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switch
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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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speedycake
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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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Dude1
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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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itsage
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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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speedycake
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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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nando4
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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.

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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Posted by: nando4

@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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