Here is my first attempt of doing building an e-GPU.
What I wanted to do :
Due to the fact that having a Razer Core is a pain in the *** and because it's a 7Kg not so portable solution, I decided to build myself my own e-GPU using an Akitio Thunder2 casing for the latest Intel NUC6i7KYK “Skull Canyon”.
I also wanted not to change the power connector of the casing.
Akitio Thunder2 : 211.45€
Thunderbolt3 to Thunderbolt2/1 adapter : 95.19€
Dell DA-2 Power Supply : 27€
ZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB : 320€ (174mm x 111.15mm)
The Plan :
The steps :
1\ Cut the DELL DA-2 cable properly to expose the 8 wires.
2\ Solder all GROUND together as well as all 12V together.
3\ Solder the 2 obtained wires to a 5.5x2.1mm barrel.
4\ Solder two thick wire from the barrel to the top back of the casing (15cm).
5\ Split the two wires into a 6 PIN MOLEX connector.
6\ Cut a 110mm hole inside the casing.
7\ Fix a fan/dust protection.
How it works :
Great ! Not so much test so far but pretty stable playing the latest DOOM.
2560x1080, HIGH settings with V-SYNC ON :60fps
2560x1080, HIGH settings with V-SYNC OFF : 90fps
Next steps :
Figure out if there is a difference in performance using the Akitio TB3 prototype.
Photos (new model: Akitio Thunder3):
Photos (old model: Akitio Thunder2):