2017 14" Razer Blade i7-7700HQ UHD + [email protected] (Razer Core X Modified with 600w SFF PSU and Kracken G12) [votehart407]  

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votehart407
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November 7, 2018 2:17 pm  

Hi Everyone,

I cannot get enough of the EGPU setup. I keep coming back for more. After picking up a RB 14 UHD from Ebay on the cheap I decided to take another look at the Razer Core. Specifically the X. As expected the setup was plug and play after loading drivers. My GPU runs very hot so watercooling is the best fix. The Core X allowed for this with some quick and easy mods.

eGPU hardware: Razer Core X - replaced PSU with new Corsair SFF 600w PSU and the 120mm with a NZXT Kracken G12 and Corsair H55 AIO.

 

 

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Benchmarks: As expected, running similar numbers as 1080ti and other Titan X Pascal cards on TB3. Temps are excellent with the GPU never going above 50 degrees with undervolt applied. CPU never going above 70 with turbo enable, undervolt applied and liquid metal repaste.

 

 

Comments: Really liking this setup. Could be quieter during gaming but very tolerable. The mods were very easy to complete. The Core X seems to be designed to mod. The AIO fan/radiator and PSU are held down with velcro and secure. If keeping long term it would be easy to add more permanent attachments. I also noted with the PSU removed there is space for a small water pump making full watercooling a possibility.

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November 8, 2018 12:33 am  

That’s really really great gpu temperature for the card, god job! ...don’t say your game is solitaire lol :mrgreen: 
About cpu, I had also Blade 14, using egpu about 6 months after I got my core V2, I saw also huge cpu improvement on egpu setting, that may keep that Blade on mint condition when I sold it after 14 months gaming usage.

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November 8, 2018 4:58 am  
Thank you!

I play AAA and shooter games. Without the undervolt temps would go to 60 in the GPU.  My GPU has always been a hot card. 

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November 8, 2018 4:49 pm  

@votehart407 Thank you for sharing a fun build. How did you mount the radiator? Good placement of the Corsair SFF 600w PSU too. These mods makes the Razer Core X much quieter at load.

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December 28, 2018 6:41 am  

Hello,
It looks very interesting.
Could you please show us, how you mounted the PSU, with some extra photos of the back, as well as the way you fixed it to the case? Don't like too much the velcro thingy, but at least there is a way to do it...
Very promising considering that an standard PSU couldn't be mount due to the non standard PSU ATX hole.
Thanks!!

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December 28, 2018 8:23 pm  

Hi,

It is as simple as it looks. Remove the OEM PSU. Put velcro on the base of the case and PSU then mount.  Excluding drilling holes into the Razer Core X velcro is the best option. I have taken the GPU out a number of times with no issues. The velcro is cheesy but does not show when the EGPU is out of the case or when assembled. 

One note... the power plug port on the Core could easily be expanded with a dremel tool.

Razer Blade 14 7700hq UHD - Razer Core X Modified with Kracken G12 and SFF 600w PSU - Titan X Pascal


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December 28, 2018 11:32 pm  

Thanks for the info. I was thinking to buy the Razer Core X, because I replace my Gigabyte Vega 64 Gaming OC (too noisy) to a much bigger Sapphire Nitro+ Vega 64, but I could just fit in there, so I prefer to stay with the Venus, which is smaller, prettier and quieter. So for the moment I will keep it.
Thanks and greetings!!

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December 28, 2018 11:51 pm  

Happy to add some more detail. One option to quiet the card is undervolting and repasting. I have had great results with this path related to reducing noise and better more consistent performance. I'm always trying to make the system quieter.

Have a good weekend. 

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