US$389 Mantiz Venus TB3 enclosure/dock
Is anyone using this enclosure with Thunderbolt 2 equipped Macbooks? I wonder if anyone else is having any black startup screen issues?
For me the Macbook firmware is locking the startup when this enclosure is attached. Can't seem to get past that and it would be great to be able to reboot with the eGPU still attached.
Yep, I had similar issue with the Devilbox & Mid 2015 15" (M370X). The culprit was either complexity of multiple ports that the firmware couldn't initialize in EFI or the dGPU. I don't remember exactly.
This indeed seemed the case. eGPU can now be attached while rebooting after using the daemon to reset the NVRAM boot option, also got my hands on a Thunderbolt 3 Macbook Pro 15", it behaved normally without the daemon running.
Also concluded that the harddrive does not work under Windows on Thunderbolt 2 systems because of the complexity of multiple ports. Because that also works in Windows on the Thunderbolt 3 Macbook Pro.
I have had the Venus since the first group buy and it has worked fine up until around august last year where it started to randomly disconnect the gpu and hard drive I had in there. I have since tried swapping the graphics card with another one and also buying a new cable for it but nothing seems to work. It does it more often when I am gaming but also does it when I am doing nothing.
This is what I have:
R9 280x and R9 380
Razer Blade Stealth late 2016 7500u
We pubblished Italian full review of Venus. You can check benchmarks no need to know Italian 🙂