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The VisionTek Thunderbolt™ 3 Mini eGFX Enclosure is ideal for creative professionals, IT/enterprise power users, professional users in healthcare, finance, scientific research labs, etc.,and gaming enthusiasts seeking the ultimate GPU performance improvement to Thunderbolt™ 3 equipped laptops. Delivering up to 40Gbps of bandwidth, Thunderbolt™ 3 is the industry’s fastest interface that is rapidly becoming popular on new generation of laptops and mini PCs. VisionTek’s Mini eGFX combined with a graphics add-in card significantly boosts the GPU performance of a Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled laptop, via a plug and play connection to the enclosure.

Sleek, Portable, and Future Proof for the Most Demanding Applications

The VisionTek Thunderbolt™ 3 Mini eGFX Enclosure combines a sleek and portable design that easily fits discretely on a desk, or hidden away, to handle all your graphic intensive applications. VisionTek’s Mini eGFX Enclosure can be plugged into any Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled laptop or mini-PC to accelerate the most demanding 3D intensive software programs. Best of all, the Mini eGFX enclosure can be upgraded to perfectly match the application’s performance requirements. Consumers have the option of selecting from many mini ITX cards or standard compatible graphic card models for the Mini eGFX to optimize GPU processing requirements for each user’s specific needs.

"With the launch of the Mini eGFX external enclosure, users can turbocharge their Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled laptops with cutting edge discrete GPU add-in cards on the fly," said Michael Innes, President, VisionTek Products, LLC. “VisionTek embraces technology innovations from Intel that enhance the way we utilize our GPU technology to increase the efficiency, performance, and resolution of 3D visual PC applications.”  

Expansive Selection of Laptop Compatibility

Thunderbolt™ 3 enabled laptops and mini-PCs connected to the new VisionTek Mini eGFX dock enclosure drives the most demanding 3D graphic intensive applications.Visiontek is proud to announce compatibility and availability with many new Thunderbolt™ 3 equipped laptops and mini-PCs in 2019. The speed, reliability, efficiency and compact size of VisionTek’s Mini eGFX Enclosure eliminates limitations of a laptop or mini-PC environment and opens possibilities for the perfect combination of portability and performance when required. 

Select from a wide performance range of add-in graphics cards certified by VisionTek to improve 3D imaging rendering, 4K HD applications, video editing, run multi-monitor displays, improve PC gaming, and more. The VisionTek Mini eGFX is design to fit most mini ITX discrete graphics cards, as well as select reference card designs. Visit VisionTek’s product pagefor the most current list of graphics cards recommended.

Benefits of the VisionTek Thunderbolt™ 3 Mini eGFX Enclosure for external GPUs include:

  • Compact Design –Form & function collide to create one of the most compact and flexible enclosure designs in the industry to accommodate a variety of graphics cards (enclosure dimensions: 8.5” x 6” x 2.75”)
  • 3D Graphics Performance – Whether you’re rendering complex 3D images or playing intense first-person shooters, the eGFX enclosure supports a wide range of mini ITX size graphics cards.
  • Power – 240W of dedicated power is provided with the VisionTek Mini eGFX Enclosure.
  • Multiple Displays – Supports up to six 4K displays @ 60fps from laptops & mini PC’s. Scalable to the needs of the user with the addition of a graphics card to fit the application’s needs.
  • Maximum 3D Resolution Control –Set limits using the GPU’s proprietary firmware controls to customize resolution settings, enhance 3D performance, and assign multi-monitor layouts.
  • Additional High-Speed USB 3.0, Ethernet Connection, and SATA III Port – The design uses a second Thunderbolt controller with PCIe-to-USB and PCIe-to-LAN controllers to provide Two (2) additional USB 3.0 ports that are conveniently accessible on the front panel of the eGFX enclosure and one (1) RJ45 ethernet Gigabit LAN connection located on the back side of the enclosure.

