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VisionTek Mini eGFX Review – Mobility meets Utility

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Introduction

The demand for external graphics (eGFX) has increased over the past few years due to the popularity of versatile ultrabooks. For many, an ultrabook provides all-day battery life in a portable form factor. A major drawback is the less-than-desirable graphics performance. This need is met by pairing an eGPU. However many Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures are bulky, only serving one function. Enter the VisionTek Mini eGFX, a PCIe eGPU enclosure that sports the smallest footprint to date and provides useful expansion ports most ultrabooks lack. The purpose of this enclosure is to further advance efficiency in the mobile workplace and portability in the student gamer lifestyle.

Hardware Specifics

Visiontek Mini Egfx Component Layout

Visiontek Mini eGFX Component Layout

Specifications  compare 
Price US$
$350
PSU location-type
AC-ext
PSU max power 240W
GPU max power
150W
Power delivery (PD)
45W
USB-C controller
TI83
TB3 USB-C ports 1
Size (liters)
2.30
Max GPU len (in/cm)
6.89/17.5
Weight (kg/lb) 0.85/1.90
Updated firmware 40.1 ✔
TB3 cable length (cm) 50
Vendor page link
Implementations
link

The VisionTek Mini eGFX‘s most appealing trait is its small size. Build quality is average with the front plastic fascia in matte black finish to match the thin sheet metal body. The appearance is controversial. Perforation is a little overboard and appears somewhat of an afterthought. Given there’s no wasted space in the Mini eGFX, ventilation needed to be as open as possible. The entire unit measures at 2.30 liters and weighs .85 kilograms. It’s a remarkable difference compared to the most popular eGFX currently, the Razer Core X that comes in at 14.45 liters and 6.48 kilograms.

An eGPU enclosure this compact must start with a mini-ITX graphics card as the foundation. The design approach was to utilize all possible interior gaps between the graphics card and the PCIe slot. For example the expansion Ethernet port neatly fills the GPU’s rectangular cutout in front of the PCIe slot. It results in an unusual placement of I/Os on all four sides. Opposite the Ethernet port is a 6-pin PCIe power port. One Thunderbolt 3 port and two expansion USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports reside at the front of the enclosure. Once you install the graphics card the rear becomes populated with even more ports for monitor outputs. I came to fully appreciate the design after seeing the components of this enclosure inside and out.

Visiontek Mini Egfx Ports Connected

Connected ports on all sides

Dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers are another highlight of the VisionTek Mini eGFX. It’s a premium feature that so far only exists in the Razer Core V2. In contrast to single TB3 controller eGPU enclosures with expansion I/O, the dual-TB3 controller setup doesn’t suffer lagging issues through attached peripherals during heavy eGPU use. The second TB3 controller is essentially an internally daisy-chained Thunderbolt 3 dock that provides stability to expansion ports.

The VisionTek Mini eGFX mainboard is the most compact one I’ve seen. The primary Thunderbolt 3 controller [JHL6540] attaches the eGPU to a 4-lane PCIe 3.0 connection. The secondary Thunderbolt 3 controller [JHL6240] attaches the USB controller and Ethernet controller to a 1-lane PCIe 3.0 connection each. Other components typically found on Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures are Texas Instruments TPS65983 USB-C controller and Winbond EEPROM firmware chipset.

Visiontek Mini Egfx Mainboard Vs Screw Driver

Mini eGFX Mainboard Vs Screw Driver

Visiontek Mini Egfx Dual Thunderbolt 3 Alpine Ridge Controllers

Dual Thunderbolt 3 Alpine Ridge Controllers

Visiontek Mini Egfx Ti83 Usb C Controller Winbond Eeprom

TI83 USB-C Controller + Dual Winbond EEPROM

In order to build an enclosure barely larger than an ITX graphics card, an external power supply was necessary. The included AC power adapter is a 240W [12V ~ 20A] unit. It provides one 6-pin PCIe power connector. Once plugged into the VisionTek Mini eGFX, it powers the main board directly and the graphics card indirectly through a PCIe power extension cable. A male 6-pin plug connects to the mainboard and a male 6+2-pin plug connects to the GPU. We’ve seen external graphics enclosures such as the ASUS XG Station Pro and Sonnet Breakaway Puck use external power bricks to either manage heat and noise or make their footprint smaller. The VisionTek Mini eGFX uses the AC adapter for both purposes. 

