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Mercury Helios FX 650
Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure

Thunderbolt 3 / Mac / Windows
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 to have the GPU of your choice installed. 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.
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 possibilities of the Mercury Helios FX 650 combined with your choice of GPU, you can 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 650 delivers. With a large variable speed, temperature-controlled fan, the Mercury Helios FX 650 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 650 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.
GPU Compatibility
See OWC Mercury Helios FX GPU Compatibility Guide for detailed compatibility information.

Product Specifications:

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC

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

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)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n HELIOSFX650 UPC#: 810586031127

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This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini 2018
Mac mini (Late 2018)
(November, 2018)
Model ID: Macmini8,1
3.6GHz i3, 3.0GHz i5, 3.2GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac Pro
(27-inch Late 2017)
(December 2017)
Model ID: iMacPro1,1
3.2GHz 8-core, 3.0GHz 10-core, 2.3GHz 14-core, 2.5GHz 18-core
Install Videos coming soon
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 5K display
(27-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,3
3.4GHz i5, 3.5GHz i5, 3.8GHz i5, 4.2GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 4K display
(21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,2
3.0GHz i5, 3.4GHz i5, 3.6GHz i7
iMac Intel
iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID:iMac18,1
2.3GHz i5
MacBook Pro Retina w/ Touch Bar
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Mid 2018)
(July, 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,1
2.2GHz i7, 2.6GHz i7, 2.9GHz i9
Detailed specs coming soon
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2018)
(July, 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,2
2.3GHz i5, 2.7GHz i7
Detailed specs coming soon
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina w/ Touch Bar
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,3
2.8GHz i7, 2.9GHz i7, 3.1GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,2
3.1GHz i5, 3.3GHz i5, 3.5GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Mid 2017)
(June, 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14,1
2.3GHz i5, 2.5GHz i7
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Touch Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,3
2.6GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,2
2.9GHz, 3.1GHz, 3.3GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Late 2016)
(October, 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13,1
2.0GHz, 2.4GHz

Includes

  • (1) OWC Mercury Helios FX
  • (1) Power cable
  • (1) Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • (1) Quick Start Guide

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
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:

Verified Buyer
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 Mercury Helios FX 650 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure Mfr P/N: HELIOSFX650 OWC SKU: OWCHELIOSFX650 Elevate gaming performance or just add sheer computational power. Upgraded 650W power supply. Compatible with Mac and Windows. Includes Thunderbolt 3 cable. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $449.99MacSales.com Price $389.00
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