External GPU Support

Make sure that your computer supports external GPUs. If not or you cannot find any mention of external GPUs, your computer may need updates for the Thunderbolt 3 software. For more information, go to https://thunderbolttechnology.net/updates.

Not all computers with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports support eGFX. Akitio can only assure proper operation of our Node with systems in our compatible PC list. If your PC is not on the compatible PC list, please check with your PC manufacturer on support for external graphics.

  1. Right-click on the Thunderbolt icon in your taskbar. When a Thunderbolt device is connected, this icon will appear automatically. If not, select the Start button and sroll through the program list to locate and open the Thunderbolt™ Software first.
  2. In the context menu, select Settings and then go to Details....
  3. Look for "External GPUs supported" to see if the AKiTiO Node will work on your system (Yes) or not (No).
    support egpu
  4. If it says No and you would still like to use the Node, you can do so after updating the firmware of the Node to the latest version. However, please be aware that we cannot assure proper operation of the Node on such systems.

 

Compatible Host Computers

Computer   eGPU Support
 
Intel NUC (NUC6i7KYB) Mini-PC
 
Razer Blade Laptop
Razer Blade Stealth Laptop
 

Remarks:

  • Make sure your computer is using the latest BIOS and the latest updates for Thunderbolt.

 

Compatible Graphics Cards

PCIe Card   AKiTiO Node
   
  • Full-length
  • Full-height
  • Double-width
  • PCIe (x16) slot max 75W
 
ASUS STRIX-RX480-O8G-GAMING Radeon™ RX 480
 
EVGA 04G-P4-2986 GeForce GTX 980
EVGA 08G-P4-6180-KR GeForce GTX 1080
EVGA 12G-P4-2990-KR GeForce GTX TITAN X
 
MSI MS-V328 GeForce GTX 1060
MSI MS-V330 GeForce GTX 1070
 
SAPPHIRE 8G D5 Tri-X OC Radeon™ R9 390X
SAPPHIRE 4G HBM Radeon™ R9 Nano
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ 8G D5 Radeon™ RX 470
 

Remarks:

  • Download and install the latest driver for your graphics card from the manufacturer's website.
  • This compatibility list is updated whenever a new card has been tested and verified.
  • Cards that are not on this list are not necessarily incompatible, it just means that we haven't tested them (yet).
  • If you own a card that is not listed above and know that it works, please let us know.

Disclaimer:
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