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jeverett
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Posted by: @mois
Guys, the Node Pro's PSU *IS* replacable....

The discussion about replacing the power supply here:
https://egpu.io/forums/psu-cables/akitio-node-pro-power-supply-replacement-guide/
looks like a lot of hassles, and ultimately ends with "this mod is not recommended".

I'd think it be better to know what should work -- and what non-power related things might not work, (e.g. AMD cards might not be as good at x264 decoding as Nvidia cards, AMD cards might have flawed drivers, OSX will have different eGPU/GPU support under different versions), so people don't experience some non-power related problem, or read a report about a non-power related problem, and then take a stab at a perhaps unnecessary power supply mod to try to fix it.

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jeverett
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Thanks for the report. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information (perhaps outdated, or misdiagnosed) on the discussion boards for this issue, e.g.:
https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/akitio-node-pro-aftermarket-vega-64s-compatibility/
https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/akitio-node-pro-seems-to-be-underpowered-for-an-asus-rog-strix-vega-64-2017-15-macbook-pro-am-i-missing-something/

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cmm
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Jeverett, from what I gather the only quirk with replacing the PSU is that you need that "always on ATX short circuit" connector which you buy for like 1 USD on Aliexpress. I have one and remember the PSU's socket is *female* and the one they sold me on Aliexpress was female too, meaning you need a male-male cable.

If I was you I'd just buy the Node Pro and try.

If it doesn't work, upgrade the PSU.

I'm aware there was a lot of talk online that the Vega 64 is so power hungry and has all those preconditions for working, and my experience with getting it into 2D (as well as some GPU mining??) simply does not match that.

(When put in a desktop computer I checked the watt consumption of the Vega and its drivers reported 220-230W.)

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Yukikaze
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Posted by: @jeverett

Posted by: @mois
Guys, the Node Pro's PSU *IS* replacable....

The discussion about replacing the power supply here:
https://egpu.io/forums/psu-cables/akitio-node-pro-power-supply-replacement-guide/
looks like a lot of hassles, and ultimately ends with "this mod is not recommended".

I'd think it be better to know what should work -- and what non-power related things might not work, (e.g. AMD cards might not be as good at x264 decoding as Nvidia cards, AMD cards might have flawed drivers, OSX will have different eGPU/GPU support under different versions), so people don't experience some non-power related problem, or read a report about a non-power related problem, and then take a stab at a perhaps unnecessary power supply mod to try to fix it.

I am not sure how you came to the conclusion that the discussion ends with "this mod is not recommended", unless you only read the last post about sunstarfire's issues. The replacement works, is not hard to do, and keeps reliably working. I have the Node Pro running a Corsair SF600 for a year and a half now.

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Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

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cmm
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Yukikaze just curious why did you change the PSU in the first place, did you put so much load on your GPU that the PSU fan would spin too much or why? (I'm presuming your GPU would boot with the stock PSU)

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Yukikaze
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@mois - Noise. The original PSU is loud if you push it and it became annoying, since I heavily OC'd the GTX980Ti I had at the time, it would be loud under load.

Want to output [email protected] out of an old system on the cheap? Read here.
Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."- Robert A. Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love."

 
2020 14" Lenovo ThinkBook Yoga 14s [11th,4C,G] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AKiTiO Node Pro) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  


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lieven
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It's a nice looking metal box but the product misses thermal management so the box is way too loud: akitio should use a passive or semi-passive PSU, and solutions for fan management: an on-off switch, a thermal sensor, a high quality fan.

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