[Unboxing] Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box
It's been a long wait but the RX 580 Gaming Box is finally here. As @gbt_brian stated in the pre-order thread, the official launch is April 27th. My sample unit arrived this morning. Here are some unboxing pictures and my first impressions.
Opening the box reveals carrying case with the Gaming Box inside. Accessories are power cord, .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable, shoulder strap for carrying case, and driver CD. Almost everything is the same as the other two Gaming Boxes.
Rear I/O consists of the power plug, three USB 3.0, one quickcharge USB, three DisplayPorts, one HDMI.
Here's a closeup from the side to show the custom mini-ITX RX 580. The fan is 130mm with a Gigabyte sticker instead of AORUS like on the GTX 1080 Gaming Box. Unlike the AORUS GTX 1070/1080 Gaming Boxes, the main selling point of this RX 580 Gaming Box is plug-and-play compatibility with macOS 10.13.4 and beyond.
I connected this eGFX to my 2016 15" MacBook Pro and can confirm Power Delivery is 100W. Thunderbolt firmware version is 27.27, the newest one yet. Indeed everything was plug-and-play in macOS.
Next was Windows Bootcamp testing. Thanks to @eightarmedpet, we now have a custom eGPU.io rEFInd theme. I followed the steps in our eGPU Bootcamp setup guide to attach the iGPU to the internal display and disable the PCIe Controller to the dGPU in order for AMD eGPU to work without error 12.
As can be seen above, the Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box worked well driving the internal display of my 2016 15" MBP. One thing I noticed right away is to the lower bandwidth in AIDA. This is likely another Thunderbolt firmware tuning to remedy USB issues in eGPU enclosure with expansion I/O.
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.
are the usb issues still here (mouse lag etc...)?
how fast was that.. 😯
Wow! That is fantastic, looking forward to the full review.
Probably a stupid question but can someone confirm we cannot just buy the RX580 card out of these and put it into the 1070 box?
Bootcamp worth another try? I'm thinking so... 😉
Interested also in any adverse USB effects. Specifically keyboard/mouse/ethernet adapter. Also how noisy or you find it. Would the laptop speakers mostly drown it out at a normal volume or would only headphones do the trick?
Could we get some game benchmarks both internal and external display, on both macOS and Win10?
Good shouts.. be really interested to hear about mouse lag, gaming in both OS, and noise!
Does that mean there is a new TB firmware around? I have passed along our USB issues to Brian. Hopefully the mouse lag will be dealt with soon.
Is the PSU the same in this one as the other Gaming Boxes? Also, is this 580 a 6-pin or 8-pin connector?
Got mine today - like it so far, though getting used to it.
For a quick test I was running a game with a frame counter & ran an internet speed test at the same time. I have 1G internet & a usb-ethernet adapter hooked up to the Gaming Box. When the test was maxing out at ~900Mbps there were some frame dips but nothing bad – no loss of connection on the keyboard also plugged in to the Gaming Box. I haven't noticed any connection issues with USB during light gaming though I do use a Bluetooth mouse.
Anyone know if I set up a Windows VM can I use the Aorus Graphics Engine software to control the fan speed even while booted into macOS?
Is the meshed side an intake or exhaust?
The meshed side with the GPU fan (left side when looking from the front of the Gaming Box) is an intake.
Are the usb ports reliable?
The USB ports have worked fine for me using for keyboard, an external SSD and device charging. Performance of the USB SSD attached to the Gaming Box is equivalent to performance when the USB SSD is attached directly to the host. I have not tested USB performance while stressing the GPU/TB3 throughput.
How are the thermal and noise level compared to the 1070/1080 game box (if you tried them)?
I haven't used a 1070/1080 but the RX580 box isn't very loud. The GPU fan varies in speed and pitch. There is also a small case fan that runs at a higher pitch. Both are noticeable but neither are particularly a problem in my home office. I may try to move the Gaming Box under the desk, but more for desk space than noise.
LED light off/on?
LED lights are on and located under the GPU fan along the left side of the box.
Hope these make it to the UK...
LED light off/on?
LED light can be turned off using the Aorus Engine on Mac. The LED controller doesn't seem to be working on Bootcamp however.
Anyone notice that the PSU fan keeps turning on the Gaming Box even when the laptop is sleeping or turned off? The F1.1 firmware update is supposed to make the PSU fan shut off, but mine stays on when connected to a Mac. The fan does shut off completely if connected to a sleeping PC, so I'm wondering if it is a compatibility issue with Mac and Gaming Box.