host PC, Windows & GPU driver version, and that hot plug and surprise removal really works.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 XTREME Gaming Water Cooling Video Card (GV-N1080XTREME W-8GD) (the one that looks like EVGA hybrid clone).
Akitio Node+GPU works with:
- MSI GT80S 29th anniversary edition (GT80S and Akitio needed thunderbolt firmware update to recognize each other)
- MSI GT73VR SLI (detected Akitio and GPU right away)
Both laptops had stability and boot issues with latest NVIDIA driver (381.65, solved by downgrading to 378.92) and SLI, which needed to be disabled.
I wouldn't recommend hot plug and surprise with this setup, as it tends to crash the laptops.
I have to say NUC works flawlessly with hot plug and surprise. I expected some hair pulling moments considering this tech is somewhat new but I had none of that.
NUC can hot plug to use EGPU and hot unplug to remove EGPU?
Yes, I don't actually "unplug" it, I just turn on Node when I am about to game (Battlefield 1 & Watch Dogs 2) and turn it off when I am done, no rebooted required or any crashes and I continue with my business in Windows. Obviously I don't have monitor plugged into Node which will not use full potential of 1080 card, but I am ok with it. As I mentioned Node is loud and I don't want to run it constantly