US$349 Mantiz Venus TB3 enclosure/dock
I must say this device looks kick ass.
You say in one of the articles that, apart from akitio, mantiz were the other to ship you a demo unit... So, where is the review?? I am really excited about it...
In the meantime, maybe worth it to buy an Akitio node and with some diy work, put it in a nicer case like jonsbo (which looks pretty near to the manufacturer of the case of the Venu):
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Thanks and greetings
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Full 22xxMiB/s H2D firmware (Sep-2017)
Problem: unusable enclosure USB attached keyboard/mouse or poor enclosure LAN port response under high eGPU load when using latest full H2D firmware.
FIX: downgrade firmware that statically allocates bandwidth for enclosure I/O ports with reduced H2D eGPU bandwidth.
Problem: 5Gbps USB 3.1 Gen1 hub in Venus limits performance.
FIX: for best storage performance, attach directly to the Macbook 10Gbps USB-C 3.1 Gen2 (TB3) port.
The Mantiz enclosures are very promising. We've been testing the Thunderbolt 3 boards and daughter boards that Mantiz sent. We're waiting on the production unit (2nd half of March) to do a proper review.
This is the current working status of the board I received. I can install software and games on the external SSD attached to the Mantiz daughter board. This photo shows Valley was running off the external SSD and the RX 470 eGPU was running in AMD XConnect to power an HP X360 internal display. The laptop also received 60W of charge. Everything done through one single TBE cable. The ultimate all-in-one eGPU setup many have been waiting for.
Pricing at sub $400 with charging, SATA, and additional I/Os is very competitive. If you're considering the Mantiz box, wait for our group buy announcement later this month. We're negotiating with Mantiz to get eGPU.io members the best price possible.
What about the macOS support? Are we having firmware updates as akitio does? What about the performance? To be honest, I don't care too much about other than have a graphics card. Don't care about HD, Ethernet nor USB... as you lose performance if you use it at the same time... it is a pity just being able to charge till 60watts not being enough for the Mbpr 15"...
Of course I would be very interested if they can keep the price for European people as we pay a lot for customs... and should be great to have a reseller inside the European Union...
The node is usd269, but getting it from us with shipping and customs is around usd410/425 which is abusive in my opinion...
With the latest Thunderbolt firmware, it works with macOS. Performance is very good. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/17367361
You know what should be great? Be able to measure all the devices in the buyer's guide table with the same hardware, and see if there is any difference between them... Because we don't talk clearly about the performance, because the hardware differences that have everyone. Should be great to have a bank test... and measure it, and put it into the table. This should be one of the most important points to have into account in order to decide which is the device everyone is looking for.
What do you think?? 😉
I totally agree
I'd be interested in joining the group buy, but I'm in Canada so customs and exchange rate may kill it for me. I'm tempted to complain about the price of eGPU, but really all computer hardware is expensive for us right now.
I'm interested too!