One nice thing about the standard PCIe power plug is the ease of running the VisionTek Mini eGFX with a more powerful PSU. The prerequisite is a 12V single rail output. I’ve used an Enermax Revolution 650W SFX power supply to run a Radeon RX Vega Nano Edition. This graphics card has a 175W TDP which is higher than the 150W Max GPU output of this eGFX (through stock 240W PSU). Therefore it would crash my test hosting system during heavy usage. With the much beefier 650W power supply, the Vega Nano did not experience any hard crashes. Keep in mind this is a modification outside of manufacturer specifications.

Visiontek Mini Egfx Rx 580 Itx Power Adapter Plug

Power Brick Switch and 6-pin PCIe Plug

Visiontek Mini Egfx 240w Ac Power Adapter Label

FSP 240w AC Power Adapter Label

Visiontek Mini Egfx Sfx 650w Psu

SFX 650w PSU + 6-pin PCIe connector

In order to install or replace the graphics card, you need a Philips screw driver. There are three screws along the rear edge holding the side panel in place. Once the screws are out, the L-shaped side panel can slide towards the rear of the enclosure. Both the side panel and enclosure frame are made of thin sheet metal. Due to the perforated construction, they’re not very strong. Take caution not to bend them which may cause alignment issues during reassembly.

The next component to remove is the cooling fan and its bracket. With miniature enclosures come small and rather fragile components. The AKASA 80mm fan is suspended through two horizontally-placed metal brackets spanning the length of the mini eGFX. Before removing the four screws that mount the fan bracket to the frame, carefully dislodge the fan connector on the mainboard. If you pull on the slim black and red cables rather than the connector, the cream-colored socket may come off the board. This cooling fan’s sole purpose is to dissipate heat from the back of the eGPU directly outside. As we’ve experienced, eGPU enclosures with small fans emit a high-pitched noise. In idle state the noise is mostly from the enclosure fan (~40dB). Once under load, the graphics card cooling fan surpasses the noise of the enclosure fan.

Visiontek Mini Egfx Rx 580 Itx Side Cover Off

L-Shape Side Panel Off

Visiontek Mini Egfx Asaka 80mm Fan

Asaka 80mm Fan

Testing & Benchmarks

Thunderbolt firmware version can be found in macOS System Information <-> Thunderbolt tree. The VisionTek Mini eGFX comes with two individual firmware, one for the primary TB3 controller [40.1] and another for the secondary TB3 controller [17.1]. The primary Thunderbolt firmware sets Power Delivery at 45W. It’s sufficient for most ultrabooks. Thunderbolt 3 ultrabooks such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro require 61W, but the battery should charge albeit at a slower rate. Given the limited 240W PSU, this is a reasonable compromise between providing sufficient power to the eGPU and the host laptop.

The VisionTek Mini eGFX‘s two Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controller arrangement is rather sought after. When we first saw this feature on the Razer Core V2, we questioned how dedicated PCIe lanes for expansion ports were possible since one Thunderbolt connection from the host computer can carry at most 4 PCIe lanes. If the eGPU was to utilize all 4 PCIe lanes, how are there more lanes for expansion ports through a second Thunderbolt connection?

2018 15 In Macbook Pro Radeon Rx Vega Nano Egpu 2nd Tb3 Controller Hwinfo64

Secondary TB3 Controller JHL6240 Alpine Ridge Low Power Hwinfo64

What Intel did in this arrangement was to attach the expansion Ethernet and USB ports directly to the PCIe lanes exposed through the second Thunderbolt 3 controller [Alpine Ridge JHL6240]. This controller is then daisy-chained to the primary TB3 controller [Alpine Ridge JHL6540] that hosts the GPU. Low-latency devices such as the mouse and keyboard don’t use much bandwidth. While they technically have full access to x1 PCIe connection, they don’t impinge on the x4 PCIe connection of the eGPU. Storage devices such as USB solid state drives may use up to 5Gbps of the max 22Gbps Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth. The gained advantage is minimal latency due to higher priority of service. This configuration ultimately stabilizes the expansion ports during heavy eGPU load.

