Hp Spectre X360 15 Eb1043dx Aorus Rtx 2080 Ti Gaming Box

First Thunderbolt 4 build – 2020 15″ HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004

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Announced in July 2020, Thunderbolt 4 laptops with Tiger Lake CPU are becoming available. The two configurations I’ve been looking for are i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7 with iGPU only. Best Buy started selling the HP Spectre X360 [15-eb1043dx] earlier this week and I got one yesterday. Thanks to the 15-in footprint and no dGPU, the cooling system is working surprisingly well. The CPU is set at 28W and can run consistently at 3.3GHz and temps hovering around low 70s Celsius. I let AIDA64 System Stability test run for over an hour and the laptop was not even warm to the touch. As seen in the photo below, the warmest spot in the middle top half of the keyboard was mid 30s Celsius. Noise was not bad either at low 50s dB.

 

System specs:

2020 HP Spectre X360 15 – i7-1165G7/Iris Xe Graphics iGPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box + .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable + Samsung 43″ 4K FrameTV

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

It was plug and play to get the Nvidia eGPU going in Windows 10 2004. I upgraded GeForce drivers to the latest version. Next thing I checked was Intel Thunderbolt Control Center. We may need to wait a bit longer for newer versions to recognize Thunderbolt 4 controllers because version 1.41.987.0 still shows Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 4 is not necessarily faster than Thunderbolt 3. As with most things we’ve learned about this technology, every component of an eGPU setup can make a difference. You’d want the best host laptop possible in order to extract the most performance out of the external graphics card. The go-to configuration is direct Thunderbolt connection to the CPU. Ice Lake and now Tiger Lake provide that ideal connection. With the exception of Alienware and Apple 15-in/16-in MacBook Pro, most H-CPU laptops route their Thunderbolt connection through the PCH and the manufacturers don’t care how it performs in eGPU mode.

CPU TDP and its cooling system greatly effect eGPU performance. I’m a firm believer in iGPU-only ultrabook. There’s only one main component to cool and it keeps things simple regarding graphics switching.

 

 

Benchmarks:

I ran synthetic benchmarks in Unigine and 3DMark. First round was through loopback mode to the internal 4K display. External monitor mode was through a Samsung 4K TV.

i7-1165G7 + RTX 2080 TiINT FHDEXT FHDINT QHDEXT QHDINT UHDEXT UHD
Valley (Extreme HD)120.6 FPS130.9 FPS80.8 FPS85.6 FPS39.2 FPS39.9 FPS
Heaven (Extreme)112.2 FPS124.3 FPS76.7 FPS83.1 FPS39.0 FPS39.1 FPS
Superposition (Medium)132.3 FPS137.2 FPS91.5 FPS96.3 FPS49.1 FPS49.9 FPS
Fire Strike14,88618,955--------
Fire Strike Extreme----9,49310,709----
Fire Strike Ultra--------5,4565,751
Time Spy----8,8409,551----
Time Spy Extreme--------4,8644,953
Port Royal----5,6835,981----

 

Comments:

This HP Spectre X360 [15-eb1043dx] is a very good example of what a perfect eGPU host in late 2020 should be. At $1,599 I wish it came with the i7-1185G7 processor instead. I will be testing out another Tiger Lake laptop with the higher spec CPU.

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mr.ribeiro

@itsage, Have you performed transfer rate test on Cuda – z?
 

mac_editor

@itsage nice TB4 build! Will you be benchmarking apps/games as well? Would love to see internal vs. external performance on TB4 in real-world scenarios and not just synthetics.

Eightarmedpet

@mac_editor, second this, even if it’s itsage‘s vintage games 😉 

Interesting to see such a small performance penalty, especially at higher res, not surprised but feel these new CPU’s have taken a few % off the difference.

 

cnon297

@itsage, Thanks for another awesome build!  I was already a fan of the 2019 Spectre.  The 2020 refresh with its higher gen 11 clocks, lower operating temps & TB4 makes it seem even better!
 
If you have time, would you mind posting some real-word game results?  RTX vs non-RTX?
 
I wonder if TB4 is capable of a performance uplift over TB3?  Both have the same 40Gbps limit but perhaps host <-> device connection could be increased with a TB4-specific eGPU?  Have you heard of any upcoming TB4 eGPUs? 

André Scheffler

I would not agree, until having seen the new Lenovo Yoga 7i/9i, which come in at a lower price with the same CPU an memory configuration – also I like the build quality better.
Also one very bad thing on the x360 you tested is, that the memory is only running in single channel configuration, which lowers system and especially the iGPU perfomance.
The latter might not concern so many people, but I’d want to have the best performance possible on the go when not using the eGPU.

lwf

Very nice, I like a numpad on my laptop keyboards.

mangowuzhere

Your timespy scores are a lot better than mine which pretty surprising since my cpu beats yours by ~400 in cinabench with 2 more cores. Thunderbolt 4 isn’t that much different from thunderbolt 3 right? I thought Hp’s thunderbolt 3 was already the full version.

mangowuzhere

@itsage, so is the lack of direct thunderbolt integration into the H chips the problem or something else? I’ve directly cooled my PCH chip with a thin thermal pad+a decent size heat spreader so that shouldn’t be an issue.
 
Aside from that hows the raw x1 performance? I was thinking about picking an 11th gen laptop for my gf since her surface book is dying of heat but she wants something that can game a little
 

cnon297

@itsage, Razer just announced a new notebook / ultrabook with that same 11th gen i7 (4.7GHz).  The Razer Book 13 is Evo certified with instant wake, 14 hr battery, ultra slim display bezels and an updated port selection: 2 TB4 ports (finally) along with USB-A, HDMI & micro-SD (nice).   I’m partial to smaller 13″ notebooks like this and the HP Spectre 2-in-1.  Tho I wonder if the smaller enclosure will limit performance compared to the 15″ model you tested.  Maybe it’s a good candidate for TB4 testing in the 13″ form factor?  I’m not sure on the policy for… Read more »

cnon297

@itsage, Awesome 4K game footage, Thx!  The 15” Spectre & RTX 2080 Ti Gaming box seem to be a perfect match!  Were you using G-Sync and a wireless game controller for this?  

 

The Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box has been on my wish list since your original review. Have you noticed any long-term limitations using ethernet & USB (possibly USB SSD) during gaming in 1440p or 4K high settings?  Does TB3 bandwidth eventually become a bottleneck despite the dual controllers – or is that just an unlikely scenario?

cnon297

@itsage, Gigabyte announced RTX 3080 & RTX 3090 versions of the Gaming Box this morning.  Looking forward to seeing these on egpu.io.

tsakal

@itsage, is this the other one you wanted to get ? I mean the 13′. Actually it would be  interesting when the one you got with EVO and XE IGPU is launched This could be my next replacement. 

 
Model Number

14-ea0023dx
 
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-spectre-x360-2-in-1-13-5-touchscreen-laptop-intel-evo-platform-core-i7-16gb-memory-1tb-ssd-32gb-intel-optane-nightfall-black/6428660.p?skuId=6428660