Trusted Name Brand in Graphics for over 30 Years

VisionTek has been a leading PC hardware brand based in the USA for over 30 years.  VisionTek's brand and personifies our "Built to Last" product slogan. As the company moves to the future, VisionTek will continue to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of our evolving technology market.

Availability

VisionTek’s New Thunderbolt™ 3 Mini eGFX Enclosure will launch at Dell* and Lenovo*, with expanded availability to follow at leading resellers and distributors across North America.  For more information on the new line of eGFX enclosures from VisionTek, visit  https://www.visiontek.com/products/thunderbolttm-3-devices.html .

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YUK!

For godsake people...

Thats some real forward thinking innovation too... OEM product + a few holes and a logo. Nice one lads...

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@eightarmedpet I hear you. There are certain requirements TB3 vendors need to meet in order to get their enclosures certified. Smaller enclosures have a harder time due to power supply and thermal management. I believe it's why this mini eGPU enclosure took a year to get the green light. Here are some photos I took of the VisionTek mini eGFX (paired with 2017 13" MacBook Pro + RX 580 ITX).

The enclosure is incredibly light due to its miniature footprint and aluminum construction. The L-shaped side cover comes off aftering removing three Phillips screws. All ports are on the main board. As seen in the prototype, there are two Thunderbolt 3 controllers to ensure expansion port stability. The only other eGPU enclosure with this feature is the Razer Core V2.

Update: Oversight on my part, thinking the VisionTek mini eGFX is the same as the prototype I didn't check over Power Delivery. After running Valley for nearly two hours I saw the battery was still sitting at 100%. Well, the VisionTek enclosure has 45W PD! This was a nice surprise for sure.

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Is that power connector a molex?
If so, it might be possible to use ATX PSU to supply it and the GPU.
This eGPU may have very promising modding potential. 

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It's really really badly designed, regardless of aesthetics... if you plug something into every port you'll have a wire from every side!

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Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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According to  https://www.techpowerup.com/251440/powercolor-shows-off-new-thunderbolt-3-egpu-enclosures-at-ces-2019 "175 x 131 x 38 mm" is the maximum and the Gigabyte 2060 is L=170 W=121.3 H=36.4 mm so if that's correct then we have the first RTX 2060 Mini enclosure. Power is the question, I do not quite understand, at first I thought the enclosure only provides a six pin but  https://www.visiontek.com/visiontek-thunderbolt-3-mini-egfx.html mentions "Add in up to a Vega 56 8GB card" and the Vega 56 Nano is a 210W card...  or is the 240W mentioned in the news the GPU power and the brick shipping is a larger one to accomodate for Thunderbolt and PD? Like, a 330W brick would do.

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@chx I don't think the claim of RX Vega 56 Nano is valid in this version of the VisionTek mini eGFX (240W). The firmware provides 45W Power Delivery, accounting for overhead it's approximately 175W to the graphics card. There are only two versions of this TUL mini eGPU. One with a 180W power adapter with 15W PD, and the one VisionTek commissioned with a 240W power brick.

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Hrm, I see, the prototype  https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/has-anyone-seen-something-like-this/#post-52084 had a 8 pin but possible this version only has a 6 pin? Well, we will see once someone plonks down 350 🙂 Or asks Visiontek.

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@chx I have this VisionTek mini eGFX and it's the same power cable arrangement. 8-pin end runs from the main board to 6+2-pin end. I will install the R9 Nano into it and let you know.

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Huuuuh what , 240W minus 75W slot minus 150W 8 pin minus 45W Power Delivery minus a little for Thunderbolty things, Visiontek invented the Perpetuum Mobile 😀 

The whole thing reeks because 240W is quite exactly the 75W slot plus 75W 6 pin plus 45W PD plus 15W thunderbolt things (and then how do you power the USB ports??) and such numbers don't come up randomly...  I just don't get it.

A 330W brick would be totally sensible.

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