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
 
Gigabyte GB-BKi7HT-7500 Mini-PC
Intel NUC (NUC6i7KYK, NUC6i7KYB) Mini-PC
 
CJSCOPE Z-530 Laptop
2
HP Spectre x360 13-w063nr Convertible Laptop
2
MSI GT73VR 6RE TITAN Laptop
1, 2
Razer Blade Laptop
2
Razer Blade Stealth Laptop
2
 
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard
1
Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard
 
  1. Akitio has not verified this computer but it has been reported as compatible by the user community.
  2. This laptop does not accept a charge from a 5V/3A power source like the Node [see FAQ].

Remarks:

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

 

Compatible Graphics Cards

PCIe Card GPU AKiTiO Node
   
  • Full-length
  • Full-height
  • Double-width
  • PCIe (x16) slot max 75W
AMD Radeon™
ASUS STRIX-RX480-O8G-GAMING Radeon™ RX 480
SAPPHIRE 4G HBM Radeon™ R9 Nano
SAPPHIRE 8G D5 Tri-X OC Radeon™ R9 390X
SAPPHIRE NITRO+ 8G D5 Radeon™ RX 470
     
NVIDIA Geforce
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 GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G GeForce GTX 1080
MSI GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR 11G OC GeForce GTX 1080Ti
2
MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X 11G GeForce GTX 1080Ti
2
MSI GTX 960 GAMING 2G GeForce GTX 960
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970
MSI GTX 980Ti GAMING 6G GeForce GTX 980Ti
MSI MS-V328 GeForce GTX 1060
MSI MS-V330 GeForce GTX 1070
ASUS DUAL-GTX1050TI-4G GeForce GTX 1050Ti
ASUS DUAL-GTX1060-O6G GeForce GTX 1060
ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING GeForce GTX 1080
ASUS STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING GeForce GTX 1080
GALAXY 大将 GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 1070
GALAXY 大将 GTX 1060  GeForce GTX 1060
GALAX GTX 1080 HOF GeForce GTX 1080
1
GIGABYTE GV-N1070WF2OC-8GD GeForce GTX 1070
     
  1. Akitio has not verified this card but it has been reported as compatible by the user community.
  2. When under heavy load, the overload protection of the Node kicks in and cuts off the power.

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:
Information in this article is subject to change without notice. AKiTiO does not make any representations or warranties (implied or otherwise) regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. All brand names and product names used in this document are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective holders.