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Aki­tio Node Ti­tan

PRICE £330

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Mac users who spend enough time look­ing at ac­ces­sories, add-ons, or tools needed for a hard­ware up­grade will in­evitably run into OWC (Other World Com­put­ing), via their mas­sive port­fo­lio of clever prod­ucts and guides that aim to make life eas­ier on MACOS. They sell all kinds of Thun­der­bolt en­clo­sures, with many aimed at stor­age ex­pan­sion, cater­ing for hard disks, 2.5-inch SATA and NVME SSDS.

Aki­tio is OWC’S EGPU en­clo­sure brand, just as com­pat­i­ble with Win­dows PCS as well as Macs. Their port­fo­lio has en­clo­sures for full-length, half-length and dual graph­ics cards, but it’s the Node Ti­tan that is their most re­cent ex­ter­nal graph­ics en­clo­sure, com­ing with an im­pres­sive spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and an all-metal build in a shade of dark grey that feels solid and high qual­ity.

It has unique re­mov­able thumb­screws, mak­ing it very easy to open the en­clo­sure and re­place your card. There’s also a re­tractable han­dle for trans­port that pops up from the top. Air­flow comes in via one side only.

It’s a rel­a­tively com­pact de­sign too, 13.5cm wide, which is con­sid­er­ably less than both the Son­net Break­away Box and the Razer Core Chroma.

It’s not quite as slim as the Asus XG Sta­tion Pro and it’s no­tably taller as well. But un­like the Asus, which suf­fers from a slightly weedy ex­ter­nal PSU, the Aki­tio has a beefy 650W in­ter­nal PSU that should be able to han­dle a wide range of graph­ics cards.

An­other less for­tu­nate dif­fer­ence is that the Aki­tio Node Ti­tan can be noisy. The fan is po­si­tioned at the bot­tom, and although it could be re­moved and re­placed with some­thing more ef­fi­cient, it looks a lit­tle tricky to ac­cess.

It also lacks any ex­tra ports, which seems like a bit of a missed op­por­tu­nity, given the pos­si­bil­i­ties when con­nect­ing up a Thun­der­bolt cable.

But in its favour the Aki­tio Node Ti­tan is fairly rea­son­ably priced, given it can sup­port a wide range of graph­ics cards. It’s not as easy to find in the UK as other en­clo­sures though. At the time of writ­ing we couldn’t find it on Ama­zon and in­stead had to look at some Mac­spe­cial­ist ven­dors.

VERDICT

Pre­mium qual­ity and well priced, but lack­ing ex­tra ports

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