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OliverB
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October 29, 2018 6:20 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

Razer Core X
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 (EVGA 11G-P4-6593-KR)


Hardware pictures

MBP2018wRazerCoreX

The Razer Core X does not have any ports so you have to use at least two cables. It supplies with sufficient energy though.


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/) Another evidence that all boxes are compatible to each other.


Benchmarks

Tomb Raider 2013 Ultimate: 140,7 (ASUS:146,6)
Rise of TR 2015 Ultimate: 93.01 (ASUS:93.56)

Win 10:
3dMark06 36634 (13367, 18685, 9866) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059556 (ASUS:36262)
3dMark11 21170 (29851, 11542, 10972) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/12985282 (ASUS:20987)
3dMarkTimeSpy 7776 (8886, 4555) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29861674 (ASUS:7780)

U.Valley Extreme HD: 5023 (ASUS:5096)
U.Heaven High: 3431 (ASUS:3503)

GfxMetal 1440p Aztec Ruins (Hier Tier): 12521.4 (194,73) (ASUS:12613.8)
GfxMetal 1080p Car Chase : 15019.2 (254.13) (ASUS:15228.4)
GfxMetal 1440p Manhatten 3.1.1 : 25335.5 (408.64) (ASUS:25301.3)

This is only a subset of Tests, because I showed that the results are more or less the same as Asus Station XP Pro.

3dMark11RazerCore


Comments

It's very big, too big for my taste. Furthermore it's louder than the Asus XP Pro. There is still some noise even when idling. It's not that superloud, but you can hear it. Under Load it gets loud and hot.
This may have to do with the fact, that the PSU is inside. I guess  this is the main reason.

Noise: 43.8dBA-55.1dBA (75 degree Celsius)

The performance is great, but again there doesn't seem to be any difference between the boxes. 

Pros:
-Looks good and quality
-Great performance
-Good power supply for MBP
-Any Sized GPU withs easily
-Good price
-You can run any GPU as there is enough power.

Cons:
-It's very big
-It's not very silent.
-It has no ports (USB-C, LAN, USB-3 etc..)

 

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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Manu Ignatius
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November 22, 2018 2:15 am  

Have you tried Final Cut Pro X or Lightroom on Mac OS @oliverb?

You post is one of the reasons I decided to go with Razer Core X since I saw it was almost plug 'n play in Windows.

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November 22, 2018 10:07 am  
Posted by: Manu Ignatius

Have you tried Final Cut Pro X or Lightroom on Mac OS @oliverb?

You post is one of the reasons I decided to go with Razer Core X since I saw it was almost plug 'n play in Windows.

I will soon try Final Cut Pro X. For compatibility/plug'n'play all TB3 enclosures behave very similar. With the Razer Core X you have the big advantage that you can use a Vega 64, which I cannot with the Asus XG Station Pro. If you use MacOSX a lot and have the power (Razer Core X), you should probably go for a Vega 64.

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December 28, 2018 4:02 pm  

Hey  @OliverB

I have a very similar setup (2018 MBP15 (i7) + Razer Core V2 + GTX1080) and when I was testing (in bootcamp) my temps on the MBP were very high. Basically all cores hitting the 100c mark and throttling back.  What are your temps like? 

I went into Intel XTU and capped the TDP @ 45W, then went into the power setting and set the max CPU state @ 97%, which helped the idle temps, but gaming had all cores bouncing b/t throttling and hitting the 100C mark. 

I also have a Vega 56 I could through in the enclosure, does the nvidia/amd gpu make a difference ( I would assume not, but worth asking if anyone has noticed a difference). 

Thanks

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December 28, 2018 9:19 pm  

Hi @frostillicus_,

unfortunately I am not of much help, because I had the Razer Core X only for little time. But I would have noticed if there was some special overheating. Actually, the MPB 2018 is definitely less hot with any eGPU, because the iGPU and dGPU don't have much work.

I have rarely more than 60° Celsius in my MBP. That is because of the eGPU and was one of my primary reasons to buy one.

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December 28, 2018 11:46 pm  
Posted by: OliverB

Hi @frostillicus_,

unfortunately I am not of much help, because I had the Razer Core X only for little time. But I would have noticed if there was some special overheating. Actually, the MPB 2018 is definitely less hot with any eGPU, because the iGPU and dGPU don't have much work.

I have rarely more than 60° Celsius in my MBP. That is because of the eGPU and was one of my primary reasons to buy one.

Hi, @OliverB,
how did you manage it on 60degrees? Is that gaming temperature? Because I saw before, your physical score on 3D Mark (on 1080ti build) was low for the cpu, I thought it was some thermal throttle happening there. Or did you using software to limiting the core clock or Turbo Boost. But it’s true since dGPU is off on egpu setting it should give the laptop more cooling room for the cpu, as I experienced myself with Blade 15. But on ultrabook like Blade stealth it give more stress on cpu, only by plugging the enclosure cpu on idle temperature will increase to 60ish from 40 or max 50ish. So I need to undervolting it to play cpu demanding titles  like FFXV, or it would cross limit cpu temperatures and causing frame drops or even lags. On Blade 15 I don’t feel even need to undervolting since it’s mostly 60 or max 70ish on cpu but lower temperature is welcome so I undervolted it.

Razer Blade 15 2018, i7 8750H 16gb ddr4 2666mhz 1tb 970Evo
Razer Blade Stealth 12,5 2016 i7 7500U 8gb ddr3 1866mhz 500gb 970Evo
MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor


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December 29, 2018 12:45 am  

Yes, of course this is not during hardcore gaming.
Any way I have to correct my values a little: It's more about 70 degrees. Die Max values have been before with some hardcore benchmarks I have been doing. These are the typical temperatures:

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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