Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs

Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs

Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs

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Product Highlights

  • Houses a Dedicated GPU
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Port
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot
  • Supports Full-Length & Full-Height Cards
  • Supports Double-Width Cards
  • Four Lane PCIe 3.0 Interface
  • PCIe Slot Supplies up to 75W of Power
  • Integrated 400W Power Supply
  • Integrated Carrying Handle
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Akitio AK-NODE-T3IA-AKTU overview

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Connect an external graphics card to your computer using the power of Thunderbolt 3 with the Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs from AKiTiO. Once connected, your system will be equipped with additional GPU power, enabling it to do things that are normally handled by a high-end workstation or gaming computer. If you're a video editor or colorist, a dedicated GPU helps reduce the time it takes to render footage and for VR enthusiasts, your system is better equipped to handle headsets and higher framerates. This housing utilizes a PCIe x16 slot that can support a full-length, full-height, and double-width cards and operates using an integrated 400W power supply. Included is a Thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C cable.

General Features

Thunderbolt 3 for fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gb/s
One PCIe 3.0 x16 slot supporting full-length, full-height, and double-width cards
For use with standard and large graphics cards
Built-in 400W SFX power supply helps provide extra power to the GPU
PCIe 3.0 x16 slot supplies up to 75W of power
Four lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
Removable back panel for double-width cards
Carry handle to easily transport the device
Supports Standard and Large PCIe Gen3 x4 Cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts full-length, full-height, double-width cards with enough space available inside the enclosure for both standard and large graphics cards. The four PCIe 3.0 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40 Gb/s.
400W SFX PSU
The built-in power supply provides enough power for the AKiTiO Node (~10W) as well as for graphics cards. If the standard 75W through the PCIe slot is insufficient, two extra pairs of 8-pin power connectors are available inside the AKiTiO Node that can be connected to the GPU, providing a total of about 390W.
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB Type-C at speeds up to 40 Gb/s, creating one compact port that does it all - delivering a fast and versatile connection to virtually any dock, display, or data device. In combination with the AKiTiO Node, this makes it possible to upgrade your regular laptop or mini-PC and achieve a performance that usually requires high-end workstations or specialized gaming computers.
UPC: 888038002346
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Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs
  • Thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Akitio AK-NODE-T3IA-AKTU specs

    Interface 1 x 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3
    Power Supply 400 W
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 8.0 lb / 3.6 kg
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    Package Weight 13.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.15 x 13.386 x 9.528"

    Akitio AK-NODE-T3IA-AKTU reviews

    Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend it even if it's not plug&play... Very well made, I use it with my MBP 2016 with Windows 10 and MacOS 10.12.4, it works very well! The MBP's graphic performance are the at least 5 time better with a discrete graphic card (AMD RX480). Not so easy to install in each OS but it's not impossible!
    Date published: 2017-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well with Dell XPS 13 9350 Works easily with plug n play thunderbolt 3 port on Dell XPS 13 9350. All you need to do is update the firmware on the Node from their website, then manually update the Thunderbolt 3 drivers from Dell (they do not automatically update. Once this is done install your graphics card drivers, plug in an external monitor to the Node and you are good to go! Make sure you disable the internal graphics card from device manager first! Performance is great, I have a 4k monitor and playing games/video editing/photo editing is buttery smooth :) Any questions feel free to ask me :)
    Date published: 2017-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great & as expected for typical use cases This is my 2nd Akitio Thunderbolt chassis (my first being a TB2 chassis for my ProTools rig). The build quality on the Node is every bit as good & consistent with my other Akitio products. I was able to successfully use this device on a custom-built PC running Windows 10, as well as on a Mac. BUT... when connected to my iMac i7, running Windows 10 under Boot Camp, and a GTX 1080 card (required by my uber-high end 360 camera management software), it was problematic. Probably not the fault of the device, but just this highly unusual configuration. So as I said, for typical use cases, I'm sure you will be perfectly fine with this device, and I still recommend it highly! (as I do with everything Akitio that I've purchased in the past).� I would not hesitate to recommend this device, or any other Akitio product. Cheers!
    Date published: 2018-06-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Performs well but... I've had my Akito node for 4 days and it is working well with my Intel NUC Skull Canyon and EVGA GTX980. Unfortunately the node & video card have to be the first device in the Thunderbolt chain and it therefore doesn't work with a Thunderbolt Dock (I have an elgato). Upon first installation you have to enable the node with your thunderbolt software so you still need to have the monitor connected through a non Thunderbolt hosted hdmi port so you can see and enable the node. Also the case is not big enough to accomondate my Aurus 1080Ti video card.
    Date published: 2017-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoa Turned my MacBook Pro from a paper weight into a gaming computer capable of Battlefield 1 with ultra settings at 90 fps (with my gtx 1080). Awesome device, plug and play. Thanks so much guys.
    Date published: 2017-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's flawless Bought it to build an Oculus Rift system based on my Win10 HP Spectre 360 laptop. The short summary is that everything works as expected. Some more details: Build quality is perfect. The size that big was a little surprise, but it can accommodate my MSI GeForce 1080 just right. The noise level is lower than I expected, but this thing is clearly audible. Assembled everything in 5 minutes, plugged into my laptop's thunderbolt 3 port via the supplied cable, windows recognized 'new thunderbolt 3 device' right away. Then just few OK clicks(including automatically suggested GeForce driver download) and I connect my monitor to the graphics card HDMI and see the picture. Connecting Oculus Rift via HDMI to the card did not cause any problems too.
    Date published: 2017-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wasnt expecting it to work with a 2011 MBP Well it does so HAPPY to run my 4K display at 60hz
    Date published: 2017-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth as silk I bought the Node to house an external GPU to give a helping hand to iMac when rendering 3D and motion graphics. After installing the graphics card (GTX 1080 Ti), which fitted perfectly and utilised the provided power plugs, I was up and running within minutes. No issues using a TB3>TB2 adapter to connect to the Mac. The unit seems well built. I can't fault it.
    Date published: 2017-09-05
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