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AKiTiO Node Titan







Node Titan
  • AKTNPTNT3 (without PCIe card)
  • CE
  • FCC
  • VCCI
  • BSMI
  • RCM
  • Thunderbolt™ technology
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • SECC sheet metal
  • 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart)
  • Supports full-length (max 12.59 in / 32 cm), full-height (max 6.69 in / 17 cm) and double-width (max 2.5 slots) cards
  • PCIe (x16 mechanical) slot provides a maximum of 75W but additional power can be supplied to the PCIe card by connecting a pair of 8-pin (6+2) PCIe connectors (max 500W)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) port supporting power delivery (PD) up to 85W
  • 1 x PCIe slot (x16 mechanical) with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface (x4 electrical)
  • Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
  • Computer must support external GPUs (see compatibility chart)
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C (41°F ~ 95°F)
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C (-4°F ~ 140°F)
  • Operating Relative Humidity: 8% ~ 90% (non-condensing)
  • Storage Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
  • Internal power supply (CB, TUV, UL, EMC, FCC, CE, CCC, BSMI approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
  • Output: DC +12V/54A
  • 36 dB(A)
  • 14.06 inches x 5.31 inches x 10.47 inches
  • 35.7 cm x 13.5 cm x 26.6 cm
  • Node Titan with built-in 650W PSU
  • Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
  • Setup guide
  • Retail Box Size: 17.7 x 13.4 x 8 in. (45 x 34 x 20.3 cm)
  • Carton Size (3pcs per carton): 25.1 x 18.5 x 14.5 in. (63.8 x 47 x 36.8 cm)
  • Gross Weight: 4.9 kg (retail box), 16.26 kg (carton)
  • The computer must support external graphics cards (eGPUs).
  • Not all Thunderbolt 3 PCs support external GPUs. If in doubt, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.
  • After connecting Node Titan to power and computer, it will be immediately recognized in “About This Mac” on systems running macOS 10.14.5 and later.
  • To prevent damage, always uninstall graphics cards when transporting the device.
  • The device has to be connected directly to the computer and not in a daisy chain.
  • This product is not supported on Boot Camp
  • This product has components or design elements that are patented (patent number 4176304).
  • The monitor, VR headset and laptop are for reference only.


Turn Your Computer Into a Graphics Powerhouse

The Node Titan is an external graphics processing unit (eGPU) that lets you transform your notebook or other slotless computer (Mac mini, iMac, NUC, etc.) into a high-performance gaming, video editing, and graphics workstation for a fraction of the cost of buying or building a new machine. It connects to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer and offers the power and space needed for today’s most popular double-wide full-length/full-height AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards.

Explore a Different Reality

Without an eGPU like Node Titan, exploring new dimensions with an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset on a standard notebook was pure fantasy. To start seeing what you’ve been missing, just plug a VR headset directly into your graphics card’s DisplayPort. You can also connect a second or third external display for extra workspace.

Flexible Now, Expandable for Future Needs

Unlike other eGPUs that come as a bundled solution and cannot be upgraded in the future, Node Titan gives you the power of choice in deciding what graphics card to install for your present needs. If your needs change in the future, simply swap cards to keep your graphics performance on the cutting edge.

  • Lightning-fast graphics: Thunderbolt 3 port for up to 40Gb/s speed
  • NLE ready: turns notebooks into mobile video editing systems
  • Immediate ROI: vastly reduced edit and render times
  • Satisfies power-hungry cards: 650W power supply
  • Play or work while charging: up to 85W for notebook charging
  • Spacious design: enables use of large double-width graphics cards
  • On-the-go graphics: retractable carrying handle for easy transport
  • 3D realism: enables effective use of VR headsets
  • Plug and play: includes Thunderbolt 3 cable for immediate use
  • Toolless access: thumb screws for easy card installation

Use with Full-Size Graphics Cards

Easily Handles Power-Hungry Cards

The Node Titan lets you play and create without limits. If your graphics card (sold separately) requires more than the x16 PCIe slot industry standard 75W output, no problem! The Node Titan’s leading class 650W power supply can handle power hungry cards like the Radeon RX Vega 64. Plus, with Node Titan’s spacious design, you can even use double-wide full-length/full-height cards.

Accelerates Pro Apps and Games

Truly a mobile work and entertainment game-changer, the Node Titan accelerates 3D graphics-based pro apps, games, and VR. In macOS 10.14 and later, turn on “Prefer external GPU” and on Windows 10, adjust display graphics settings in your app/game to “High performance” to experience vastly improved lighting, richly detailed textures, and breathtaking visual effects.

Easy Toolless Setup

Adding the ultimate visual experience to your video editing, gaming, and graphics intensive apps couldn’t be easier:

  1. Lift and slide Node Titan’s cover from the back to open the enclosure.
  2. Insert your graphics card (sold separately) into the PCIe slot and secure with the extended length thumb screws.
  3. Connect one or both of the 8-pin PCIe power connectors to the card depending on power requirements.
  4. Slide Node Titan’s cover back on and secure with thumb screws.
  5. Connect Node Titan to your Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer via the included Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Work or Play while Charging

Grab n’ Go Graphics

Gaming or editing video on-the-go has never been easier. The Node Titan features a commercial quality electrogalvanized steel case with a retractable carrying handle to safely and easily take powerful graphics capabilities along with your notebook wherever you roam.

