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bhushir
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Hi All, 

Thanks to everyone in the forum, I finally decided to take the plunge and invest in an eGPU. I felt the best bang for buck was the Aorus eGPU (especially because I wont be overclocking, or upgrading the GPU for a while). I had left gaming ~ 5 years ago. Want to get back at it. 

I've already mentioned my setup :
1. 13" HP Spectre X360 Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U / 16GB RAM / 512 SSD
2. Samsung Widescreen Curved Monitor : 34E790
3. Aorus Gaming Box

Since i've been playing Overwatch only, I have little feedback as of the moment:

Thoughts on the gaming box & Performance :
1. Its amazingly compact. I have a 100cm * 55cm long desk at home, and i can comfortably fit the box in the corner, without making it look too cluttered. 
2. The cable supplied is TOO Short. I invested in an Akitio TB3 Cable. VERY GOOD QUALITY. 
3. The LED Lights are a sore. Best to turn them off. Looks uncool (or maybe i'm getting old)
4. The top side of the Box gets heated up the most. The sides feel cool most of the time
5. The FPS gets capped at 60. Doesnt go higher. I think its a monitor limitation

Any other benchmarks you'd want me to run? Let me know. 

Cheers, 

Bhushir

2016 13" HP Spectre X360 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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bhushir
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** UPDATE AFTER 1 MONTH OF USE **

So I've been using the gaming box for a month, and below is my feedback. 

 

1. Games like Overwatch run at a constant 60fps without dipping for a second.

2. But BF1 - the FPS variates over different scenarios. Like for instance, when you're on an undercover operation (limited number of enemies, and slow pace) the FPS stays ~ 60 even in ULTRA Mode. But when there's an 'ambush' or number of characters increase on screen, the FPS goes to ~ 20, making is unplayable and irritating . Is the CPU to blame? I'm not sure

3. Even for the USB Hubs to work you need to connect the box to a laptop via TB3. I wanted to reduce the clutter and charge my phones using the built in quick charge USB Output. But I need to connect my laptop even for charging my phone. Strange.

4. Fans are quite noisy. But personally I'm ok because the box sits below the desk, and I use ANC headphones.

5. Sometimes my laptop acts wonky, and doesnt detect the box. Once I restart the laptop everything start working just fine. But this is a rare issue. Doesnt happen always

2016 13" HP Spectre X360 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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HellhoundWP
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I have a question for you about the Gaming box not detecting.  Have you done all of the driver and firmware updates.  I also have this combination of laptop and e-gpu.  I bought the Gaming Box a bout a week ago and I got it working at first.  But sense then my Spectre has never detected my Gaming Box again.  I have been trying to diagnose the problem, but these are my only two Thunderbolt devices.  The only thing I can think of is the Firmware I installed on the Gaming Box might have killed it, but maybe I am wrong and it is the port on the Spectre.  I was hoping by finding out what you have done driver and firmware wise might help me narrow down the problem.

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JoonJK
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Did you figure it out? my gaming box stopped working as well after a blue screen shutdown.

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mazarin
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I'm considering a similar setup. Does the Aorus Gaming Box actually charge the HP Spectre X360? I've heard HP had the charging port locked down for some cases. The HP Omen Accelerator is the only one I've read that can definitely charge the laptop though the TB3 port so you can just have the one cable in.

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Posted by: mazarin

I'm considering a similar setup. Does the Aorus Gaming Box actually charge the HP Spectre X360? I've heard HP had the charging port locked down for some cases. The HP Omen Accelerator is the only one I've read that can definitely charge the laptop though the TB3 port so you can just have the one cable in.

Good question. I got Spectre X360 13" 8th Gen, and was considering the Omen Accelerator instead of the new Aorus 1080 since it was said to be the only on to charge the laptop through Thunderbolt connection. But if the Aorus can charge the laptop then I will go with that option instead. 

2017 14" Lenovo Yoga 920 [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + Win10 [build link]  

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itsage
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eGPU enclosure with 45W or more power delivery should be able to charge the Spectre X360. The HP BIOS has a setting in which it complains when the laptop is used with a non-original power adapter. I've been able to charge the Spectre X360 with an Apple 87W AC adapter, AORUS Gaming Box 100W, ASUS ROG XG2 100W, and Sonnet Breakaway Puck 45W.

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Great. But I've read that HP for some crazy reason has limited the ability to charge through TB3 with non-HP charger including TB docks. I have a Belkin TB3 dock that can power 100W but it is not charging my Spectre X360 13" 8th gen (that only requires 65W).

 

2017 14" Lenovo Yoga 920 [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + Win10 [build link]  

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bhushir
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Hey. I'm so sorry. Havent logged into the site for a while. 

 

I hope your issue is resolved. I had a similar issue. What i did is went to windows recovery mode, and resotred the PC to a previous point. I think one of the windows updates messes up with the drivers and the eGPU stops detecting. 

2016 13" HP Spectre X360 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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bhushir
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The Auros Gaming box definately charges the HP Spectre just fine. There are no battery drain issues. 

2016 13" HP Spectre X360 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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