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The RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is finally here! I saw it in person at Gigabyte during CES 2020 and have been anxiously waiting for my sample unit. Here are some unboxing pictures and my first impressions.

Due to an all-in-one liquid cooling system, the 2nd generation AORUS Gaming Box is now larger. It's no longer the ITX-sized enclosure, but it may still retain its title for the most portable eGPU solution. The retail box is not that much larger than 1st gen Gaming Box.

The packaging feels really solid. Everything was inside a travel case with plenty of foam paddings.

Opening the carrying case reveals the Gaming Box inside more bubble wraps. Accessories are power cords for different regions, .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable, a shoulder strap for the carrying case, manuals, and an installation CD.

The biggest surprise to me was how compact and light this RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box is. While I no longer have the Razer Core X/Chroma to directly compare, my guestimate is this Gaming Box is less than half the weight and volume. Take a look at the RX Vega 64 LC next to it.

Here are more photos of the RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box next to the 1st generation Gaming Box, a Logitech mouse, and a tiny gaming controller. This thing is remarkably small for what it contains inside!

Nvidia eGPU does not work in macOS since 10.13 Mojave but can work plug-and-play in Boot Camp on many Macs. I tried it with my 2016 15-in MacBook Pro and everything worked as expected (screen caps soon).

The AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box has a good firmware, no H2D cap. This is thanks to the dual JHL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controllers. Power Delivery is 100W.

My 2016 15-in MacBook Pro has firmware issue with RTX graphics cards. The system would hang at preboot with the eGPU connected. Therefore I need to hot-plug RTX eGPU once Windows fully loads or do a timed hot-plug at the Windows logo spinning circle screen.

I set Unigine and 3DMark synthetic benchmarks to 4K and ran them through the LG monitor. The RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box barely reached 60 degrees Celsius. Noise level is typical for a AIO liquid graphics card.

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.

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mac_editor
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Wow that’s compact. I was under the impression that its much larger. 

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@mac_editor I thought the same. Build quality is much better than 1st gen Gaming Box too. 

 

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Would you mind posting a couple more pictures of how its size relates to its little brother (Aorus GB v1)? 

Also, can't wait for the teardown! 😀 

Thanks!

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@dregpu Will do! I'm waiting for sunshine to take more photos of this new Gaming Box internal components and size comparison with some other eGFXs. It's been more than a week of cloudy weather here.

 

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Holy sh*tballs!!!  No teardown this time?

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@itsage

The 5700xt in a razer x performs scores very similarly to this one, how can this be?

A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1038NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, Samsung 65 Q70R
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.5, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

C) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

D) 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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@itsage

The 5700xt in a razer x performs scores very similarly to this one, how can this be?

@tsakal Huh? I'm not familiar enough with the other benchmarks, but Superposition clearly demonstrates some 70-90% improvement of the RTX 2080 Ti over the 5700XT in every comparison I've seen. 

@itsage It'd be interesting to see how much overclocking room there is with this thing, as well. Superposition seems to be over 11K with waterblocked cards. 

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@omardesu I will tear it down and take photos this weekend!

@tsakal No chance the RX 5700 XT can perform at the same level as RTX 2080 Ti. Make sure you set the resolutions at 4K.

@dregpu I ran it completely stock without any tuning software. I will install AORUS ENGINE and see how it performs with OC. Temperatures were barely reaching 60 degrees Celsius. 

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@itsage

You are right I had in mind my 1080 score. However the 4k score of 6909 of the 5700xt is not slouch. 

Why heaven and valley do not run on w10 1903 .295 version ? 

Redownloaded visual studio but still no luck. 

A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1038NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, Samsung 65 Q70R
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.5, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

C) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

D) 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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