2018 15" MacBook Pro RP560X + [email protected] (Asus XG Station Pro) + macOS10.13.6 & Win10 [OliverB]  

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OliverB
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October 28, 2018 3:45 pm  

System specs

-MacBook Pro 15 inch 2018, i7-8850 6-core, 32GB Ram, 1TB SSD
-iGpu Intel UHD Graphics 630
-dGpu AMD Radeon Pro 560X
-External Monitor Samsung 2560x1440
-Mac OSX 10.13.6
-Windows 10 Build 1803 Bootcamp

 

eGPU hardware

Asus XG Station Pro
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 (EVGA 11G-P4-6593-KR)


Hardware pictures

Because of insufficient Power-Supply over TB3 a least two cables are necessary. The box does have a USB-C port which can be used.


Installation steps

Windows:
MacOSX:

Nothing to do, I setup from the build shortly before did it ( https://egpu.io/forums/builds/macbook-pro-15inch-2018-aorus-gaming-box-gtx1080/) This is evidence that all boxes are compatible to each other.


Benchmarks

Tomb Raider 2013 High: 248,4
Tomb Raider 2013 Ultimate: 146,6
Tomb Raider 2013 Wine3.18: 101,6
Rise of TR 2015 High: 103.35
Rise of TR 2015 Ultimate: 93.56

Parallels13 Win10-6 Core:
3dMark06: 27664 (10344, 13319, 8096) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059415
3dMarkVantage08 22566 (21007, 29025) https://www.3dmark.com/3dmv/5720999

Win 10:
3dMark06 36262 (13316, 18553, 9616) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059315
3dMarkVantage08 54186 (64608, 36516) https://www.3dmark.com/3dmv/5720866
3dMark11 20987 (29517, 11509, 10863) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/12984248
3dMarkFireStrke 16487 (22340, 11884, 6917) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29813043
3dMarkTimeSpy 7780 ( 8866, 4593)  https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29844423

U.Valley Extreme HD: 5096
U.Heaven High: 3503
U.Heaven High Wine3.18: 2050
U.Heaven High MacOSX: 2373

GfxMetal Aztech Ruins offscr: 12575.3(195.57)
GfxMetal Aztech Ruins extern: 3855 (59.95)  (Vsync!)
GfxMetal Aztech Ruins intern: 2603 (40.48)  (Back with Vsync)


Comments
It's a really beautiful setup and it's very silent. You only hear it under full load and then it's a nice, low sound. It is absolutely quiet when idling or with little load.
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You can operate is openly (see picture) and it looks amazing  and is even a little bit more silent.

The performance is amazing, there doesn't seem to be any difference between the boxes. The Score of 7780 3DMark-TimeSpy is unbelievable, it's a score the biggest game towers hardly achieve.
Its only big problem is the low TB3-PowerSupply. Because of this I almost didn't buy it. This would be a great pity.

Pros:
-Looks great, fits very well with MacBooPro Gray
-Amazing performance
-Absolutely quiet
-USC3.1 Port with full 10 GBs
-Any Sized GPU withs easily
-Ok price

Neutral:
-There is a 1,5m active TB3-cable, which is good and works well, but you have to accept that there is about 5% performance loss compared to a 0,5m cable. I did multiple checks for this and am using a 0,5m cable.
-You cannot run eGPU over 300 Watt, as far as I know, those are only Radeons. You probably want to put an nVidia card into it, so this is no problem.

Cons:
-TB3 Power Supply is by far not enough for MacBookPro.
-Fat external power adapter (in my setting it's well hidden behind, so there is no problem in my setting)

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Joikansai
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October 28, 2018 4:45 pm  

Nice setup. I’ve also gpu from evga, xc 2080, it’s really silent even on Razer Core v2 that has loud PSU that made overall enclosure loudness is better now compared to previous dual fans Zotac mini and nvidia Turing Fe, and of course Asus Turbo with blower style fan that I used.

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October 28, 2018 5:52 pm  

When in use, do you use the MacBook with the lid closed or open? Also, what are temperatures like for the MBP when running the benchmarks?

