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AKiTiO Node Lite

The Node Lite provides an additional PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers (e.g. laptop computers) where installing an internal expansion card is not an option and for systems where there is not enough space for more PCIe cards. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection not only makes adding an external PCIe card easy but it also allows you to take the device with you to use on location and move it from one system to another. Installing and replacing the PCIe card is a simple matter of removing a few thumb screws and does not require any tools.

Features
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
  • 2nd Thunderbolt port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort devices
  • 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
  • 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
  • Removable back panel for double-width cards
  • Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing
  • No tools required for installation

4 Lane PCI Express 3.0 Compliant Interface

Supports PCIe Gen3 x4 cards

The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth for both the internal PCIe card as well as any additional Thunderbolt devices in the daisy chain.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

Thunderbolt™ 3

Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The Node Lite has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

DisplayPort

The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

Model AKiTiO Node Lite  AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box 
Part No T3NL-T3DIS-AKTU T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU
Interface/Ports 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x DisplayPort 1.1
Data transfer DisplayPort 1.2 (4K at 60 Hz) DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz)
System requirements (PC) Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit) Windows 7 and later
System requirements (Mac) macOS 10.12.3 and later

Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
Not supported
Remarks This Thunderbolt product is not compatible 

with Mac OS X or Apple’s Boot Camp.
Dimensions/PSU/fan noise

case material/warranty, etc
same same
More info: https://www.akitio.com/expansion/node-lite

 

The new Node Lite is an upgraded version of their popular Thunder2 PCIe Box. The Node Lite features PCIe Gen 3, which provides much improved performance when using new PCIe cards such as video capture cards, RAID cards, NVMe SSD storage, 10G and even 40G network cards. The Node Lite is compatible with both macOS and Windows computers, making it the ideal companion for the new 2016 MacBook Pro as well as new Thunderbolt 3 Windows PC’s.

The Node Lite features the same compact, tool-less design as the Thunder2 PCIe Box in a stylish new space gray outer case. Inside the case, the Node Lite features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can be used to daisy chain other Thunderbolt 3 devices as well as USB 3 Type-C devices. Another new addition is a DisplayPort version 1.2 port which can be used to connect an additional [email protected] monitor.

The Thunderbolt 3 Node Lite combines the full PCIe Gen 3 bandwidth with the 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface, which drastically improves the performance of newer PCIe cards. The Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3 Type-C ports on the Node Lite also provide 15 watts of power to help charge the laptop that it is connected to.

 

“The Node Lite was designed for creative professionals and others who need to use a variety of PCIe cards”, said Richard Wright, VP of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. “The revolutionary 40Gb/s bandwidth is essential for many of the new video capture cards as well as new network cards used by professionals in the audio/video, photography and various other creative fields. The strong adoption of Thunderbolt 3 in the latest generation of PCs as well as the new Apple MacBook Pro line-up means that more and more people will be in need of external PCIe solutions such as the Node Lite.”

 

Pricing and Availability

The Akitio Node Lite will be available in late Q2’17 for $269. 99

The new Node Lite will be on display at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas at Akitio booth SL13417

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU

 
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@DanKnight, can you confirm the Node Lite will come with firmware with the H2D fix and support for hotplugging? From my discussion with Mantiz_John, it appears there are two types of firmware, PCIe and eGPU with the former not supporting hotplugging.

You can see that mini eGPU users would like a TI83 enclosure with such eGPU-centric firmware to host their tiny GPUs. Something that is presently missing from the market:

https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#tb3-enclosures

 

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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John is right. There are two firmwares. PCIe and eGPU. The Node Lite will have the PCIe firmware since it's just a revamp of our Thunder3 PCIe Box. It's not allowed to be certified with an eGPU firmware because it has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Same reason why our Node Pro will be certified with a PCIe firmware.

 

I don't know how the Node Lite's firmware will be and whether it will support hotplug GPUs, but I assume it may be the same as the Thunder2 PCIe Box.

 

Can't confirm as of right now.

ex-AKiTiO Employee as of August 2018.


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nando4
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@DanKnight, the TI83 OWC Helios 3 would also have that PCIe firmware and is out already. It appears to not include a H2D fix based on underperforming CUDA-Z results:

https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/owc-mercury-helios-3/#post-11395

Can you ensure that whichever firmware the Node Lite and Node Pro are released with does include a H2D fix?

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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Anyone have any info on the release date for the Node Lite? I have my new MacBook Pro and I am itching to get a Node Lite and chuck a mini ITX 570 in it...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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The Node Lite release date is linked in the Buyer Guide:
https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#tb3-enclosures

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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@nando4 thanks for the reply as ever, sorry, should have been more specific - had read that vague time frame and was hoping for a more specific one...

 

(nice posts merge! Have ordered mini ITX 570 so once the Node Lite is out I hope to contribute to the successful implantation thread).

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074HGR7QN

 

But sadly, NVIDIA cards are not recognised when used in it, even with an upgraded PSU (according to Akitio FAQ page).

 

Edit: Nice merging again! Will keep an eye on eGPU and see if anyone manages to get the Node Lite working with either AMD or Nvidia cards (Would prefer AMD to be honest, but then my 570 is still on back order!)

 

 

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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I just bough one on Amazon. (Two left in stock)

Did not notice the graphics card limitation. What the heck?

Is this to block Bizon from stealing their stock/boards and reusing them in their box? Hmmmm

Hopefully its just that they don't want or intend on people to use it for eGPUs. Possibly its because they know that the 1050ti's/1060's are popular cards for the mods and they don't want to hear about them not working under High Sierra beta.

I guess we shall see

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Posted by: Maven

I just bough one on Amazon. (Two left in stock)

Did not notice the graphics card limitation. What the heck?

Is this to block Bizon from stealing their stock/boards and reusing them in their box? Hmmmm

Hopefully its just that they don't want or intend on people to use it for eGPUs. Possibly its because they know that the 1050ti's/1060's are popular cards for the mods and they don't want to hear about them not working under High Sierra beta.

I guess we shall see

Good luck getting it working, I hope its possible, so please let me (and everyone I guess) know how it goes as I would be over the moon if its possible to get these working in 10.13 and Windows.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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