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itsage
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Posted by: kotlos

Heads up: plenty of them in stock at Amazon ….   

Thank you for letting us know. There are 9 available. – AKiTiO Node on Amazon US.

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If I don't have USB c charging, don't need sata connections, and already have 4 usb3.0 ports on the laptop, is there a reason to get the mantiz over the akitio? 

 

Basically I'm asking, are there other advantages over the those that make the mantiz  the better choice? 

 

(I'm using a Dell m3510 precision 6700hq, 32gb ram, 2x256 nvme ssd, 1 x 512gb hdd)

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Posted by: Poblopuablo

If I don’t have USB c charging, don’t need sata connections, and already have 4 usb3.0 ports on the laptop, is there a reason to get the mantiz over the akitio?

Basically I’m asking, are there other advantages over the those that make the mantiz  the better choice?

(I’m using a Dell m3510 precision 6700hq, 32gb ram, 2×256 nvme ssd, 1 x 512gb hdd)

The AKiTiO Node should be just fine for your needs.

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Thank you ordering now(you can take me off group buy) I'll comment there too. 

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jefniro
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12 units in stock at Amazon US.....

..but the price is higher!

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And they are not sold by Amazon.com. Was that the case for the previous batch as well HPP Enterprises?

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Previously the Node enclosures were available directly from AKiTiO as a seller. These ones are available through other resellers with markups. – AKiTiO Node on Amazon US.

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kotlos
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Correct, and at least with the last batch from AKiTiO the price was back to $300 instead of the $270. High demand... 

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Posted by: ddqp

 

updated:akitio node just update their FM to solve this issue, please double check it.

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AKiTiO
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AKiTiO Node

Firmware history:
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Version: v1.0.0.4 B1-25+4.3.3
Date: 4/6/2017
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Changed: Improved "Host to Device" memory copy speed 


Version: v1.0.0.4 B1-23+3.6.1
Date: 1/11/2017
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Added: Support for Thunderbolt 3 hosts that do not support external GPUs

https://www.akitio.com/firmware/node-firmware

   

Testing recommended of this firmware update to see if H2D performance is improved. Testing procedure is at https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/alert-akitio-node-half-h2d-bandwidth-issue/

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jefniro
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Cool !!! It would be fine to receive the Akitio Node as well....  

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How to update the latest firmware of akitio node on macbook tb13" 2016? (because it always said I didn't install the thunderbolt 3 driver)

(I have tried the method in this post w/o a graphic card installed https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/problem-with-installing-thunderbolt-drivers-in-bootcamp-for-akitio-node/ ) .. still not working)

 

update: just found a solution of updating the akitio node firmware for macbook 13" tb 2016:

1. download this thunderbolt 3 drivehttps://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26052/NUCs-Thunderbolt-Driver-for-Intel-NUC-Kit-NUC6i7KYK

2.Although it said it isn't supported on bootcamp, it still works on updating the firmware of akitio node (you just cannot open the "thunderbolt software")

2.5 (FYI: I did it without a graph card installed in the node. And the pop-up warming is just a demonstration of opening  "thunderbolt software", which is not related to the akitio firmware updating)

3. When I finished the firmware update for the node , then I installed my 1060 back.

4. Success 

 


 

 

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If Akitio Node will not available at the end of this month as promised, I will definitely cancel my order on BHVIDEO and I will go for Mantiz Venus.. 

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Posted by: jefniro

 

If Akitio Node will not available at the end of this month as promised, I will definitely cancel my order on BHVIDEO and I will go for Mantiz Venus.. 

   

Just a heads up. There are three four units remaining to make up the 100pc  Mantiz Venus group buy allocation @ US$300ea. Then the units will resume @US$389ea. https://egpu.io/forums/deals/us-eu-mantiz-venus-thunderbolt-3-egpu-enclosure-group-buy/

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Would it be possible to increase the power output of the Node to charge a laptop?
What would this take?  Or is the board simply incompatible.  

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Posted by: jconly

 

Would it be possible to increase the power output of the Node to charge a laptop?
What would this take?  Or is the board simply incompatible.  

   

 

That was a question I asked offline to Dan Knight, the AKiTiO rep. Where I was advised the Node was marketted at the lowest possible pricepoint so charging power was not a priority and isn’t retrofittable.

If this is important feature for you then I’d suggest grab a US$300 (group buy) Mantiz Venus with 60W charging power, sufficient for Kaby Lake systems where the dGPU isn’t engaged: https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/mantis-venus/paged/5/#post-5760

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Node on Amazon for 300 from Akitio! 18 left Go Go go!

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jefniro
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10 new units on Amazon....... directly from Akitio Corp.

 

Still waiting here....

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Klasegpu
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Amazon has 3 more left before it probably goes into another few months wait

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sirspoky
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Ebay has one posted as well.

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timmfin
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I'm so glad that I canceled my Adorama camera backorder last week and picked up one from Amazon instead. That ended up costing me $30 more, but that was a small price to pay to make sure that got my hands on one ASAP :D.

