Enclosures as a Necessity?
I have a MBP early 2011, doing research on buying a eGPU to upgrade my Intel HD 3000.
Trying to save $ wherever I can so I want to ask:
How critical is it that an eGPU is placed in a enclosure? I've seen people randomly in my life have external Graphic cards without an casing, just laying beside the laptop hooked up...it's only from reading more on eGPU's for MB's did I notice enclosures.
Any help would be appreciated!
You don't need an enclosure, it's just a box that houses the electronics. You don't need a case for your computer either, you could just have the circuit board on your desk with various cards plugged in. You could also remove the glass and bodywork from a car...
You will of course then have a lot of expensive electronics lying around completely unprotected. If some liquid or a small bit of metal accidentally lands on it, there might be a bang and some smoke, and suddenly you learn why people usually put these things in cases...
There seems to be a misconception that it's the physical box that's expensive, but that's not the case (pun intended). Due to the low volumes and early days, it's the custom TB3 boards that are making enclosures expensive (that's why M.2 ports on laptops used for eGPUs act as "poor man's TB3"). Long story short, the amount of $$$ saved on leaving out the box itself is rather small compared to the overall system price, especially keeping in mind the potential for damage.
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