Edit from Anywhere…Faster

If you’ve dreamed of a portable editing system, welcome to a new workflow reality. The Node Titan turns notebook computers like the MacBook Pro into a powerful NLE (Non-Linear Editing) machine. No more system performance slowing to a crawl with even basic effects…now you knock out effects-laden timelines and high-quality exports with immediate time-saving ROI. By adding a second Node Titan, you can tap into the processing power of multiple eGPUs for exponential gains in timeline performance and accelerated renders and exports.

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Is Node Titan Right for Me?

At Akitio, we believe in pairing people with the precise solution for their needs. To discover if the Node Titan is right for you, think about how you want to use it. Are you:

  • A video editor wanting to use a powerful NLE like DaVinci Resolve on a MacBook Pro
  • A video editor that wants to work (and play) on a powerful yet non-dedicated gaming computer like the MacBook Pro
  • A PC gamer who prefers the form factor of a notebook
  • A gamer who doesn’t want the heavy weight and bulkiness of a gaming GPU-based notebook
  • A business professional who uses a notebook at work but wants to game at home
  • A laptop and a desktop user that doesn’t want to buy two eGPUs

If any of these scenarios apply to you, Node Titan is the external plug-and-play eGPU to muscle up your notebook’s graphics processing power for your work and play.


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2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 // compares M.2 vs TB3 performance inc unoptimized H-CPU BIOS [build link]  

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Came across this news on https://barefeats.com/akitio-node-titan-egpu-and-pro-macs.html where they tested this enclosure with various AMD graphics cards...it's a Mac centric performance site for those that haven't heard of it.

Results aren't surprising but thought folk...especially in US...as Akitio are now owned by OWC....might be interested in the new enclosure.


https://egpu.io/go/akitionodetitan (Macsales.com)

M1 Max MacBook Pro 16", 1TB SSD, 10 Core CPU, 32 Core Gpu, 64GB Ram.
Wacom Cintiq 27" Graphics display. 27" Benq 4k display.

M1 Mac Mini, 256GB SSD, 8 Core CPU, 8 Core Gpu, 8GB Ram.
Huion 16" GRaphics display. Benq 24" QHD Display.

iPad Pro 2018 with Apple Pencil 2

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + Radeon VII x2 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 [build link]  

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I like that they are keeping the price down yet keep on delivering products with a very high quality and nice details.

Present: 2012 Mac mini + PowerColor RX 56 Vega Nano @10Gbps-TB1 + PowerColor Mini eGFX 180F via Apple TB3 to TB2 + macOS Catalina 10.15.7

Previous: 2012 Mac Mini + GTX1070 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder3 via Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter) + macOS

2012 Mac Mini [3rd,4C,Q] + GTX 970 @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.4 // lots of benchmarks [build link]  

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@rolandas_razma, I have one of the Titans directly from OWC and can't decide which of the AMD Navi RDNA architecture cards would give me the most bang for realtime rendering in Motion and NLE rendering in FCPx. Most of the numbers i've seen say the 5700 beats the more expensive GPUs for non-gaming tasks but I'm hoping someone has a specific preference for my high power but unconventional use case.


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@itsage, any preference for a particular brand or model? Because it’s going in an AV studio, I’d prefer a slightly quieter card unless the cooling is worth its weight in performance. 


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@nerdsltd, All Radeon VII graphics cards use the same cooler. It's not quite during heavy use. If your primary concern is minimal equipment noise, I'd recommend the RX 5700 XT with a 3-fan cooler such as the PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 XT. It has silent mode (fans stop spinning) during light use.


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I have the Titan with the Radeon Pro W5700, mainly because I needed a USB-c monitor output.  It is silent until I do a render or some other heavy duty task, then the fans spin up to max.  I have the Titan vents pointing away so the sound to me is acceptable during normal work.  When i need true audio fidelity however, I have to use my headphones.  If I didn't need the USB-C, I was leaning to the RX 5700 XT .  I'm using Premiere Pro, Avid and Davinci Resolve.

2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RP W5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Titan) + macOS 10.15.4 // connected to USB-C only LG 5K Monitor [build link]  

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I'm looking at the akitio node titan and want to know if anyone has added an SSD drive to it?  I'm' on a 2018 mac mini (and Macbook pro 2016) and want the flexibility of having an SSD along with eGPU.

I know the Mantiz includes SSD but they are sold out for the time being. 


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@charles_chao, I don't think you can do this.  The Titan is designed for GPU only to maximize the throughput on the single TB3 connections.


2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RP W5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Titan) + macOS 10.15.4 // connected to USB-C only LG 5K Monitor [build link]  

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