BlackBeast Pro eGPU - KickStarter Project Exposed
@zpro Thank you for the kind words. I have my moments of nondiplomatic rage but learned it's always better to be patient.
@mac_editor Congratulations on the start of your professional career! That company is very lucky to have acquired your talent.
@tiago_borba We need more backers like you who remains optimistic but does his due diligence. Keeping at the comment until the very end is a great strategy; put pressure on the project creator to man up or shut up. We're glad they took the least damaging option to both themselves and everyone involved.
We advised Tobias from the very beginning of this project, the easy way to earn our trust and support is transparency. For unknown reasons he thought that was not necessary as seen both in this discussion and on Kickstarter. We actually had a pleasant meeting at CES and I was genuinely excited to learn more about the BBP prototype. If they have IP to protect, they could have asked me to sign NDA and show me the inner workings of the product. That's transparency I would respect and support.
Article and discussions about the cancellation.
So it is destiny: I will buy Blackmagic eGPU. I need a silent solution with TB3 display output.
We would like to thank all our backers who believe in our product!
As of today, 27 January 2020, we have reached approximately 350 backers for our BlackBeast Pro on Kickstarter - which we consider a satisfying result. The feedback from our presence at CES also gave further proof that BlackBeast Pro is a product that creates enthusiasm and "want-to-have". It is evident that a large majority of backers really want this product to succeed, and the progress towards the first production version is satisfactory. We are fully aware of the challenge of moving from concept and prototyping to full scale production. This is a difficult part, and much easier said than done, but we have been moving "full steam ahead", doing our utmost to ensure that this process is effective and successful.
Assessment of the present situation.
With the benefit of hindsight, we must conclude that we should have been closer to the final production version of BlackBeast Pro before making the design and features of our product public. Even though we have much admiration for the "open financing tool", so aptly provided by Kickstarter, we must admit that we should have chosen other, more traditional financing sources, thereby avoiding the discussion about disclosure of technical specifications, intellectual property/patents issues etc. It is a fact that BlackBeast Pro is designed by a small company with inadequate financial resources to legally register patents for our product, or to protect such patents in court, if infringed upon. This is not so special, as most small companies faces this dilemma, but it is a matter of fact one has to live with.
Another area where we would have benefited from a different approach, is to secure rights to disseminate detailed information about our cooperation with a leading Thunderbolt solutions provider, both in refining/supplementing software, as well as in securing timely certification. It would have been better to have a more formal "joint venture".
Based on the above, we have - regretfully - decided to cancel our Kickstarter project, and rather use more traditional funding methods even if this will extend the program and delay the launch of the production models of BlackBeast Pro.
What we will do: Continue the development of the BlackBeast Pro as normal and relaunch at a later time with a final product to present.
This has been a tough choice for us, but a positive side effect is that we have acquired a high number of loyal backers and partners, facilitating a re-launch with a "running start". And we are still very optimistic about launching BlackBeast Pro in the future.
Once again, Thank you for support, positive comments and backing!
NOTE: The timing of this cancellation ensures that NONE of our backers will be charged.
Sorry about necro'ing this thread but I had just now gotten back up to speed on the latest posts here and saw this. Just the sheer amount of phrases in this statement that are put in "quotes" speaks volumes in a subconscious but revealing manner about the mentality and purpose that was truly in play around this product. I'm glad all the backers will get their money back.
The one thing I'm truly excited for is to see laptops begin using USB 4.0 as an open standard so we can get more 4-lane PCI functionality in laptops. I doubt we'll ever see a AMD Ryzen 4000 series laptop with TB3 without it. I just hope that we don't get a bunch of incompatibility problems across devices if Intel isn't there to certify implementations.
Would ya believe it... he’s back!
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Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10
Got the same mail as well.
Once a fraud - always a fraud.
At least they have come to an understanding that they do not possess the skill needed and says they went out and bought it from TUL.
Pretty interesting! We will see.
@ikir, Thank you for the update. Looking at this I/O port layout, we can see they changed their claim to align with what Intel would certify as a Thunderbolt product. The odd 3x Thunderbolt 3 ports is due to separate Thunderbolt connection. One TBT connection/cable from the enclosure to host will handle eGPU. The other TBT connection/cable will handle expansion components. We can see they are using two cables in product photos. The tech specs and TUL logo indicate they are working with TUL and this eGPU/docking product is based on the Mantiz Saturn Pro.
The unknown is how the dual DisplayPort are mapped. The simple way is through the expansion Thunderbolt connection, to use iGPU/dGPU from the host. The more advanced way is internal routing of the installed eGPU. We will see when they reveal more technical information. At least they are making progress.
I read about this on other tech news sites and I was happy and eustatic about this... After reading the posts about this, I feel just a little sadder inside.
Sense 2015, I've loved the idea of using a EGPU and to read about this... I can only hope some one else takes up this mantel.
Thank you for trying.
TomB, AW51m R2 with an Akitio Node Titan (3080 OC inside). Why? Because I like having a Desktop At home and Gaming on the go but, I hate using P2P to share files.