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Bubblewhale
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April 11, 2019 2:01 am  

Hello! 
I'm currently looking for an eGPU enclosure for my setup, but in a complicated situation where it seems like I barely have any options to choose from.
Currently, my laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 6th gen and planning on using that device. I have a GPU that I can use, which is the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning. However, the problem I'm facing is finding a suitable enclosure that can house and power the card. It requires 2x8pin and 1x6pin PCIE plugs in order to run, and it's 13 inches long. 
So far I found some suitable options are the Razer Core X (if I replace the PSU), and the Akitio Node(remove the fan and replace the GPU). Akitio Node Pro isn't officially certified to work as an eGPU setup so it's not on my list. 
I'm currently leaning towards the Akitio Node as I would like the smaller footprint, but I would need to find a suitable PSU that fits in the Node and can power my 980 Ti. However I wouldn't mind the Razer Core X due to the 100W charging and the ability to support a full sized ATX PSU.  
As for the PSU replacement, I'm looking at the EVGA 650GM as a suitable replacement for the PSU in the Akitio Node. For the Razer Core X, I would be picking up a EVGA G2 650W PSU.

Planning on having this setup:
Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Gen: 8550U, 16GB, 512GB SSD 
Akitio Node with an EVGA 650GM PSU/Razer Core X with an EVGA G2 850
MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning 
Either internal X1C display or external 1080P monitor. 

I would be buying either one of the eGPU enclosures first and testing it with my 980 Ti with a EVGA 850 G2 PSU before buying a PSU to replace it with. 

Looking for some insight about this, or any better options. 

Thanks for looking!

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theitsage
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April 11, 2019 12:53 pm  

I would recommend the AKiTiO Node Pro for your setup. It provides 60W Power Delivery to charge your X1 Carbon and has no issues with running an external GPU. Also the included SFX PSU is a single rail unit. You can simply buy a PCIe splitter adapter to add the third PCIe power plug. The Razer Core X uses a multi-rail PSU so using a splitter is not recommended. The Node has a weaker PSU and likely would struggle powering your GPU. It has no Power Delivery either.

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Bubblewhale
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April 12, 2019 12:40 am  

Thank you! 
After looking into the Akitio Node Pro, it does seem like the best option given with the size and weight. It was the GPU compatibility that worried me a bit but I think I should be set with it.

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