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OWC

Mercury Helios FX
EThunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure

New Condition | Open Box

Thunderbolt 3 / Mac / Windows
The eGPU chassis built to empower
Add the power of a high-performance GPU to your Mac and PC via Thunderbolt 3. Whether you're bringing a creative vision to life, crunching research data, playing the latest hardware-punishing game, or connecting additional displays — the OWC Mercury Helios FX is built to empower everything you do.
The Power to Do More
Achieve smoother frame rates, encode faster, edit in greater resolutions, add displays, utilize VR and AR, elevate gaming performance, or take advantage of the complex data crunching GPUs excel at. You'll have plenty of options with support for most Thunderbolt-compatible AMD Radeon™ and NVIDIA® GeForce®, TITAN, and Quadro® GPUs.
Transformative Notebook Performance
Change the way you think of notebooks. Utilize the greater portability and flexibility of lighter laptops while taking advantage of easy-to-upgrade desktop-class GPUs. With an OWC Mercury Helios FX in your arsenal, performance is plug-and-play, and upgrades are easy.
Multi-Platform Flexibility
The OWC Mercury Helios FX provides an exhilarating performance boost to both Macs and Windows PCs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Whether in a single-platform environment or a mixed-platform environment, the OWC Mercury Helios FX can easily be moved between computers to enhance workflows wherever it is needed most.
Powerful, Cool, and Quiet
The OWC Mercury Helios FX is built to handle the most power-hungry GPUs and simultaneously charge your notebook. It stays cool with a whisper-quiet, temperature-controlled fan, making it perfect for noise-sensitive environments.
Beyond GPUs
It's easy to quickly swap out cards as needed with the OWC Mercury Helios FX. In addition to GPUs, it has the cooling, room, and power to support virtually any Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card — including popular RED ROCKET and AVID Pro Tools | HDX PCIe cards.
World-Class OWC Support
Should the need ever arise, our award-winning support team is ready to patiently answer any questions you may have about your OWC Mercury Helios FX.
GPU Compatibility
See OWC Mercury Helios FX GPU Compatibility Guide for detailed compatibility information.

Product Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • macOS 10.13.4 or later1
  • Windows 10 (64-bit, version 1709) or later

Hardware Requirements

  • Any eGPU-compatible Thunderbolt 3 Mac or PC

PCIe Card Support 2

  • Any driverless PCIe card or PCIe card with a Thunderbolt-aware driver

Housing Color

  • Black

Housing Material

  • Aluminum

External Connectivity

  • (1) Thunderbolt 3 port

Transfer Rate (Max)

  • Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps)

Expansion Slots

  • (1) PCIe 3.0 (x4)

Power

  • Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching
  • Supplies 550 W

Environmental

  • 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

  • 3.22 kg (7.10 lbs)
1. For non-GPU PCIe cards, macOS 10.12.6 or later is required.
2. For easy setup OWC recommends cards that are 28 cm in length or less. Longer cards may require extra steps to remove the power supply, or may not fit at all depending on shroud design.
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n HELIOSFX UPC#: 812437024678

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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
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iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 5K display
(27-inch Early 2019)
(March 2019)
Model ID: iMac19,1
3.0GHz i5, 3.1GHz i5, 3.7GHz i5, 3.6GHz i9
iMac Intel
iMac w/Retina 4K display
(21.5-inch Early 2019)
(March 2019)
Model ID:iMac19,2
3.6GHz i3, 3.0GHz i5, 3.2GHz i7
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 2019)
(May, 2019)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,3
2.6GHz i7, 2.3GHz i9, 2.4GHz i9
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2019)
(July, 2019)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,4
1.4GHz i5, 1.7GHz i7
Install Videos coming soon
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Touch Mid 2019)
(May, 2019)
Model ID: MacBookPro15,2
2.4GHz i5, 2.8GHz i7
Install Videos coming soon
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
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
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
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2019)
(July 2019)
Model ID: MacBookAir8,2
1.6GHz i5
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2018)
(November 2018)
Model ID: MacBookAir8.1
1.6GHz i5

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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.

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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 Mercury Helios FX Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure Mfr P/N: HELIOSFX OWC SKU: OWCHELIOSFXO Elevate gaming performance or just add sheer computational power. Compatible with Mac and Windows. Includes Thunderbolt 3 cable. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
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