VisionTek Mini eGFX Review - Mobility meets Utility
This looks like a fantastically compact and full-featured eGPU! I use a Dell XPS 13 9370 and had been waiting for a small single-cable eGPU set-up for a while. Have almost pulled the trigger on the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock multiple times. I love the form factor and cohesiveness of that unit but feel like the GTX 1050 in that device is too limiting and not future proof enough. This is almost as small and is fully upgradable which is fantastic! Should be a perfect companion for me when I want to game at home.
Very cool to see the smaller form factor eGPU market expanding. I'm on a quest to create an awesome ultraportable setup for development, creative work, and gaming on the go and the Mini eGFX is definitely a tempting addition. I currently run with a Touch Bar model of the 2018 13" MacBook Pro. My vision is to be able to setup shop in the place I happen to be staying with "the works" (eGPU, monitors, etc.) while also maintaining the grab-and-go flexibility of the MacBook. With the trend of modern laptops to be ever more slim, power sipping, and unupgradeable, I think the modularity of pushing the GPU out of the laptop makes a lot of sense for the use case.
Really the only other contenders in this range of eGPUs are the Lenovo Graphics Dock and the Sonnet Puck. I can't knock on the Puck, but the Mini eGFX sounds like everything I wished the Graphics Dock was. Aside from the technical issues with the Graphics Dock, the limited intended scope for the Graphics Dock did not match the hype in our community for a smaller eGPU which I feel added to the general disappointment with the product. On the flip side it did show this market segment is ready to be served. I'm excited to see your moves in the future, VisionTek.
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity eGPU.io and VisionTek!
Sweet eGPU! I'd love one for my mac setup. It's a PAIN to hotwire the geforece in there. Sign me up 🙂
I use a Zenbook 3 UX490 on the run and work at different offices. This would feel like a good alternative to make my Zenbook a full workstation without the need to get to a desktop to export projects.
I currently use a nuc8i5beh to make YouTube videos and do graphic design with. I travel a lot but haven't found a laptop that I have found worth it within my price range for gaming and productivity. I've been looking into a lot of these eGPU solutions but many of them are very large and some seem quite unreliable. This seems like the perfect size for what i'm looking to accomplish!
Thank you for an excellent write up and comparison. Very helpful and just what I was looking for.
Finally, an eGPU that addresses the flaky expansion ports issues that plague most other models! Have you done any testing by stressing the USB controller while the GPU is busy, and while it's idle? Are there noticeable performance drops? What suffers, the GPU performance, or the USB controller?
Owner of a Dell XPS 9570, I relocate often (once a month), and am looking at eGPUs for my machine learning workflows. The built-in 1050ti Max-Q is not cutting it, and the extra USB ports provided by this enclosure would be a salvation from my current #donglelife.
Been searching for reviews of egpu for weeks, found it here at last
everything is here, what a good find!,I'm on a hunt for an egpu to boost some power on an iMac for video editing,
with a lot of choices, reviews out there, the the decision on what to buy is hard, thankfully I found this site!
Host Computer:. Intel Hades Canyon NUC
Intended use: A super small 3.6L total volume gaming PC.
I’d love a small, portable eGPU to pair with my midrange 2016 15” MacBook Pro. I game wherever I find myself with downtime, and it would be awesome to have some more graphics oomph in a small, light package. I am also a photographer so the extra power would come in handy when editing.
Sign me up for the giveaway! I'm a game/augmented reality developer with a 2018 15" MacBook Pro 2,9 GHz Intel Core i9 with 32GB of ram and a Radeon Pro 560X. I have a laptop because I have to go work at clients fairly often. This eGPU would definitely speed up my work when I'm at my studio and would allow me to dive deeper into machine learning – currently working on a video game in my free time and would love to leverage the power of machine learning in Unity to speed up testing :-).
Entering for the giveaway! Host computer will be a 2018 13" MacBook Pro, intended use will be for gaming (and maybe a little bit of machine learning)!
Mac mini 2011 🙂 still in use. I'm playing Borderlands and other games and eGPU will make a huuuge speedbump. Cheeeerss anyway.
