2019 Intel NUC8i7HVK [8th,4C,G] + RTX2080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3) + Win10
Guys check it out how you can self made your own enclosure by your own style.
I hope this topic inspire people to do they own enclosure for cheap. Just remember "if i can do it -> You can do it!")
Its all started when i looked all enclosures, and some of buy-ready like Razer or other is too expensive for its feature. And another one has too large size. Or another one has weak power source, or other minuses in construction.
So i take a decision to build my own one.
I want to say that its not a final version look, because you know, the walls can be your own 3D pronted design, or other plexiglass white matte walls.
what I had:
1) the Intel NUCi7HVK as it is.
3) the 12v to 19v converter that i bought on aliexpress for 10$ (because intel NUC using a 19V supply with 11A current)
4) the corsair 80 PLUS GOLD SF600 power supply.
5) Aorus RTX2080
all of theese i want to be in a solid construction, so ive started with a cardboard box (because its easy to cut and make dimensions of future construction)
i bought the aluminium straight and L-shape parts 1-meter long in the hardware store for 10$, and start to make a enclosure:
also i make a option to use it with standard ATX power box, to make sure it will fit, if my sfx block will burn, or i need a more powerfull one (i used this crappy old ATX power block just for size reference here):
after the case made, i make a few straight bars to make sure the intel NUC inside will be hard mounted and wont fly away from its place, when i need to carry this whole case together:
the final variant is coming in, so now i just thinking to do a black walls printed on 3D printer, or just go with white transparent matte plastic walls from hardware store.
so the budget of enclosure was
100$ ADT-Link R43SG-TB3
10$ 12V to 19V Converter
15$ the construction of self made chassis from L-shape aluminium plates that i bought from store
65$ for the Corsair SF600 (i bought it used, NOT NEW), but in your case you can use ANY ATX or SFX power block so it can be cheaper or more expensive...
TOTAL for me was:
190$ - for solid enclosure with the 600W 80 PLUS GOLD power supply on board, fully compatible with my Intel NUC.
Here some numbers in 3Dmark runs:
with RTX2080 directly connected to NVMe Port
Here the result when RTX2080 connected via TB3 connection:
And the last one just for reference with the stock RX Vega M GH Card:
@dimacus, Thank you for documenting and sharing this nice build! Have you tried connecting the M.2 eGPU adapter directly to the NUC mainboard to comparing the difference?
@itsage, i made a test for you in 3D mark with both connections.
when connected via thunderbolt 3 it gives around 8600-9000 points
when connected directly to the NVME port it looks like near 10000-11000 points
so, this means that connecting via NVME instead of TB3 will give you gain in 12-17% of performance.
but for me its matters the mobility of device, so i use TB3. Because i bought NUC cause i travel a lot.
A lot of people asking - "why you made an enclosure, for this money you can build a ITX form factor PC" -> I always give a simple answer: - With the ITX PC you can't take small part of it and store it in your backpack. But with this build you can - it always at home, but when you need to travel or move- you simply take a NUC out and you ready to go, because while travelling, you never need such kind of graphic power, and stock Vega do all kind of stuff. I just bought this external GPU for home gaming and VR performance.
@dimacus, Absolutely in agreement with you. Your custom build provide a lot of flexibility in both how you use the host computer and the eGPU.