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@tsakal You'd need Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86).

 

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Any chance we can see how it performs on a TB1 or TB2 connection Twisted ?

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Do I need to remove it and reinstall it. Or reinstall it on top of the existing one?

When I run the installer it asked whether to repair the existing installation. 

 

Just run the same benchmarks on the Mac side , interesting results. Is open gl more efficient than direct11

 

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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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I took the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box apart yesterday. There are a lot more screws and components holding this 2nd gen Gaming Box compared to 1st gen version. Started with the top panel then I removed dust filter inserts on the side panels.

Front fascia, rear panel, and bottom base eventually need to be removed to access the inner cage.

The power cables are neatly tucked at the front while the rear has all the connection ports.

The 450W fATX power supply is longer than the 1st gen Gaming Box. It has a 40mm cooling fan but airflow is better (intake through the bottom base) and there's a 70mm side cooling fan.

Another improvement related to the PSU is a power switch in the rear of the enclosure. There are one 24-pin ATX plug and one 4-pin EPS plug going to the Thunderbolt 3 mainboard. The two 2+2-pin PCIe power plugs going to the RTX2080 Ti graphics card.

The 240mm radiator and its two fans are secured in place with screws from the two side brackets as well as the top frame. The side with 70mm fan comes off while the other side stays attached to the bottom frame to which the TB3 mainboard is mounted. Intel JHL6540 controller hosts the eGPU and the secondary TB3 controller, Intel JHL6340 hosts expansion ports.

Last but certainly not least is the AIO liquid cooled RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. It's very compact and the two hoses are just long enough to go from the pump to radiator. It's

@tsakal That's what @Mac_editor has observed too with Navi cards.

@bootz I tried this AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box with the 2015 15-in MacBook Pro in Boot Camp this morning. It was able to work through the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (Thunderbolt 2 speed). I ran a few tests through internal display mode and the RTX 2080 Ti eGPU would run initially but then crashed shortly. The Nvidia Optimus notification indicated the Nvidia eGPU was disconnected. This same 2015 15-in MBP worked great with the RX Vega 56 Nano inside the 1st gen Gaming Box.

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That is one heck of a package. 
thanks for picking it apart. 

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Brave man taking that apart! Looks like a complicated SFFPC build with proprietary layout and components, hope it goes back together ok.

Really impressed with the size of this thing, will be interested to hear a9excuse the pun) about the noise levels, also whether the 2080ti is overkill due to TB3 limitations and if a 2080 may have been a smarter (and cheaper) choice.

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@eightarmedpet I was a bit hesitant with such new gear but everything came back together nicely. It was 49x Phillips screws holding those enclosure components together. The rear panel uses another set of 5x PH screws for GPU ports and 3x hex screws for PSU. 1st generation Gaming Box has around a dozen screws in comparison.

It's possible to swap the RTX 2080 Ti with another GPU but everything else is a downgrade atm. I think Gigabyte wanted to send a message to go big or go home. My hope is there's a Radeon version of this 2nd generation Gaming Box.

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@itsage Nice work! I wonder if a RTX Titan would fit with that water block? LoL

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@dregpu There's only one way to find out. 🙂 

 

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@itsage I don't have watercooled GPU's. I'm guessing this is significantly quieter than the other GB's?

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