Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650 details revealed  

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nando4
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February 9, 2018 4:16 am  

Sounds like an updated Breakaway Box 550 with 650 PSU to handle Vega 64 cards. From https://www.productionhub.com/press/details/62910:

Sonnet BVE 2018 Show Preview
Feb. 27–March 1
Sonnet Technologies Exhibiting With Holdan Ltd
Stand G30

Sonnet Technologies at BVE 2018

NEW: Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGPU) Solutions

At BVE 2018, Sonnet will showcase its new eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, a Thunderbolt™ 3 to eGPU PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards.

The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro® models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games. (Lists of supported computers and GPU cards are available at www.sonnettech.com/product/egfx-breakaway-box.html). Mac®- and Windows®-compatible, the new Sonnet system is the coolest and quietest eGFX box on the market, with a built-in, variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan that quietly and effectively cools the installed card.

Sonnet will also display two new external graphics solutions, the eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 560 and eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon 570. Compact and powerful, these integrated Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processing unit (eGPU) systems are highly portable and offer users tremendously improved graphics performance when used with thin and light laptops.

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nando4
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February 10, 2018 2:25 am  

@eightarmedpet, looks like the first-gen eGFX enclosures were marketted for gamers. jays2cents and linustechtip reviews highlighted the significant performance penalty TB3 has compared to a direct PCIe link. Desktop card cryptocurrency price increases and gaming laptop price cuts (eg: Inspiron 7577 with GTX1060 for US$900) has resulted in gamers snubbing TB3.

So now we have uptake by creative professionals who want a good looking enclosure on their desk.  Which enclosures look good? Imho . . .

The AKiTiO Thunder3/Node Lite/Node Pro, Aorus Gaming Box, Asus XG Station Pro, B*z*Box. 

Mantiz/TUL supplied Sonnet their Breakaway Box & Powercolor their Devil/Gaming Box. Wonder if they have some chassis designers at work on a Pro box?

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February 10, 2018 6:11 pm  

The spouse / corporate acceptance factor is a real thing.  Bob in accounting can't requisition a neon box without eyebrows being raised.

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March 4, 2018 4:26 pm  

This enclosure is now available for US$449 on Amazon,  an extra US$100 over the US$349 Sonnet Breakaway 550 .  The more powerful PSU extends support for AMD Vega64/Vega-FE/WX9100 cards:

 

650W power supply supports up to 375W card (up to 8-pin + 8-pin power connectors) plus provides additional 100W of peak power, and provides up to 87W of Power Delivery to charge a laptop  

  • Mac: Supports All AMD cards supported by 550, plus AMD Radeon Vega 64, Frontier Edition or WX9100 on Thunderbolt 3 Macs with macOS High Sierra (Boot Camp not supported). macOS supports two Breakaway Boxes.
  • Windows: Supports All cards supported by 550, plus AMD Radeon Vega 64, Frontier Edition or WX9100 on Thunderbolt 3 computers with Windows 10.

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April 6, 2018 9:44 pm  

I have a Mantiz Venus, but I would like to switch to this new breakaway 650w. Is their cooler significantly silently than Mantiz?

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April 15, 2018 4:54 am  

I made a separate thread about my [limited] Vega 64 experience to date, but this seems like an appropriate place to repeat myself: I thought I could get away with running a Vega 64 in the Akitio Node Pro. Both arrived a couple of days ago, and... nope. Electrons disagree.

The Node Pro is getting returned and in a couple of days I should be receiving my Sonnet 650. Though it will be great to have my eGPU actually work I will definitely miss that slick handle on the Node Pro.

I have yet to list my system & eGPU hardware or link a build guide in my signature. I will do so soon to give context to my posts.


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April 15, 2018 11:29 am  

Sonnet are now selling a US$1299 Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 650 Bundle (w/Radeon RX Vega 64 Card) .  An additional US$850 for the RX Vega64. The bundle being more cost effective & convenient than sourcing the enclosure & video card on their own.

This bundle has been added to the Buyer's Guide. 

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
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