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H2D Bandwith Firmware Update for Sapphire GearBox is available now!
 

H2D Bandwith Firmware Update for Sapphire GearBox is available now!  

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captchadoesntwork
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Hello!
In my previous post about the Sapphire Gearbox I was trying to pin point the bandwith problem with the box. So now after good amount of time, they finally released the needed firmware update for the bandwith problem.

You can download the firmware update here: SapphireTech Website

Be aware that there is a problem with the website, so you have to disable your adblock to access the firmware download. Just select Windows 10 in the dropdown menu and you will see the firmware option pop up.

Just wanted to get this information out there. Maybe it helps someone.

Greetings!

edit: here are some before and after pictures

Before Firmware update:
 
After Firmware Update:

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DELL XPS 15 9570
Sapphire GearBox
Sapphire RX580 Pulse
Windows 10


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itsage
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@captchadoesntwork Thank you for sharing this news! With this new firmware, have you noticed the PSU turning off during system sleep? I recall it was running all the time when I tested the Sapphire Gearbox.

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captchadoesntwork
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@itsage My pleasure. Can you tell me exactly what you mean by running? If the box is turned off (no light in the front) its not running if you are talking about the fans. There are also some newer models with different PSUs which feature the standard I/0 switch on the back.

DELL XPS 15 9570
Sapphire GearBox
Sapphire RX580 Pulse
Windows 10


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steve4332
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What happens when the Mac or PC is put to sleep, but the Sapphire Gearbox unit is not turned off manually? Is the fan of the eGPU PSU running, or is it turned off automatically during system sleep? Do you have to manually turn off the eGPU unit after putting your PC/Mac to sleep to make the eGPU completely silent, or not?

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captchadoesntwork
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I think if the unit is turned on, the fans wont stop spinning.

I will test this when I get into the office.

DELL XPS 15 9570
Sapphire GearBox
Sapphire RX580 Pulse
Windows 10


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captchadoesntwork
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Posted by: steve4332

What happens when the Mac or PC is put to sleep, but the Sapphire Gearbox unit is not turned off manually? Is the fan of the eGPU PSU running, or is it turned off automatically during system sleep? Do you have to manually turn off the eGPU unit after putting your PC/Mac to sleep to make the eGPU completely silent, or not?

I tested your described situation and No, the box is not turning of when you put your pc/mac to sleep. You have to turn it off manually but when you turn it off manually, it will be completely off and wont make any noise.

I will talk to the technician team for the gearbox, maybe a turn off feature could be implemented or not. Thanks for the heads up!

DELL XPS 15 9570
Sapphire GearBox
Sapphire RX580 Pulse
Windows 10


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Zeeshan
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Great information, but only it can be done on Windows. I wish if they had made it for macOS also would be cool but they didn't. Considering Apple supporting their GearBox and Sapphire GPU for eGPU. Now I don't know if the normal BootCamp installed Windows 10 will be able to update the firmware or I have to do it after booting from rEFInd or automate-eGPU EFI?

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016, Radeon Pro 460)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
Sapphire GearBox
Planning on getting Vega 56 but Sapphire don't list it in their compatible list. Maybe RX580 / Rx590


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