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2018 13" Dell XPS 13 9370 [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [FiveNines]  

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FiveNines
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System specs (model inc screen size, CPU, iGPU, dGPU, operating system)
Dell XPS 13" 9370 (the 2018 version), i7-8550U, 16gb ram, 4k UHD screen

 

eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)
Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)

 

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Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
pretty much plug and play, 1 restart to complete windows driver installation
installed nvidia drivers for 1080gtx (398.11 - aorus website had 384.76)
installed aorus engine utility from website and encountered "GvLedService.exe : Open driver handle failure!! in MapMem_Phys_To_Linear"
switched off LEDs via utility, checked version (v1.35 up-to-date)
checked bios, (F40 up-to-date)
checked driver version(24.21.13.9811)

 

Benchmarks (Include a CUDA-Z or AIDA64 bandwidth pic. Optional: Valley, 3dmark, noting if it's on internal/external LCD )
CUDA-Z Report
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Version: 0.10.251 64 bit http://cuda-z.sf.net/
OS Version: Windows x86 6.2.9200
Driver Version: 398.11
Driver Dll Version: 9.20 (24.21.13.9811)
Runtime Dll Version: 6.50

Core Information
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Name: GeForce GTX 1080
Compute Capability: 6.1
Clock Rate: 1733.5 MHz
PCI Location: 0:60:0
Multiprocessors: 20
Threads Per Multiproc.: 2048
Warp Size: 32
Regs Per Block: 65536
Threads Per Block: 1024
Threads Dimensions: 1024 x 1024 x 64
Grid Dimensions: 2147483647 x 65535 x 65535
Watchdog Enabled: Yes
Integrated GPU: No
Concurrent Kernels: Yes
Compute Mode: Default
Stream Priorities: Yes

Memory Information
------------------
Total Global: 8192 MiB
Bus Width: 256 bits
Clock Rate: 5005 MHz
Error Correction: No
L2 Cache Size: 48 KiB
Shared Per Block: 48 KiB
Pitch: 2048 MiB
Total Constant: 64 KiB
Texture Alignment: 512 B
Texture 1D Size: 131072
Texture 2D Size: 131072 x 65536
Texture 3D Size: 16384 x 16384 x 16384
GPU Overlap: Yes
Map Host Memory: Yes
Unified Addressing: Yes
Async Engine: Yes, Bidirectional

Performance Information
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Memory Copy
Host Pinned to Device: 2194.29 MiB/s
Host Pageable to Device: 1720.24 MiB/s
Device to Host Pinned: 2561.06 MiB/s
Device to Host Pageable: 1991.56 MiB/s
Device to Device: 102.322 GiB/s
GPU Core Performance
Single-precision Float: 9145.89 Gflop/s
Double-precision Float: 300.52 Gflop/s
64-bit Integer: 695.112 Giop/s
32-bit Integer: 3164.56 Giop/s
24-bit Integer: 2377.18 Giop/s

 

Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming?)

This runs to an external monitor- Asus MG28UQ

Tested Destiny 2 at 4K settings to reduce performance drop, trying to get it upto 60fps. Currently at 45fps on high settings.

Colour me impressed, have to remind myself I’m running this on a 1 inch thick 13” ultrabook 😵

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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FiveNines
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I’ve looked around forum here and it looks like error pop up relates to the LED control (clues in the name hehe). Will await an update from gigabyte as others are. No material impact to performance as far as I can see

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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Did you try gaming on internal monitor of the laptop? This is my target so any feedback is appriated before I sink a couple of grands or more on this setup.

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FiveNines
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Hi!

I haven't bothered with piping back to laptop screen as I gathered from my research that performance would drop further.

Considering the size of the laptop screen (13"), if I was to do this I would bump all settings to max and run at [email protected] As a comparison I have everything at high and running at [email protected] into my 28" monitor.

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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votehart407
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Same here. Considering this same setup but for travel so the internal screen results would be cool to know. Glad things worked out. 