In single Thunderbolt 3 controller setups, the expansion I/Os go through a USB hub prior to getting PCIe access. This arrangement has lower priority of service. During high eGPU load, inputs through the expansion ports are delayed. Additional latency is amplified during gameplay when input is not reflected in real time. This USB expansion lag issue has plagued the majority of eGFXs with expansion ports. A firmware solution of halving the Host-to-Device bandwidth helps, but it robs the already limited Thunderbolt 3 speed.

Itx Cards Rx 570 Wx 4100 R9 Nano Vega Nano

Mini ITX Cards – RX 570 WX 4100 R9 Nano Vega Nano

One limitation of portable eGPU enclosures is the smaller selection of graphics cards. Not all graphics card series have a mini-ITX model, and the power restraints in this VisionTek Mini eGFX narrow the choices. Apple made this short list even shorter by only supporting AMD cards in macOS. For this review I sourced a few mini-ITX graphics cards. The first GPU is a Radeon Pro WX 4100, a good card to drive four external monitors. As of macOS 10.14.2 Mojave, there’s official external graphics support for the WX 4100. The second GPU I tested was an RX 570 8GB that came with the Limited Edition VisionTek Mini eGFX bundle. It’s a balanced approach in achieving graphics performance boost at a reasonable cost.

The other two AMD graphics cards are R9 Nano and Vega Nano. VisionTek does not officially support these GPUs due to their high TDP. In addition the R9 Fury Nano is part of the Fiji family of graphics cards that has poorly optimized drivers in both Windows and macOS. I like the R9 Fury lineup a lot, especially the Nano version because of its tiny footprint and full fat chip. To use it as an eGPU in macOS, I relied on Mac_editor‘s Purge-Wrangler script. The RX Vega 56 Nano Edition has native eGPU support in macOS but, similar to the R9 Nano, it requires more power than the 150W the external AC adapter can provide. Below is a table of ITX graphics cards that may work with the VisionTek Mini eGFX enclosure.

Nvidia GeForce ITX AMD Radeon ITX
RTX 2070 RX Vega 56 Nano
RTX 2060 Pro WX 5100

GTX 1660 Ti Pro WX 4100
GTX 1070 R9 Nano
GTX 1060 RX 570
GTX 1050 Ti RX 460/560

 

For professional visualization and rendering performance I ran SPECviewperf 13. SPECviewperf is a trusted suite to measure graphics performance based on professional applications. The host laptop was a 2018 13″ MacBook Pro running Windows 10 1809 [i5-8260U, Intel Iris Plus 655 iGPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD]. The Radeon drivers were the modified Adrenalin 2019 19.3.1 from BootCampDrivers.com. Below are the results of the RX 570 8GB, R9 Nano, and Vega Nano through the VisionTek Mini eGFX as well as the Intel iGPU.

2018 13" MacBook ProIris Plus 655 iGPURX 570 8GB eGPUR9 Nano 4GB eGPUVega Nano 8GB eGPU
3dsmax-0617.9331.8634.4647.82
catia-0526.86139.24102.85206.31
creo-0220.4468.2353.4384.72
energy-022.927.197.9621.78
maya-0519.7129.31118.83177.85
medical-023.6234.0441.963.95
showcase-0211.1142.7252.1971.96
snx-035.1820.0414.1814.57
sw-0438.4979.268.3596.14

Conclusion

At $350 MSRP the VisionTek Mini eGFX is a good value for enthusiasts who have been looking for a small eGPU enclosure. It truly offers a one Thunderbolt 3 cable solution. Dual Thunderbolt controllers sweeten the deal as the only alternative to the Razer Core V2 that retails at $500. While the looks are nothing to write home about, its design function is to do the hard work behind the scenes rather than be the center of attention. In a small market and with even smaller dimensions, the VisionTek Mini eGFX excels by combining mobility and utility.

Giveaway

VisionTek built a Limited Edition Mini eGFX bundle that retails for $500 and includes a Radeon RX 570 8GB graphics card. It also includes a swivel HDMI cable and other promotional goodies. This package is available in very limited quantities during initial launch. As a welcoming gift to eGPU.io community, VisionTek has reserved one Limited Edition unit for a giveaway. To enter please leave a comment below with your host computer and your intended use. We will pick a winner on April 15th, 2019.

