Gigabyte Aorus eGPU...housing a U.2 NVMe SSD

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  1. gsloan macrumors member

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    I found an empty Aorus eGPU enclosure on CraigsList for $100. Replaced the PSU fan with a Noctua to quiet the thing down and removed the auxiliary fans as they're not necessary with just the SSD. Found a PM963 Samsung 1.9TB NVMe SSD on eBay for $160 shipped plus a $20 adapter. While it's not svelte, it is quiet and works just fine. So if you don't want to pay $200+ for a TB enclosure, see if you can find one of these discarded, as some people do, evidently. Works wonderfully. The PM963 won't win any speed records, but it should last a good long while as an enterprise SSD.

    I've already got a Razer Core X housing a Vega64, before folks wonder why I didn't put a GPU in it. :)
     

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  2. purplealert macrumors newbie

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    That's really interesting, I have one of these enclosures. Loads of these got bought and the cards ripped out for cryptomining a couple of years ago. Can I ask which Noctua fan you used for the PSU? It's not the loudest device out there, but it might be nice to quieten my enclosure down a bit too.


    Thanks!
     
  3. gsloan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, a lot of folks bought these and discarded the enclosures...some are letting them go dirt cheap. And they work well as a standard OS X Thunderbolt-> PCIe enclosure.

    Here's the fan I used in the PSU - https://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NF-A4...tua+40mm+flex&qid=1568209901&s=gateway&sr=8-4 - You'll need to splice the old fan's red and black onto the Noctua's red and black. After doing that, the PSU fan is inaudible from about 6" away.
     
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