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Klasegpu
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Yup cancelled my dorama order as well. Saved bunch of money on 1080 card hopefully no surprises with it

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Is it hoping too much that I might be able to run the Node firmware update via a VMware Fusion/Windows 10 virtual machine under 10.12.4?

I don't have boot camp installed, and would love to avoid doing so if possible. Anyone have any knowledge on that?

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I snagged one of them. I'm not too impressed with the build quality. The riveted portion of the case aren't as tight as they could be. It creates a hum when it's running. I ordered the Mantiz as well, so I think the Node will be sold when the other arrives... I have to say it is nice running a GTX1060 on my XPS 13 🙂

It isn't a bad product. I would likely keep it if I could charge my XPS13 as well as run the GPU, but it doesn't look like that implementation is going to happen. The hum/buzz is simply the case vibrating enough because of the small dead space between the pieces. I stuck a piece of cloth in there to dampen the sound, but it is still annoying.

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Posted by: benr

 

Is it hoping too much that I might be able to run the Node firmware update via a VMware Fusion/Windows 10 virtual machine under 10.12.4?

I don't have boot camp installed, and would love to avoid doing so if possible. Anyone have any knowledge on that?

   

You can try, but from my knowledge, it won't work because the virtual machine, like the name is, is only virtual. It does not have access to the hardware.

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By the way, I just announced we're doing a FW Update Service. More details here:  https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/akitio-firmware-update-service/

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I managed to get my Node from eBay from a seller for $299. Happy with it so far and the portability of carrying one cable and one device instead of a janky cable.

My question is in relations to Node upgrades. How can I identify the version of my Node software. While my device is not compatible, the update seems to have completed fine, but I cannot identify what version I am currently on.

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Posted by: nowai_david

 

I managed to get my Node from eBay from a seller for $299. Happy with it so far and the portability of carrying one cable and one device instead of a janky cable.

My question is in relations to Node upgrades. How can I identify the version of my Node software. While my device is not compatible, the update seems to have completed fine, but I cannot identify what version I am currently on.

   

As of 4/17/17, if you go to your Mac's System Report and click on AKiTiO Node under the Thunderbolt section, the firmware version should be 25.1.

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As a recap, these are the three different versions of AKiTiO Node firmwares identifiable in macOS:

  • 21.1 – only works with a handful of eGPU certified hosts – not macOS compatible.
  • 23.1 – works with many Thunderbolt hosts, Macs included (in both macOS and Windows).
  • 25.1 – compatibility remains the same as 23.1 with the fix for H2D speed.

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Posted by: DanKnight

 

Posted by: nowai_david

 

I managed to get my Node from eBay from a seller for $299. Happy with it so far and the portability of carrying one cable and one device instead of a janky cable.

My question is in relations to Node upgrades. How can I identify the version of my Node software. While my device is not compatible, the update seems to have completed fine, but I cannot identify what version I am currently on.

   

As of 4/17/17, if you go to your Mac's System Report and click on AKiTiO Node under the Thunderbolt section, the firmware version should be 25.1.

   

Hi,

I currently only own a Thunderbolt 3 PC which I used to update it. It will probably be a bit before I can get my hands on a Mac with Thunderbolt though. Any way on Windows?

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The best video with Node i ever seen:

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
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DanKnight
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Posted by: nowai_david

 

Hi,

I currently only own a Thunderbolt 3 PC which I used to update it. It will probably be a bit before I can get my hands on a Mac with Thunderbolt though. Any way on Windows?

   

There is no way on Windows to check. However, if in doubt, just run the FW update anyways. There is no harm in that.

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Posted by: DanKnight

 

There is no way on Windows to check. However, if in doubt, just run the FW update anyways. There is no harm in that.

   

I've run it a few times and the last time I saw it (since I foolishly was running from the Node while doing it) was that it was successful, so I give it no mind. Thanks for your insight!

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I got mine off eBay brand new Node 3, however when I plugged in Video card, but have not connected to computer yet, I don't have card is powered or fan spinning. I can hear fan spinning on the power supply, but not bigger fan or fans on video card itself - I got EVGA GTX1080.

I checked power supply and all CPIe connectors have power ( checked with voltmeter ). So is it normal to be in sleep mode until I connect it to TB3 port ? or something is broken ? 

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@kudesnik

It's my experience that neither the main enclosure fans nor the GPU fans spin up until you connect the Thunderbolt cable to a computer. Even with the enclosure power connected and switched on.

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Is it hoping too much that I might be able to run the Node firmware update via a VMware Fusion/Windows 10 virtual machine under 10.12.4?

I don't have boot camp installed, and would love to avoid doing so if possible. Anyone have any knowledge on that?

You can try, but from my knowledge, it won't work because the virtual machine, like the name is, is only virtual. It does not have access to the hardware.

Thanks, Dan. You were correct, it was not possible. VMWare Fusion does not see Thunderbolt devices at all (it does see and can connect to USB devices, which is why I first asked).

I installed Windows 10 from the official downloaded ISO under Bootcamp and updated the Node firmware after first installing the Thunderbolt™ Driver for Intel® NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK per another reply. The whole process took barely an hour.  

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But just the FW update without the W10 installation, how long did it take? Cheers.

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