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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

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
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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.

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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

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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...

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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).

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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!)

 

 

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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

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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.

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What I'm about to say is unofficial, just my speculation from what I'm seeing.

 

We've released the Node Lite with a new c-step architecture that currently only works with generic PCIe boards and some GPUs (we wrote it is not compatible with GPUs because it is still same logic as Thunder2 PCIe Box). More support is still being worked on. We just released Node Lite early because there has been a high demand from other industries (non-GPU industries if you didn't catch that 😛 ahaha)

 

We're working closely with Intel to change things with eGPUs and PCIe Boxes. More info coming in the future. I want to estimate a new update will be coming our way in possibly a month. So if you can't get a certain card to get to work right now, it's possible it will work in the near future.

 

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Any updates folks? @DanKnight?

Anyone got their hands on a Node Lite yet? Be good to find out if folks can get it working as an eGPU in macOS (10.13) and W10… It’s my dream set up if it works in macOS and W10…

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I just ordered my Node Lite, it was still smaller than the Aorus and i didn't need such a good GPU.  I have a HHHL GPU which is WX 2100 GPU (& Quadro P400 (30W), Quadro K620 (44W), NVS 310 (19.5W)) this is less than 35W and only 8x (I think that less than 16x are not even in spec to use over 25W).  In theory this acutally meet the specifications outlined by AKiTiO.  I have bought the 120W PSU.   I have AsRock and macmini with TB ports.  I will get a 1050/1060 later to finalise my setup.

 

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I received my Node Lite and have been working with it for the past couple of days. I am constantly running into a Code 43 issue.

My setup: 2016 MBP 15" RP460 + Node Lite w/ 1050 ti

When I first go through the setup process ( https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2016-15-macbook-pro-rp450-gtx107032gbps-tb3-aorus-gaming-box-win10-itsage/paged/1/) everything works perfectly with the latest Nvidia drivers. My problem comes after Windows 10 automatically updates and restart, that's when I get the Code 43. 

Other solutions I've tried:

  • w10 install, update to the latest, go through the egpu setup process
  • w10 install, egpu setup, update, get code 43, uninstall all Nvidia drivers with DDU, install Nvidia drivers

I've tried both ways with downloading the drivers directly from Nvidia and going through Nvidia geforce experience. The setup only works before the updates. I tried looking for solutions or other posts with the same problem but couldn't find any. If anyone can lead me to a thread with a solution, explanation, or help I would be grateful. 

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Nice updated folks, good to hear the Node Lite can actually be used as an eGPU...

@fivefoot13 have you tired in macOS? Would be very interested to hear how/if things work that side. Also, my knowledge is very very very limited (pretty much none) so this may sound stupid - but how long have you tried to get things working in W10? I put a 1060 into my Thunder3 over the weekend and it didn't work at first (error 12 amongst other things) but after a few mins and a restart Windows sorted it all out - downloaded the correct drivers, no longer had error 12, all working perfectly, I had just started reading up on error 12 fixes when I noticed it had disappeared.

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I don't know why I didn't think of this probably because I didn't know, but I have disabled the auto updates. Everything seems to be working correctly and Windows can't update. Hopefully this will be the solution to my problem.

@eightarmedpet I haven't tried macOS. I've been trying for about a week and getting a code 43 was my biggest problem. I followed the setup I linked in the previous post. It was the clearest set of directions that was recent and successful. 

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Hi, I happened to be tampering with a MBP and Node Lite.

My Mac is a late 2016 13" model with touch bar.

I had been successfully getting a 1060 working with this MBP(Akitio thunder 3) inboot camp, but Node Lite with 1050ti crashed win10 the first time I connected, after some attempts I was able to get Nvidia driver installed and got code 43 just like fivefoot 13. Difference being Win10 would crash moments after every time Node lite is connected and has the 1050ti in it(won't when box is empty).

Answer is simple for the current High Sierra beta version, the system recognized the Node Lite but not the 1050ti(turns out Akitio's site didn't lie about Nvidia cards in Node Lites).

I have ordered a rx550 so I can see if AMD cards make a difference in this case;), but it will take at least 4 days.

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Will keep my eyes on this thread for your updates! Although it looks like it's still possible to get the Thunder 3 working in 10.13 with some kext edits...

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The brand new Rx 550 2gb(asus) was delivered this morning.

Node lite's power indicator light(on the board) will not turn on with the Rx 550 installed, and the led light on the stock ac adapter blinks(no light at all on the other one with 120w ). Node lite will not power on when the rx 550 is installed.

Welp, best I can hope is that Nvidia releases the Pascal Mac driver soon.

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That sucks to hear @buchiko, I'm not sure what could have gone wrong with your 1050ti and Node Lite, what was process your process setting it up and what ports were you using? 

After my last post, I went through the whole process again. The first thing I did when I installed windows 10 home was manually stop windows auto updates. Since then, everything with my 1050ti and Node Lite has been working perfectly for the past couple of days. 

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The Win10 of mine was not a newly installed, it has auto update on and had been fine working with Thunder3 and the 1060, but I did stop using the Thunder3 since June.

I used DDU to remove the Nvidia driver I had for the 1060, that way the system stopped crashing as soon as Node Lite and 1050ti connects. Then did a clean installment of nvidia driver, but when I restart, screen freezes at Win10 logo screen, won't boot. Everything's normal again if I unplug Node Lite, but now it's back to crashing upon connecting Node Lite.

I always used the left ports to connect to Node lite.

Thanks for the update, I'll try reinstalling Windows and disabling auto update and see if that works.

BTW did you mean you never installed any Win10 patches even manually after reinstalling the system?

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HEY HEY HEY!

New Firmware Update for Node Litehttps://www.akitio.com/firmware/node-lite-firmware

Can only be updated on Windows, on Thunderbolt Software 16.2. There is no Mac update tool due to restrictions. I believe the same method used to update the Node on TB3 MBPs works for the Node Lite as well. Give this new FW a shot guys!

Disregard the File Description, File Name and Version of the update file. Our webmaster is aware of it and will make the appropriate changes on Monday. It still works as should.

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Just more support for more cards. Can't really make a list. Got my mouth zipped. Sorry! Ahaha.

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I got my Node Lite today, in Win10 it was the same with NVidia GPU, Code 47, upon FW flash now not code 47.

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It's not all perfect, I get Code 43 from my Pascal P400 card. I make a build log with my tests as to not pollute this thread.

 

Pascal working on clean install of windows, I think the iGPU drivers cause problems with the eGPU

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I have also just found out that the kext edits to get the older TB3 chips working in 10.13 prevent the LG 5K Displays working! Or mine at least... works fine in windows so its the os not the hardware...

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Installed on my MacMini Today, worked fine with nvidia K620

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Hi TobyB

Does this mean you went from thunderbolt 3 on the Akitio Node Lite to thunderbolt 2 on the Mac Mini using the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-c) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?

Cheers

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Yes, the apple one

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RX 560 and GTX 1060 3GB, worked without issues on windows 10 and Mac 10.12.6

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