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Kung-Foo-Kamel
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For the Aussies here, just went to purchase the apple developers egpu @ US $599, I thought, thats not to bad, once I clicked purchase, price jumped to $1199 Australian, absolute ripoff, could couldnt close that tab quick enough 🙂

I found this one from Gigabyte, thought awesome, comes with a decent GPU..nVidia, went to Amazon, $833 AUD including priority shipping to AU, they sell the same unit here locally for $1000 excluding shipping.

Local vs Apple vs Amazon.... Amazon wins.

Also I see this unit has a USB 3 hub built in, making it a better choice than some of the others, including the Apple/Sonnet one.

In AU a Gygabyte Aorus 1070 will also set you back $729, so this box is actually costing us only $104 extra, including delivery, its really a steal at this price, coudnt click "take my cash" quick enough.

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The only question that remains for me is:

  • How well can we upgrade the GPU in a couple of years? Is this "mini ITX" formfactor standard enough to assume it will still be around in 3 years?

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@Azrael, the mini ITX form factor was introduced with the GTX670, then 760, the 970 and now 1070. Can you see a pattern? Expect it to continue in the future.

mini GTX670 (Asus)

mini GTX760 (Asus)

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As per usual, not available in the UK... FFS... luckily I'm going to the US a bit later in the year...

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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

As per usual, not available in the UK... FFS... luckily I'm going to the US a bit later in the year...

The UK is still part of the EU, and it is available in Germany (post earlier) ... you just need to change the cord? The only problem could be if you need to do an exchange if there is a problem. Either way this would be better than buying the US.

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Posted by: troywright
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As per usual, not available in the UK... FFS... luckily I'm going to the US a bit later in the year...

The UK is still part of the EU, and it is available in Germany (post earlier) ... you just need to change the cord? The only problem could be if you need to do an exchange if there is a problem. Either way this would be better than buying the US.

Thank for the info, typical stitch up on the Euro/UK price when compared to the US and thanks to all the backwards looking cretins living in the provinces we won't be in the EU for much longer! Will prob just grab my next enclosure in the states when I am there next...

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My little box works! Had one of those "it's alive!" moments a few minutes ago.

Setup is

- HP Z-Book 15 G3

- Aorus enclosure + built in 1070 mini

 

Having a bit of a problem accelerating graphics for laptop display but no issues for external display.

Anyone want me to do some benchies?

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Posted by: switch

My little box works! Had one of those "it's alive!" moments a few minutes ago.

Setup is

- HP Z-Book 15 G3

- Aorus enclosure + built in 1070 mini

 

Having a bit of a problem accelerating graphics for laptop display but no issues for external display.

Anyone want me to do some benchies?

Good stuff. Disable your dGPU and remove Quadro drivers to get internal LCD acceleration going as described at https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/akitio-node-gtx-1080-ti-hp-zbook-15-g3-help/#post-15838

The first Aorus Gaming Box implementation guide would be most welcome.  Would love to see pics of this enclosure in the wild 🙂

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I'm one of the happy campers that chose not to dump cash into a dGPU I wouldn't use -- but I'll make note of the link to list it just in case other people have similar laptops. Those 600euro I saved just went into the Aorus. I'll look up the Implementation Guide forum and see how my post should look.. tips welcomed!

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For anyone interested, I just posted over in reddit on replacing the 1070 found inside the Aorus Gaming Box with an EVGA 1060 3GB ITX and it works great!

I am also successfully running the Aorus box with my Samsung Notebook 9 15 Ext (on the internal display) and it is absolutely fantastic. Have been playing Overwatch, Titanfall 2, and Diablo 3 at max settings at 1080p. Sold the 1070 for $400, and now have the best $200 eGPU on the market in my opinion.

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My initial tests suggests that the Aorus Gaming Box is affected by the "half H2D" bandwidth issue, as discussed here: https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/alert-akitio-node-half-h2d-bandwidth-issue

I'm guessing this is a TI83-based box, therefore a firmware fix is required, right?

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@switch, please post the CUDA-Z output from the system for evaluation. If it's half-H2D affected then yes, a enclosure firmware will be required to rectify the issue.

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@switch can you comment on noise level of the fans? The PSU is an Enhanced custom unit with tiny fan similar to the Razer Core. I spotted two small fans at the front as well. 

isaacbg8 shared CUDA-Z screen cap on his reddit post. This Gigabyte Aorus 1070 eGPU enclosure has H2D issue.

