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Eightarmedpet
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It feels like there is a new enclosure every month but they are all massive. I like the look of Thor's eGPU but to be honest I don't have much faith in those guys getting anything actually made. 

How hard is it for a company to design something that looks nice? A lot of folks are pairing enclosures with MacBooks which are not cheap so why do we have to settle for some big plastic box or giant tin can?

With membership views now hitting half a million do we have the resources and skill base to create an eGPU.IO eGPU? I might be being naive/optimistic but I am not seeing any progress from any company over the last year.

So is this post just a big whinge? Maybe. I'm not great on the tech side of things, I know very little about making things work let alone speccing out new things, but I do wonder if the resources and skills do exist here if no one else is stepping up (anyone know/have any info? Mantiz mentioned they were working on a smaller enclosure about 6 months ago).

For what its worth, if folks here are capable of designing one and then getting funding (visa kickstarter or something) I will happily work on the Brand, UX, PR, Marketing side of things (my 9to5).

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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Sonnet Breakaway
Pucknew
Galax/KFA2
SNPRnew
Aorus
Gaming Box

What is wrong with those?

Unfortunately manufacturers sell and engineer what consumers buy...  People like their huge video cards that they think will overclock and cool better.  Their option to switch video cards out.  Easier to please more people that way...

Maybe Apple will come out with something that will make you happy now that in 2018 the thunderbolt tax goes away.  Either way more options are coming as it becomes more mainstream.  You already have some big players that have joined in.  Patience...

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Eightarmedpet
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Sonnet Puck - Ugly. Galaxy - Ugly 1997 Design, Aorus isn't too bad but looks thin tin.

I feel these are all built and designed by engineers, tech people, and sure people buy them because there is no other option, but there must be a market for something that looks nice too. The Razer Core looks great apart from the awful logo.

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

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Awful Razer logo?  You are awfully hard to please...  Looks like it disappears into the black case to me.  Most people are pretty proud of their Razer branded products much like Apple.  If you don't like it then sand it down and paint an Apple on it.  Or even easier put a sticker on it!

Does your eGPU box move a lot?  Travel with you all the time?  Do you mount your monitors on top of it so it needs to bear weight?  The Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box is fine.

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Eightarmedpet
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Yep, I prob am, and I understand why folks like Razer because they do make great gaming machines, but I can't be dealing with some squiggly triple headed snake. Sanding it down isn't a bad idea though.

The Aorus box is indeed "fine", but I am not after fine... I'm after something better. Imagine a Node Lite but a few CM bigger here and there to accommodate some internal fans to help keep things cool and quiet... with no giant logo...

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

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Think more along these lines...

 

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Turn it 90 degrees, remove the strap, double its length... might actually make a mock....

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

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Now your idea is UGLY (in my opinion).  You voiced your opinion and I am only doing the same.

You could try helping Thor's eGPU come to fruition, but I guess they don't need your help either.

Or work on your sanding/mod skills.  Or even easier turn the eGPU so you no longer see that ugly logo...

Sorry, I don't sympathize with you.  Don't really see much of a market for your niche of a niche.

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Eightarmedpet
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I'm not really sure why are you trying to have an argument here, or "prove me wrong".

I'm aware that what I am after is a niche of a niche, that I hope Apple fills.

I have northing to offer Thor that they don't already have and I wish them the best of luck.

Now, while I understand aesthetics are subjective and that speaker design might not be for everyone (too plain? wrong colour? too boxy? not enough LED lights?) you can not make a legitimate claim that it's ugly.

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

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Why not first work on a community-approved mod guide for  a given enclosure first, and work from there? AKiTio's Thunder 2/3/Node Lite are ripe for this, since they need modding out of the box anyways. With maker spaces are becoming more and more common, we wouldn't necessarily have to restrict ourselves to household tools or materials.

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I agree the Galax and Puck are pretty pucking ugly, but there are probably those that like that too...

You voiced your opinion and I am only doing the same.  I personally think your idea is UGLY. 

The Razer Core V2 is probably the best looking out of the bunch and your friends will be green with envy!  I have a friend who is all about "his brands" and looks which include Apple and Razer only for laptops and eGPU.  While I personally think Lenovo has the best laptop offerings for my specifications.  I am going with the ugly HP Omen Accelerator which I expect to mod or hide out of view.  I would love to have a Razer Core V2, but can't justify the expense.  I would go with the Aorus Gaming 1070 Box if I felt I needed that much graphics power at a premium.

Do you see the challenge for manufacturers? 

If certain mods become common manufacturers may start incorporating some of those ideas into future revisions.

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