OWC Mercury Helios FX 650

  • Category: eGFX
OWC
Operating System: 
MacOS
Operating System: 
Windows
Self or Bus Powered: 
Self Powered
Number of Thunderbolt Ports: 
1
Thunderbolt Version: 
Thunderbolt 3

Your Mac or Windows PC Will Never Be the Same
Transform MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac, or any Thunderbolt 3 equipped Windows 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 graphics 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 Mercury 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 Mercury 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.

SHEER PERFORMANCE NUMBERS
The Mercury 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 580 GPU)

RELIABILITY AND SUPPORT YOU CAN COUNT ON
Like all OWC products, Mercury Helios FX 650 is built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because our goal is always 100% reliability, it's rigorously quality tested, and backed by our 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and 24/7 Customer Support.

INCLUDES
OWC Mercury Helios FX 650
Thunderbolt 3 cable
650W ATX power supply
External power cable
(2) 6+2 pin internal power cables for GPUs requiring 6 or 8-pin power
User Guide
DETAILED SPECS
System Requirements

Software
OS
macOS
Non-GPU card use: macOS 10.12.6 or later*
GPU card use: macOS 10.13.4 or later
Windows 10 (64-bit version 1709) or later*

Hardware
Works with any Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows

Interface
Thunderbolt 3

Power
Internal UL-listed, universal auto-switching
AC input: 110~240V, 50-60Hz
Total wattage: 650W
Supports cards that require up to 375W of power
Up to 100W power delivery over Thunderbolt 3 to charge notebook computers that support charging over Thunderbolt 3

Dimensions
Width: 7.3in (18.5cm)
Height: 8.0in (20.2cm)
Depth: 13.4in (14.3cm)

Weight
7.1lb (3.2kg)

PCIe Card Support

GPU Support
Please visit the links below for the latest information and related resources, including GPU compatibility.
Mercury Helios FX Mac Host Guide
Mercury Helios FX Windows Host Guide
Mercury Helios FX 650 GPU Compatibility
Supported PCIe card dimensions
Mechanical (x16)
Maximum card length: full-length
Maximum card height: full-height
Maximum card width: double-width
PCIe 3.0 link (x4 per Thunderbolt 3 specifications)

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
Environmental (Operating)
Temperature (°F): 32°F to 95°F
Temperature (°C): 0°C to 35°C

WARRANTY
3 Year OWC Limited Warranty

*All cards which require a driver must use a Thunderbolt-aware driver version.