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mini-eGPU with AKiTiO Thunder3 & Thunder2 & Node Lite (the best Implementations)
 

mini-eGPU with AKiTiO Thunder3 & Thunder2 & Node Lite (the best Implementations)  

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klausmeine
(@klausmeine)
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Yes, there`s only UHD620.
Another odd thing i noticed is that when i plug the tb cable in, a hp window pops up and tells me to
connect a psu with bigger capacity.

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(@felix920506)
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What is the inner/outer diameter of the power plug on the akitio thunder 2?

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klausmeine
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I ordered a Node Lite today and it instantly worked. So i assume the thunder 3 is somehow broken.
But im still hoping to fix it because its recognized Correctly by the Thunderbolt software and the blue led is on when connected. Maybe the fan is broken. Does it work without the fan connected?

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Alexei Baboulevitch
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Has anybody tried using a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX yet? The width is just right, though the top will still have to come off. A bit concerned about cooling.

(I see there's some photos from my article! If anyone's interested, my 1050 Ti build has been running problem-free for the past year and a half. Really happy with it.)

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Alexei Baboulevitch
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Update: replaced my trusty 1050 Ti with the 1080—works great even over TB2! Benchmarks show about a 2.5x improvement in benchmark framerate over the 1050. Hijacked a desktop PSU to make it work; might replace it with a tiny Flex ATX 300W PSU (Seasonic Flex SUB/SUG?) since it's way smaller than the DA2 or Meanwell. Considering 3D printing a top case for my AKiTiO Thunder2 to make the card fit. (Has this been done before?) Will write an updated article shortly!

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Alexei Baboulevitch
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Here's the article on my Gigabyte 1080 + Thunder2 build, in case anyone finds it useful! Although: I might just end up replacing it with the Aorus 1080 box instead of dealing with the top case and PSU. (EDIT: It seems that my particular model of Macbook might not support a TB3 to TB2 adaptor with Nvidia cards, so I'm still glad I built this thing!)

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xdisruptor
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Joined: 12 months ago
 

Quick question: Is it possible to get things working with the following combination

1. Akitio Thunder2
2. Modded Dell da-2
3. A full-length (not mini/itx) GTX 1070 8gb with 150 Watts max-power-draw like for instance

Colorful GTX1070 TURBO NVIDIA 8GB 256bit

This card has 2x 8pin connectors ( https://videocardz.com/review/colorful-igame-gtx-1070-x-top-8g) so I was thinking of using a converter

4.  6-Pin to Double PCI-E 8Pin(6Pin+2Pin) PCI Express Power Splitter

https://www.amazon.com/Antrader-Double-Express-Power-Splitter/dp/B07BT2M61Z

Will something like this work?

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(@sdarktemplar)
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Posted by: deplomb

@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.

 

Hi

do you have Akitio Node lite housing mod ?

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Eightarmedpet
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Feels a shame for this thread to die a death... since it started there still hasn't been a small foot print high end eGPU enclosure that can be self build with the Thunder3/Node lite.

I just purchased a Node lite, going to work out what new gen GPU's fit inside it and see about making a new gen mini egpu, or use a TB3 add in card and directly power my LG 5K with my Vega...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix


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itsage
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@eightarmedpet Mini eGPU enclosure is hard to build. It may seem there’s no progress in the past 2-3 years but things have improved a lot. The Thunder2/3 was a perfect platform to play with but it’s not without compromise. We need to make our own power connection to both the mainboard and GPU as well as modify the enclosure to provide sufficient cooling. Software hacks may be involved if the enclosure has a blocked USB-C controller. All that work to achieve external graphics functionality only.

While the Mini eGFX is far from perfect, it not only provides external graphics boost but also 45W power delivery and reliable expansion I/O. It’s plug-and-play in both macOS and Windows as long as you pair up a compatible graphics card. When I have time, I’ll build a custom enclosure/base that uses the Mini eGFX mainboard. That way all the features remain functional and the focus is on improving its looks.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

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Eightarmedpet
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@itsage I look forward to seeing your custom build, I've actually started planning out my own too. I guess my needs/wants are quite different to most but nothing that has been released in the last 2 years betters what has come before, IMO.

The Thunder2/3/Node lets are beautifully made, I'm not so shy of custom cabling now and I actually believe an external PSU is the best option for any eGPU (why combine heat generating elements).

The Blackmagic came super close for me, but fails o north software front due to not powering the 5K display in Bootcamp.

Looking at a few new get cards and it looks like they are all a cm or so taller than the small 10xx cards people were fitting into these enclosures so wondering if taking the shrouds off will be the answer?

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix


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Eightarmedpet
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Node Lite ordered... looking at what kinda power I want/need GPU wise, not sure I'd want t step down from my Vega, but then again noise and heat are getting near as important to me...

Was looking at... https://videocardz.com/newz/msi-geforce-rtx-2070-aero-itx-worlds-smallest-rtx with the shroud removed to make it fit (possibly?).

Unless someone else has a smarter suggestion?

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix


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Spud_egpu
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Anyone know of a barrel connector that is rated for more than 10A? The Barrel connector used in the Node lite is rated for 10A.   How does Dell connect its large >120W power supply?  

Or any "nice" 15A or higher capacity connector to use for the input power that is still small enough to fit the space in the card carrier sheet metal?  I'll mod the case and pcb connections...

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joevt
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@spud_egpu duplicate question with some answers at akitio-thunder-2-barrel-plug-bypass

 

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