Hello I'm Mat from www.bootcampdrivers.com.
I modify, build and test AMD graphics drivers suitable for Macs running BootCamp (Windows 10), ensuring they are kept up-to-date alongside PC versions of the driver. I also make it easier for eGPU users to get their eGPUs up and running alongside their internal GPUs by baking support for both in one driver package.
I currently only have the ability to test the drivers on my m295X inside my iMac 5k from 2014.
With the VisionTek RX570 I would be able to test the eGPU with the drivers which will help to further improve stability and compatibility with newer driver releases.
Many thanks for accepting my entry and thank you for this excellent resourceful website!
I've been wanting to get a nice eGPU to enhance my Unreal/Unity Game Dev workflow. This looks like a nice piece of kit! I find my progress grinding to a halt with larger scenes. This would help a ton!
I use a 2016 13" MacBook Pro, dual-core with 8GBs of ram. I've been looking into eGPUs ever since I got my computer, but now I realize I could really benefit from having one, since my Final Cut video edits for university classes are taking hours to completely render in the editor. ...I tend to go a bit overboard with color grading and effects. XD It would be nice to have this eGPU, so I can spend less time waiting for my timeline to render, and more time filming and editing.
Thanks for the review, and please enter me in the giveaway!
Thanks for the awesome review - this one and all the rest. I'm just biding my time until my budget (or a free one! 😉 ) allows for me to add an eGPU to my 13" 2016 NTB MacBookPro.
No eGPU yet, but soon (hopefully)! I'm currently rocking a 13" NTB MacBook Pro (2016).
Currently rocking a second-hand Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 for uni. I'm a huge fan of the one device does everything for computing rather than having two separate computers or a chunky gaming laptop. Receiving a VisionTek Mini eGFX would turn my decidedly utilitarian laptop into a sleeper gaming rig, turning CIV V from a slideshow to a masterpiece!
I'm finally getting a laptop with TB3 - my new work laptop, a T480. Also, I have to stay in another city for this new job, and will be away from my gaming computer for 3 months - getting such an enclosure would allow me to still play games after work. And even after that it will be very helpful for professional audio stuff - we need to use PCIe interfaces to get the low latency and high bandwidth required for studio work, and so far I've always had to carry a huge desktop PC for bigger concert recordings. with such a card I'd be able to just use a regular laptop and put an RME card in this case! So, I would be really happy If you would consider me for the giveaway 🙂 I can't find this case here in germany to buy, and it looks really promising.
Thanks for the nice review! It looks a great product. I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) at work and an Intel Nuc 8 at home. I am a bioinformatician at a medical science laboratory mostly working with huge amounts of sequencing data. I am planning to use the "Limited Edition Mini eGFX bundle" for deep learning using Keras with PlaidML on the AMD GPU and 3D visualization with multiple displays. Also, I would like to play high-end games at home. The light weight and small size makes it very portable so that we can carry it with us (even on vacation!). Kindly consider my use case for the giveaway.
15-inch Macbook pro (2016) | Intel Nuc 8
Great product and review! I just realized that I could improve my graphic experience to my 2018 13'' macbook pro. I'm glad that I make this investment and tb3 ports are obviously open up a new world to me. Because I'm a researcher, I need to use GPU for rendering some 3D models I've built for publication, or just for visual presentation. Will love to try this tiny powerful fortune.
Excellent review, and this looks like a really compelling eGPU enclosure. Sign me up for that giveaway.. please and thank you! I'm a creative professional, and depending on projects I switch between a late-2016 Macbook Pro 13" and a fairly new HP Elitebook 1030 G3 - both i7 variants.
I'm a minimalist in terms of things I want to worry about on my desk. I appreciate the expandability, the small size, all together with the "docking station" nature of this unit, seems unique on the market right now. 45W PD and available USB ports for my wireless KB\mouse, webcam and potentially other bits. While I would have appreciated two more USB ports, this still sounds like a great single-cable solution to allow me to flexibly dock either laptop at my desk. Today the situation is something of a mess of several juggled cables and external components.
