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2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 (RTX3060) [11th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 21H1  

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yurgon
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This is not my first eGPU build, but I've been keenly waiting for 11th Gen processors with on-die TB to be available in my area and this is my first official post.

So far I'm impressed with the Asus Tuf Dash F15, overall it's a great performer and excellent compromise between work and play. The only drawback of my model (FX516PM) is the 144hz panel, which is average and the limited UEFI. 

 

System specs 

2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 – i7-11370H/RTX 3060 dGPU/Iris Xe Graphics iGPU/16GB RAM/SK hynix 512GB nvme SSD + Samsung 980 1GTB nvme SSD

 

eGPU hardware 

GTX1070 + Aorus Gaming Box + 2m Active Belkin TB3 Cable + 27" 144hz AOC Agon AG272FCX

 

Hardware pictures

Aorus GB

 

Installation steps

1. Install Windows 10

2. Run Windows 10 update

3. Run DDU to prevent auto-installation

4. Plug power into Aorus Gaming Box + Connect TB cable from Aorus GB to laptop 

5. Install latest nvidia driver, which was 471.11 at time of writing

6. Restart latop

7. Open device manager and disabled dGPU (RTX3060)

8. Enjoy

 

Benchmarks (All benchmarks performed with fan mode set to performance in Asus Armoury Crate)

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Asus Tuf Dash F15 FX516PM eGPU AorusGamingBox HWiNFO1 v705
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dGPU Internal display | eGPU External Display

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Asus Tuf Dash F15 FX516PM eGPU AorusGamingBox TimeSpy1 xe disabled

 

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Superposition medium bench was completed after the rest and while testing Win 11 preview

 

Comments:

This setup allows me to have a dock that connects all my peripherals, with the added benefit of reduced heat and noise emissions. 

I love that I can use this setup with almost any TB3/TB4 device, making for an easy transition if I change devices.

The laptop fans are silent during office work and barely audible while gaming. I have benched the device with different armoury thermal profiles using Asus' Armoury Crate and there is minimal peformance gain with Turbo fan mode vs Performance. It's approx 1-3fps gain at 1080p when using the dGPU and there is no noticable differennce when using an eGPU - the laptop cooling system is more than enough when not using the dGPU.

At present the dGPU performs better than the eGPU, but that's because I'm waiting for Graphics card prices to fall before purchasing. The GTX1070 still comfortably plays all my games at 1080p. 

The Aorus gaming box is still one of my favourite eGPU enclosures. The tiny size and travel bag are awesome. It's only real flaws are:

- The holbrook controller intermittently not working. This results in the tiny case fans remaining inactive - disconnecting the device from power and TB for 10 mins or so seems to resolve this issue

- The Aorus Software only works with legacy thunderbolt software and controller applications. It partially works with newer versions, but only for fan control and RGB lighting and only if the holbrook controller is also working

For anyone looking to purchase the Asus Tuf F15 there are a few things to consider:

- I would highly recommend getting the versino with the 240hz panel if possible. The 144hz panel is perfectably usable, but is definitely a budget panel, with poor black uniformity and noticable backlight bleed. 

- The UEFI is fairly limited. My main gripe is that there are no Thunderbolt Security options. Thunderbolt is set to no security and it is not possible to enable user authentication, or disable the thunderbolt port. I should note that TB4 does have enhanced security and DMA protection over TB3, so this probably won't be a concern for many users.

- Battery life is acceptable, but the advertised 16hr was tested at min brightness with the laptop at idle. I get between 2-4hrs depending on usage and approx 1hr if gaming.

- Personally I think it is great balance between portability and power.

This topic was modified 4 days ago

System: Asus Tuf Dash F15, i7 11370h,16GB, RTX3060 dGPU
eGPU1: Aorus Gaming Box, GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8G
eGPU2: Mantiz Saturn Pro v2, RX5500 XT 4GB

 
2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 (RTX3060) [11th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Mantiz Saturn Pro V2) + Win10 21H1 [build link]  


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Boltoway
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

Excellent build! 

Posted by: @yurgon

The holbrook controller intermittently not working.

You can potentially resolve this by downgrading the controller firmware to F1.1 instead of F1.3. I had the same issue after upgrading, but once I reverted I have never lost my LED lights or received a Windows hardware error from the controller. 

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yurgon
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Joined: 4 years ago
 

@boltoway, thaks for the info. I've tried all the different firmware revisions and it still intermittently happens.  Might try going back to 1.1 again and see, but tink that's what I'm on at present.

 

System: Asus Tuf Dash F15, i7 11370h,16GB, RTX3060 dGPU
eGPU1: Aorus Gaming Box, GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8G
eGPU2: Mantiz Saturn Pro v2, RX5500 XT 4GB

 
2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 (RTX3060) [11th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Mantiz Saturn Pro V2) + Win10 21H1 [build link]  


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