As of now, I have the XPS in the cart and the high bid on the Aorus GB. Is everything still plug and play after a few weeks? 

Thank you and great setup.

MacBook Pro 15 2.7mhz with 560x - Razer Core X (850 watt psu) with 2080 ti.


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FiveNines
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hi, thanks for the comment. Everything is still plug and play.

There is one curious thing I found with my current set up though, I have been online (youtube) and set up the xps to wake on usb connection. This means that once I get home from work I just dock the machine - connect 1 usb port - and everything connects and fires up (aorus, monitor, keyboard, mouse etc). If the machine goes into sleep mode, a setting I could extend/switch off in Win10, then it's a real bind to get back up without a hard restart. Even the internal monitor remains blank yet the keyboard lights up.

there's 2 options I've found around this.

1) switch off the machine after use and avoid sleep
2) turn off sleep function altogether

I want to keep the sleep function so when docked I do the former.

Good luck with your purchase if you decide to go ahead with it!

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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votehart407
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Thank you for the response. I won the Aorus GB so definitely doing EGPU as my next travel setup. I’m scoping the xps 13, Stealth and ThinkPad for host. Just have to make a choice. 

MacBook Pro 15 2.7mhz with 560x - Razer Core X (850 watt psu) with 2080 ti.


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Hdjekso
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Hi, can you send some more benchmarks on the Aorus Gaming Box preferably on  1440p? If that's unavaliable,  any resolution will do. Thanks!

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FiveNines
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hi, sorry for the late reply, benchmark wise it's anecdotal I'm afraid...

I'm running destiny 2 at optimal setting for a desktop 1070 GTX at 3440x1440 and achieving ~70fps give or take 10% depending on taxing encounters.

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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thomsan
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Hi thanks for the report.
I just got the same laptop and trying to setup a eGPU.
The Thunderbolt Controller says "External GPUs supported: No"
Does it say the same for you or which Thunderbolt Software version do you use?
I'm on the latest:
Software package version 17.4.77.400
NVM Firmware version 23.00

Cheers Thomas

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FiveNines
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Hi, I have the same versions as you. I have seen that too but choose to ignore it as games seem to work just fine.

thunderbolt version

Dell XPS 13" 9370 (2018 version), i7-8550U, 16GB, Aorus Gaming Box w/GTX 1080 (GV-N1080IXEB-8GD)


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I have an xps 13 9370, i7 8550, 16gb ram, 512 gb and fhd monitor.
Everything updated via support assist.
I plugged an rtx 2070 via an omen accelerator: setup was easy, just installing some drivers and rebooting. But using an external fh monitor i'm having bad result with battlefield 5: average of 30fps (min 15 max 65).
How can i test the bandwith etc? I have hwmonitor, aida64 extreme (trial version) and the only thing i'm noticing is that using dell power manager set to ultra perfomance gives me full cpu clock but only ~4000 rpm of the fan instead of the 8000 rpm i get if power manager is set to cool.
Are you also having this kind of behaviour?

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Hi,
first of all, apologies if this is the wrong thread.

I have a xps 13 9370 4k 8GB , I have the egpu zotac with a 1080 mini.

My setup is the egpu box connected to tb3 port, and then box to external monitor.

another port from the laptop has a usb hub that contains wired keyboard + wireless mouse.

It runs fine (i tested with total war warhammer 2), after playing a while (lets say 15mins) the computer freezes, the game just freezes, not BSOD, the laptop keyboard unresponsive, nothing... I noticed that if I unplug the usb hub after a while it just "wakes up" from the deep freeze.. 

Any ideia what is going on?

Thanks

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OliverB
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@edgar_santos, Do you know the power consumption of your 1080 mini? I guess it's higher than 200W and this maybe a reason for the freeze.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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I use msi afterburner to set to 50%, as I was recommended.

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Posted by: Edgar Santos

I use msi afterburner to set to 50%, as I was recommended.

Who or what recommended this? I am not an expert in overclocking/undervolting, but this doesn't look good to me.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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