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@nando4 - itsage beat me to it. That's what I'm getting too - give or take. Trying to see how to get Gigabyte on the horn.

@itsage - the enclosure is silent if no TB3 device is connected. Dead quiet, no fan moves, not even the PSU ones. I like it. BUT! This changes when you plug it in. Despite the 1070's fan not spinning that much (if at all) during desktop use, the PSU fans are rather noisy. A bit louder than my laptop in full spin, actually. This is not an issue in games, but it might be an issue if trying to use it as a docking station. I actually have no idea of the in-game sound levels, as the 1070 doesn't really get over-stressed in 1080p gaming - having low bandwidth doesn't help either.

I reckon that without a fix for the H2D issue, the 1070 will sleep on the job most of the time.

 

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http://imgur.com/a/gAmCE
I took some pictures of the unit disassembled to show the PSU model and specs and PCB layout.

11 PSU
10 videocard
9 screws
8 internal side2
7 internal side1
6 outer shell
5 side2
4 back
3 side
2 front
1 bag
13 fan
12 PSU zoom
15 board bottom
14 board top

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it looks like the gaming box is small and using mini itx cards. Im wanting to estimate what upgradability would be like in the future.

it appears it uses this card GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GV-N1070IXOC-8GD which is 6.7 inches (170.18mm) is there any room remaining? would it hold larger mini itx cards such as the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti Mini 8.2 inches (208.28mm)

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@switch That's my concern when seeing the small fans. They tend to be high pitch and spin faster on average than larger fans. The Razer Core has a similar Enhanced PSU and the two small fans mounted in front and back are very audible during gameplay.

@speedycake Thank you for posting the detailed photos of individual components. I could spot Texas Instrument TPS65983BA USB-C controller and Intel DSL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller. The Thunderbolt firmware should be flashable to provide H2D fix.

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The dual ventilation fans are fairly quiet, I don't have any instruments to measure sound levels but they mostly appear to giving off sound from airflow restriction. However the PSU fan has a slight whine to it which is very noticeable.

@Dude1 I would say no, going by the internals it might take another 10-15mm but that's a such a tight fit, in terms of power connector as my pictures show there is a 6+2 pin PCIE power connector so that also would rule out the ZOTAC 1080 Mini due to that card requiring dual 8 pin PCIE power connectors.

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@Dude1 The box itself is only 210 mm, so the Zotac 1080 Ti Mini will not fit (nor the Zotac 1080 Mini, which is the same length).

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@switch, @speedycake - did you manage to get in touch with gigabyte re a firmware fix for the H2D? If not, maybe posting to http://forum.aorus.com or gigabyte facebook pages would raise visibility.

Looks like an epic unit the only thing holding me back is the H2D issue (although for GPGPU tasks / deep learning do you think this will be an issue?). 

Also, can I ask what is your experience with the consistency of power delivery to the laptop when the gpu is under load?

Cheers

 

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@all, this enclosure has a 450W PSU in there. So if dont draw power by:
-  using a notebook charger instead of enclosure for charging  (+100W PD)
-  don't use the onboard ports (3x4.5W for USB + LAN, +~20W)

Then splitting off the supplied 8P to a 6P+8P (300W total easy) and even  8P+8P connector (375W) is feasible.

@speedcake, can you measure the width of the chassis so we know the maximum width card that would fit.  The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080Ti Mini 8GB (Length: 211mm / Height 125mm) has a fan shroud that slightly lengthens the card which could be removed.

http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/WhfVLxEn3f2ZTtUdQfggbK-650-80.jpg

In the mini-eGPU thread they managed to shoehorn the same sized Zotac GTX1080 into the chassis:

With mods we can fit ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080 Mini 8GB (211mm x 125mm) in the AKiTiO length if we remove the fan and to cut the metal plate where the fan is. The problem is that ZOTAC GTX 1080Ti Mini is too tall and we can’t close the cover without mods, but with new custom cover or to cut the AKiTiO cover we can have one of the best video cards inside AKiTiO Thunder2, Thunder3 or Node Lite!

   

 

 

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@speedcake, can you measure the width of the chassis so we know the maximum width card that would fit.  The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080Ti Mini 8GB (Length: 211mm / Height 125mm) has a fan shroud that slightly lengthens the card which could be removed.

There's 2-3mm of clearance between the card and the side of the chassis. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the small gap between the graphics card and the 24-pin motherboard power connector. There's only around 7mm of space for longer cards.

