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2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [noxo]  

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System specs

Huawei Matebook Pro

  • 13.9" screen
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor
  • Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB GDDR5
  • Windows 10
  • 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

 

eGPU hardware

 

Hardware pictures 

egpu3
egpu1
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egpu2

Installation steps 

Plug and play

 

Benchmarks

Unigine Superposition (4k external, 1080 internal, 1080 external):

4k external
1080 internal
1080p external

Cuda-Z: (GTX1080, MX150)

CudaZ
mx150cudaz

Unigine Valley: (1080 Ultra/No AA: internal, external)

InternalValley
ExternalValley

3DMark Time Spy: (external)

TimeSpyExternal
TimeSpyExternal2

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I was looking replacement for Aorus Gaming Box, which PSU did blow up (but GPU was still working), and ended up buying this one. It is slightly smaller than Razer Core X which I initially thought of buying, it's also shorter and cheaper than Razer Core V2 which was also one of my candidates.

It's able to keep Matebook Pro battery level at 100%, so I guess it can delivery at least 60 watts over the TB3 cable. PSU has fan, but it does not make any noise, so box is nice and quiet unlike the Aorus Gaming Box.

The box can house max card length of 228mm and I'm considering trying out 2070 RTX series, e.g ZOTAC GeForce GAMING RTX 2070 Mini or MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8GB Ventus should fit well in box.

Performance vice beats the build-in MX150 x 5-20 times depending on GPU use case (CUDA calculation/ rendering)

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HP Spectre x360 15" (Windows 10) /
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2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [build link]  


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Nice! I haven't even seen any of these enclosures on sale.... where did you find it?

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Yeah, this is a rare one - I couldn't also find that much information about the box, except couple of  Youtube videos  🙂 I bought it from Amazon.de  https://www.amazon.de/Zotac-AMP-Box-Thunderbolt-External-schwarz-grau/dp/B079QLVWRD/. 400eur with shipping.

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HP Spectre x360 15" (Windows 10) /
Intel NUC8i3BEH (Xubuntu 18.04) with AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming box

 
2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [build link]  


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Very nice build! I did not realize how compact the AMP Box is. Would you be able to provide additional details on the power supply?

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Wunderschön!! 😀 How about cpu thermal? Is there any improvement with or without AMP box? It’ll be great if you can run 3Dmark like firestrike or timespy if you have it, sorry I’m a gamer Mr. Green

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Posted by: itsage

Very nice build! I did not realize how compact the AMP Box is. Would you be able to provide additional details on the power supply?

Box has internal power supply, basis on product id (251-09100-7800F) it's build by Zotac. There is no mention of PD in specs, but I guess it's at least 60 watts. PSU has one ~90mm fan, interestingly facing downwards under the box.

  • 450W power supply
  • Up to 250W (2 x 8-pin PCI-E power cable)

http://hkftp.zotac.com/External/ExternalBox/AMP-BOX/Brochure/AMP_BOX_Brochure.pdf
https://imgur.com/a/KHCvGtS

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HP Spectre x360 15" (Windows 10) /
Intel NUC8i3BEH (Xubuntu 18.04) with AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming box

 
2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [build link]  


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That 2-lane TB3 port is seriously gimping those internal display benchmarks. It's really a shame they couldn't have used 2-lane for the MX150 and gave 4-lane to the TB3 port. (Samsung did this with their Notebook 9 15" with the MX150).

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Posted by: odin

That 2-lane TB3 port is seriously gimping those internal display benchmarks. It's really a shame they couldn't have used 2-lane for the MX150 and gave 4-lane to the TB3 port. (Samsung did this with their Notebook 9 15" with the MX150).

Yeah, but it's not big issue for me, since I usually do gaming using external displays; projector and VR headset... so far this setup has been more than sufficient for my use.

Samsung Notebook 9 looks nice, but I really like Huawei's choice of 3:2 aspect ratio and spacious MS precision touch pad.. I have had several (MSI) gaming laptops, but they all come with crappy ELAN touch pad, and then the wider 16:9 screen is not super good for productivity tasks. Huawei finally got almost everything right.. as all purpose ultrabook  😉 

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HP Spectre x360 15" (Windows 10) /
Intel NUC8i3BEH (Xubuntu 18.04) with AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming box

 
2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [build link]  


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Hey hi!
I have a similar build with razer core X + zotac rtx 2080 amp extreme and I am wondering if you experience sudden freezes in idling mode? 
I had some freezes recently like laptop completely freezes and only can be forced shutdown.

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Posted by: Jensen Wang

Hey hi!
I have a similar build with razer core X + zotac rtx 2080 amp extreme and I am wondering if you experience sudden freezes in idling mode? 
I had some freezes recently like laptop completely freezes and only can be forced shutdown.

I can't recall issues with idling.. I have such a short cable to eGPU so I usually right away unplug after the usage, so I have it idling rarely..  🙂 Does it occur by the time that computer goes to power saving state and starts shutting down the display or when? 

I remember having lots of trouble with Aorus Gaming Box when it was plugged in.. I ended up having black screen and unresponsive computer and had to force power down the computer. But with this box, even the plugging in the box works surprisingly smoothly. It could be the box itself, or maybe I had the NVidia drivers updated at some point.

Have you tried disabling MX150 from device manager, I remember reading about it  and trying that with Aorus Gaming Box issues?

Would be nice get some benchmarks of your setup, I've been daydreaming of RTX cards a bit  🙂

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HP Spectre x360 15" (Windows 10) /
Intel NUC8i3BEH (Xubuntu 18.04) with AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming box

 
2018 14" Huawei MateBook X Pro (MX150) [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (Zotac AMP Box Mini) + Win10 [build link]  


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