Asus ROG XG Station 2 firmware update problems
I have a GPD win MAX 2021 laptop with Thunderbolt 4. I would like to use it with Asus ROG XG Station 2.
With fresh drivers, the E-GPU can connect and the graphic card inside is working. It is visible by the Thunderbolt control center, and by the Asus hotplug tool also.
In Superposition I get almost the same result as in desktop with the same GPU (approx 5 % penalty), but under games I have approx. 40-60% performance loss, which I think is not normal. (with 2080Ti card)
Because of this, I would like to update the firmware of the E-GPU but I get "0x208 SDK_SERVICE_NOT_FOUND Thunderbolt(TM) service doesn't exist" error message.
I try to found solution for days. If I understand correctly, with the actual version of Thunderbolt software the update will fail, but with previous older versions this relatively new laptop hardware cannot work.
Is there any advice how to get the updater working?
Hello and welcome to the forum.
I can't guarantee it will work, but I would suggest trying to follow this guide.
The idea is that you install a version of the Thunderbolt 3 Firmware Update Tool from an Intel laptop with the same generation CPU as your system, and then update your eGPU with the .bin file from the update files.
I would recommend downloading this version of the update tool: Thunderbolt 3 Firmware Update Tool for Intel NUC 9 Extreme Laptop Kits
Run it and open the .bin file from your ROG GX Station 2 Firmware Download Folder. It should be titled something like: ASUS_ROG_XG_Station_2_AR_EP_4C_B1_rev25_W_TI_4_3_3_NO_MOD_SEC1_sign_0419.bin
Please let me know how you go with this!
Thanks for the tip, it works perfectly. 😎
The update can improve the situation. So I don't have to disconnect the e-gpu during boot or reboot, the charging also works, and there is no stuttering during moving windows.
Unfortunately in some games I still have 20-25% penality compared with desktop with the same GPU on it. The Aura Sync is also not working does not matter which version I try.
Thanks again for Your help!
Excellent, I am very glad to hear it.
If you end up getting a Razer Core or any other eGPU for your system, feel free to post a build on this forum. Always great seeing new adopters of eGPU's, especially with niche devices such as the GPD Win Max.
@urby66, I would advise keeping the ROG XG Station 2. Your performance issues are likely due to the loopback to internal display of GPD win MAX. All Thunderbolt 3 enclosure will have this same limitation. The ROG XG 2 is actually superior to the Razer Core in terms of USB expansion ports. It has a dedicated connection for expansion ports through a USB-B cable. Also the PSU can handle many power-hungry cards. I would say to look for ways to optimize the host laptop and games to make the most of Thunderbolt 3 eGPU. It'll take more time and effort to find the right tuning/happy medium but it's well worth it.