Visiontek Mini Egfx Limited Edition Wooden Crate

Visiontek Mini eGFX Limited Edition Wooden Crate

Update: Thank you all for the giveaway entries. @Mat_hd is the winner. We hope the VisionTek Mini eGFX RX 570 can further help him with modifying Radeon drivers for Boot Camp support.

 

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  1. I use a new Mac Mini 2018 6-core with 64 gigs of ram. Mainly hoping to use a compact eGPU for rendering videos and driving external monitors since I am a film sound mixer and audio editor by trade. This looks very promising especially due to the additional i/o for peripherals.
    Please allow me to enter for the giveaway and thanks for the informative review.

  2. Nice product. I like these tiny eGPU’s (got a Aorus gaming box 1080) for their portability. I use it for light gaming and testing deep learning code, before sending it to our DGX1. Cool write-up. Thanks!

    I wonder if the mini cards from the Aorus gaming boxes would work. I assume the gigantic fans would have to be cut down or replaced…

  3. I like how they used an 80mm fan to cool the back of the GPU instead of the 40mm fans other mini-enclosures have had. Hopefully you could just replace that fan with a quieter slim 80mm fan and make it quieter?

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  4. I have a Matebook X Pro which I use to game from a reclined position in my bedroom due to a medical issue. On a related note, while using the computer for gaming and non-gaming in the bedroom I find that the wifi signal doesn’t connect reliably. I have a powerline system but since gettin the Matebook I’ve been waiting to get an ethernet->thunderbolt adapter in the hopes of getting an egpu that provides a one cable solution to the network issue and also will help with more graphics intensive games such as Elite Dangerous and Everspace. I’ve also been considering getting Ashes of the Singularity.

  5. @itsage, can you take a photo of the unit with the rear as the front? That way the USB ports & TB3 cable are at the rear.

    @eightarmedpet, there are 90 degree CAT6 LAN cables available so it would run alongside the system rather than jut out:

    https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Combo-Pack-Degree-Ethernet/dp/B01N1EO495/

    Maybe flipping the unit around and using such a LAN cable would neaten up the I/O port connectivity?

    @itsage also used a 90 degree USB-C adapter in a  previous build without losing 40Gbps connectivity or bandwidth. That gives the supplied 50cm TB3 cable a little more reach and may also tidy up the TB3 cabling.

    https://www.amazon.com/Poyiccot-2-Pack-Degree-Adapter-Extension/dp/B071XHQJG8/

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  6. Awesome stuff!
    I am an egpu virgin, just started to dive into this topic, and already learned a lot here. I want to use this enclosure with a Dell 7490, for work and for VJing, using my badass project 🙂
    Choose meee! 😛

  7. Nice write up as usual @itsage!  Looks like a pretty versatile eGPU in terms of power supply but not sure if it’s entirely needed because of the limited GPU’s that can actually fit?  How were you able to fit the WX 4100 which is 8″ long (203mm)?  Caseless?

    As for the giveaway, count me in.  With this small form factor eGPU, I would probably take it on the road with me and use it for gaming on my 2016 MBP 15″ in Bootcamp (also would like to see if there are any extra challenges of getting the 2016 MBP working with AMD cards in Bootcamp like you’ve mentioned to me before).  I will probably start doing some light video editing in Mojave as well since AMD is supported.

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  8. Does anyone know if this device is available anywhere in Europe? I’d also be interested in sellers outside Europe who will ship it abroad.

    It’s a interesting implementation of a eGPU since it’s quite small but you can also choose which GPU to put inside.

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      1. Thanks for the tip @itsage! I actually did this already and they replied that this product is only sold in US & Canada for the time being.

        It seems they don’t ship products abroad and they don’t really have any valid resellers in Europe, i checked all the mentioned partners on their website and nobody sells this product, at least not yet.

  9. @itsage Ah!  I passed by the picture that had all the GPU’s you tested.  When looking at the individual pictures that followed, I thought the 4100 was just not to scale as the other mini-ITX cards.  And when I actually clicked the link that redirects to Amazon, there were only the full size and low profile WX 4100‘s which were saying the card is 8″ in length, so I assumed that was the card you tested.  But the last picture you posted definitely made it much easier to distinguish that it’s a eety beety card.

