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bart_simpson
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Hey guys,

I am quite new to the whole eGPU thing and need some help with my Asus XG Station Pro under Mac OS X: in idle mode the case fan constantly starts and stops again.

Here is my setup:

OS: macOS 10.15.4 Catalina
System: 2016 MacBook Pro 13'' 2.9 GHz Dual-Core
eGPU: Asus XG Station Pro
GPU: PowerColor Red Dragon RX 5700 XT

All in all I am very happy with the whole setup an the noise level, but this idle behavior of the case is driving my crazy....

Many thanks in advance for your help!

 

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itsage
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@bart_simpson, Do you have another graphics card to test? It's possible the RX 5700 XT you have exhausts hot air right to the temp sensor on the ASUS XG Station Pro main board. When the sensor registers 55+ Celsius degrees it will run the fans. If you're within return/exchange period I'd recommend switching for the ASUS STRIX RX 5700 XT which has FanConnect feature. You can then connect the case fans to the GPU directly.

 

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bart_simpson
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Posted by: @itsage

@bart_simpson, Do you have another graphics card to test?  

Unfortunately, no. However thank you very much for that great hint! I wonder where this sensor is located. Maybe there is a way to shield it somehow...

Returning the GPU would otherwise be the last resort...

 

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James Knight
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Hi bart_simpson,

Not sure if this may help?

https://www.asus.com/uk/Graphics-Cards-Accessories/XG-STATION-PRO/HelpDesk_Download/

Expand Firmware Support -> MCU_FW_v61 -Support 0db fan Firmware

https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Multimedia/XG_STATION_PRO/MCU_FW_v61.zip

Setup: Dell Latitude 7300 | i7-8665U | 32GB DDR4 | M2.sata 512GB |
iGPU: UHD 620 | eGPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 FE | Asus XG Station Pro | Thunderbolt 3 (15D9) : NVM 44.00


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lwf
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I experienced the same issue with an RX580, I think it must be heat because if I take off the panels it goes way. You might try that to rule out any issue with the enclosure.

I too wonder if we might be able to make the sensor a bit less sensitive... I don't know where it is either.

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RTX 3070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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lwf
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The solution I have used is primitive but effective so far: I put both sides back on and I reversed the top piece and I just leave it loose like that, creatimg a gap around the edges. This seems to allow enought hot air to escape that the fans don't start and stop during idle.

I am really liking the XG station pro. The power brick is out of sight out of mind (and totally silent), and I have not noticed any major performance difference compared to the Core X Chroma.

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RTX 3070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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bart_simpson
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@lwf

Hm - that is just not the solution I would accept for a +400 € case. I really liked the XG Station Pro as well, but the constant on/off of the fan - though not being very loud - drove me nuts.

In the end I sent it back. I think I rather accept a louder, but constant noise.

 

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lwf
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@bart_simpson fair enough. I saw a youtube video where someone swapped out the inwin fans for noctuas, maybe that would have helped even with starting and stopping noise. I certainly agree the starting and stopping drove me nuts!

I would trade the on/off for a constant low RPM, which is why in general I would love to have more control over our eGPU enclosure hardware overall. What did you end up using?

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RTX 3070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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bart_simpson
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Posted by: @lwf

I would trade the on/off for a constant low RPM, which is why in general I would love to have more control over our eGPU enclosure hardware overall. What did you end up using?

Absolutely!

I have not purchased a substitute yet. In summer I do not need the GPU anyway. I am hoping for a new option at some point that solves those issues...

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