[Unboxing] AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box Thunderbolt 3 eGPU
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.
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.
Wow that’s compact. I was under the impression that its much larger.
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! 😀
The 5700xt in a razer x performs scores very similarly to this one, how can this be?
@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.
@omardesu I will tear it down and take photos this weekend!
@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.
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.