AKiTiO Node external GPU PCIe box




Please refer to the compatibility list on the AKiTiO website before purchasing this product.

The Thunderbolt 3 eGXF box is a low cost expansion chassis designed to house an external graphics card. Connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3, the additional GPU power instantly upgrades a regular laptop or a mini PC and makes it possible to do things that would normally require a high-end workstation or gaming computer. For video editors and colorists, the dedicated GPU reduces the time it takes to render the footage, a computer that was not powerful enough for a VR headset is now potentially VR ready and for those that like to play games, these can now run at much higher frame rates than before.

- Thunderbolt 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
- 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting full-length, full-height, double-width cards
- Spacious enclosure for use with standard and large sized graphics cards
- Built-in 400W SFX power supply to provide extra power to GPU
- PCIe x16 slot supplying up to 75W of power
- 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
- Removable back panel for double-width cards
- Carry handle to easily transport the device

4 Lane PCI Express 3.0 Compliant Interface - Supports standard and large sized 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 sized graphics cards. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth even for the most demanding PCIe cards.

Extra power for graphics cards - 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-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. In combination with the AKiTiO Node, this makes it possible to instantly upgrade your regular laptop or Mini-PC and achieve a performance that usually requires high-end workstations or specialized gaming computers.

macOS High Sierra
As announced at WWDC on June 5, 2017, macOS High Sierra brings support for external graphics processors to any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Naturally, we are very excited about this announcement and our engineers quickly setup a test with the Node, our Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis for external graphics cards (eGPU), to see what happens.

"Yes, it works!", could be heard from our test lab almost immediately after connecting the Node and turning on the power.

Disclaimer: These are preliminary tests and macOS High Sierra is currently available only for developers. At this time, the Node is certified and validated to work only with certain Thunderbolt 3 PCs as seen at https://www.akitio.com/information-center/node-gpu-compatibility but the first test results look promising.

MacBook Pro (2016) with macOS High Sierra and the Node with an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card

Our Akitio team in Taiwan has recorded a short video to show what happens, without any modifications to the system or hardware whatsoever, when the Node is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac running macOS 10.13. After connecting the Thunderbolt cable to the computer (0:25), the external GPU is detected and the user is prompted to logout (0:40). After logging in again, the GPU is ready to use (1:22). When disconnecting the Thunderbolt cable (1:30), the same procedure of logging out and logging in has to be repeated and that's all it takes.

How about a Thunderbolt 2 Mac with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter from Apple?
Yes, this appears to work as well.

How about graphics cards from Nvidia?
No, according to the release notes (v1.0) for the external graphics development kit, only the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card is supported. Other graphics cards are unsupported.



Certifications: CE, FCC, VCCI, Thunderbolt technology
Warranty: 2-year limited warranty
Case material: SECC sheet metal
Data transfer: Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps
Fan noise level: 29.6 dB(A)
Dimensions (LxWxH): 16.85" x 5.71" x 8.94" / 42.8 cm x 14.5 cm x 22.7 cm

1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart on the AKiTiO website)
Supports full-length, full-height and double-width cards
PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 75W but additional power can be supplied to the PCIe card by connecting a pair of 8-pin connectors
RAID mode Not applicable

1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) port
1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface

System environment
Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)

Power supply
Internal power supply (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)
Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
Output: DC +12V/33A

Package contents
AKiTiO Node with built-in 400W PSU
Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
Setup guide

System Requirements
Mac: Not supported
PC: Windows 10, Computer with Thunderbolt 3 port, Computer must support external GPUs (see compatibility chart on the AKiTiO website)

- The computer must support external GPUs.
- Not all Thunderbolt 3 computers support external GPUs. If in doubt, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.
- To prevent damage, always uninstall graphics cards when transporting the device.
- The monitor, VR headset, Intel® NUC and graphics card are for reference only.


Model Number: NODE-T3IA-AKTU