ASUS XG Station Pro Review - Cool, Calm and Collected
It happens (especially) during MacOSX normal idle work, that the enclosure fan start and stop all the time. They are not going very fast, only a second or two. And it's not very loud, but you notice them switching on and off.
So I have two questions:
1) Do you know this effect, too?
2) Is there any way on MacOSX to change the fan-behaviour? I would prefer them going on less often and when, then longer, not only for 1 second or so.
Does anybody know, what these extension cables for the fans are called? Are these 4-pin y-cables? I would like to try to plug the XG Station Pro cables directly to the Asus Vega 56, as it has two connections for fans (but the fan cables are to short, so I need an extension).
@sharpk18, have you ever run into any issues running the RTX 2080 ti FE in the Asus XG Station Pro since you posted the last update? I am concerned that peak power draw on the RTX 2080ti can go to just under 330 watts. Since the review states that power delivery to the GPU is only 300 watt, will this (no supplying enough for peak draw) cause any issues? Thanks for any wisdom you can provide.
@ishikawa_goemon Performance issues, I didn't have any. The only thing different than an Asus GTX 1080 TI I used to own and run on the same eGPU is that the RTX 1080 TI FE funs run at full speed when booting my MacBook Pro system.
I actally contacted Nvidia Tech Support and they said it is okay that the funs run at full speed. It is a self-diagnosed at booting. Other than that all is fine.
@sharpk18, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. For reference, I have the same issue with my RTX 2080ti FE fans spinning at full speed during boot. This happened in a Razer Core X system as well. This lends credence to what Nvidia is telling us concerning it being a self-diagnostic test. The only times I had issues with the GPU fans just going full speed for a long time was if there was a connection issue with the TB3 port (e.g. not fully seated so the eGPU was getting power but maybe no good data connection)
-HWINFO64 showed that the max power consumption on the RTX 2080 ti FE hit 327 watts (this is probably peak) . This is similar to what I observed in a Razer Core X with a 650watt PSU. The XG Station Pro only has a 330watt external PSU with 300 watt rated power --> The XG Station will run a RTX 2080 ti FE as other members have observed
-The In-Win 120mm included case fans can be swapped out for Noctua PWM (120mm case fans). The new fans will still run on the default quiet setting and not spin up until a certain temperature is reached. --> Unlike the Razer Core X, these case fans can be swapped. Make sure you orient the airflow going out of the case NOT into the case on the GPU
I won't have the XG Station Pro for much longer before bringing it into the office so if anyone has questions, please let me know and I'll see if I can fill in any info gaps!
Just acquired a brand new XG Station Pro. I couldn't resist modding 😀 Is there a way to control fan speeds on macOS?
Would you say these fans are better than stock? In temps/noise level?
Is the power brick 110v/220v?
How heavy is it?
Would you consider this egpu to be portable? Or should a person looking for a bit of portability look elsewhere?
"These screen captures show the eGPU’s Memory Read and Write were impinged when the external SSD transmitted data"
This is true, but there is to add that it does hardly change the "real" performance. E.g. in Benchmarks from Unigine the loss is even not measurable. That is to be expected as they hard fill the complete bandwidth from Host 2 Device. The main work is done by the GPU and the main data is between GPU and monitor.
Furthermore, it's rare that SSD and GPU have full load at the same time.
So in conclusion there is no real performance loss if you attach some devices like SSD to the enclosure. This conclusion is valid for any enclosures, not only the Asus XG Station Pro.
Man, how I wish i would have found this page before ordering the XG Pro lol..... have not opened it yet, but i see the 15w PD and all I can do is Sigh. Wonder though, on a Macbook pro 13 with the screen turned off, and GPU no longer in use would the 15w of PD be just enough to keep the battery from draining?
Thank you for all the details!
It would depend on what the other components of the laptop are doing. I know if you have it connected in sleep mode, the 15W can charge the battery slowly. During certain usage the 15W PD can keep the battery from draining. If you need real power delivery you'd need an enclosure with at least 45W PD.