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enjoy
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@DBLR - This cable comes with 8 pin female for DELL DA-2 and 6 pin male for the video card and 5.5 x 2.5 male for the AKiTiO!

 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 // external HDD Windows [build link]  


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itsmikerofl
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Spectacular work! Haven't seen a graphically detailed depiction of the cable modding for one of these things yet. Nice! Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates the benchmarks! Would be useful to see some at the MacBook Pro's native resolution instead of 1080p to compare.

 

My only question for you is - given that the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini somehow got squashed into the AKiTiO Thunder 2/3 enclosure, would it be functional with the modified Dell power adapter? It looks like the adapter only powers the 5.5x2.5 power adapter + one 6-pin PCIe power cable, and the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini requires an 8-pin PCIe cable.

 

Keep up the great work!

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Posted by: itsmikerofl

 

My only question for you is - given that the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini somehow got squashed into the AKiTiO Thunder 2/3 enclosure, would it be functional with the modified Dell power adapter? It looks like the adapter only powers the 5.5x2.5 power adapter + one 6-pin PCIe power cable, and the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini requires an 8-pin PCIe cable.

 

The solution to this is a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter. The two extra pins on the 8-pin connector are both ground, so as long as your 6-pin wires are thick enough for 150W (and for a very short cable run that isn't a problem with the kind of standard wiring we are dealing with here), you can safely use such an adapter.

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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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Here's the Gigabyte GTX1050Ti pic I snapped.

Want to output 4K@60Hz 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$).

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@enjoy Here are some images of the real enclosure modified according to the drawings.
As you can see in reality it looks less shiny and precise than in the renderings, but works well.

Akitio Thunder 2 housing mod design
Akitio Thunder 2 housing mod realisation

Specs: - Akitio Thunder 2 with housing mod for proper cooling
- Dell DA-2 PSU (unchanged)
- Cable mod with some soldering, plastic cutting and glueing so all extra wiring (apart DA-2) is inside the enclosure
- KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 Gamer OC - Front fan flipped to blow out
- Macbook pro mid 2012 Unibody with 2,3ghz Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GT 650 512 MB, 16GB Ram

the egpu is working with OS X and Bootcamp Windows 7 The windows 7 installation was difficult due to error 12
but thanks to nandos software (EGPUsetup 1.2) and support I got it up and running two times.

 

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harkonnen
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Posted by: deplomb

@enjoy Here are some images of the real enclosure modified according to the drawings.

Nice work! A couple of questions:

  • What tool did you used to cut the enclosure?
  • How did you fixed the 8 pin female connector inside the enclosure?

Thanks!

late-2016 13" Macbook Pro + GTX980@16Gbps-TB2 (TB3 to TB2 adapter) (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12.3
late-2016 13" MBP + Quadro M2000/FirePro WX5100/GTX750-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.3
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itsmikerofl
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Hi Enjoy! I figured I'd quote you on your own thread regarding the AKiTiO THunder2/3 and Mini GPUs in order to keep things organized.

Posted by: enjoy

 

Posted by: itsmikerofl

Hey Enjoy! I've been following your post in your other thread, but I didn't see you post about that specific card! Didn't know GALAX made an x70 Mini line. This makes me think:

I'm looking at the dimensions of the GALAX GEFORCE GTX 970 GAMER OC vs. the GALAX GeForce® GTX 1070 OC Mini and I'm thinking that maybe it's worth a shot to see if the 1070 Mini fits within the enclosure!

Really trying to push the limits of the AKiTiO Thunder3 here, because 3840x1600 is my desired resolution! 😎

   

The Galax 1070 Mini will fit in the Akitio Thunder leght if you remove the fan but you can't close the Akitio cover because the Galax 1070 Mini is just a bit too tall like Gigabyte 1070 Mini:

Galax 970 Gamer OC - Dimensions (with Bracket): Length=193 / Height=124.3mm

Galax 1070 Mini - Dimensions (with Bracket): Length=195 / Height=130mm

Gigabyte 1070 Mini - Dimensions (with Bracket) Length=169mm / Height=131 mm

EVGA / Zotac - 1060 is the best video card that fit and you can close the Akitio for Windows

Galax 970 Gamer OC is the best video card that fit and you can close the Akitio for macOS

The thread with the best closed Akitio Thunder2 and 3 Implementations: https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/akitio-thunder2-and-thunder3-gpu-size-to-close-the-akitio/

   

First, to address our previous discussion regarding the GALAX GTX 1070 Mini:

This is the 1070 that you showed would not fit, the Zotac GTX 1070 OC Mini: http://imgur.com/a/3O5Eh

This is the 1070 that I suggested, the GALAX GTX 1070 Mini:  http://imgur.com/a/FmokT

 

From this, it looks like the dimensions you got off of the GALAX website are confused. They list:

  • Dimensions(with Bracket): 195 x 130 x 41.5 mm

  • Dimensions(without Bracket): 181 x 116 x 38.6 mm

I believe all that matters is the "without bracket" portion for the height of the card. The "with bracket" dimensions create an offset that shoots the card's height up past what is being measured. We are measuring the height from the top of the PCIe slot, not from the bottom of the PCIe bracket.

This in mind, simply looking at where the GALAX GTX 1070 Mini's PCIe Bracket is corresponding with the top of the card, it looks like the height of the card is only slightly taller than the standard PCIe bracket. This leads me to believe that the dimensions "without bracket" are what should be used in this case.


Anyhow, I did see you mentioned that the new Zotac GTX 1080 Mini has potential:

 

Posted by: enjoy

 

You can get Akitio Thunder3 with DA-2 and ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini -  https://www.amazon.com/ZT-P10800H-10P-GEFORCE-GDDR5X-DisplayPort-DL-DVI/dp/B01N11KVI8/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1486684996&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=ZOTAC+GeForce+GTX+1080+Mini

180W for GTX 1080 Mini + 25W for the Akitio = 205W / 220W from Dell DA-2 😉

This is the best BEAST small setup! You will need soldering. But if you want to invest in small eGPU setup this is the best right now! 

If you want plug and play (only software tweeks) wait for Node 😉

 

Are you sure this would end up fitting inside the AKiTiO Thunder2/3? If so, I have NO desire to fit a GTX 1070 in, I'd rather opt for the GTX 1080. What are your thoughts on actually pulling this off?

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enjoy
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@itsmikerofl - I don't think you can close the Akitio with Galax Mini 1070 (without Bracket: 116mm), we have closed only with 111.15mm - without Bracket. (Gigabyte GTX1050Ti is 114.30mm without Bracket but we don't have 6 pin it is powered via PCIe)

About Zotac 1080 Mini - again you can't close - its too tall and also you must remove the fan and the front of the Akitio!

For now EVGA/ZOTAC 1060 are the best, for our MINI eGPU projects Smile

Conclusion: WE CAN'T CLOSE THE AKITIO IF THE VIDEO CARD IS MORE THAN 111.15mm (without bracket) TALL and have 6 or 8 pin power connection!

1060 vs. 1070 vs. 1080:

 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 // external HDD Windows [build link]  


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itsmikerofl
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Thanks for the detailed reply. 👌 I think I see what you're saying now, my bad.

 

Until someone figures out a way to run something more powerful than a GTX 1060 in the Thunder3, I'll throw my EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid into something that fits it. Looks like NewEgg has the PowerColor Devil Box in stock again, (albeit for $449 as opposed to when it used to be $349), I just pulled the trigger on that.😎

 

Let me know once we get the Thunder3 working with GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Mini's! 😁

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