  10. I have a Dell XPS 9370, which I picked specifically for its 4-Lane PCIE capabilities. I’ve been shopping around for a eGPU that’s small, cheap and offers a one-cable solution. However, I have not been successful, until I read this article!
    Having this eGPU would be amazing because I am studying to be a Computational Engineer, which means I do a lot of research into massively parallel programming in order to solve physics/engineering problems. As such, I would take advantage of every thread that this eGPU can provide!

  11. My current system is an Intel NUC 7th gen. Would love to upgrade to an 8th gen eventually, but with this egpu I could have a crazy high performance per liter in terms of desktop machines. Would love to have one of these to throw in my backpack along with my NUC for a very slick portable gaming PC. Thanks VisionTek for the give away!

  12. As a welcoming gift to eGPU.io community, VisionTek has reserved one Limited Edition unit for a giveaway. To enter please leave a comment below with your host computer and your intended use. We will pick a winner on April 15th, 2019.

    Due to my job I spend the majority of my time away from home, often moving between hotels every day or two. I used to carry a straight-up desktop gaming computer with me, but it just became too much of a pain to transport/hook up all the time, so I stopped bringing it, using only my phone for all computing needs instead.

    Recently I became frustrated with doing paperwork/spreadsheets on my phone, and finally purchased an ultrabook, specifically a Dell XPS 13 9370. It’s the model stocked by Costco, which is configured with a i7-8550U, 16GB of RAM, and the 4K touchscreen. I’m pretty happy with this laptop, and since buying it I have been considering buying a compact eGPU to pair with it, to get back into PC gaming on the go. This VisionTek offering looks pretty appealing as a transportable hotel-room gaming setup.

  13. I use a 2018 15″ Core i9 MBP for work and games. Gaming on this hot mess is somewhat painful on the legs- I rather think this might be a good solution to keep the i9 away from too much thermal throttling and stop me burning my legs. Nice giveaway.

  14. Looks like a great product, love the dual TB3 controllers.

    My current setup is a X1 Carbon, i7-8650, 16gb ram and 1TB SSD. Great machine. Really needs a TB3 EGPU to make video rendering work and mixed reality experimentation sing along. This looks like the ideal product. Was close on pulling the trigger on the Lenovo dock but the limited GPU has held me back. Its OK for today, but we need some future proofing, this dock gives us that.

  15. Finally, a true portable eGPU. I have experience using another bulkier one, use it for work as a data scientist and occasionally carried the box between home and work place, so I know how troublesome it is. I’m using Macbook Air (2015 generation), with goalque‘s patch and Thunderbolt2 converter to run eGPU. Thanks VisionTek for the giveaway chance.

    1. Posted by: mojitoz
      Finally, a true portable eGPU. I have experience using another bulkier one, use it for work as a data scientist and occasionally carried the box between home and work place, so I know how troublesome it is. I’m using Macbook Air (2015 generation), with goalque‘s patch and Thunderbolt2 converter to run eGPU. Thanks VisionTek for the giveaway chance.

      Finally?! What about the Sonnet Breakaway Puck?

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  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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”.

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  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. I currently use a nuc8i5beh to make YouTube videos and do graphic design with. I travel a lot but haven’t found a laptop that I have found worth it within my price range for gaming and productivity. I’ve been looking into a lot of these eGPU solutions but many of them are very large and some seem quite unreliable. This seems like the perfect size for what i’m looking to accomplish!

    Thank you for an excellent write up and comparison. Very helpful and just what I was looking for.

  23. Finally, an eGPU that addresses the flaky expansion ports issues that plague most other models! Have you done any testing by stressing the USB controller while the GPU is busy, and while it’s idle? Are there noticeable performance drops? What suffers, the GPU performance, or the USB controller?

    Owner of a Dell XPS 9570, I relocate often (once a month), and am looking at eGPUs for my machine learning workflows. The built-in 1050ti Max-Q is not cutting it, and the extra USB ports provided by this enclosure would be a salvation from my current #donglelife.

