Thanksgiving 2016 marked the birth of eGPU.io and the beginning of an exciting journey. The participation of everyone in the community during this past year has led eGPU.io to become the go-to external GPU forum. With your efforts and help, we reached more than half a million users globally. These are eGPU enthusiasts, many of whom are excited to try external graphics for the first time.
The backstory of eGPU.io is one of defiance. Nando, Goalque, and I were active participants on Techinferno. We got the ban-hammer on November 20th, 2016 after strongly disagreeing with their new & intrusive site monetization methods.
Nando, Goalque, Richard and I worked feverishly to build a new home for eGPU enthusiasts. Along the way we received constructive input and help from forum members and /r/eGPU subreddit subscribers, as well as manufacturers.
In the past year eGPU.io has extended its reach to all but three countries. North Korea is a notable one. The other two are in the continent of Africa. North America and Europe have accounted for more than 60% of website traffic. These are the top 20 countries with visitors who frequent eGPU.io.
2018 and beyond
Our mission from day one was to make external graphics more accessible for everyone. This remains our goal. While there’s much outside our control, we continue to do the best we can to push eGPU mainstream. We’ve published all new findings and workarounds, freely available to all.
We’ve also made improvements to the website. One year ago our hosting server handled all traffic out of a Chicago datacenter. Page load speed was decent for North American users but could be better for visitors across the oceans. We’ve now implemented a CDN service to speed up page load for everyone globally.
At this time last year, the Razer Core was the only certified eGPU enclosure on the market. Most of us modified our AKiTiO Thunder2 or Thunder3 PCIe enclosures to meet our external graphics needs. A year later and there are no less than a dozen certified eGPU solutions catering to a wide range of needs.
We also learned much more about Thunderbolt 3 external graphics technology. It’s not all good news, but things are progressing in a very positive direction.
2018 sets out to be a breakout year for breakaway graphics solutions. We continue to do our best to explore this exciting technology and hope you continue to join us on this journey. Thank you!
As a token of appreciation, we are giving away a Gigabyte G1 Gaming RX 480 8GB graphics card. This giveaway is available to all eGPU.io members. If you’d like to participate, please leave a comment in this news article. We will choose the lucky winner on December 15th.