US$299 HP Omen Accelerator TB3 enclosure/dock
29-Aug-2017: 4chip's HP Omen Thunderbolt 3 enclosure legs stand removal walkthrough
Just announced by HP. Seems huge, but $299 is a good price for a eGPU with this feature set as explained at HP's press release. It's ETA is August 2017.
OMEN by HP Accelerator – Professional-by-Day, Gamer-by-Night
The OMEN by HP Accelerator brings gaming to anyone with a desire to plug-in and game on a PC. The OMEN Accelerator can transform a Thunderbolt 3 enabled PC struggling to deliver fluid gameplay into a gaming powerhouse with fast and fluid framerates at high-resolutions. The OMEN Accelerator delivers flexibility and the ability to be a professional-by-day, and a gamer-by-night.
- Available preconfigured with NVIDIA® or AMD Graphics card.
- Configurable with a 2.5” 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD10, or offered as an empty enclosure with a 500W power supply.
- Thunderbolt-certified to ensure compatibility across a range of HP PCs.
- Single cable docking with 60W charge back to the PC, so you can connect power for your notebook and a range of gaming accessories without worrying about plugging multiple cables.
- Easy-access door so you can change out graphics cards, hard drives, or SSD with minimal effort.
- Generous port selection including 4 USB 3.0 type A ports and 1 USB 3.1 type-C™ and RJ-45 for networking.
XPS 13 9360 + Acer Graphics Dock
The PR blurb on some other sites say this only works with HP hardware, some kind of software package is used to manage external GPUs.
If someone gets one it will be interesting to see if that holds true or HP's software works with non-HP systems.
It baffles me how these companies succeed in making these devices so ugly.
Not to mention that keeping all else equal (box size, i.e. thermals), just tilting it 45° sideways means +42% footprint for no other purpose than, err, aesthetics. So to say.
Neither it can be stacked with, say, an external hard drive.
My inner engineer is hurting.
Design aside, what I've noticed with these recently announced eGPU enclosures is that they seem to share one board. I would guess TUL is the manufacturer. This new board seems to have the IO daughter board integrated rather than plugged in vertically (current design of PowerColor Devil Box and Mantiz Venus).
Updated opening page with more pics and specs. If this enclosure has firmware allowing eGPU use on uncertified hosts then it sets a new benchmark for features at the less-than US$300 pricepoint.
Looks like I found my new egpu enclosure! However, I would probably chop off the legs and put it on its side if I bought it. Something about standing a square up on a corner just bothers me.