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!