The Sonnet Breakaway Box 650 chassis powers external GPUs for connection to host PCs via Thunderbolt 3.
Sonnet has released the eGFX Breakaway Box 650, the latest and most capable model in the company’s series of Thunderbolt 3 to PCI Express eGPU expansion chassis for professional graphics and gaming applications. The Breakaway Box 650 is designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series-based cards. The AMD-approved Breakaway Box 650 is equipped with a 650-watt power supply, which provides ample power for GPU cards with high transient peak power requirements.
The Sonnet Technologies eGFX Breakaway Box 650 provides a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible GPU card, and features enough room for many high-performance water-cooled cards — making it ideal for professionals and gamers who need to run bandwidth-intensive graphics applications on their eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computers. The unit is equipped with a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port that enables data transfers up to 2750 MB/s, and supports all Thunderbolt-compatible GPU cards — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models; and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, V, and Quadromodels. In addition, the Breakaway Box 650 includes two eight-pin auxiliary power connectors and provides 87 watts of upstream power (Power Delivery), useful for powering and charging a connected notebook computer that supports Thunderbolt 3 charging.
With the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs can access additional graphics performance by connecting to an external graphics processor (eGPU). The eGPU can accelerate Metal, OpenGL, and OpenCL applications giving the host Mac additional graphics performance for professional applications including VR content creation.
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