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Mercury Helios FX 650
with Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5

Mac / Windows
Thunderbolt 3 External Radeon RX 580 GPU
Your Mac or Windows PC Will Never Be the Same Again
Transform MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, or any Thunderbolt 3 equipped PC into a high-end graphics processing workstation. The OWC Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU comes ready perform with an 8GB high-end Radeon RX 580 GPU that utilizes 36 compute units to deliver up to a whopping 6.2 TFLOPs of performance. With support built into the latest macOS and Windows 10, adding this processing power is as simple as plugging the Mercury Helios FX 650 into your computer's Thunderbolt 3 port.
Sheer Performance Numbers
The Helios FX 650 delivers where it matters most.
  • Up to 3.2x faster performance with 2018 MacBook Pro
  • Up to 5.2x faster performance with 2018 MacBook Air
  • Up to 5.4x faster performance with 2018 Mac mini
(Metal and/or Open CL GPU performance with Radeon RX 580 GPU)
Work Faster. Play Faster.
Modern software and operating systems utilize the massive power housed in the GPU to enhance the performance that spans nearly everything you do. And nowhere is GPU realized more than with graphics intensive programs, video editing suites and VR/AR software. With the graphics processing power capabilities Radeon RX 580, experience shorter rendering times and faster effects operations with Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid, Adobe, and other video suites.

All that extra speed empowers you to iterate and experiment more. Allowing you to push that latest edit to the next level, or journey on a different path to see where it takes your creative vision.

When you need to take a break from work, the same horsepower delivers incredible gaming graphics and higher FPS at higher resolutions. With full support for Apple Metal as well as OpenGL/CL, there's no limit to what you can accomplish and experience.
Look Elsewhere for Planned Obsolescence
Unlike other eGPUs, the Helios FX 650 is upgradeable. When the time comes for a better GPU, we made upgrading super simple so you can reuse your investment for years to come. That's better for you, and produces much less e-waste. The high power capabilities will let you run the demanding GPUs of today and tomorrow. The chassis is made of recyclable materials as well, which makes the Helios FX 650 the smart upgradeable and recyclable choice.
Designed for Excellence
Keeping this much graphics processing power cool and quiet is a tall order, but Mercury Helios FX delivers. With a large variable speed, temperature-controlled fan, the Mercury Helios FX plays nicely even in the most noise-sensitive environments. Minimal noise is only part of the equation. Reducing the number of cables going into your computer combines to create a clean and distraction free workspace. The Mercury Helios FX provides up to 100W of power to a connected notebook computer, freeing up a Thunderbolt 3 port and letting you keep your power adapter in your bag for life on the move.
Turbo Boost Even the Latest Models
The latest computer models, even those with discrete GPUs, can experience a performance boost with the Mercury Helios FX 650. With more dedicated memory, more processing cores, and higher clock speeds, this external GPU can take your computer further.

Mercury Helios FX 650 Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number

  • OWCHELIOSFX650

Mac OS Compatibility

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave

PC OS Compatibility

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016

Other Requirements

  • Mac: requires macOS 10.13.4 or later
  • PC: requires Windows 10 64-bit v1709 or later

Color

  • Black

Output Connection

  • Thunderbolt 3

Chipset

  • Intel Alpine Ridge

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC

Power

  • 10A, 50-60Hz, 100-240V

Ambient Temperature

  • Operating: 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C)

Dimensions

  • Height: 20.0 cm (7.9 in)
  • Length: 34.0 cm (13.4 in)
  • Width: 18.5 cm (7.3 in)

Weight

  • 3200.0 g (7.05 lbs)

Radeon RX 580 Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number

  • RX-580P828D6

System Requirements

  • 500W Power Supply

Interface

  • PCIe x16

Ports 1

  • (1) HDMI
  • (3) DisplayPort
  • (1) Dual-Link DVI-D

GPU

  • 1386 MHz Core Clock
  • 1405 OC+ Clock (MHz)
  • 14 nm Chip
  • 2304 Stream Processors

Video Memory

  • 8GB Size
  • 256-bit GDDR5
  • 8000 MHz Effective

Resolution

  • DisplayPort 1.4: 4096 x 2160 maximum resolution per display
  • Dual-link DVI: 2560 x 1600 maximum resolution
  • HDMI 2.0b: 4096 x 2160 maximum resolution

