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Lagarhus
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@tsh3721

BlackBeast Pro combines both the functions of a eGPU and docking station into an all-in-one enclosure. BBP is equipped with two Titan Ridge JHL7440. One for the eGPU and one for ports, M.2 hard drive and daisy chain. You are able to daisy chain a 5K or 6K display through the third Thunderbolt 3 port. In addition you have the ability to choose your own graphic card and hard drive according to your budget and preferences. Final, pricing is very competitive and will be announced in the upcoming weeks. 

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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motoic
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Posted by: @lagarhus

You are able to daisy chain a 5K or 6K display through the third Thunderbolt 3 port

You are referring to pushing 5k or 6k of resolution using the card in the eGPU? If that's true and that's really the case, I think you should make this the center of your marketing as it took me asking this question to understand that the eGPU is really capable of this. I'm active here but I'm more of a layperson and don't know all of the technical details. I've read 3 pages of forum with people saying this isn't possible so it's odd to hear that it is.

eGPU and docking station into an all-in-one enclosure

I understand that this is an extra feature but to my knowledge docks are like $30 on Amazon and I can't see why this particularly would be a selling point so I think it would be illuminating to explain in your marketing why this should appeal to someone (Cable / desk cleanup? etc?).

Edit: Forgot to mention -- my external hard drive is a typical 5000RPM velcrod to the back of my monitor. It backs up using time machine whenever my monitor connects to my machine. It would be interesting to hear whether this enclosure solves a similar problem but does it with more IO. My hard drive runs off USB3 on the back of my monitor.

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2018 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 560x
Nvidia GTX 1070
Akitio Node
32" LG 32UD99-W at 4k
macOS Mojave, Bootcamp Windows 10

 
2015 15" MacBook Pro (R9 M370X) [4th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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@tsh3721 Let me summarize the specs we were able to gather so far. There are two separate Thunderbolt 3 connections in this enclosure. TB3 Controller #1 is fully dedicated to the eGPU with a single upstream TB3 port. TB3 Controller #2 is for expansion I/O with one upstream TB3 port and daisy-chain with one downstream TB3 port. The host laptop's iGPU/dGPU may be able to power an external TB3 monitor through the downstream TB3 port of TB3 Controller #2. It's not possible in this configuration to power a TB3 monitor through the eGPU which runs off of TB3 Controller #1.

In a sense, you may accomplish these features with two TB3 mainboards; one from AKiTiO Node to host eGPU and  another from Node Pro to host expansion I/O and daisy-chain a TB3 monitor.

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motoic
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@itsage So the 3D acceleration on a 5k/6k monitor will not be provided by the external GPU? 

2018 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 560x
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32" LG 32UD99-W at 4k
macOS Mojave, Bootcamp Windows 10

 
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mac_editor
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Posted by: @tsh3721

So the 3D acceleration on a 5k/6k monitor will not be provided by the external GPU? 

@tsh3721 Correct.

Posted by: @tsh3721

I understand that this is an extra feature but to my knowledge docks are like $30 on Amazon and I can't see why this particularly would be a selling point so I think it would be illuminating to explain in your marketing why this should appeal to someone (Cable / desk cleanup? etc?).

Thunderbolt docks are more expensive. USB-C docks are much cheaper.

We will have far more insight once @itsage plays around with it at CES. I agree with your assessment regarding use case. The only unique thing about this enclosure is two different TB controllers independently connected. Admittedly, this aspect alone does interest me.

It will only be convincing if it is priced competitively vs. eGPU + dock combos.

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@lagarhus

Thank you for the video. 

Unfortunately I’ve seen these arrangements before with hidden cables, fake boards and made up claims.

I would be very happy if you would be able shoot and present a video of the eGFX rig without the case, exposing the GPU, pcb and psu and clean short cables between MBP, eGFX and display while hot plugging it all.

Help me believe. 

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motoic
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@lagarhus

Thank you for the video. 

Unfortunately I’ve seen these arrangements before with hidden cables, fake boards and made up claims.

I would be very happy if you would be able shoot and present a video of the eGFX rig without the case, exposing the GPU, pcb and psu and clean short cables between MBP, eGFX and display while hot plugging it all.

Help me believe. 

Vær så snill å hjelp meg. Smile

How is it unrealistic? I only have two cables going out of my Akitio Node. It's even cleaner than the video he provided.

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Akitio Node
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Posted by: @mac_editor

Thunderbolt docks are more expensive. USB-C docks are much cheaper.

Because of that, an eGPU containing a Thunderbolt 3 dock could be much less expensive than a separate eGPU + Thunderbolt 3 dock.

Posted by: @mac_editor

The only unique thing about this enclosure is two different TB controllers independently connected.

The vertical orientation is interesting. Saves a few square inches if you have room for the height. I think only the Blackmagic eGPU shares that characteristic.

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@lagarhus

Thank you for the video. 

Unfortunately I’ve seen these arrangements before with hidden cables, fake boards and made up claims.

I would be very happy if you would be able shoot and present a video of the eGFX rig without the case, exposing the GPU, pcb and psu and clean short cables between MBP, eGFX and display while hot plugging it all.

Help me believe. 

Vær så snill å hjelp meg. Smile

How is it unrealistic? I only have two cables going out of my Akitio Node. It's even cleaner than the video he provided.

Not unrealistic - But I would like to be sure that they are running their own working solution/pcb in a WYSIWYG setup. All their video is showing is a MBP scoring 7209 and "something else" connected to some hidden cables out of picture is scoring 49167.

What the other hardware solutions are or might be are not shown.

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This solution is getting exiting. Can’t wait for

CES


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