AKiTiO has introduced a new Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enclosure that has been designed specifically with professional users in mind. The Node Titan can house power-hungry professional-grade graphics cards due to its 650 W power supply unit.

AKiTiO was among the first companies to introduce a TB3 eGFX chassis for video cards back in late 2016. A little over three years later, after learning from its customers about their needs, AKiTiO comes up with its Node Titan that upgrades the original Node in every possible way. The new enclosure is somewhat more compact, yet it can house full-length (32 cm) full-height (17 cm) 2.5-wide (6 cm) graphics cards that consume up to 500 W of power and need two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.  In particular, the box can accommodate all the latest video cards from AMD and NVIDIA and is certified for high-end professional boards, including NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000.

To ensure that the cards used inside AKiTiO’s Node Titan get enough cooling, the enclosure is equipped with two fans: one is used for the PSU and the other cools down the board itself. Meanwhile, the enclosure has a handle to make it easier to carry it around. As for dimensions, the enclosure measures 35.7 × 13.5 × 26.6 cm (14.06 × 5.31 × 10.47 inches), so it is actually more compact than the predecessor. Still, since the box is made of stainless steel, not aluminum, so it is not exactly lightweight.

Comparison of Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Chassis
Node Titan
Chassis Dimensions Length 42.8 cm
16.85 in
35.7 cm
14.06 in
Height 22.7 cm
8.94 in
26.6 cm
10.47 in
Width 14.5 cm
5.71 in
13.5 cm
5.31 in
Max Dimension of Compatible Graphics Card Length 32 cm
12.59 in
17 cm
6.7 in
Width 6 cm
2.36 in
Maximum GPU Power 300 W (?) 500 W
PSU Wattage 400 W 650 W
Form-Factor SFX ?
Cooling Fans 1 × 120 mm 2 × ?? mm
Connectivity Thunderbolt 1 × TB3 1 × TB3
Ethernet - -
DisplayPort - -
Availability December 2016 March
Price $299 $334.75

AKiTiO’s Node Titan is available directly from the company as well as from its partners. Notably, the Node Titan is a pure eGFX enclosure and does not feature a GbE port or a USB hub, so it is relatively cheap by eGFX chassis standards at $334.75.

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Source: AKiTiO

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  • One Two - Sunday, May 31, 2020 - link

    Try R43SG. A (partly) DIY egpu solution
  • Tomatotech - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - link

    That case is more like $100. Getting a nice custom case made in small quantities to a high standard isn’t cheap.
  • Tomatotech - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - link

    As someone who has done a bit of looking through Chinese manufacturer websites for decent ITX cases, yes you can buy one for $20 but it will be generic non-GPU capable. When you start wanting one that includes space for a GPU too, the $20 cases become noticeably poorer quality. Moving up in quality and looking for the better reviewed cases, you start approaching $100 quite quickly.
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - link

    Pretty much zero market size for this type of equipment exists at the moment. Anyone making a purchase is going to have to absorb low volume production price hikes as a consequence.
  • TheUnhandledException - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - link

    For that price you think they could support the full 100W PD. I mean if you are doing 85W that is 4.25A @ 20V. You already support 20V output so support the full 100W (5A @ 20V)
  • Galgomite - Friday, April 3, 2020 - link

    I'd love to see a tower-sized Thunderbolt enclosure that supports multiple simultaneous peripherals, including a 5.25 and 3.5 bay, even if it cheats with a second connection.
  • skaurus - Sunday, April 5, 2020 - link

    I don't get why no relatively cheap external GPU cases came up in all these years since it was made for the first time. It's just some metal (or even plastic), weak PSU, cooler (maybe) and a bridge from TB3/USB-C to PCI-E. Not even really a bridge afaik - TB3 and some implementations of USB-C have PCI-E lanes inside.

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