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Great review:

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So I've tried this on a macbook pro 13.3 2017 and a skullcanyon nuc.

 

 

 

Lots of bugs but it works... so that's good?

 

USB is having a lot of problems.  On the skullcanyon, usb mouse/keyboard cut in and  out.  All sorts of strange issues with this thing...

 

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How did it go with the mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro? Are you using macOS or Windows on the Mac?

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If anybody has this box with the XPS please let me know!!

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If anybody has this box with the XPS please let me know!!

I've tried it with my XPS 15 9550 and it was basically plug and play. I updated my Thunderbolt drivers, connected it and installed the NVIDIA desktop driver. After a reboot the box was working properly. However, the PSU fans (which are louder in idle than the XPS at full load) were too noisy for me so I returned it...

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I am having problems with plug and play. Basically resuming from sleep with/without the Aorus is rather diffitult. Definitely NOT plug & play. This is sad, because I actually like the box - it's an ok size (as opposed to others...).

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Posted by: Sp4rtanOne
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If anybody has this box with the XPS please let me know!!

I've tried it with my XPS 15 9550 and it was basically plug and play. I updated my Thunderbolt drivers, connected it and installed the NVIDIA desktop driver. After a reboot the box was working properly. However, the PSU fans (which are louder in idle than the XPS at full load) were too noisy for me so I returned it...

Louder than the XPS at full load? WHAT?! Is that even possible?

Were you able to test any games out? 1440p? External monitor? 144hz? I need to know!! 

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@speedcake, can you measure the width of the chassis so we know the maximum width card that would fit.  The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 1080Ti Mini 8GB (Length: 211mm / Height 125mm) has a fan shroud that slightly lengthens the card which could be removed.

There's 2-3mm of clearance between the card and the side of the chassis. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the small gap between the graphics card and the 24-pin motherboard power connector. There's only around 7mm of space for longer cards.

Did this just kill my dreams of putting a GTX 1080 / 1080 ti mini? 

I really wanna get this box but I'm afraid of future proofing and if they can make the higher end cards in smaller dimensions to fix into this box 🙁

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If anybody has this box with the XPS please let me know!!

I've tried it with my XPS 15 9550 and it was basically plug and play. I updated my Thunderbolt drivers, connected it and installed the NVIDIA desktop driver. After a reboot the box was working properly. However, the PSU fans (which are louder in idle than the XPS at full load) were too noisy for me so I returned it...

Louder than the XPS at full load? WHAT?! Is that even possible?

Were you able to test any games out? 1440p? External monitor? 144hz? I need to know!! 

Well at least louder than my XPS (i7 6700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, FHD)... though I should mention that I have undervolted, repasted and repadded it to prevent throttling and improve cooling (CPU stays below 70°C at full load).

I only tested it with Rocket Leage and PUBG on an external 1080p 60hz monitor and the performance was ok, considering the half H2D issue of the box and the x2 3.0 PCIe support of the XPS. However, in Rocket League I noticed that the game wasn't running completely smooth (both with and without v-sync) even though I was getting constant 60FPS.

Regarding plug and play: I didn't try resuming from sleep, I always did a complete shutdown.

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How did it go with the mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro? Are you using macOS or Windows on the Mac?

Just macos (latest sierra using latest nvidia driver) using Rastafabi's app.

The biggest issue with that is, when I shut the lid of the macbook pro to put it to sleep, the egpu fan just goes to max speed, it's very strange.

 

As for the skullcanyon, the biggest issue with that is the USB is completely hosed.  If I book up the NUC with USB plugged in, it won't boot.  If I boot up first, then plug in USB, USB mouse/keyboard cut in and out and freeze constantly.

 

I love the size of this NUC but it is EXTREMELY buggy.

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I just got mine.

The box measures 211 mm from outside. So this particular gtx 1080 won't fit.

Maybe you can wait for rx vega nano with HBM2 memory.

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I got mine last week.

My setup is Asrock Z270 itx.

Did some tests.

The noise is minimal, quite surprising. And temps are very good.

About the bandwidth issue, it seems to be fine with mine. I don't know if this is because I used a different host device.

I also tested Ether/Siacoin mining. With very little tweaking(I am not pushing the card at all), 29+ ether and 290+ sia. Room temp is 25C and GPU temp is 68C. Very good in my opinion.

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Can someone screenshot the VRAM chipset on the 1070 card come with the box? I hear some people talk that micron chipset can't pass 1000mhz, since samsum chipset does.

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