[Unboxing] AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming Box Thunderbolt 3 eGPU
The RTX 2070 Gaming Box is finally here! As @gbt_brian stated in the pre-order thread, the official launch is February 15th. My sample unit arrived this morning. Here are some unboxing pictures and my first impressions.
Opening the box reveals a carrying case with the Gaming Box inside. Accessories are power cord, .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable, and a shoulder strap for the carrying case. Almost everything is the same as the other three Gaming Boxes.
Here's the sideview to show the custom mini-ITX RTX 2070. This is the same cooler treatment as in the 1080 and RX 580 Gaming Box. It sports a naked look, no plastic shroud and a 130mm fan. The one distinguished feature of this RTX 2070 Gaming Box is USB-C port in the rear I/O.
I connected this eGFX to my 2018 13" MacBook Pro and can confirm Power Delivery is 100W. Thunderbolt firmware version is 27.27. There's no web drivers for Nvidia 900-series and newer cards so I booted into Windows to check other functionalities.
Nvidia eGPU can work plug-and-play in Boot Camp on the 2018 MacBook Pro. If you encounter error 12, there are workarounds such as automate-eGPU EFI, rEFInd, and apple_set_os.efi. Here are the screen captures of HWiNFO64 and CUDA-Z
As can be seen above, the AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming Box has a firmware that's tuned for half H2D speed. This is a Thunderbolt firmware tuning to remedy USB stability issues in eGPU enclosure with expansion I/O. Gigabyte provides a firmware with full H2D speed. I quickly ran Unigine through the MacBook Pro internal display.
I will be doing tests for a full review of this eGFX. Please let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.
So excited to see this!
So great !
When you say "There's no web drivers for Nvidia 900-series and newer cards" what do you mean exactly >
I'm so tempted to get one of there in the group buy
Hi, can you please confirm the PD 100 watts, is that using the USB-C while another TB connection runs between laptop and the enclosure?
I'm thinking this won't work for XPS15 9550 but will work on a newer laptop which has separate USB-C and TB.
Irrespective of my question above, this looks good. Take your time and I'll look forward to your detailed review.