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March 15, 2017 4:47 pm  

April-30-2017: theitsage presents Sonnet Breakaway Box 350 Review – It’s cool to be quiet

 

 


there is a sonnet egpu

http://www.redsharknews.com/technology/item/4422-sonnet-to-roll-out-thunderbolt-3-external-gpu

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April 19, 2017 11:14 am  

Rumors place this enclosure at < US$300, a direct competitor to the AKiTiO Node.  It's also touted to be very quiet, which counters one of the main complaints about the Node.  If they spec in 60W+ notebook charging capability then it would be the standout affordable eGPU enclosure that provides all the necessities.

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NEW: eGFX Breakaway™ Box
At the 2017 NAB Show, Sonnet will unveil its new eGFX Breakaway™ Box, a Thunderbolt 3-to- PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion solution designed specifically for bandwidth-intensive graphics applications. The eGFX Breakaway Box boosts graphics performance by giving users the ability to connect a high-performance graphics (GPU) card or other PCIe card to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped, eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computer. The box's single-port, 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface enables data transfers up to 2,750 MB/s and supports popular GPU chipsets such as AMD Radeon® R and RX and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX. (A list of supported eGFX-enabled computers and GPU cards will be available on the Sonnet Technologies website, www.sonnettech.com). In addition to GPU cards, the Breakaway Box supports every Thunderbolt 3-compatible PCIe card regardless of length or height. 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.

 

 

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April 19, 2017 11:17 am  

It looks really wide, could be multiple GPU? Should be great!! (but I don't think so)

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April 19, 2017 11:31 am  
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It looks really wide, could be multiple GPU? Should be great!! (but I don't think so)

   

It's a single eGPU device. If want two eGPUS for computation purposes then would just buy two enclosures.

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April 19, 2017 3:08 pm  
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It's a single eGPU device. If want two eGPUS for computation purposes then would just buy two enclosures.

   

Very true, but it would be too messy!! I was trying to find an explanation of the wideness 😉

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April 19, 2017 3:45 pm  

Sonnet is updating this Breakaway Box eGPU enclosure with latest Thunderbolt firmware. I have one en route and will post unboxing photos as soon as I receive it.

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April 19, 2017 4:01 pm  

Nice to know!! It is exciting to see new possibilities here!!

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April 19, 2017 7:06 pm  

Any idea if it is Mac compatible?

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April 19, 2017 7:10 pm  

Has there been any confirmation if this will be compatible with Mac out of the box?

Curious if this will be usable without the script hack...

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Has there been any confirmation if this will be compatible with Mac out of the box?

Curious if this will be usable without the script hack...

Unless Apple announces official support for eGPU, all Thunderbolt enclosures will require Goalque's script to enable external GPU.

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Posted by: theitsage

 

Unless Apple announces official support for eGPU, all Thunderbolt enclosures will require Goalque's script to enable external GPU.

   

What's interesting, is that Sonnet themselves posted this on twitter about the new Breakaway Box. Perhaps there's something we don't know just yet...

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It's both Mac & Windows compatible. No eGPU cards currently have Thunderbolt compatible drivers for Mac OS.

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April 19, 2017 9:46 pm  

@Zach: Boxes are just boxes. We need eGPU drivers from Apple. They meant to say: it’s certified for Windows PCs, possibly Windows Boot Camp compatible, no support for macOS.

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April 19, 2017 10:51 pm  

Why they kill the great slim and tall design from Sonnet III-D... 

another eGPU big box... nothing new

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April 20, 2017 1:55 am  

Having a wider case like Sonnet Breakaway Box prevents accidental rollover  and provides excellent thermals for eGPU...:)

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April 20, 2017 5:05 am  
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another eGPU big box... nothing new

   

The above Sonnect Echo Express III-D next to the ATX PSU shows the important decision these eGPU manufacturers are making.  To manufacture a skinny enclosure requires a custom PSU which drives the cost up. 