Dimensions

  • Height: 27.0 cm (10.6 in)
  • Length: 12.4 cm (4.9 in)
  • Width: 4.0 cm (1.6 in)
1. Audio output through HDMI or DisplayPort will not work in a Mac. For PC, use HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort for best audio quality. Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n HELFX6RX580

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Includes

  • Mercury Helios FX Expansion Chassis
    • (1) Thunderbolt 3 cable (40Gbps)
    • (2) 6+2 pin internal power cables for GPUs requiring 6 or 8-pin power
    • (1) Power cable
    • Quick start guide
    • GPU Compatibility (download only)
  • Radeon RX 580 graphics card
    • (1) Graphics card quick guide
    • (1) Driver CD

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 2 (50%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: EliDeuce Location: Auburn, AL Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 PnP Upgrade for iMac 18,1 Mojave July 1, 2019 Installed provided AMD RX 580 GPU in chassis, plugged in the power cord, connected the Thunderbolt 3 cable, powered up the eGPU, and powered up the iMac. Apps recognized the eGPU - no need to install any drivers. Fan only runs when necessary. Unit does get pretty warm under continuous use. Apps run ~10x faster on eGPU than on internal Intel GPU. Be aware that the included Thunderbolt 3 cable is only ~1 foot long. So, a longer cable is needed if you want to hide the unit under the desk.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Helios FX with AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Thunderbolt 3 eGPU solution. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Kier Location: Puyallup, WA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 HOLY COW! June 18, 2019 Ok, so to start off it is HUGE. It's a fair bit bigger than I thought it would be, BUT I love it. I decided to ditch my 2009 Mac Pro and go to a 2018 MBP, but needed a boost for graphics when working at home and this fit the bill perfectly. When ever possible I buy from OWC, you know the products will work and you know they stand behind everything they sell. This was no exception and it really helped out with graphics (working and gaming).

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Helios FX with AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Thunderbolt 3 eGPU solution. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: albetonpete Location: Sacramento, CA Age: 18-24 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Quiet, good ventilation, user friendly December 4, 2018 Perfect for my needs, I'm using a 2018 Mac Mini with the provided graphics card in this bundle, a Radeon™ RX 580 Gaming 8G. After setting up the GPU in the enclosure and plugging into an external monitor, it was good to go! Only thing that was a downside was that the GPU's software is intended only for Windows and Linux OS and there was no actual way of finding that out until purchasing the bundle, nonetheless it is not necessary to work with the enclosure. I am very satisfied with my purchase, it's hard to beat OWC's three year warranty!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Helios FX with AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Thunderbolt 3 eGPU solution. Customer Videos:

Reviewer: Cogset Location: Portland, Maine Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple install, super quiet, works great September 29, 2018 I bought the Helios "kit" with Radeon RX 580. I'm not a gamer, but wanted more performance when batch processing photographs using my Macbook Pro 13" 2018. I tested the performance of a few machines doing image exports (using PhaseOne CaptureOne pro software) with hardware accleration turned on and off. (See image).

The 13" Macbook more than tripled export performance (from 22 to 76 images per minute) when the eGPU was used (second and third rows in the chart). The nice thing is the ability to swap out the RX 580 for a better card in the future.

Also, it's very quiet, surprisingly so. At one point in the test I got a lot of fan noise but it was from the Macbook itself rather than the eGPU.

This review is from OWC Mercury Helios FX Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: ReneBonvanie Location: Foster City, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Ready, set, go. April 18, 2018 To support the demanding graphics apps on my MacBook Pro 15, I needed a way to add a high-end graphics capability to it that was super easy to do. I had considered a few options but always favor it when OWC offers it. The card I picked was the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Air with 16GB of memory. The installation took less than 5 minutes and as soon as I connected it to the laptop (obviously running MaxOS 10.13.4), it worked. Super easy, super quiet, and super fast.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC Mercury Helios FX Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure. Customer Videos:

OWC Bundle Mercury Helios FX 650 with Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Mfr P/N: HELFX6RX580 OWC SKU: OWCHELFX6RX580 8GB 256bit GDDR5 VR Ready AMD graphics card, paired with a cool, quiet Thunderbolt 3 eGPU. Mercury Helios FX: 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
Radeon RX 580: 3 Year XFX Limited Warranty
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