2020 15" HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 // first Thunderbolt 4 build
@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 linking but I found this on videocardz dot com and it links to an official page on Razer's site.
@cnon297, I prefer the smaller 13 to 14-in footprint too. I was actually hoping to get the 13.5-in version of the X360 2-in-1. This 15-in version was available much sooner so I got it instead. The larger footprint and iGPU only helps cooling significantly. I have not used any laptops this size which can operate as cool and quiet as the X360 w/ Tiger Lake chip. Last week I left it off the charger and use the laptop nightly for internet browsing and some office tasks. I didn't need to charge it at all through 5 days (10 to 12 hours).
@mangowuzhere, Lack of direct attachment to the CPU is the primary reason. There's also the need of BIOS optimization. It's best to pair an Ice Lake/Tiger Lake with iGPU to an eGPU in my experience. Here's a 2 minute video I took tonight playing Witcher III [4K @ Ultra settings]. Gameplay was very smooth without any issues.
Pardon the dog toy squeaking noises; my dog was laying nearby in the kotatsu. The media console has a Philips Hue light strip behind it. I had Hue Sync running to change lighting according to video and audio.
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, I use a bluetooth Xbox controller. The Samsung TV doesn't have any adaptive sync features so no G-Sync. The laptop was running very cool through the two hours of gameplay. The only noise and heat emissions are from the Gaming Box. I don't notice them at all sitting 7 feet away. I'd say to wait for the RTX 3080 Gaming Box version if you'd interested in this liquid cooling eGPU enclosure. It should have more performance and the starting price is lower than RTX 2080 Ti version.
@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.
A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1068NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Gigabyte OC 3080 10Gb, Samsung 49 1440p UltraWide C49RG
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 latest update previously W10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295
@cnon297, Yes Gigabyte shared with me a couple weeks back the RTX 3080 Gaming Box is coming. I will do an unboxing as soon as the media sample arrives. I don't know any pricing information but hoping it's around $1,000.
@tsakal, That's the one with smaller footprint and a 16:10 screen. If the cooling performance is similar to the 15-in version, it's a perfect eGPU ultrabook.
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.
Great build! Can I ask how does this performance compare to connecting straight to M.2? Is that still going to be better or are we really cutting it close?