The low cost AKITiO Node, Sonnet Breakway Box (appears to) and Mantiz Venus are using cost-effective SFX PSUs. The next price tier Power Color Devil Box uses a slimmer 1U PSU (though has a huge enclosure). 1U PSUs may be cost effective but tend to use a small, noisy high-rpm cooling fan.

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April 20, 2017 10:50 am  

@nando4 the Sonnet III-D comes with 300W PSU (under GPU in picture) enough for every GPUs right now, they can just add 400W PSU for power hungry GPUs. Also they can add open space where the GPU is like Razer Core etc....  they kill great design and something different IMO... for now Razer Core and  BizonBox 3 (now they have and space gray) still have the best design and my AKiTIO Thunder2 mod of course 🙂

... but this is only my opinion

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April 20, 2017 1:17 pm  

But the bizon box with the external brick, is HORRIBLE!! External PSU is not the way to go, definitely.

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April 23, 2017 9:32 pm  

Hello

Does somebody know when the Sonnet egpu is available?

 

Thank

 

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April 23, 2017 9:38 pm  

The external psu can stay under the desk and it does not contribute to the increase of the gpu temparture.

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April 24, 2017 5:27 am  
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@nando4 the Sonnet III-D comes with 300W PSU (under GPU in picture) enough for every GPUs right now, they can just add 400W PSU for power hungry GPUs. Also they can add open space where the GPU is like Razer Core etc....  they kill great design and something different IMO... for now Razer Core and  BizonBox 3 (now they have and space gray) still have the best design and my AKiTIO Thunder2 mod of course 🙂

... but this is only my opinion

  

I agree with you. Consider there's some serious design engineering that's gone into the Razer Core. Look at the custom PSU housed behind the video card shaped to match it's dimensions. From here:

These budget eGPU enclosures by Sonnet/AKiTiO/OWC are slapping in off-the-shelf PSUs to keep costs low.

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April 24, 2017 8:31 am  
I'm not complaining if it reduces the cost down for us and get the same functionality.

These budget eGPU enclosures by Sonnet/AKiTiO/OWC are slapping in off-the-shelf PSUs to keep costs low.

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April 24, 2017 9:35 am  
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I agree with you. Consider there's some serious design engineering that's gone into the Razer Core. Look at the custom PSU housed behind the video card shaped to match it's dimensions. From here:
 
These budget eGPU enclosures by Sonnet/AKiTiO/OWC are slapping in off-the-shelf PSUs to keep costs low.

Yes i know that custom PSU in Razer Core will up the price but tbh this custom PSU not worth  +200$.... 

I will not even discuss the Bizon price (the same as Razer Core) as we all know they invest only in custom chassis as they have external PSU and they are AKiTiO Thunder3 hidden in great custom case! 

 

Also you know that in Europe the price are higher with at least +100$ ....

 

I think with the next gen NVIDIA GPUs, mini-GPU will be still the best option with external PSU hidden under  the desk without noise (one fan less)

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April 24, 2017 11:26 am  
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Posted by: nando4
 
I agree with you. Consider there's some serious design engineering that's gone into the Razer Core. Look at the custom PSU housed behind the video card shaped to match it's dimensions. From here:
 
These budget eGPU enclosures by Sonnet/AKiTiO/OWC are slapping in off-the-shelf PSUs to keep costs low.

Yes i know that custom PSU in Razer Core will up the price but tbh this custom PSU not worth  +200$.... 

I will not even discuss the Bizon price (the same as Razer Core) as we all know they invest only in custom chassis as they have external PSU and they are AKiTiO Thunder3 hidden in great custom case! 

 

Also you know that in Europe the price are higher with at least +100$ ....

