VisionTek Mini eGFX Review - Mobility meets Utility
I am an egpu virgin, just started to dive into this topic, and already learned a lot here. I want to use this enclosure with a Dell 7490, for work and for VJing, using my badass project Choose meee! 😛
@nando4 Here's the rear view of the eGPU ports. I also attached the 90 degree USB-C adapter to the .5m TB3 and took a photo.
I'm using a MBP 2016 and would use this visiontek to experiment with on-the-go desktop graphics.
Nice write up as usual @itsage! Looks like a pretty versatile eGPU in terms of power supply but not sure if it's entirely needed because of the limited GPU's that can actually fit? How were you able to fit the WX 4100 which is 8" long (203mm)? Caseless?
As for the giveaway, count me in. With this small form factor eGPU, I would probably take it on the road with me and use it for gaming on my 2016 MBP 15" in Bootcamp (also would like to see if there are any extra challenges of getting the 2016 MBP working with AMD cards in Bootcamp like you've mentioned to me before). I will probably start doing some light video editing in Mojave as well since AMD is supported.
@omardesu The WX 4100 is tiny. It looks longer than it is because it's half the height of most GPUs. The actual length is only 168mm. It fits this VisionTek Mini eGFX with ease. No need to connect the power cable either and lots of empty space for air circulation. Here are some pictures next to R9 Nano and inside the enclosure for reference.
Does anyone know if this device is available anywhere in Europe? I'd also be interested in sellers outside Europe who will ship it abroad.
It's a interesting implementation of a eGPU since it's quite small but you can also choose which GPU to put inside.
@itsage Ah! I passed by the picture that had all the GPU's you tested. When looking at the individual pictures that followed, I thought the 4100 was just not to scale as the other mini-ITX cards. And when I actually clicked the link that redirects to Amazon, there were only the full size and low profile WX 4100's which were saying the card is 8" in length, so I assumed that was the card you tested. But the last picture you posted definitely made it much easier to distinguish that it's a eety beety card.
I have a Dell XPS 9370, which I picked specifically for its 4-Lane PCIE capabilities. I've been shopping around for a eGPU that's small, cheap and offers a one-cable solution. However, I have not been successful, until I read this article!
Having this eGPU would be amazing because I am studying to be a Computational Engineer, which means I do a lot of research into massively parallel programming in order to solve physics/engineering problems. As such, I would take advantage of every thread that this eGPU can provide!
My current system is an Intel NUC 7th gen. Would love to upgrade to an 8th gen eventually, but with this egpu I could have a crazy high performance per liter in terms of desktop machines. Would love to have one of these to throw in my backpack along with my NUC for a very slick portable gaming PC. Thanks VisionTek for the give away!