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DanKnight
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Had an interview today with HDSLR Shooter and we talked more about the AKiTiO Node Pro and Node.

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Amo
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hey guys, 

I had the opportunity to visit computex 2017 two weeks ago , and I was super stoked to see the unreleased AKITIO Node Pro eGPU enclosure in the flesh.

Straight away you get a really premium feel to it, everything is made out of machined Aluminum, and compared to the previous or I should say current AKITIO Node, this feels a million time better, it’s definitely on another quality level, now when you open this one up it won’t feel wobbly, flimsy and awkward like the AKITIO Node.

this feel much more polished and refined, and I absolutely love the new all aluminum ‘pop in pop out’ handle. It almost feels like an Apple product.

 

 

it’s now easier than ever to remove the cover, just unscrew two spring-loaded thumb screws and that’s it you are done. The screws are not removable they will stay stuck to the case which will avoid many to crawl on their floor looking for the one they dropped.

the inside feels now much more clean and organized, they moved the Fan from the side of the case to the bottom with a recess under the case allowing a better air flow and less noisy too.

 

 

the AKITIO Node Pro will be released sometime this September, and will cost around $369

here a quick look at the AKITIO Node Pro during Computex 2017

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itsage
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Thank you for sharing! This AKiTiO Node Pro looks like a great improvement over the Node. The handle makes it look like an ammo magazine. Camouflage paint anyone? 😀

US$369 for the AKiTiO Node Pro is a nice price.

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Posted by: itsage

Camouflage paint anyone? 😀

Why would I want my ammo can eGPU to be difficult to find?   😛

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OSXlifer
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So help me think this through - the advantage of 2x Thunderbolt 3 Ports is.... so we can attach high-speed RAID back to the laptop through the same single port?

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Yes, it allows you to daisy-chain devices. However, this has the potential to negatively affect your GPU gaming performance if you heavily use the daisy-chained device, because it will compete with the eGPU for the TB3 bandwidth. The actual performance hit very much depends on what you are doing, but I wouldn't recommend running a 10GbE Ethernet device at full tilt when it is daisy-chained to an eGPU and you're trying to game. Obviously, in most sane use cases, it probably won't matter (much).

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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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Eightarmedpet
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Why are they making these enclosures so large? This looks the size of a Mini ITX case (thinking EVGA Hadron Air) and for the price you'd be better off just building a Hackintosh based MITX set up?

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yes I am also wondering the same thing, if somehow it was possible to have a SLI setup inside using the two TB3 port simultaneously then that would make sense to have a larger box.

I just wish they could make a  Mini Akitio Node Pro, I am sure it is possible to make it quite small especially since companies like Zotac are starting to offer mini GTX 1080Ti.

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Eightarmedpet
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You've jogged my memory... I think ASUS may have shown a small eGPU with a mini 1080 in it... fingers crossed for something small coming out with enough space and power for 1060's/mini 1070's without needing to mod the case/cables/psu.

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DanKnight
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A little update on the Node Pro. It will be a PCIe Box, not an eGPU. Reason is it has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. By spec, eGPUs are not allowed to have more than 1 Thunderbolt 3 port. That being said though, the box will be able to utilize anything that uses PCIe.

 

Also, Node Pro is no longer expected to release September. We're looking at hopefully end of this year/early 2018. Reason being we're using newly developed Thunderbolt 3 C-step boards (Current Node has B-step). There's still a lot of issues that Intel, Apple and AKiTiO are working on with the firmware. H2D Bandwidth issue and Hotplug issue has already been brought to our attention.

 

We're also messing around with the enclosure design too. So what you see now may or may not be the final design.

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