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Zennrix
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I have a Gigabyte 1070 gaming box that just died. I bought the empty enclosure used and put in an EVGA 1060 3gb and it's worked perfectly for the past half year. I was gone for a month in July and when I came back it would work at all. The PSU comes on and charges my laptop but the fans and the GPU dont function at all.

I've tried power cycling and draining the power and rebooting and even buying a new thunderbolt cable but nothing seems to resolve the issue. My computer doesnt detect the device at all so I cant update firmware either. I took out the 1060 and have tested it in my desktop and it's working fine so I know that's not the issue.

Gigabyte says my warranty is void because I dont have the original 1070 that came in it. Can anyone offer me any suggestions? Thanks

Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga: Core i5-8250U, 8GB, 256GB+240GB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box + EVGA GTX1060 3GB


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itsage
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Which particular model GTX 1060 do you have? Is the power connector 6-pin or 8-pin?

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Zennrix
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@itsage

It's the EVGA 1060 3gb ITX size with 6pin power. My laptop is a Thinkpad X380 yoga

Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga: Core i5-8250U, 8GB, 256GB+240GB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box + EVGA GTX1060 3GB


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itsage
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@zennrix It's fairly common the PSU of the Gaming Box may not work with 6-pin graphics cards. Here's a topic documenting which GPUs work and which don't. I tried a 6-pin RX 580 card and had no luck getting to work. It's strange the card worked for you then all of a sudden stoped working.

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Zennrix
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@itsage

My card is listed on the link as one that works though. I never had any issues for almost a year and this happened only after not having used it for 5 weeks. The front case fans and the lights don't work either

Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga: Core i5-8250U, 8GB, 256GB+240GB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box + EVGA GTX1060 3GB


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The_Livy
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@zennrix have you also tried removing the card from the enclosure to see if the board powers up?
I had the same issues you describe with a Sapphire RX570 Pulse ITX card. The box would charge but nothing else comes up, randomly it would work though. Try removing the graphics card from the enclosure and see if you get any life signs from it. For example, does your PC end up recognizing USB devices connected to the enclosure or will the Thunderbolt device come up in Windows device manager/macOS system report. If the box comes on without the card inserted, it's most likely an issue with the graphics card.

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Davide 445
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@zennrix since you are the only one except one in the forum using an X380 such as the one I have, want to ask if you finally solved the problem and how is working with your eGPU setup.

Lenovo X380 Yoga, i5-8350U, 8GB RAM, NVMe x4 256GB SSD
Expected eGPU: TBD + Kfa2 GTX 1070 EX


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Zennrix
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@davide_445, I managed to fix it. Turns out the main issue was with the laptop. Lenovo had an update that randolly broke the thunderbolt controller firmware on some laptops and I somehow made it worse while trying to fix it before they patched it. Managed to fix by resetting windows on the laptop and factory restoring it then manually updating everything. Egpu works fine now, other than the occasional zombie power issue common on the gaming box 

 

Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga: Core i5-8250U, 8GB, 256GB+240GB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box + EVGA GTX1060 3GB


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Davide 445
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@zennrix, thanks for your answer. 

Yes me too have noticed the TB problem, with constant errors in firmware update. Good finally there is a solution.

What's about the CPU throttling? Did ever create a performance bottleneck?

My goal is using eGPU for mobile VR demos, even more CPU intensive than standard 3d gaming. 

 

Lenovo X380 Yoga, i5-8350U, 8GB RAM, NVMe x4 256GB SSD
Expected eGPU: TBD + Kfa2 GTX 1070 EX


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Zennrix
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@davide_445, sorry not too sure about any cpu throttling. I never really used it for much aside from occasional light gaming and some GIS work, so I never really pushed it hard at all.

 

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Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box + EVGA GTX1060 3GB


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