2017 13" HP Spectre x360 (ae052nr, 8th gen) + GTX1070@32Gbps-TB3 (Aorus Gaming Box) + Win10  


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March 20, 2018 9:36 pm  

System specs:

HP Spectre x360 13" (ae052nr)

  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (i7-8550u)
  • 16 GB memory; 512 GB SSD storage
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 620


eGPU hardware:

AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box
Stock TB3 cable


Hardware pictures:


Installation steps:

  • Worked right out of the box with latest NVidia drivers.
  • Lost connectivity once, but cycling power to the box resolved the issue immediately.
  • Firmware did not update right away due to laptop having too recent Thunderbolt drivers installed by default. Steps to update firmware:
    • Unplug the TB3 cable.
    • Uninstall Intel Thunderbolt Software.
      • Install an older 16.2 version <LINK>
    • Reattach TB3 cable.
    • Use the firmware updater as usual.


Benchmarks on internal screen:

CUDA-Z (note that this is using stock firmware)Valley (highest settings)
CUDA-Z (1.0 H2D firmware) 



USB hub on the box behaves oddly. Mouse input gets lost frequently and I've yet to find a solution. Update: USB hub works fine on latest firmware.

HP software pops up complaining that power is being delivered from non-HP power supply, but it works nevertheless.

Will update this post as time passes and more issues/solutions come up.


TL;DR: Did not expect to be playing high end games on an ultrabook! Solid buy!

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March 21, 2018 12:42 am  

@maverikou , your CUDA-Z H2D scores are half of their maximum. Pls update your Gaming Box firmware and re-do CUDA-Z tests whereby the F.01 H2D firmware will double the H2D scores and improve gaming FPS. Try the F1.0 firmware which may improve I/O port stability and also with a bump in H2D CUDA-Z performance.

2013 15" Dell Latitude E6540 HD8790M + RX580@4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.x) + macOS 10.13.5 & Win10
eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference TableeGPU Setup 1.35

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March 23, 2018 5:47 pm  

Updated post with CUDA-Z scores on latest firmware.

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May 27, 2018 3:13 pm  

Hi !

Any idea why this build is around 50FPS on Unigine valley when the same laptops with a GPU about as powerful scores 70FPS here(RX vega56) and here(R9Fury)  ?
Are the RX vega56 and R9 fury that different in this benchmark ? or is it because of the box ? 

Thanks !