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jerry Kansai
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@OliverB, from where did you get it? From your typo I assumed you’re from Germany, aren’t you? I check amazon.de didn’t find that price, kind need something small as well for my Blade stealth, rather than buying new one.

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OliverB
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Posted by: Joikansai

@OliverB, from where did you get it? From your typo I assumed you’re from Germany, aren’t you? I check amazon.de didn’t find that price, kind need something small as well for my Blade stealth, rather than buying new one.

@joi_kansai, which typo is revealing me?

It was actually an ebay auction, but from a company with invoice. The action ended at 7:30 in the morning and I told my wife she should bet 333,33 EUR in the last seconds. That was a close thing (image that I was also thinking about betting only 300,51 EUR).
Now after getting it, I would have said to bet at least 400 EUR...because that's value.

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jerry Kansai
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Posted by: OliverB
Posted by: itsage

Glad to hear you enjoy the Breakaway Puck! Other than the large power brick it's a very compact unit.

The large power brick is now brother of the Asus XG Station's power brick and both are behind die desk, where is enough space.

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Hi @OliverBdie” instead “the” 🙂  Thanks I’ll keep my eyes on eBay as well.

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Razer Blade 15 2018, i7 8750H 16gb ddr4 2666mhz 1tb 970Evo
Razer Blade Stealth 12,5 2016 i7 7500U 8gb ddr3 1866mhz 500gb 970Evo
MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor

 
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OliverB
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Update for the little Puck. It is still a great asset combined with my wife's 13" inch MBP. My wife is not a computer tinkerer/hacker (of course, lol) and she was not happy with the solutions before and now she is very happy. It's absolutely user friendly, you even don't notice it and never fails.

For this topic I found an interesting video, which was very good until the Mac part came. Was ist really so bad at the time the video was made?

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itsage
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February 2018 was when Apple was actively finalizing the official eGPU support for 10.13.4. The Puck 570 was plug-and-play at that point in time. It was not possible prior to 10.13 unless you used our community support scripts. Stating it was a waste of time and money shows his lack of understanding why Mac users are the driving force of eGPU technology.

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On apples faq pages they list this eGPU and the RX560 as non-HDCP compliant.

Do you know if it’s only the puck implementation of the 560-card that lacks HDCP and their for is unable to playback copy protected content and streaming or If the lack of HDCP compliance is due to apples RX560 drivers and therefor disabled every 560-cards HDCP?


5. Playback of HDCP-protected content from iTunes and some streaming services is not supported on displays attached to Radeon 560-based eGPUs. You can play this content on the built-in display on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac.

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I never noticed this before since I don't use iTunes or safari, but I can confirm that a HDCP video (hulu in this case) doesn't play on my RX 560's screen. Simply dragging to the internal screen lets it work properly. This is in an Akitio Node enclosure.

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@nu_ninja

Thank you ninja. 
that’s interesting and perhaps this should be added to the eGPU list overview since it is a major downside for some solutions. 
Such as the puck and perhaps even the powercolor mini

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This product is a piece of crap, don't buy it! Overpriced for a weak GPU, the power brick is as big as the entire eGPU (they don't show that on the product pics of course). Unit broke after 3 months and manufacturer Sonnet declines to accept it under warranty....

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Price Fox
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Thanks @itsage and @OliverB for your insights into the Sonnet Puck eGPU. I really like your builds and your recurrent reports on this eGPU.

After reading this article from 2017 and the built of OliverB from Feb 2019 (and several other builds with the Puck), I was wondering whether you both still recommend the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560 for the following case scenario and whether there are any compatibility issues:

I have a MPB 13' Early 2015 with the following specs:

  • 2,7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 CPU (Broadwell)
  • 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
  • 256 GB SSD
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • Windows on Parallels Desktop 13 Virtual Machine (so no Bootcamp partition)
  • MacOS Catalina Version 10.15.4 (19E266)

I would like to buy an eGPU in order to add bit more GPU-power to my Mac, primarily for playing older games (Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (2008), Far Cry 2 (2008) and Battlefield Bad Company 2 (2010)) on Windows within my VM using Parallels. Although all games can be played with my Iris 6100 (on Windows within the VM) selecting a minimal resolution, I would like to have more GPU-power for playing these games with a higher resolution or even playing some never games on minimal resolution. I am definitely not a pro gamer and not interested in playing the most recent games with a 4k display or so. 

Also, I just like to have a really small eGPU (I know that the power brick is huge) that has a decent silent fan when gaming these older games. Even, if I am not able to upgrade the graphics card in this eGPU in the future, I think that this would be a good start.

I was also thinking about building my own eGPU with the Akitio Thunder 2 or Thunder 3 selecting my own graphics card. But in the end, I am just interested in a small, one-box and budget solution, so no extra equipment like PSU connected to or a metal frame removed from the eGPU. Also because of the form-factor, I wouldn't opt for itsage's amazing self-built budget solution featured in this post (which was picked up by MacLife in this article). Last but not least, itsage's solution is not feasible for me because I simply couldn't manage to buy the parts in Germany!

To sum up: Apple Germany currently sells the Sonnet Puck 560 for 359,95 EUR with VAT included (= 390 USD) (see here) along with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter for 55,00 EUR (see here) . 9To5Mac reported on a price drop for the Sonnet Puck 560 in Apple US Stores from 399 USD to 299 USD (see here). I'm not sure how much VAT would be added in the US, so that I am not sure whether the german Apple store has already matched the price drop. But I guess it seems so. The price at the official Apple Germany website is actually the cheapest at the moment I could find, compared to other sellers in Germany (or shipping to Germany). Also, there are no deals on ebay (Kleinanzeigen) yet.

Do you think, that this is a reasonable price for the eGPU in this scenario?

Thank you so much in advance! If I'll buy it, I will also upload a built from my set-up! Sorry, it this is the wrong section of the forum. Please tell me, where to post it, if I'm wrong!

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