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Akitio Thunder2 PCIe Box - Not intended for the use of Graphic Cards
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- Two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for lightning fast speeds of up to 20Gb/s
- 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
- 4 lane PCI Express 2.0 compliant interface at 5.0Gbps
- Removable back panel for double-width cards
- This Product was not intended for the use of Graphic Cards
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This Product was not intended for the use of Graphic Cards AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Expansion Box The portable Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for systems that do not support or have enough available space for expansion cards. The external Thunderbolt 2 connection allows you to daisy-chain up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices, making this the ideal plug and play companion especially when you have to take your system with you. Replacing the card is a simple matter of removing three hand tightening screws, so no tools are required. 4K Workflow with Thunderbolt 2 Technology Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates DisplayPort 1.2 support, which allows for video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. If you are a video editor, you can now use a single port to connect your external Thunderbolt devices and a 4K display 4 Lane PCI Express 2.0 Compliant Interface The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. Replacing the card can be done without tools, simply by removing two hand tightening screws for the chassis and one for the card. Provides Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports for Daisy-Chain The second Thunderbolt 2 port lets you daisy-chain up to five Thunderbolt devices together. For example, you can attach additional external drives and even a display, all connected to the computer through a single cable.
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To overcome the 25 watt PCIe limit I use a powered PCIe riser together with an external ATX power supply. The beauty here is the original power supply is no longer needed as all the needed power comes from the PCIe riser.
I cannot comment on the fan noise since I have unplugged mine.
A Thunderbolt cable was included!
For more details about using this product in regards to external graphics card setups, I have written a small guide here: https://odd-one-out.serek.eu/thunderbolt-2-egpu-setup-using-akitio-thunder2/
In short, I highly recommend this device for DIY external graphics card setups. I have not found anything that beats this device for performance (in terms of bandwidth) to price ratio.
Build quality is solid and it looks nice on my desk. Although word of warning to anyone looking to modify this into an eGPU setup: If you want to put the outer casing back on, you'll need to modify it for airflow and extra cabling. That being said, it doesn't look exceptionally horrible with the case off. If you keep it front facing forward on your desk, no one will even notice it's missing it's outer case. Either way, it does the job it's supposed to do.
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