mini-eGPU with AKiTiO Thunder3 & Thunder2 & Node Lite (the best Implementations)
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.
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?
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.)
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!
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!)
Quick question: Is it possible to get things working with the following combination
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
Will something like this work?
@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.
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.
do you have Akitio Node lite housing mod ?
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...
@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.
@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?
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?
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...
I ran my 1070 in the Thunder3 by feeding both GPU and Thunder3 from a DPS-460 power supply.
I had a XT-90 connector soldered onto and out from the PSU which then went into a sleeved cable and split into a 5,5mm barrel for the case and a XT-60 for the GPU.
I removed the back plate of the Thunder3 and let the another sleeved cable through the space just above the 5,5mm barrel and then up to the 1070 card.
This way I full modularity without any destructive modifications.
No risk of overloading the barrel. No risk of voltage differentials from using multiple power supplies.
And the power efficiency of the small footprint DPS-460 platinum series are wicked good. The DPS heat generation is under 10W. The fan never reved up even under hugest load of the 1070.
Present: 2012 Mac mini + PowerColor RX 56 Vega Nano @10Gbps-TB1 +
PowerColor eGFX Mini 180F via TB3->TB2 adapter + macOS Catalina 10.15.4
- Very helpfull guide, I just pulled the trigger on a node lite and a used 1060 mini. I have just one question, the powersupplies listed are quite hard to find in europe and cost more than a regular atx powersupply. I don't understand the cable modding very well but would it be possible to just use a regular desktop powersupply in this case?
@hans-st, I am not very knowledgable in this area so perhaps you could help me out? My issue is that I cannot find the exact power supply from the guide and I do not know exactly what to look for. I have found powersupplies with similar connectors and wattage but does it require a specific oltage/amps? e.g. the da-2 has 12V 18A, does that matter?
@bart_bliek, I'd be tempted to send the 1060 back and grab a 1650 OC or something similar as they dont require an additional power cable at all, and the 1650 OC isn't that far behind the 1060... plus it will run cooler.
I agree what @eightarmedpet is writing, in this case a regular power supply like this one should fit: