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RaxTr
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Hello. I Have a problem with XG Station and Asus Transformer 3 Pro. Same problem that @jackeyjoe had, it can't detect my Asus GTX1060. But in my case, my device is officially supported by Asus. By this time, I've updated everything that I could, I've even made a fresh windows install, but nothing is working. I think that could be a hardware problem. I've inspected every side of XGS and have found there's a red light near the power connector. Every other lights are glowing white except this one. I was hoping I could find somebody on this forum who could help me and tell what does this red light mean.

Thanks in advance.

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AquaeAtrae
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Hi RazTr,

You are only the third consumer I've seen who has these in hand thus far. None of the three show it working yet. So I doubt anyone here can help you yet.

I'd recommend registering and noting this on jackeyjoe's post over at ASUS. They actually provided him some decent technical support there, but it didn't fix his problem. Indeed, his problem may be the same you're seeing. 

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?90858-Asus-ROG-XG-Station-2-my-experiences

The other consumer is andvoy, whom I haven't yet seen here at eGPU.io. Here's his post, still awaiting a GPU to put in and test.

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?91068-GL502VM-XG-Station-2-is-a-GO!

Do keep us posted though. There may be others out there with these who haven't yet shared their difficulties or success stories.

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jackeyjoe
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Posted by: AquaeAtrae

 

Hi RazTr,

You are only the third consumer I've seen who has these in hand thus far. None of the three show it working yet. So I doubt anyone here can help you yet.

I'd recommend registering and noting this on jackeyjoe's post over at ASUS. They actually provided him some decent technical support there, but it didn't fix his problem. Indeed, his problem may be the same you're seeing. 

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?90858-Asus-ROG-XG-Station-2-my-experiences

The other consumer is andvoy, whom I haven't yet seen here at eGPU.io. Here's his post, still awaiting a GPU to put in and test.

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?91068-GL502VM-XG-Station-2-is-a-GO!

Do keep us posted though. There may be others out there with these who haven't yet shared their difficulties or success stories.

   

Now confirmed working after that firmware update.  https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?90858-Asus-ROG-XG-Station-2-my-experiences&p=632853&viewfull=1#post632853

 

If RaxTr still has issues after the firmware update he may require a RMA? The transformer 3 pro should work out of the box... that red light is running on mine, although all the LED's are on too. 

2017 15" Dell XPS 15 9560 (GTX1050) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station 2) + Win10 [build link]  

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RaxTr
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Hello again

It appears that there was nothing wrong with XGS. I've just got a defected card which was replaced by the warranty. So now it's working smoothly. Also, even if it officially supports gtx 9/10 series cards, I managed to run it with my old gtx 580, so other older cards might run as well. Not sure about Amd cards, though.

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AquaeAtrae
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Thanks RaxTr,

Do you know if the manual for the XG Station 2 is available anywhere (preferably in English)? I'm curious about its unique ability to add bandwidth by optionally attaching a USB cable. I'm guessing that simply routes all of its USB devices off of Thunderbolt 3 to let it focus on the eGPU, but I'm hoping to confirm how that works.

PS: Or does it only come with the Quick Start manual? I'm referring to the USB Type-B port shown on page 4, but it doesn't ever discuss using it.

 

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Posted by: AquaeAtrae

 

Thanks RaxTr,

Do you know if the manual for the XG Station 2 is available anywhere (preferably in English)? I'm curious about its unique ability to add bandwidth by optionally attaching a USB cable. I'm guessing that simply routes all of its USB devices off of Thunderbolt 3 to let it focus on the eGPU, but I'm hoping to confirm how that works.

PS: Or does it only come with the Quick Start manual? I'm referring to the USB Type-B port shown on page 4, but it doesn't ever discuss using it.

 

   

Manual is the same as the one on the asus support site(practically no information in it). USB and ethernet works fine either just through TB3 or with both. Not sure I can tell you much beyond that, I'm assuming there is some software trickery going on behind the scenes?

2017 15" Dell XPS 15 9560 (GTX1050) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station 2) + Win10 [build link]  

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AquaeAtrae
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Thanks jackeyjoe,

Very glad ASUS provided the open firmware you needed to get this working on the XPS 15. Have you tested it with an internal vs external display yet (< 60fps, same resolution)? Many think that with just x2 lanes of PCIe, using the laptops internal display with eGPU will suffer badly. But because that bandwidth is bi-directional, I suspect we may be misinterpreting this. It's important to test with the same resolution and settings high enough (or supersampled) so fps remains below the 60 fps limit Optimus routing allows. This may be possible (or nearly so) with the Time Spy benchmark depending on your GPU.

As for ASUS's extra USB option, I'd be curious to track how your XG Station 2's USB and Ethernet devices (HWinfo64) connect when using the USB-B cable vs. Thunderbolt only. Do they still show as connected across the Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 Controller or are they now reconnected over that USB port alone, freeing the Thunderbolt bandwidth as claimed?

 

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Posted by: AquaeAtrae

 

Thanks jackeyjoe,

Very glad ASUS provided the open firmware you needed to get this working on the XPS 15. Have you tested it with an internal vs external display yet (< 60fps, same resolution)? Many think that with just x2 lanes of PCIe, using the laptops internal display with eGPU will suffer badly. But because that bandwidth is bi-directional, I suspect we may be misinterpreting this. It's important to test with the same resolution and settings high enough (or supersampled) so fps remains below the 60 fps limit Optimus routing allows. This may be possible (or nearly so) with the Time Spy benchmark depending on your GPU.

As for ASUS's extra USB option, I'd be curious to track how your XG Station 2's USB and Ethernet devices (HWinfo64) connect when using the USB-B cable vs. Thunderbolt only. Do they still show as connected across the Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 Controller or are they now reconnected over that USB port alone, freeing the Thunderbolt bandwidth as claimed?

 

   

I haven't tested internal versus external, I've got a 4k external display so if I have the eGPU connected I won't ever use the internal display. I can run some game bencharks and see what happens I guess? Anything in particular you want run?

 

My USB Peripherals are showing up through the USB hub, not the thunderbolt controller. Confirmed? 

2017 15" Dell XPS 15 9560 (GTX1050) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station 2) + Win10 [build link]  

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AquaeAtrae
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Thanks jackeyjoe,

I know you're running a GTX 1080 there. What's your internal display resolution? Do you have the Time Spy upgrade to benchmark with? Either way, I'll see if I can layout a test for the internal display for ya.

Your link looks like the USB hub is still connected through the Thunderbolt cable (called "PCI Express x4 Bus #9"). Is this with the USB Type-B cable attached? If so, there may be some ASUS XG Station 2 setting that needs to be enabled.

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Posted by: AquaeAtrae

 

Thanks jackeyjoe,

I know you're running a GTX 1080 there. What's your internal display resolution? Do you have the Time Spy upgrade to benchmark with? Either way, I'll see if I can layout a test for the internal display for ya.

Your link looks like the USB hub is still connected through the Thunderbolt cable (called "PCI Express x4 Bus #9"). Is this with the USB Type-B cable attached? If so, there may be some ASUS XG Station 2 setting that needs to be enabled.

   

Internal resolution is 4k. I don't have it but if it's free I'm more than happy to give it a spin.

 

My USB Peripherals and ethernet shows up through the USB controller in HWinfo64, not the thunderbolt controller. Maybe it switches over to there if I unplug the USB type-B cable?

2017 15" Dell XPS 15 9560 (GTX1050) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 16Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station 2) + Win10 [build link]  

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