VisionTek Mini eGFX Review - Mobility meets Utility
Dang this is a nice little package here. The internal daisy chained TB3 is a big sell.
I'd like to be in the giveaway too! If I got the device I'd actually test the realtime performance advantage of that internally daisy-chained 2nd TB3 against my Aorus Gaming Box which only has a USB hub, on both firmware versions. It would be nice to see if the latency advantage for low-input devices like keyboards and mice would be observably worth it.
Oh... that's why this TB3 enclosure is more expensive than another small enclosure like Akitio or Zotac because it has dual TB3 controllers.
I'm using Dell Latitude 7490. I hope I can use it for gaming on Linux. I'm intended to buy an eGPU enclosure for a few next months and because I'm not interested to build a dedicated gaming desktop PC.
I just got a 2018 MacBook Pro 13" with a 8259U quad core, and I'm very excited to ditch my PC and go down to a one computer, one-cable solution! I was planning on getting a competing product, but this with dual thunderbolt controllers looks like the absolute best way to have peripherals connected to my laptop. My intended use case is both Final Cut acceleration and some light gaming, which this enclosure paired with a 570 will be perfect for. Having just one computer instead of dealing with the hassle of syncing files and settings will be a massive improvement. Thank you guys for running this giveaway!
Can we fit a SSD or 2.5 inch HDD in the case? Didnt see a SATA III Port in the pictures but the VisionTek official website mentions "Additional High-Speed USB 3.0, Ethernet Connection, and SATA III Port".
@Daniel There's absolutely no room inside for a 2.5-in drive. You may have to clarify with VisionTek through their product page.
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