[Unboxing] Mantiz Venus Space Grey Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Docking Enclosure
The Mantiz team built the Venus to specifically complement the Thunderbolt 3 Macbook Pro. Its latest addition of Space Grey anodized finish is a very nice touch to an already handsome enclosure. Here are some unboxing photos of a unit I received yesterday.
My first Mantiz Venus enclosure was an early prototype so it didn't arrive with the same packaging as this one. The foam padding was more than sufficient to keep the enclosure safe and snuggly in place during shipping.
There are two textured foam strips to be taped onto the bottom. These serve as feet for the enclosure. Another addition I noticed is the small film by the PCIe slot rear openings to protect the PCB from damage during GPU installation.
I used the foam padding to rest the Mantiz Venus at angle as seen in the photo below. It made installing the SSD and GPU easier because I could see where things are inside the enclosure.
The one part I wish Mantiz included in the box was a SATA cable. During GPU installation if the mounting holes on the PCIe tabs don't line up with the two securing screws, put your index finger under bottom of the GPU by the fan to slightly lift it up. Due to the aluminum construction, the bottom is not as straight when there's weight of a beefy GPU such as this RX Vega.
I took photos of this space grey Mantiz Venus next to the brush aluminum one to show the difference in color and texture. The space grey finish is very close to an exact match with the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro space grey. The slight difference is partial to the smoother finish on the MacBook Pro.
Please let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.
It is beautiful!
you can see it in my video compared to Akitio Node
@itsage: Looks beautiful! I’m so close to placing an order...
Are the USB ports powered? Can you plug in a portable USB drive or any other USB peripheral that requires bus power?
@Andrew Phang, the USB ports are powered. I've used portable USB hard drives through the rear ports.
Yes, it is power by 0.9V 5A=4.5W. it is standard USB bus power.
Mantiz: ● ●
SOLD! Just placed an order for Space Grey x1
Looking forward to receiving it. Thanks for all the info provided in this thread and here on this site!