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October 28, 2018 7:44 pm  
Posted by: Joikansai

Nice setup. I’ve also gpu from evga, xc 2080, it’s really silent even on Razer Core v2 that has loud PSU that made overall enclosure loudness is better now compared to previous dual fans Zotac mini and nvidia Turing Fe, and of course Asus Turbo with blower style fan that I used.

Ah thank you, this is very interesting, because I have ordered 4 eGPU boxes for comparing. Aorus GameBox GTX 1080, Asus XG Station Pro, Razer Core X and Razer Core V2.

The Razer Cores haven't arrived yet and I have applied the cancelation of Razer Core V2 because I am very happy with the Asus XG Station Pro. Now, when you are telling me that the PSU is very loud, my decision looks confirmed as this is very important for me.

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October 28, 2018 7:48 pm  
Posted by: pewpewfish

When in use, do you use the MacBook with the lid closed or open? Also, what are temperatures like for the MBP when running the benchmarks?

The lid is always open. I haven't checked the temperatures yet, but I can tell you about "fan-activity" of the MBP: It's absolutely quiet on the Uniginie and GfxMetal Tests. They are really pure 3D-gpu tests. On the other Tests there is only MPB-fan activity when the CPU is explicitly probed.

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October 28, 2018 11:31 pm  

Fascinating. I assume when you mention the “other” tests, Tomb Raider is one of them? If so, how loud to the temps spin up?

I have my eyes set on your exact config but with a 2080ti. I’m reluctant to pull the trigger because I hear of reports where the CPU goes straight to the 90s within the first hour of gaming.

Whenever you get the time to sit down and play, give the temps of the CPU a look, please and thank you  🙂

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October 29, 2018 12:05 am  
Posted by: pewpewfish

Fascinating. I assume when you mention the “other” tests, Tomb Raider is one of them? If so, how loud to the temps spin up?

I have my eyes set on your exact config but with a 2080ti. I’m reluctant to pull the trigger because I hear of reports where the CPU goes straight to the 90s within the first hour of gaming.

Whenever you get the time to sit down and play, give the temps of the CPU a look, please and thank you  🙂

Actually I was speaking more about the 3dMark Tests, they tend to probe the CPU, too. Then you hear the fan.

Playing Tomb Raider 2013 in highest settings with the eGPU, you don't hear a lot. It's a completely other thing if you are playing with the dGPU Radeon Pro 560X. Then the fan goes berserk and the notebook becomes hot.

It was a nice idea to implement a decent GPU within the notebook, but it is hardly useful and one of the main reason I went for an eGPU.

I will soon check CPU temperature and add to the information.

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October 29, 2018 7:30 am  

I've read a lot about noise of eGPU boxes and it was concern for me - my first set up was a 1060 inside a Thunder3 and that made a crazy amount of noise (and heat) to the extent I was worried it would end up damaged. It was also too loud to use on the desk next to my laptop.

I've been running a Sonnet on the floor next to my desk for over a year now (I think?) and its super quiet, I don't even know its there, but.. its large and the average build quality was a constant niggle for me - it felt like a cheap PC case.

The Razer Core has always been the best looking enclosure IMO and I finally grabbed a cheap second hand one off ebay (the price was always a touch high for a new one for me) and I have been pleasantly surprised how quiet it is. It's on my desk, and you can hear it, but it's far from the hairdryer that the Thunder3 set up was. Will write a bit more when I do a build guide. Worth noting that I live in a busy part of central London though, so my concept of "quiet" may be different to other peoples and the amount of background noise is also worth considering.

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October 29, 2018 10:47 pm  

Great post! I just purchased my Station Pro - looking forward to it. I will be buying a 1080ti for it but also trying my reference Sapphire Vega 64 in it (States TDP 295W so we'll see!)

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Posted by: ICULikeMac

Great post! I just purchased my Station Pro - looking forward to it. I will be buying a 1080ti for it but also trying my reference Sapphire Vega 64 in it (States TDP 295W so we'll see!)

This is great. Please post some benchmarks. Especially the comparison with the Vega 64 is mostly interesting.
I have just got some new benchmark and they show again the power of the 1080Ti. Even with the Ultra setting for my monitor (1440p) on Far Cry 5, it will never drop below 62 FPS.

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