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quetzacoatl
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Is there any chance of replacing the fans with noctua ones? They make both 40mm and 60mm fans so there may be a chance to make the V2 quieter.

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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: quetzacoatl

Is there any chance of replacing the fans with noctua ones? They make both 40mm and 60mm fans so there may be a chance to make the V2 quieter.

Also interested din this but for my V1... the noise doesn't bother me really but quieter the better!

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Reinhard1004
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Dear @itsage (or any other expert on the matter :))

This is really interesting - great article! Smile

In the eGPU buyer‘s guide you wrote that the core v2 does not flakey behavior under load, as all previous eGPU cases seem to.

Background: I run a Mantiz Venus and recently connected an Oculus Rift (2 sensors for now), which is doable with lots of tweeking, but still sometimes has flakey USB behavior; lags and short disconnects. Once the third sensor arrives, it‘s too much for the Venus I think.
Now I am wondering if the Razer Core V2 could have a fully stable connection to all 3 sensors + the headset?
Would you recommend such a switch? Did you try this out?
In other forums people also report flakey USB behavior with Razer Core V2 ... so I am wondering.

Late 2016 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 460, 2m CalDigit TB3 cable, Mantiz Venus eGPU case, NVidia GTX 1080ti.


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itsage
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@reinhard1004 The sensors on the Oculus require them to be on separate USB buses from what I recall. I don't think running the Core V2 would help eliminating the flakey USB behavior when adding a third sensor.

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Reinhard1004
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@itsage Thanks. And yes, think so too. Bottleneck seems to be TB3 already as 3 sensors would require 3x full 10Gbit/s USB 3.1 gen II, next to the eGPU itself.

Wondering what an ideal setup would be:
* Are the latest MBP 15” able to provide three full USB 3.1 gen 2 ports via its other TB3 ports in Windows? (late 2016 model crashes in windows with any additional connection, except on left side with x8 lane disabled [then it’s a powered usb 2.0 only]).
* Or is a switch to the HTC Vive the only proper solution for now, as it requires only one powered USB 2.0 port? 🙂
* Or are there other options for a 3-sensor Rift with MBP/eGPU?

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Posted by: Eightarmedpet
Posted by: quetzacoatl

Is there any chance of replacing the fans with noctua ones? They make both 40mm and 60mm fans so there may be a chance to make the V2 quieter.

Also interested din this but for my V1... the noise doesn't bother me really but quieter the better!

Not sure if you're still looking for details, but I stumbled across this (v1) specific guide:  http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/razer-core-disassembly-fan-location-guide.802000. Sounds like the PSU's fan is the best (and easiest?) to be replaced. I ordered a 40x20 Noctua myself for my v2 and gonna try and open it up to see how easy it is. The Core v2 is lovely, but the noise... :_(

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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: IanB
Posted by: Eightarmedpet
Posted by: quetzacoatl

Is there any chance of replacing the fans with noctua ones? They make both 40mm and 60mm fans so there may be a chance to make the V2 quieter.

Also interested din this but for my V1... the noise doesn't bother me really but quieter the better!

Not sure if you're still looking for details, but I stumbled across this (v1) specific guide:  http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/razer-core-disassembly-fan-location-guide.802000. Sounds like the PSU's fan is the best (and easiest?) to be replaced. I ordered a 40x20 Noctua myself for my v2 and gonna try and open it up to see how easy it is. The Core v2 is lovely, but the noise... :_(

Cheers for that, and please update me with how it goes, looks pretty daunting to me, if anyone is London based I would be happy to bribe/pay/ply with beer for someone to do it for me/help.

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 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Bellerophon Chimera
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Awesome review! Smile
Can you make a how to for disassembling the core v? A video of it is also a great help...

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Technomad
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Having used the Core v2 intermittently for over a year, under MacOS and Bootcamp, here are a few points that I haven't seen on other reviews:
1. Razer doesn't seem to have been consistent in the PCIe power cables it ships: most v2s seem to have 2 * 6-pin->6+2 pin connectors, whereas mine came with 1 * 6-pin->6+2-pin and 1 * 6-pin->6-pin. That was OK when I was running a GTX1080Ti, but screwed me when I moved to a Radeon VII, until I could find an adapter cable.
2. Electrically, the thing is incredibly noisy, no matter which GPU is installed. I run a high-quality (Meridian) USB DAC from my system: if I connect its USB to the Razer, a high-pitched whistle is injected into the sound. If I connect directly via another thunderbolt/usb adapter, a huge level of hashing noise is injected. Either way, it's unusable.
3. The built-in AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet connection is hopeless: I've been in touch with ASIX for over a year now, trying to get it work: no matter which driver version I use, it works for five minutes, then packs up.
On the basis of my experience, I certainly will neither be recommending Razer products or, having moved to something else, will not be buying anything else from them.

Mid-2017 MBP 15”/3.1GHz, Razer Core v2, EVGA GTX1080Ti, LG 34UM95, HTC Vive, Samsung Odyssey, MS Hololens.


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