2014 ASRock X99 mATX + [email protected] (ASUS XG Station Pro via TB3->TB2 adapter) + Win10 [TobyB]  

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TobyB
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April 23, 2018 5:29 pm  

System specs: ASRock X99 Extreme4 mATX, Xeon E5-1650v4, 16GB, Samsung Nvme, Win10, ASRock Thunderbolt 2 AIC

 

eGPU hardware  XG Station Pro, Vega56, Apple Adpater TB3/TB1&2 50cm Apple TB1/2 Cable

 

Hardware pictures: Not so interesting just the box connected.

 

Installation steps Install GPU in enclosure install drivers.

 

Benchmarks:

in vega64 mode (flashed)

Unigine Heaven @1440 83fps @900 140fps

GeekBench OpenCL 194k

CineBench r15 146fps

in vega56

Unigine Heaven @1440 74.6fps @900 118.3fps

GeekBench OpenCL 185k

CineBench r15 137.7fps

 
On PCIE x16 slot in vega64 (1630mhz, 945Mhz) get

Unigine Heaven @1440 111.1fps (-25%) @900 227.7fps (-39%)

GeekBench OpenCL 200k -3%

CineBench r15 147.93fps -1.4%

in vega56 (1590mhz, 800Mhz)

Unigine Heaven @1440 96.9fps (-23%) @900 140fps (-16.5%)

GeekBench OpenCL 185k =

CineBench r15 136fps +1.3%

Comments Max Power in Heaven is 222W from GPU-Z in 64 mode,  153W @ V56

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theitsage
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April 23, 2018 6:42 pm  

@tobyb Thank you for sharing the build guide and benchmark. Can you provide the details on adding Thunderbolt 2 to your ASRock X99 mATX custom build? Why not Thunderbolt 3? I've been collecting a few X99 motherboards with TB3 support. The notable one is Gigabyte Designare X99. It has an on-board TB3 wired directly to the CPU socket. Another one is ASUS X99 Deluxe II. This motherboard bundle includes the Thunderbolt EX3 add-in card. I'm waiting for Xeon CPUs to be decommissioned from data centers (hopefully soon). :mrgreen: 

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TobyB
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April 23, 2018 6:49 pm  

The ASRock support site only documents that its support the TB2 card, maybe since they look the same and it's connected over PCIE it would work, I'll buy one and try.

I have ThunderEX3 in my X299 Rig.

I had plenty of X99 CPU's, the best was 2687W, thr E5-2658 v2 was a good chip, I would probally got for a Xeon E5-2667 v2 , all of my PC are now on 2011-3:

Dual E5-2630L v4, E5-2696 v4, E5-2690 v3, E5-2682 v4, Dual E5-2648L v4, E5-2698B v3

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April 24, 2018 1:20 pm  

That's an extensive (and expensive) list. For people looking to get into the X99 platform, what's the best bang-for-the-buck CPU in your opinion? I have a 5820K but I'm looking for a CPU with 40 lanes.

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April 24, 2018 6:07 pm  

I assume you probally want something with a high base clock, I find often the Xeon versions are cheaper than the core version.   You normally have to give up some single thread performance since the xeons are more focused on the high core count.  The E5-2640 v3 is a nice chip, E5-2678 v3 little less single but more multi.  If you want all single core then E5-1630 v3 is the fastest v3 that I had

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