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Zach
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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 

Helios FX

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itsage
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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.

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Zach
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Posted by: itsage

 

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...

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nando4
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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: itsage beat me to it.

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

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Posted by: itsage

 

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.

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ikir
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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.


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itsage
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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.

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

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DanKnight
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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.

ex-AKiTiO Employee as of August 2018.


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