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Buick Wong
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I am spending much time on looking for a solution to drive LG UltraFine 4K with eGPU. Well, Blackmagic eGPU is fine, but its legacy RX580 is not the one for me . Sunix or GC-Titan Ridge AIC cards can be used in this situation. But it needs extra power and may lose the audio, brightness control. Today I find a cable from Huawei, it called Huawei VR2 cable. It combines USB and DisplayPort to USB-C DP Alt Mode, something like the Virtual Link Alt Mode Cable.

https://d.pr/free/i/QQMcaC

I tested it with Razer Core X GFX box and Radeon VII. Both under Windows and macOS 10.14.4 beta. It working well. what you need is plug the DP to the GPU output and then plug the USB to the Host machine.

https://d.pr/free/i/cGYn9b

https://d.pr/free/i/E8URU4

https://d.pr/free/i/0a73AN

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itsage
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@buick_wong Thank you for sharing this new cable. Also glad to hear it could provide USB-C monitor output and USB data. I could only find one seller on eBay offering it for $75 shipping from Hong Kong/Taiwan.

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Buick Wong
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Sooooo expensive. This cable is sold in China less than 45 USD.

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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

If only it worked with the 5k!

It looks as he has even two 5k Ultrafine Displays. @buick_wong could you please tell us more about your setup? How many eGPUs and monitors do you have. Do you have hardware pictures?

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Posted by: OliverB
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If only it worked with the 5k!

It looks as he has even two 5k Ultrafine Displays. @buick_wong could you please tell us more about your setup? How many eGPUs and monitors do you have. Do you have hardware pictures?

Holy cow you’re right. No way the cable works with them though, that would be too good to be true.

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Buick Wong
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Hi @eightarmedpet , I saw the PM. But I don't know why I cannot reply it directly.

For now, this cable is based on DP 1.2, not 1.4 and it based on USB-C DP Alt mode. So, It cannot be used to drive 5K directly. If you want to drive 5K UltraFine, You'd better buy a GC-Titan-Ridge AIC Card to combine two DP 1.2 input to USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Alt Mode output. That's what a 5K's requirements.

I think @itsage have been used the solution above before to drive a 5K UltraFine Monitor.

@oliverb how did you know that I have two 5K UltraFine ? LOL.

Certainly Yes, I have them. I'am now working on driving them through GC-Titan-Ridge AIC Card.

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Eightarmedpet
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@buick_wong thanks for the reply! You prob need more posts until you can PM... as I assumed reg 5K, such a shame, hopes dashed once again... I do have an alpine ridge TB3 card but struggling find a way to power/connect it (risers are hard to get here in the UK - or at least I don't know where to get the right ones).

Your screen shots show your 2x LG 5K displays... would love to see some pics because its one hell of a set up! What do you use it for if you dont mind me asking?

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Posted by: Buick Wong

I am spending much time on looking for a solution to drive LG UltraFine 4K with eGPU. Well, Blackmagic eGPU is fine, but its legacy RX580 is not the one for me . Sunix or GC-Titan Ridge AIC cards can be used in this situation. But it needs extra power and may lose the audio, brightness control. Today I find a cable from Huawei, it called Huawei VR2 cable. It combines USB and DisplayPort to USB-C DP Alt Mode, something like the Virtual Link Alt Mode Cable.

The Sunix UPD2018 card can be placed into a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion box like the Sonnet Echo Express SEL which will allow the USB functions of the display to work correctly (audio, USB ports, brightness control). The Huawei cable seems like a much less expensive solution.

The Huawei cable probably does not support two lane DisplayPort 1.2 with USB 3 because they specifically mention only USB 2.0 and they would not include a USB 3 type A connector in that case. Therefore, this cable is not good for USB-C docks or lower resolution (1080p) USB-C displays. The Huawei cable has a male USB-C connector so it would not be good for USB-C video adapters.

A better adapter cable would have a female USB-C connector and support both modes of USB-C DisplayPort alt mode and provide extra power using an external power supply - basically everything the Sunix UPD2018 in a PCIe expansion box does, except with the USB controller replaced by a USB input.

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Buick Wong
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@joevt3, I also have the Sunix config in my Thunderbolt expansion box. But Huawei provides a better solution at much less price. It doesn't need extra power and configuration, just plug and play. maybe a better cable can provide USB 3.1 connection and DP 1.4 like USB-C VirtualLink Alt Mode.

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