  24. Been searching for reviews of egpu for weeks, found it here at last
    everything is here, what a good find!,I’m on a hunt for an egpu to boost some power on an iMac for video editing,
    with a lot of choices, reviews out there, the the decision on what to buy is hard, thankfully I found this site!

  25. I’d love a small, portable eGPU to pair with my midrange 2016 15” MacBook Pro. I game wherever I find myself with downtime, and it would be awesome to have some more graphics oomph in a small, light package. I am also a photographer so the extra power would come in handy when editing.

  26. Sign me up for the giveaway! I’m a game/augmented reality developer with a 2018 15″ MacBook Pro 2,9 GHz Intel Core i9 with 32GB of ram and a Radeon Pro 560X. I have a laptop because I have to go work at clients fairly often. This eGPU would definitely speed up my work when I’m at my studio and would allow me to dive deeper into machine learning – currently working on a video game in my free time and would love to leverage the power of machine learning in Unity to speed up testing :-).

  27. Hello I’m Mat from www.bootcampdrivers.com.
    I modify, build and test AMD graphics drivers suitable for Macs running BootCamp (Windows 10), ensuring they are kept up-to-date alongside PC versions of the driver. I also make it easier for eGPU users to get their eGPUs up and running alongside their internal GPUs by baking support for both in one driver package.

    I currently only have the ability to test the drivers on my m295X inside my iMac 5k from 2014.
    With the VisionTek RX570 I would be able to test the eGPU with the drivers which will help to further improve stability and compatibility with newer driver releases.

    Many thanks for accepting my entry and thank you for this excellent resourceful website!

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      Thank you all for the giveaway entries. @Mat_hd is the winner. We hope the VisionTek Mini eGFX RX 570 can further help him with modifying Radeon drivers for Boot Camp support.

       

      Posted by: Mat HD

      Hello I’m Mat from www.bootcampdrivers.com.
      I modify, build and test AMD graphics drivers suitable for Macs running BootCamp (Windows 10), ensuring they are kept up-to-date alongside PC versions of the driver. I also make it easier for eGPU users to get their eGPUs up and running alongside their internal GPUs by baking support for both in one driver package.

      I currently only have the ability to test the drivers on my m295X inside my iMac 5k from 2014.
      With the VisionTek RX570 I would be able to test the eGPU with the drivers which will help to further improve stability and compatibility with newer driver releases.

      Many thanks for accepting my entry and thank you for this excellent resourceful website!

  28. I use a 2016 13″ MacBook Pro, dual-core with 8GBs of ram. I’ve been looking into eGPUs ever since I got my computer, but now I realize I could really benefit from having one, since my Final Cut video edits for university classes are taking hours to completely render in the editor. …I tend to go a bit overboard with color grading and effects. XD It would be nice to have this eGPU, so I can spend less time waiting for my timeline to render, and more time filming and editing.

    Thanks for the review, and please enter me in the giveaway!

  29. I’m finally getting a laptop with TB3 – my new work laptop, a T480. Also, I have to stay in another city for this new job, and will be away from my gaming computer for 3 months – getting such an enclosure would allow me to still play games after work. And even after that it will be very helpful for professional audio stuff – we need to use PCIe interfaces to get the low latency and high bandwidth required for studio work, and so far I’ve always had to carry a huge desktop PC for bigger concert recordings. with such a card I’d be able to just use a regular laptop and put an RME card in this case! So, I would be really happy If you would consider me for the giveaway 🙂 I can’t find this case here in germany to buy, and it looks really promising.

  30. Thanks for the nice review! It looks a great product. I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) at work and an Intel Nuc 8 at home. I am a bioinformatician at a medical science laboratory mostly working with huge amounts of sequencing data. I am planning to use the “Limited Edition Mini eGFX bundle” for deep learning using Keras with PlaidML on the AMD GPU and 3D visualization with multiple displays. Also, I would like to play high-end games at home. The light weight and small size makes it very portable so that we can carry it with us (even on vacation!). Kindly consider my use case for the giveaway.

  31. Great product and review! I just realized that I could improve my graphic experience to my 2018 13” macbook pro. I’m glad that I make this investment and tb3 ports are obviously open up a new world to me. Because I’m a researcher, I need to use GPU for rendering some 3D models I’ve built for publication, or just for visual presentation. Will love to try this tiny powerful fortune.

