US$189 HighPoint RocketStor 6661A TB3 Expansion Chassis with 2xTB3 ports
 
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nando4
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A highly adaptable and affordable dual-TB3 port TB3 enclosure. @jatechnology showed the chassis, in previous gen TB2 form, can be opened to accomodate any length card and ATX power routed to drive it.  It's a great buy at:

US$175 (Amazon)

 

 

Product Highlights

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
  • Supports PCIe x16, x8, and x4 Cards
  • Daisy-Chain Six Thunderbolt Devices
Host Ports 2x Thunderbolt™ 3 Ports
Daisy Chain Supports Daisy Chain connections of up to six Thunderbolt™ devices
(Note, the Daisy Chain will end if connected to a USB or Display device via USB-C)
TB3 Technology
  • Daisy Chain up to 6 devices
  • Bi-directional, dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
  • 8 lanes of DisplayPort 1.2 supports dual 4K displays or one 5K display
  • Power delivery 15W to bus-powered devices
  • Backward compatible to Thunderbolt™ 2 devices
  • USB-C ports compatible with existing USB devices via USB-C cable, support up to USB 3.1 10Gb/s speed
System Requirements
  • Computer with a USB-C port (Thunderbolt™ 3)
  • Computer with a Thunderbolt 2 port (via Thunderbolt™ 3 to Thunderbolt™ 2 Adapter)
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 and later
  • Driver embedded into Mac OS X 10.9 and Later
No. of PCIe Slots 1-Slot: Electrical - x4 PCIe 3.0 (open end)
PCIe Card Length Full-height, Max length 8.2"
Enclosure Indicator Power On
Supported PCIe Cards Any Thunderbolt™ Aware PCIe cards including Audio, Video Capture, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Storage/RAID controller cards, and PCIe SSD
Chassis Design Features
  • Rugged, Ultra slim aluminum enclosure
  • Dual-Ultra Quiet, high-efficiency Cooling fans
  • Quick release thumbscrews for easy access
Power Supply External 60 watts power supply
Dimensions 2.25" (W) x 6.42" (H) x 10.12" (D)
Weight 5.18 lbs.
Material Aluminum
Warranty 1 Year
Power Input AC 100-240V Output DC 12V 5A
MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) 920,585 Hours
Compliance Certification FCC, CE, ROHS & REACH

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itsage
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Thank you for sharing this deal @nando4. This enclosure would be very nice to run as an open chassis.

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I guess you could just put in a single slot 75W card like the Inno3D 1050 Ti or the Quadro P2000 for that matter. Alas, the Inno3DB is 8.3" long but I wonder whether those fans could be swapped for something thinner and quieter. Would anyone know how thick are the ones in there? Noctua has a nice 10mm one after all. Or would it be fine to just drop them completely if you run the chassis open anyways.

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itsage
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RTX 2070 FE is 9" long by 4.5" tall. It seems like a perfect candidate for this open chassis (≈ 9.6" x 5.5" interior space).

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hmmm is there a Ti 83 controller for GPU? Or are we getting confident in flashing these days ...

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itsage
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@esatamacmodular I have one arriving this week. Will check wether it uses TI83 USB-C controllers. We have TI82 patch for macOS in case it uses the older controller.

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One more thing you can do with this: even with a x2 TB3 laptop you could squeeze out an almost 20gbps home network -- the cheapest dual 10gbase-t cards on eBay are 50 USD and this chassis, unlike the Sonnet Solo, actually daisychains for not much more... I could see this playing well with my Graphics Dock, very heavy network for work , Graphics Dock for games... does anyone know whether daisychaining introduces any performance penalty Smile ?

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Finally I can upgrade my original eGPU! Had to check my old build posted over at TI from a few years back to see if the extra height of the TB3 card was going to be an issue. Its not - heaps of room in the case.
Best case (lazy and assumes that the mother board of the 6661A and the old 6361A are the same), swap out the TB1 card for the TB3 card.
Worst, pull out the graphics card so I can get at the motherboard as well.

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I received the HighPoint RocketStor 6661A last night. I looked over the Thunderbolt 3 mainboard and saw two TI83 USB-C controllers and DSL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller. It's fully compatible with macOS. The power input is different on this version vs the older ones. There are no molex power plugs on this main board. The only power input is the barrel plug in the rear similar to AKiTiO Node Lite board.

I was hoping the inside space has enough clearance to fit the 9" long RTX 2070. Unfortunately it was short by just a hair. I removed the two tiny 40mm fans and bent the front mount forward to fit the RTX 2070. The PCIe slot is a physical x4 but open-end so the x16 GPU fit. It's not very stable if you have a large and heavy card. The inner cage of this TB3 enclosure is all aluminum so it's very light and easy to manipulate.

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Posted by: itsage

I received the HighPoint RocketStor 6661A last night. I looked over the Thunderbolt 3 mainboard and saw two TI83 USB-C controllers and DSL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller. It's fully compatible with macOS. The power input is different on this version vs the older ones. There are no molex power plugs on this main board. The only power input is the barrel plug in the rear similar to AKiTiO Node Lite board.

I was hoping the inside space has enough clearance to fit the 9" long RTX 2070. Unfortunately it was short by just a hair. I removed the two tiny 40mm fans and bent the front mount forward to fit the RTX 2070. The PCIe slot is a physical x4 but open-end so the x16 GPU fit. It's not very stable if you have a large and heavy card. The inner cage of this TB3 enclosure is all aluminum so it's very light and easy to manipulate.

Any pics? Zotac do a mini 2070 now, I wonder if that would fit?

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