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2019 13" Razer Blade Stealth [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 LC @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 1809 & Linux Ubuntu 19.04 [itsage]_x000D_  

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itsage
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With more Linux eGPU solutions made available by forum members, I decided to give this easy-to-use setup script by @hertg a try. I partitioned the internal SSD of the Blade Stealth to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 19.04. The external GPU enclosure was detected immediately and the system prompted me to authorize the connected TB3 device. In my opinion it's the most intuitive interface for people new to Thunderbolt peripherals. Windows is too messy with Thunderbolt Control Center/Intel Thunderbolt Software while macOS is too low-key with no notification at all.

 

System specs:

2019 Razer Blade Stealth - i7-8565U/UHD Graphics 620 iGPU & MX 150 dGPU/16GB RAM/256GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

Razer Core X Chroma + RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooling + .7m Thunderbolt 3 cable

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

Getting the Thunderbolt 3 eGPU connected is no problem in Linux but getting monitor output and making use of it can be a challenge. Therefore we have Xorg config script or a GUI solution to simplify this process. I used @hertg's script to set the RX Vega 64 LC eGPU up and it was as easy as copy and paste. All three graphics cards were detected as seen. I was able to get the eGPU to power a Samsung monitor at full resolution [3840 x 1080 @ 144 Hz]. Steam Play also makes gaming in Linux much more accessible.

Windows 10 was uneventful. The system prompted me to authorize the connected Thunderbolt device. As soon as that was done the Razer Core X Chroma asked me to install Razer Synapse 3 software to control the lighting on this enclosure as well as compatible Chroma systems and peripherals.

While the 2019 Blade Stealth is compatible, the older versions aren't so you'd need an older Synapse version. That means multiple versions of Synapse would be running to fully live the RGB fantasy. Here are some screen captures of this software using the 2019 Blade Stealth + Core X Chroma.

 

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Comments:

It's very encouraging to see progress for eGPU in Linux. We now have a wide selection of enclosures and set up solutions for three major operating systems.

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2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,12C,E] + RX 5700 XT @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Mantiz Saturn Pro) + macOS 11 [build link]  


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radiantsync
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Nice combo @itsage. I've been watching the site for a while and have done a similar build that I am planning on posting, with the Linux on the 2019 Stealth, an Akitio Node and a watercooled GTX 1080. There are a good amount of community created GPU management solutions for Linux but I ended up rolling my own for switching between docked and laptop mode for everyday use, to change font sizes or configure CPU governors, for example, that I would love to share with the community once I polish it.

I just got the Core X Chroma in a few days ago so that I could have a one-cable solution for power, ethernet, graphics and USB ports, but my experience with it on Linux has been marred - it must be the ASMedia controller or the ASIX AX88179 ethernet controller - network refuses to stay connected under Linux, and my connection drops out while transferring a large file over the network. The USB ports seem to work just fine when using them with peripherals.

Were you able to do any testing with the Ethernet port or USB ports inside of the Core X Chroma on Linux? I am curious to see if others are affected by this issue, as I believe the Core V2 has the same set of controllers and others have experienced issues in Mac OS due to subpar drivers. I have tested on Windows and transferred several large files, with no issue. I also found an Ubuntu Launchpad Bug for the ASMedia controller.

Razer Blade Stealth 2019 | Akitio Node | MSI Seahawk GTX 1080 | Arch Linux


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itsage
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@radiantsync Welcome aboard and we're looking forward to seeing your build as well as your graphics switching solution. I'm still a novice in Linux. I will test the Ethernet port in macOS, Windows, and Linux more in the coming weeks and report my experience.

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Ningauble77
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Posted by: radiantsync

 

Were you able to do any testing with the Ethernet port or USB ports inside of the Core X Chroma on Linux? I am curious to see if others are affected by this issue, as I believe the Core V2 has the same set of controllers and others have experienced issues in Mac OS due to subpar drivers. I have tested on Windows and transferred several large files, with no issue. I also found an Ubuntu Launchpad Bug for the ASMedia controller.

I haven't tried Linux (I am using a MacBook Pro with T2 chip so a not very practical option), but your symptoms sound very very similar to what I've been experiencing with the Core v2 in MacOS.  Running a ~70mbps speedtest.net test will usually knock my ethernet out within seconds.  The data traffic led on my cable modem will flash rapidly til I disconnect the cable or reset the adapter.  My workaround has been to manually set the speed down to 100Mbit, which obviously is not a great solution, and it still has occasional bursts of packet loss.  In Windows 10 it performs perfectly.

2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
Core X Chroma + RTX 2080 Windows 10 1909
Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3, Ryzen 5 3400G + Core v2 + Radeon VII Win10 1909

 
2019 ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 [R3K,4C,G] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V2) + Win10 1909 [build link]  


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Ningauble77
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Here is my build guide, I couldn't figure out how to embed it in my signature:

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-13-macbook-pro-2018-radeon-vii32gbps-macos-10-14-5-pbeta2-win-10-1809-ningauble77/

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2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
Core X Chroma + RTX 2080 Windows 10 1909
Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3, Ryzen 5 3400G + Core v2 + Radeon VII Win10 1909

 
2019 ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 [R3K,4C,G] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V2) + Win10 1909 [build link]  


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rkei12343
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did you get any issues with the Blade stealth 2019 - having to re-install the egpu again after you unplug and replug it?

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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itsage
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@rkei12343 I didn't encounter issues with this setup. The driver conflict in which you'd have to reinstall drivers for eGPU every time you plug it back in is likely due to same brand GPU. In this 2019 Blade Stealth it would mean connecting an Nvidia eGPU. Best to use DDU and remove all discrete graphics drivers so that both dGPU and eGPU use the same set of drivers.

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rkei12343
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I've tried doing that, but the discrete graphics drivers continues to install itself. Would you recommend getting a different gpu then? I'm currently using a GTX 1060

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To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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itsage
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Open "OPTIONS" in DDU and check the last box that says "Prevent downloads of drivers from Windows Updates when Windows search for a driver for a device"

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eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
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