 

I think with the next gen NVIDIA GPUs, mini-GPU will be still the best option with external PSU hidden under  the desk without noise (one fan less)

   

Respecting your opinion, I think that I am not agree, and I prefer an internal PSU, and the perfect device (for measures) is the Razer Core, even though it has a custom PSU, it is expensive and with has the TI82, so I've got a Mantiz Venus, which is wider, but I prefer standard PSU, plus TI83.
As usual, my opinion is subjective, and everyone has their own opinions, as valid as anyone's. Variety is the spice of life 😉

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April 24, 2017 3:21 pm  

I will have unboxing photos of this Sonnet enclosure later today. 😀

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April 24, 2017 3:35 pm  
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I will have unboxing photos of this Sonnet enclosure later today. 😀

   

Nice. Would you mind seeing if can identify the missing ?? bits for it on the buyer's guide? https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#tb3-enclosures , including size, PSU power, charging power, TI82/83 controller,  eGPU detection on uncertified hosts firmware, H2D fixed firmware.  Charging power being a missing feature on the other budget eGPU enclosures. Wondering if this one will continue or buck that trend?!

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April 24, 2017 3:43 pm  

If with ignore the compatibility issues and the h2d problems what are the difference between Ti83 and Ti82 ?

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Nice. Would you mind seeing if can identify the missing ?? bits for it on the buyer's guide? https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#tb3-enclosures , including size, PSU power, charging power, TI82/83 controller,  eGPU detection on uncertified hosts firmware, H2D fixed firmware.  Charging power being a missing feature on the other budget eGPU enclosures. Wondering if this one will continue or buck that trend?!   

Most definitely. I will unbox then dissemble the enclosure to look at the individual components.

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April 24, 2017 4:21 pm  

Yep, more things in the buyer's guide!! More possibilities!! Is really exciting... and Node Pro soon!! 😉

@nando4, one question, all of the H2D were fixed??? Because all the TI83 are in green again!!

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April 24, 2017 4:48 pm  
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Yep, more things in the buyer's guide!! More possibilities!! Is really exciting... and Node Pro soon!! 😉

@nando4, one question, all of the H2D were fixed??? Because all the TI83 are in green again!!

   

Several new eGPU enclosures being revealed at NAB 2017 is great news  🙂

The opening post of https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/alert-akitio-node-half-h2d-bandwidth-issue/ is tracking the firmware fixes. So far it looks like this:

24-April-2017: Asus ROG XG Station 2 has a H2D firmware fix available here.

19-April-2017: Mantiz Venus will be shipped with H2D fixed firmware fix here.

6-April-2017: AKiTiO Node has released a firmware fix for this issue available here.

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April 24, 2017 7:07 pm  
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I will have unboxing photos of this Sonnet enclosure later today. 😀

Does it work with a Mac?

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April 24, 2017 7:30 pm  

I just got the package. Here's a quick snap of the label. It reads "For Windows" so it's a similar to the other enclosures on the market. I will have more photos in a few hours.

The basic layout is similar to the arrangement in AKiTiO Node and Mantiz Venus - SFX PSU sits behind the GPU. Dimensions are 13.38 x 8 x 7.25" (340 x 202 x 185 mm).

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April 25, 2017 10:22 am  

Please, please, please!! We want to see if it has new features, performance, differences or whatever than can make it grow our community!!

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May 7, 2017 12:00 am  

Sonnet Breakway Box 500: 87W charging and 500W for less than US$330??

 

The Sonnet Breakway Box 350 and 500 are being listed in European sites with only  US$30 separating them. The 500 model comes with a 500W PSU (up fro 350W) and very desirable 87W charging power (up from 15W).

£255 Sonnet Breakway Box 350
£279 Sonnet Breakway Box 500

If the Breakway 500 comparably sells for  less than US$330 in the US then could become the new budget TB3 enclosure to beat. Particularly given it's quietness compared to the reigning budget champ, the AKiTiO Node.

I'll add, those additional SATA/LAN/USB ports on pricier TB3 enclosures may outwardly be nice-haves, but do impinge on our precious 22Gbps TB3 bandwidth. An additional USB 3.0/3.1/TB3 dock with these ports having bandwidth sparing effects and (imho) is more preferrable solution for performance enthusiasts that require it.

 

 

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May 7, 2017 10:30 am  

The modular psu is really nice.

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May 8, 2017 8:44 pm  

There is now a US pcconnection.com listing for the Sonnet Breakaway Box enclosures, linked also on the buyer's guide:

 

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