I have a Acer Aspsire VN7 592G with an older 960m. I'm a geomatics student in the final year of my master program and we use a lot of Agisoft Metashape, ERDAS Imagine, Cloudcompare and Autocad for 3D modelling, creating DEMs, photo modelling and point cloud processing. My current 960m is lacking behind but at the moment it's not possible to upgrade so attaching this box for an additional performance boost would be great. The main reason I like this small formfactor egpu over others is that it enables me to take it with me while travelling back and forth from my home to my dorm every weekend. It would also enable me to buy an ultrabook, which has a much longer battery life while out in the field, and maintain the performance I need while at home or at my dorm.
Anyways great review egpu.io, keep doing what you do best because you guys are the backbone of the egpu community!
I'd love to connect this bad boi to my T480s Thinkpad and get busy gaming!
Would love to win one of these to use with my current setup: HP Pavillion series 6x laptop.
The weight of 0.85kg is without PSU I assume. Could you tell the total, please? Macbook pro 13, 2018. And I would use it as a compact travel pack for gaming.
wow looks amazing in terms of size. do you know how much the total of weight with the combination of PSU and the enclosure (with GPU)?
Also, would like to join the giveaway things with my current dell xps 13 9370 which i will use for gaming purpose and giving an information to my local people in Indonesia because it's becoming popular now the eGPU set up which hopefully could have potential in the future (selling the product might be) if the product has a good merit.
I‘m looking for a silent external thunderbolt 3 device to work with my Zotac Zbox MI553 which contains only an Intel HD 630 grafic solution.
There seems to be no way to activate 10-Bit color depth in Windows 10 Pro because the Intel driver tool doesn‘t support this option.
I don‘t need gaming performance but 1.07 Billion of colors for my grafic and image editing.
Unfortunately, this new device isn‘t available in Germany at the moment
Host computer: Dell XPS 13 9370 (16GB, i7-8550U)
Intended use: Creating a CAD modelling program for VR and AR as a University thesis
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Hi, I'm an EU student who's studying Computer Science in the UK and I specialize in Computer Graphics. As such having access to powerful hardware is a good thing to have but a portable machine is also a necessity as I'd need something to write notes and schoolwork on. I decided to prioritize portability over power when choosing a laptop for schoolwork and as such am running a refurbished Dell XPS 13 9370 (thanks to relatives in the US and crazy cheap Dell Outlet prices) as my only machine with the intention of eventually upgrading with an external GPU.
Since the past year my department has installed a VR setup and I am absolutely in love with the thing. I especially love modelling 3D objects with the tools that are provided with the headset. Because of that I've decided to do my research thesis on modelling solid geometries, i.e. CAD objects in VR and AR. The practical use of this would be to show how using some tools is more intuitive when creating models for manufacturing and 3D printing. To assist me with the project the department has offered to give me a Windows MR headset and is willing to repay me the costs of building a Project North Star AR headset (see this: https://developer.leapmotion.com/northstar) if I manage to build one by the end of summer.
Sadly, the department has denied the funding of a PC or an eGPU so I'll have to pay for those myself. The issue is that eGPUs are still damn expensive in Europe and the cheapest option I could find was a guy selling his GTX 1070 Aorus Gaming Box for 450 quid which is ridiculous considering a used 1070 costs 200 quid. The VisionTek eGPU is a really good alternative because it fixes the USB bandwidth issue and it's even more portable but it's sad that there aren't any EU retailers where I could buy it from.
Currently using an Asus UX330UA with no eGPU; expecting XPS 15 9570 in the mail and looking for an Aorus Gaming Box
Rad review. Thanks for schooling the community on eGPU’s! Anyone here recommend this setup for using AE & C4D on an MBP 2018?
Nice and compact eGPU! It has more practice use for mobile setups. I have MBP 2017 force touch with two thunderbolt ports, after upgrade to mojave have no chance to go with my gtx 1070. It's seems that's only one way to go with amd for multi-screen installations for now.
Nice review, thanks!
I'm on Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga X1 3rd gen (i5-8350U, 16 GB).