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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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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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.
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
  • Table of Contents
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    Interface 1 x 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3
    Power Supply 400 W
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight 8.0 lb / 3.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.15 x 13.386 x 9.528"
    Node Thunderbolt 3 External PCIe Box for GPUs is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 20.
    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 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 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
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Works Received my node after much anticipation (and delays!) and it works perfectly. Setup was very straightforward: I opened the box up, inserted my gtx 1070, attached the power, and closed the case back up. My laptop's thunderbolt drivers were already updated so I just simply plugged the node in and my external display (internal display requires a disabling my dgpu but works too). I then updated the node drivers, as well as my graphics drivers. Painless setup. The node is hot pluggable, meaning I can just connect and disconnect the Thunderbolt cable for it to be recognized. My laptop doesn't formally support egpus (xps 15, 2016) but I had no problems with it. The performance is very good but, as expected, thunderbolt 3 isn't 100 percent on par with a normal desktop setup. On top of that, the thunderbolt implementation on my laptop is 2 lanes instead of 4. Performance of my 1070 puts it between a desktop 1060 and desktop 1070; a major step up from my laptop. Gaming doesn't using my laptops dgpu, so my laptop runs cooler and quieter. There are a couple quirks though: -once powered on, the fan from the PSU will always be spinning. It isn't the quietest fan, unfortunately -my front fan makes a strange sound under heavy load. It isn't loud, but it odd and kinda annoying. -the solution to these problems would be to replace the fans. Very easy to open up and take out both fans -however, it turns out both fans don't use a normal connection. Most fans use 3 or 4 pins. These fans use 2 pin so an adapter is required for using other fans (the PSU fans is also slightly different from one on the front and requires another 2 pin adapter). These adapters are more difficult to find in Canada, so I had to end up ordering them from China. -if you disconnect the egpu, make sure to do it while the laptop is still running otherwise it won't be able to display correctly upon waking your laptop. Overall, fantastic device. Games have never looked better.
    Date published: 2017-05-27
    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
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