OWC Helios FX eGPU - Mac Compatible  

  RSS

SaturnV
(@zach)
Eminent Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 23
April 25, 2017 7:47 pm  

There is hardly any information on this as of yet, but there is another eGPU box on the horizon. 

Helios FX

I reached out to the company asking for more information, and didn't get much:
"At this time we are not ready to release any shipping date but it will be Mac compatible!" - OWC 

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts


ed_co and ikir liked
ReplyQuote
theitsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 3215
April 25, 2017 7:57 pm  

After I unboxed and took photos of the Sonnet Breakaway Box, I can now see a lot of similarities in the only photo OWC has for its Helios FX.

It looks as if the enclosure is being placed on its side to give us a top view. These are a couple photos of the Sonnet eGPU inner cage. You can see the TB3 board, GPU slot, PSU location and fan mounting bracket match.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide

86 external GPU build guides


ikir liked
ReplyQuote
SaturnV
(@zach)
Eminent Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 23
April 25, 2017 7:59 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

 

After I unboxed and took photos of the Sonnet Breakaway Box, I can now see a lot of similarities in the only photo OWC has for its Helios FX.

It looks as if the enclosure is being place on its side to give us a top view. This is a photo of the Sonnet eGPU inner cage. You can see the TB3 board, GPU slot, PSU location and fan mounting bracket match.   

Keen observation!!! Not so new perhaps as once thought...

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
nando4
(@nando4)
Noble Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1815
April 25, 2017 8:00 pm  

I was tracking this device too. The OWC Helios was a rebadged AKiTiO Thunder2 with a rotated chassis. So what do we see here? It's a Sonnet Breakaway Box with, you guessed it, a rotated chassis. You can see the screw holes, PSU, caps, SFX PSU cabling, FC symbol, Thunderbolt port of the Breakaway Box below all line up with the OWC Helios FX blurry pic.

Moving right along then for a TB3 enclosure that offers at least 60W USB-C charging power.

EDIT: theitsage beat me to it.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 M1000M + macOS 10.14 & Win10


ikir liked
ReplyQuote
theitsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 3215
April 25, 2017 8:03 pm  

If OWC actually positions the GPU at the bottom as shown, how effective is cooling?

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide

86 external GPU build guides


ReplyQuote
nando4
(@nando4)
Noble Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1815
April 25, 2017 8:17 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

 

If OWC actually positions the GPU at the bottom as shown, how effective is cooling?

   

The video card will be face down trying to draw cool air between a very small space between it and the ground/base. A constricted cooling solution. That's based on what we know now about the Sonnet Breakaway Box. I'd bet that OWC FX Helios blurry pic was a quick promotional pic that has little to do with the final product. Or at the very least it was a non-working unit they rotated around to take a photo of. Basic cooling physics tells us it's a flawed orientation.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 M1000M + macOS 10.14 & Win10


theitsage liked
ReplyQuote
ikir
 ikir
(@ikir)
Prominent Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 756
April 26, 2017 2:44 pm  

this is indeed an exiting time to be a Mac user and eGPU enthusiast. this could be the first eGPU box with official Mac compatibility.

eGPU.it | LG 34" 4K 34UC88 curved ultrawide display
MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD --> my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64


ReplyQuote
theitsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 3215
April 26, 2017 3:03 pm  

Mac compatibility and Mac certified is a huge difference. We know with the AKiTiO Node's firmware change on January 6th, 2017 that all TI83 enclosures are Mac compatible. This change in Thunderbolt 3 firmware also enables non-eGPU certified hosts work with external graphics cards.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide

86 external GPU build guides


ReplyQuote
ed_co
(@ed_co)
Reputable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 363
April 27, 2017 12:53 am  

How many of them are going out now?? It is incredible. And yes, it looks really near to the Sonnet one...

mid-2017 Macbook Pro RP560 + MSI GTX1080Ti GAMING [email protected] (Mantiz Venus) + macOS10.13.5 & Win10


ReplyQuote
DanKnight
(@danknight)
AKiTiO Tech
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 80
April 27, 2017 6:35 am  

Tried to look for this at the OWC Booth at NAB. They're not showing it unfortunately. A rep told me they're not showing it cause it's not the final design and they're still deciding if it's still worth it.

Alias: KnightZero
AKiTiO Employee - Technical Specialist


ReplyQuote
Mymantiz_John
(@mymantiz_john)
Vendor
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 489
April 27, 2017 7:37 am  
Posted by: theitsage

 

Mac compatibility and Mac certified is a huge difference. We know with the AKiTiO Node's firmware change on January 6th, 2017 that all TI83 enclosures are Mac compatible. This change in Thunderbolt 3 firmware also enables non-eGPU certified hosts work with external graphics cards.

   

Itsage is correct. There's no any eGPU hv to pass through Mac Certification. because there's no such Certification process exist.

Mac Compatible only means= an extension PIC-e Device are recognized by MacOS. 

Mantiz: ShopFacebookTwitter


theitsage and ikir liked
ReplyQuote
Greg LaPorte
(@glaporte)
Vendor
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 2
May 10, 2017 3:38 pm  

The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box is actually Thunderbolt Certified for Mac and Windows and is macOS compatible in that it there are not hacks, updates or other workarounds required - it just works out of the box. This is not to imply that a workaround isn't still required to get macOS to recognize the GPU card. Also, the support for hot-plug and surprise disconnect, which is a hallmark of the Thunderbolt experience (especially on Macs) does not yet exist for GPU cards connected over Thunderbolt - this is a compatibility issue between GPU card drivers and macOS. 

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts


ikir, SaturnV, theitsage and 2 people liked
ReplyQuote
theitsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 3215
March 12, 2018 1:37 pm  

Here's the landing page for OWC Mercury Helios FX. This seems like a rebadged Sonnet Breakaway Box 550.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide

86 external GPU build guides


ReplyQuote
nando4
(@nando4)
Noble Member Admin
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1815
March 31, 2018 8:17 am  
Posted by: theitsage

Here's the landing page for OWC Mercury Helios FX. This seems like a rebadged Sonnet Breakaway Box 550.

Costs US$30 less and gets a superior 3yr warranty as opposed to Sonnet's 1y:

US$319 OWC Mercury Helios FX 
US$349 Sonnet Breakaway 550

Just curious what firmware is on the OWC unit.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 M1000M + macOS 10.14 & Win10


ReplyQuote