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Rob5Underscores
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August 8, 2018 10:33 pm  

Hi all,

I'm looking to purchase an eGPU enclosure to act as a docking station for my i9 MBP. I'm intending to salvage my SSD and GTX 980 from an older computer to use in whichever enclosure I end up with. My intention is to do some light/medium gaming via boot camp (Fallout 4/76!), which I hope to install on the external SSD. It's my understanding that this will enable me to use my 980 to play on an external monitor without any problems, please correct me if this is not the case.

Is there a go-to eGPU enclosure for this use case? The Mantiz Venus seems like a good choice, however, I am concerned that it was released over a year ago and will soon be superseded (?) or outdated. Is there another possibility that I haven't considered that may suit my needs better?

Thanks very much in advance all helpful responses!

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August 9, 2018 3:48 pm  

As a docking station eGPU, it's hard to beat the Mantiz Venus at $350 currently. There's no other one-TB3-cable solution that provides eGPU, 87W PD, USB ports, Ethernet, and SATA.

My recommendation is to partition about 50GB for Windows installation then install all games and software onto an SSD mounted inside the Mantiz Venus. Simple Boot Camp setup will require an external monitor as you learned. Don't update to Mojave though until there's reports of better firmware.

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Rob5Underscores
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August 9, 2018 5:08 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

As a docking station eGPU, it's hard to beat the Mantiz Venus at $350 currently. There's no other one-TB3-cable solution that provides eGPU, 87W PD, USB ports, Ethernet, and SATA.

My recommendation is to partition about 50GB for Windows installation then install all games and software onto an SSD mounted inside the Mantiz Venus. Simple Boot Camp setup will require an external monitor as you learned. Don't update to Mojave though until there's reports of better firmware.

Many thanks for your response.

Is there any particular reason you suggest limiting the windows partition to 50GB? Is this so I can use the remaining space on the SSD as extra/shared storage when booted in macOS?

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August 9, 2018 5:21 pm  

That recommendation was with a 256GB SSD (as in my MBP). If you have a larger SSD, set aside 100GB should be plentiful.

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Rob5Underscores
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August 9, 2018 5:28 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

That recommendation was with a 256GB SSD (as in my MBP). If you have a larger SSD, set aside 100GB should be plentiful.

Thanks for your help.

Do you happen to have any recommendations for getting the best deal on the Mantiz to ship to the UK?

The best option I can see is buying directly from Mantiz?

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August 9, 2018 7:02 pm  

I just ordered to Germany and compared prices for the Venus Mantiz. Ordering directly there is the cheapest and easiest way (Amazon US also requires costums).
The support is also very helpful with costums and taxes, however you have to calculate for at least some 40-50 pounds costums and import taxes on top.

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Rob5Underscores
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September 8, 2018 10:54 am  

Hi.

I've been doing some research since creating this thread and have seen the HP Omen Accelerator. This enclosure seems very similar to the Mantiz, however, it is much cheaper. I understand from the thread here, about the HP Omen, that the read/write speeds via the SATA are slower?

On another note, is there any things to consider if I were to store the Windows OS and games entirely on the SSD in the enclosure as I would only want to use Windows (for gaming) when plugged into the eGPU.

Thanks!

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Rob5Underscores
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December 7, 2018 5:45 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

As an update to the original question posed in this thread, I wondered if someone might answer my question above and also tell me if this is still viable in macOS Mojave (10.14+).

Furthermore, since the original post, is there a better solution than the Mantiz?

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