I am in the process of modifying it further. My laptop resides on a shelf above the eGPU along with the Dell TB Dock. The shelf has two 80mm Fans attached to the underneath. Though I plan to replace these with two 120mm.
For the benchmark purposes and to increase performance the bottom of my laptop casing was removed so the air flow could blow straight on the MB.
My CPU constantly hits 100 degrees Celsius hence my earlier question about Throttle stop and under volting. Though Dell's BIOS prevents me from tweaking that further. So to stop the fluctuating CPU clock speed. I disable turbo boost and set the CPU Watt's to 23W's.
I have made some updates to this build. I ordered a coolermaster x-slim laptop stand.
It was way too loud. But it was only $20. I thought I can swap out a quiter fan and still get some cooling benefit. So I ordered a 5v Noctua 140mm fan. I also ordered a USB on/off switch so I can turn this on only when gaming.
This fan is a bit too thick for the enclosure, but I was able to jam it in. The mesh screen is attached everywhere except the back. The laptop is stable.
But I found that it was still pretty loud and the air flow wasn't great. So I took some pliers and pried off some of the plastic (and burned a hole). I didn't have a lot of tools.
Ugly but it helps with air flow, and quieter too. I should have known that the sound a fan makes has a lot to do with what is behind and in front of it. Here is the final product:
But still the mesh itself is blocking a lot of airflow. I might try to create some bigger holes in that as well.
Overall it's bit disappointing. I might see if I can make a solution work with a more basic laptop stand and just prop the loose fan underneath that.
And while I was ordering Noctua I picked up a 120mm redux to swap into the XGS Pro. I took both inwin fans out and just installed the single Noctua exhaust. It is pretty hard (I would say impossible) to use the rubbers screws on the bottom holes, so I used half and half.
So far so good. Doesn't really go above 72.
Another tip I can add for any other XGS Pro users is that if you are using the music LED function, you can control the brightness using the volume mixer control of the ledcontrolservice. Neat!
So to follow up on the CineBench R20 post in relation to CPU Comparison
I ran Cinebench R20 whilst running the Intel XTU Logger. I managed 1388Pts. Though the weird element is even though I set the TDP my CPU settles to around 22-23 when under full load. May have to see if throttle stop can help.
I took the data from Intel XTU and summarised it. Other wise it would be a lot to comprehend in an image.
@iwf let me know what your CPU rates at and great find on the LED control element. I generally control mine using the following bar (white arrow)
@james_knight, you can't seem to control the music special effect that way, however. I didn't think there was any way to do so, but the "volume" is the key!
My cinebench with my current config is 1738. I kept a throttlestop log and it settles at around 2900Mhz and 90/91 degrees. The power limit is throttling the whole way which I have set at 27 watts. I could probably push it a little bit higher but I don't want to run too hot.
It looks like you are being power limit throttled. Throttlestop should be able to cure that unless there is a hard lock on it.
@lwf, Thank you for sharing this build with the RTX 3070! Everytime I see the ASUS XG Station Pro I wish I could use it more, such a clean design and the cooling system was excellent! Was both benchmark results with an external monitor? It seems lower than what RX 5700 XT eGPU can do in Valley Extreme HD.
that CPU should score at least 2K, my 8650U score exactly 2k using ~37 ish watts.
@se12897, This has been my struggle throughout my eGPU journey. My CPU power limitation and DTPF. With the recent upgrade to the 3070 I am now definitely CPU bound. Still wont close the door on it. As I may find something in the future, but ThrottleStop doesn't seem to work for me on my system.