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(@pwnedbygary)
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So I have had my Hades Canyon NUC for about 8 months now, and originally I bought it to be an emulation machine exclusively.
Turns out, I enjoy using a computer in the livingroom with a lapboard, so I am turning my NUC into my main gaming PC.

So far the specs are:
Hades Canyon NUC (Intel NUC8i7HVK)
* Intel i7-8809G @ 4.5GHz OC (all cores)
* AMD Vega M-GH GPU @ Stock Clocks
* 32GB DDR4-3200 @ 3000MHz
* 1TB NVME SSD, * 4TB USB-3 HDD for Steam
* ADT-Link R43SG-TU (m.2 M-key adapter for GPU)
* EVGA SC+ GTX 980 TI

Right now, I am designing and 3D printing an enclosure to make this solution feel/look more closely to something like a TB3 enclosure. I may run some tests with the Wavlink NVME to TB3 adapter to see the performance gains of staying with pure m.2 over thunderbolt 3.


Bare eGPU


Gallery of printed prototype enclosure


Tinkercad design of new Version 2 enclosure

This is a WIP and once I get the enclosure completely printed out, I will post some results of performance on this little beast.


Gallery of printed v2.0 enclosure

 

https://imgur.com/y5wn7Ya https://imgur.com/6uI8gET

https://imgur.com/KAL9i8l

Building it

To anyone looking to build this, I have Tinkercad files located here:  https://www.tinkercad.com/things/3z5jRmS9lMI   

You need to use M3 threaded inserts in the 5mm holes on each end. I would recommend using PETG or ABS if possible for their heat resistance, I am trying blue PLA to see if it warps first. Also, you need to print 12 of those H-key shaped items from this to snap the doors together. I also super glued them in place for a strong bond.


Gallery of 
benchmarks

 

 

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Hades Canyon NUC (NUC8i7HVK)
* Intel i7-8809G @ 4.5GHz OC (all cores)
* AMD Vega M-GH GPU @ Stock Clocks
* 32GB DDR4-3200 @ 3000MHz
* 1TB NVME SSD, * 4TB USB-3 HDD for Steam
* ADT-Link R43SG-TU (m.2 M-key adapter for GPU)
* EVGA SC+ GTX 980 TI

 
2018 Intel NUC8i7HVK [8th,4C,G] + GTX 980 TI @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG-TU) + Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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@pwnedbygary Welcome aboard and thank you for sharing this excellent build! Direct M.2 connection for eGPU is the way to go for best performance.

 

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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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To anyone looking to build this, I have Tinkercad files located here: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/3z5jRmS9lMI  

You need to use M3 threaded inserts in the 5mm holes on each end. I would recommend using PETG or ABS if possible for their heat resistance, I am trying blue PLA to see if it warps first. Also, you need to print 12 of those H-key shaped items from this to snap the doors together. I also super glued them in place for a strong bond.

Hades Canyon NUC (NUC8i7HVK)
* Intel i7-8809G @ 4.5GHz OC (all cores)
* AMD Vega M-GH GPU @ Stock Clocks
* 32GB DDR4-3200 @ 3000MHz
* 1TB NVME SSD, * 4TB USB-3 HDD for Steam
* ADT-Link R43SG-TU (m.2 M-key adapter for GPU)
* EVGA SC+ GTX 980 TI

 
2018 Intel NUC8i7HVK [8th,4C,G] + GTX 980 TI @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG-TU) + Win10 [build link]  


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nu_ninja
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Nice work! I've had a similar idea of a design of repeating snap together pieces knocking around my head for a while but never got around to making it. Good to see someone making it a reality.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.15+Win10 + Linux Mint 19.1

 
2012 13" MacBook Pro [3rd,2C,M] + RX 460 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.14.4 [build link]  


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@pwnedbygary

hey I have a few questions how much of the GPU power did you achieve, will it work with vega 64, did it work with pla and how did you put it into the nvme did you just leave it open all the time or did you put threw a hole can you please contact me [email protected]

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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