  32. Excellent review, and this looks like a really compelling eGPU enclosure. Sign me up for that giveaway.. please and thank you!  I’m a creative professional, and depending on projects I switch between a late-2016 Macbook Pro 13″ and a fairly new HP Elitebook 1030 G3 – both i7 variants.
    I’m a minimalist in terms of things I want to worry about on  my desk.  I appreciate the expandability, the small size, all together with the “docking station” nature of this unit, seems unique on the market right now.  45W PD and available USB ports for my wireless KB\mouse, webcam and potentially other bits.  While I would have appreciated two more USB ports, this still sounds like a great single-cable solution to allow me to flexibly dock either laptop at my desk.  Today the situation is something of a mess of several juggled cables and external components.

  33. I have a Acer Aspsire VN7 592G with an older 960m. I’m a geomatics student in the final year of my master program and we use a lot of Agisoft Metashape, ERDAS Imagine, Cloudcompare and Autocad for 3D modelling, creating DEMs, photo modelling and point cloud processing. My current 960m is lacking behind but at the moment it’s not possible to upgrade so attaching this box for an additional performance boost would be great. The main reason I like this small formfactor egpu over others is that it enables me to take it with me while travelling back and forth from my home to my dorm every weekend. It would also enable me to buy an ultrabook, which has a much longer battery life while out in the field, and maintain the performance I need while at home or at my dorm.

    Anyways great review egpu.io, keep doing what you do best because you guys are the backbone of the egpu community!

  34. wow looks amazing in terms of size. do you know how much the total of weight with the combination of PSU and the enclosure (with GPU)?
    Also, would like to join the giveaway things with my current dell xps 13 9370 which i will use for gaming purpose and giving an information to my local people in Indonesia because it’s becoming popular now the eGPU set up which hopefully could have potential in the future (selling the product might be) if the product has a good merit.

  35. I‘m looking for a silent external thunderbolt 3 device to work with my Zotac Zbox MI553 which contains only an Intel HD 630 grafic solution.
    There seems to be no way to activate 10-Bit color depth in Windows 10 Pro because the Intel driver tool doesn‘t support this option.
    I don‘t need gaming performance but 1.07 Billion of colors for my grafic and image editing.
    Unfortunately, this new device isn‘t available in Germany at the moment

  36. Host computer: Dell XPS 13 9370 (16GB, i7-8550U)

    Intended use: Creating a CAD modelling program for VR and AR as a University thesis

    Wall of text:
    Hi, I’m an EU student who’s studying Computer Science in the UK and I specialize in Computer Graphics. As such having access to powerful hardware is a good thing to have but a portable machine is also a necessity as I’d need something to write notes and schoolwork on. I decided to prioritize portability over power when choosing a laptop for schoolwork and as such am running a refurbished Dell XPS 13 9370 (thanks to relatives in the US and crazy cheap Dell Outlet prices) as my only machine with the intention of eventually upgrading with an external GPU.

    Since the past year my department has installed a VR setup and I am absolutely in love with the thing. I especially love modelling 3D objects with the tools that are provided with the headset. Because of that I’ve decided to do my research thesis on modelling solid geometries, i.e. CAD objects in VR and AR. The practical use of this would be to show how using some tools is more intuitive when creating models for manufacturing and 3D printing. To assist me with the project the department has offered to give me a Windows MR headset and is willing to repay me the costs of building a Project North Star AR headset (see this: https://developer.leapmotion.com/northstar ) if I manage to build one by the end of summer.

    Sadly, the department has denied the funding of a PC or an eGPU so I’ll have to pay for those myself. The issue is that eGPUs are still damn expensive in Europe and the cheapest option I could find was a guy selling his GTX 1070 Aorus Gaming Box for 450 quid which is ridiculous considering a used 1070 costs 200 quid. The VisionTek eGPU is a really good alternative because it fixes the USB bandwidth issue and it’s even more portable but it’s sad that there aren’t any EU retailers where I could buy it from.

  37. Nice and compact eGPU! It has more practice use for mobile setups. I have MBP 2017 force touch with two thunderbolt ports, after upgrade to mojave have no chance to go with my gtx 1070. It’s seems that’s only one way to go with amd for multi-screen installations for now.

