2021 17" Gigabyte AORUS 17G XD (RTX3070) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 3080 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 21H1
Laptop in use is: Gigabyte Aorus 17G XD
CPU: Intel i7-11800H (2.3GHz ~ 4.6GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads)
dGPU: NVIDIA RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 (Boost 1290 Mhz, Maximum Graphics Power 105W)
iGPU: Intel® UHD Graphics
Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200 memory
Storage: 512GB NVme SSD + 2TB NVme SSD
OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro 21H1 Build 19043
3 monitor setup (extended):
- LG 34" Gaming Curved 3440 x 1440 21:9 IPS (34GK950F-B) 144Hz Freesync
- Dell 24" P2418D 2560x1440 60Hz
- Dell 24" P2419H 1080p 60Hz
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 EAGLE 10G
Bascially replaced the laptop from this setup: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-17-lenovo-legion-y740-17ich-rtx-2070-max-q-8th-6ch-rtx-3080-32gbps-tb3-raze-core-x-chroma-win10/
Benchmarks (External Monitor)
Time Spy comparison: https://www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/23189426/spy/23188833#
Heaven extreme comparison:
Thunderbolt (Thunderbolt 4) in this laptop is problematic. Sometimes it takes 5 - 15 minutes until after the computer has started until it actually can detect Thunderbolt devices (can't be connected, you have to retry all the time). Sometimes it won't even detect at all, rarerly it detects immediately.
Strangely don't seem to have issues with NVIDIA Broadcast like I did with my old laptop: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-17-lenovo-legion-y740-17ich-rtx-2070-max-q-8th-6ch-rtx-3080-32gbps-tb3-raze-core-x-chroma-win10/
Seemed to have same issue as mentioned here https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/microstuttering-when-running-on-external-monitor/ , however just disabling the iGPU and dGPU in Device Manager seems to fix this while I'm using the eGPU (made an Authotkey + Powershell script to run this disable/enable on keyboard shortcut as the laptop screen does not display the output until you renable iGPU and dGPU or restart the computer.
@gameburrow, Thank you for sharing this build. Do you see Thunderbolt settings in the BIOS? If you do, maybe change Security settings and/or Boot support for Thunderbolt connection to see if that would improve the detection in Windows.
@itsage, sadly no thunderbolt options at all in BIOS, unless I'm completely blind. I do know there is BIOS update available, but that updater tool is broken. I opened a support ticket for both my issues, hopefully I'll get a decent response.
I also ruled out it being a Windows driver issue. I've been dual-booting manjaro and same issue happens there (at the beginning of getting the computer I tried reinstalling the windows and drivers also). Solution so far that has been the most reliable is to turn off the computer, disconnect power cable and wait 5-10 minutes. Then it immediately sees the thunderbolt device until next restart.
@gameburrow, Sorry to hear there's no Thunderbolt settings to troubleshoot. If you observe the same behavior in Linux, it's very likely this is an issue with the firmware of the laptop.
Coming back to the thunderbolt issue. Solution was to use the original extremely short TB3 cable that came with Razer Core. The previous a bit longer cable that worked with my old build and a new bit longer TB4 cable started causing connection instability.
I'm now attempting to get this setup working under Linux (Manjaro).