2016 15" Asus UX501VW GTX960M + GTX1080Ti@32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [jaye]^
Finally I got my setup of ASUS UX501VW (TB3) and Akitio Node with ASUS ROG GTX1070 STRIX. I’ve updated both Node and laptop’s firmware to the latest available, but I’m still getting some issues..
Specifically, FPS is not so good as it should be. (Tried external monitor – little bit better).
CUDA-Z shows that my speed is not as high as it should be.. Any idea what is wrong?
P.S. clean drivers install done, internal dGPU is disabled in device manager.
After Akitio Node FW with HD2D fix update my enclosure works better:
No any lags in WOW: Legion anymore 🙂
I also Changed my GTX1070 to GTX1080.
3DMARK Time Spy Score:
Are you happy with your purchase? I’m on the same laptop and I’m tempted to buy a node to boost the gfx a bit.
I finally got thunderbolt working, but it says egpu isn’t supported on mine aswell, kind of skeptical about making the investment and not having it work.
TI83-based TB3 enclosures with updated firmware allow eGPU detection on systems which Intel Thunderbolt software indicates do not support eGPUs. See https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#tb3-enclosures
Yep, I’m happy. Of course, there is slowdown comparing to desktop pcie x16, but boost is decent still – I can play AAA games without any issues.
It is also great that I can use eGPU for video editing boost.
Just ignore “GPU’s are not supported” – nothing is wrong except this string in software. As far as I remember, after firmware 21+ update this string states that eGPU’s are supported. I recommend you to call ASUS and place a request for TB3 FW update – I did it already. More people will ask – higher chances of FW to be updated by ASUS.
G501VW is TOTALLY (even support page provides EXACTLY bit by bit same drivers) the same laptop with same motherboard – only case (design) is different.
G501VW will work with Akitio Node since:
1. Same laptop in different “gaming” design.
2. G501VW was tested with Akitio Thunder3 custom EGPU setup
3. As a conclusion of #1 : same 1575 Thunderbolt with the same firmware.
Hi everyone! I have a great news for UX501VW\G501VW! I’ve contacted higher level of ASUS support team and they released today updated FW for those laptops.
Now both updated BIOS (officially supports ASUS XG2 Station, and, most likely, other eGPU boxes) and FW update available!
FW version is 25 and eGPU’s are officially supported now! 🙂
Have fun everyone!
Some updates for my setup.
1. After new TB3 FW and BIOS update my UX501VW laptop officially shows in Thunderbolt utility “EGPu’s Supported: Yes”
2. Upgraded to ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-11G-GAMING (Strix 1080 Ti with no overclock) – it fits very tight, but I did some modifications to Akitio Node cover. (check pictures below)
3. Made some airflow improvements by making some holes in Node’s lid (cover). Thinking about applying some spray paint on those holes, so that they will look more natural.
In my TODO list:
1. Replace PSU with Corsair 450W – can’t live with that noise of stock PSU.
Some photos of new setup and benchmarks (1080 Ti vs 1080):
After having the Akitio Node and the UX501VW working for a little while, are you happy with the setup?
I have the same laptop and I just bought a Vega 56 for my i5-750 Desktop. I could sell my desktop (minus new GPU), and purchase an Akitio Node to work with my laptop. I would be feeding the image back into the laptop and I would run my Oculus Rift off of that. Any thoughts or suggestions?
There is an obvious fps drop on internal screen, I can’t say that I’m super satisifed, but even internal performance is way better than on 960m. There are some issues in some games (you can find my posts regarding those issues), but I would say that it is worth it. Oculus rift would not be a problem since you will connect it to your egpu box.
Personally I’m looking for spectre 13 on 8th gen cpu to switch, since I don’t care about integrated nvidia gpu and I want it to be slim. It also seems like, based on my spectre 7gen implementation, laptops with no dgpu provide slightly better h2d bandwidth available.