  38. I would like to be part of the give away. Long time lurker, this would be my first eGPU. I would to experiment with alternate power supplies.

    Host Computer: XPS 15 9570 i7
    Intended Use: CAD, Gaming, VR Gaming if possible.

  39. Nice clean and efficient setup. It would fit good to my Dell Inspiron 7577 which is my mobile workstation for 3D CAD and 3D printing.
    The laptop ist the most upgrade able one I found last year (<1000 €) it has a m2 nvme slot, sata3 slot, can handle up to 32Gb DDR4 ram and has a full bandwidth tb3 slot.
    The i7 does his job very well but if the integrated 1050 4Gb is working to, thermal throttle is the solution.

  40. Nice product. Slim and sleek. I’m a master student and using Yoga 720 15″ for my thesis research in Architecture. Add me to the list. Thanks for the great review.

  41. Hey there! Thanks for the review. I would be rockin’ it between computers. At home it would connect to my i5 Nuc and on the go I would use it with my macbook air 2018. Sometimes for gaming mostly at home off the nuc, and 3d animation/rendering when working away from home on my mac.

  42. Hi guys – anyone know, how you can get this from Europe? Visiontek does not sell the eGPU outside USA or Canada on their website and none of the international vendors they have listed on their site carry it either. Sucks … one of the best eGPUs on the market apparently and they dont know how to sell it properly.

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  44. This would be perfect for my 2016 15″ MacBook Pro. I don’t like the big enclosures so this would be perfect standing next to my MacBook.

    My most intended use would be some gaming. Can’t wait to see how Kerbal Space Program or Anno 1800 would look like maxed out.
    Recently i’m also into some photography and video editing. This could speed it up a little!

    Is the give away for us Europeans too? If so count me in!

    1. Long time lurker, been thinking about a EGPU for a while… like the idea of dual thunderbolt controller to ease latency on connected pheriphials…count me in for the giveaway. I’d like to use this for CAD and gaming on a Lenovo P51.

  45. Nice article!
    I use Dell XPS 15 9550 laptop that has a dedicated nvidia 960m card, which is starting to show its age. When I was buying this laptop, I was planning to get my hands on one of these eGPU solutions and extend the laptop’s life by greatly increasing it’s graphics power. I wasn’t able to buy any eGPU yet, mainly due to the high price of both the enclosures and the cards themselves, so this giveaway would be a perfect opportunity!
    Thanks

  46. Hello do you know how much the total weight of this egfx included the psu and the box? 
    Also, is there any chance that they will sell it across Europe or Asian countries?
    i would like to join the give away if its possible. my set up now is dell xps 9370 with hp omen which i will sell later due to financial reason.
    i will use it for gaming purpose only with this setup. 

  47. I’m using an xps13 9830 and a Lenovo gtx1050 dock but issues with mouse lag and keyboard either sticking or not responding hurt the experience. I’d be curious to see if the dual thunderbolt setup here help.

  48. Great review. I ordered the limited edition with the R570 for my 2018 MBA on the basis of this review and have been delighted with it. Never thought I’d see my MacBook running Talos Principle smoothly at 4K on ultra!

    I’m curious about replacing the fan however to get a silent solution. Noctua don’t seem to do a replacement in the right form factor. Any suggestions?

  49. I am using good old XPS 9350 for my master thesis, but now I am lacking some GPU power. Since I have to be able to move, I cannot have a desktop around. eGpu solutions are best fit for my problem but many of them are as big as an ITX case anyway. But this one is perfect, so small that I can put it in my back pack and carry with me. And the extra USB sockets will definitely help connecting external HDD’s.

  50. Anyone has any idea how/where to order this to Europe? Haven’t found any solution so far.
    Or someone getting from US to EU with some empty luggage space by any chance..? 😀

    1. been looking this as well.  someone who live in the US, it might be good for you to buy and sell it on ebay with the acceptance of sending it internationally.  so, we can get the unit.  visiontek really doesn’t supply this unit from the US yet and have doubt that they will sell it in Europe or united kingdom

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  52. Would anyone happen to know what the internal pins on the board are? Wonder if it is for USB.
    Was thinking maybe we can mount an SSD inside this enclosure and have it plugged inside with a USB-SATA adapter.

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