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The AKiTiO Node is one of the most affordable external GPU enclosures on the market now

By Koh Wanzi - on 15 Mar 2017, 10:54am

The AKiTiO Node is one of the most affordable external GPU enclosures on the market now

AKiTiO Node

There’s the US$499 Razer Core and S$888 ASUS ROG XG Station 2. And then there’s the AKiTiO Node, which costs US$298 (~S$422), just about half the price of its rivals.

External graphics enclosures are nifty ways to improve gaming performance on your laptop, but they can take quite a hefty toll on your wallet. It also doesn’t help that these docks generally don’t come with the GPU, which means the total expense is often a lot higher.

In light of this, the AKiTiO Node is a welcome entry to the market, given how affordable it is relative to the competition. And to be sure, the idea is catching on with a growing number of manufacturers, with PowerColor and Gigabyte on board as well.

The Node uses a Thunderbolt 3 interface, so it will work most Windows 10 notebooks that support the standard and the use of external graphics cards through the BIOS, which is good news for accessibility.  

However, given the price, there aren’t any fancy bells and whistles like RGB lighting, and the Node is constructed mostly of stainless steel. You’ll also not get any extras like USB 3.0 or Gigabit Ethernet ports, so this is purely a GPU enclosure and not quite a dock.

AKiTiO Node interior

Still, it serves its purpose well on that front. It measures 428 x 145 x 227mm, and can take full-height cards up to 312mm long. A 400 watt SFX power supply powers the GPU – this should be enough for most cards, but you can choose to replace it with a higher wattage unit if you wish.

The AKiTiO Node is now available to buy on Edge Neo, but you'll have to top up S$18 for local shipping.

Source: Edge Neo