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Eightarmedpet
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My Core V1 has been annoying me recently... the fan noise and the fact the USB ports aren't really much use due to lag so I've swung from trying to find the smallest enclosure to going big and buying a Mantiz with a view to customise it into my ideal enclosure.  

Plan is...
Replace stock fan with Noctura (possible a 120 as I have one kicking about somewhere)
Add in TB3 card with powered riser - drill out back plate for cables
Add in 500GB SSD for game storage.
Possibly PSU upgrade (modular? Semi passive?) - and recommendations?
Replace current Vega 56 GPU with a Sapphire dual fan RX 5700/5700 XT

I have all the parts (hopefully the correct riser - will go double check itsages threads).

The goal is to create a full one cable silent docking solution for use in both OS on my Macbook with LG 5K UltraFine, would love to hear any tips/advice if there is anything I have missed...

Parts so far

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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@eightarmedpet This looks like a fun project! The riser card you have is the same as the working one I used in this build.

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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Prototype eGPU Enclosure) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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@itsage THANK GOD FOR THAT and thanks for the link, I was fairly sure I bought the right thing but I've made mistakes before.... I'll see what connectors I have once it all arrives but I assume I will need a few adapters/additional cables.

Depending on GPU cooler I may try adding an additional fan, either to the side to blow heat out or at the front to do the same...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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I believe the Molex plug is all we need to power the riser card. I didn't really know what I was doing so I connected both to make sure. When I tried the same riser card inside Sonnet Breakaway Box [link], I only had the Molex cable connected. The PSU from Mantiz Venus has an unused Molex plug so you're good to go.

external graphics card builds
best laptops for external GPU
eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Prototype eGPU Enclosure) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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OliverB
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@eightarmedpet,
so you prefer a Mantiz Venus over a Asus XG Station Pro? I thought noise was important for you 😉

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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@oliverb ha! If I had a non TB3 monitor I would almost defo have gone for an Asus XG Station Pro, or gone small and ITX card with a Zotac Mini box as they are on UK Amazon at a decent price atm.

The space and ability to mod the Venus is what lead me the decision, I can swap out PSU and fans and cram a TB3 and SSD card in there. I'm also getting the downstairs of my house re done so when the floors are up I'll get someone to lay some ethernet cables so I can hard wire in via the Mantiz rather than rely on wifi (which prob isnt the best for PUBG).

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Mantiz just arrived and I've unpacked it and plugged it in - oh boy! I was expecting some noise but the enclosure on its own is silent, sure fans will ramp up under load but this is super encouraging as even at idle my Razer Core V1 whines away like a petulant toddler.

Build quality was better than expected too.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Mantiz just arrived and I've unpacked it and plugged it in - oh boy! I was expecting some noise but the enclosure on its own is silent, sure fans will ramp up under load but this is super encouraging as even at idle my Razer Core V1 whines away like a petulant toddler.

Build quality was better than expected too.

Argh, just wrote a long post then lost it.

TLDP(ost). Looks like Mantiz have upgraded the fan to a 120mm one, it sure isn't the wee 80mm and as a result the whole thing is quieter than both my Vega 56 when idle and my MacBook Pro. Under load the MBP and Vega are louder too in that order so not sure if I will even bother replacing the fan now.

Tried TB3 add in card but no luck, @itsage any idea what I'm doing wrong gong by these lights? 

Windows booted slightly differently too which was interesting, going to see if it repeats the behaviour.

IMG 0946

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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teltersat
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I would love to see your use case for that riser card (what would be your use case, how you end up installing it and how it will end up looking)
Also, I replaced the fan on my MZ-02 with a Noctua one, and it's pretty quiet. Also I replaced the PSU with a SilverStone SFX-L 700W PSU and it's very quiet!

MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2017 15" + Mantiz Venus MZ-02 + AMD Radeon Vega 64

 
2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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@eightarmedpet My PCI riser card (same model as yours) is doing the same thing. Both blue 12V and red 3.3V lights are ON. I recall when I was able to use it successfully only the blue light 12V was ON. Not sure what had changed since the last time I used it.

external graphics card builds
best laptops for external GPU
eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Prototype eGPU Enclosure) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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