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anaglich
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I also received my Razer Core v2 the other day. Mine is working pretty well with both MacOS High Sierra and Windows 10. I can confirm the 65W PD with my new Apple-made 40/100 Thunderbolt cable

My only complaint is that the USB ports are for some reason not able to support my Oculus Rift and sensors. I suspect the TB3 connection is the bottleneck - but then why would they add the USB ports???

Of note, I have a 2017 15" MBP and EVGA 1070.

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itsage
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@anaglich can you elaborate on the Oculus Rift sensor issues? Did the sensors not show up at all during the Rift setup process?

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anaglich
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The Rift and sensors show up as connected, but while they are used during the setup process they give disconnection or latency errors. I've been able to get into an experience a couple of times after skipping parts of the setup, but tracking becomes weak or freezes. 

Of note, before updating the USB drivers for the sensors I was consistently getting the Windows connection/ disconnection chime. 

I contacted Razer and got a long list of things to try and fix it - but I'm not optimistic.

It seems like those with the Core v1 had to resort to using a powered USB hub. I have one arriving today.

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itsage
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The Rift sensors have a tendency to compete with one another if they are connected through the same USB hub. One sensor can use the USB port on the Razer Core fine, but more than one and they act up.

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irev210
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Posted by: anaglich

The Rift and sensors show up as connected, but while they are used during the setup process they give disconnection or latency errors. I've been able to get into an experience a couple of times after skipping parts of the setup, but tracking becomes weak or freezes. 

Of note, before updating the USB drivers for the sensors I was consistently getting the Windows connection/ disconnection chime. 

I contacted Razer and got a long list of things to try and fix it - but I'm not optimistic.

It seems like those with the Core v1 had to resort to using a powered USB hub. I have one arriving today.

Please keep us in the loop.  Did you try different usb ports or spreading them out since it is two usb ports per usb 3.0 hub?

 

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itsage
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Posted by: irev210

A few questions

  • Can you do some game testing? Specifically, destiny 2?  Does it shut down on you?
  • Can you test with the bios switch in both positions?
  • What drivers do you plan to use? The Fe let's you use latest Radeon drivers, so I recommend that

The Vega 64 worked fine at all stock settings but the FE would crash my core v2 unless I undervolted.

 

I'd love additional feedback on if you experience any stability issues.  The power routing is different than the v1 as it goes from the GPU to the mailboard back to the PSU.  Given that there are very rapid changes in power demand with Vega, it seems something is up.

 

You can load furmark and pull 375w all day and it seems fine but the 150 to 375w jumps seem really tough for the PSU.  I really would love to know if I have a defective PSU or if you see the same issues.

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@irev210 I'm taking the Core V2 apart and notice the PCIe power cables routing to main board may have something to do with the increased power delivery. The power supply is the same as the original Razer Core, Enhance ENH-2350. An idea to test is to plug the original power adapter to your laptop while using the Razer Core V2 to make sure the eGPU can use most of the juice from the PSU.

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Flint Ironstag
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Slightly off topic, but has anyone tried the v1 on a Mac since the latest High Sierra beta?  I have someone offering me a Core v1 for $200.  If it works now...

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irev210
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Posted by: itsage
Posted by: irev210

A few questions

  • Can you do some game testing? Specifically, destiny 2?  Does it shut down on you?
  • Can you test with the bios switch in both positions?
  • What drivers do you plan to use? The Fe let's you use latest Radeon drivers, so I recommend that

The Vega 64 worked fine at all stock settings but the FE would crash my core v2 unless I undervolted.

 

I'd love additional feedback on if you experience any stability issues.  The power routing is different than the v1 as it goes from the GPU to the mailboard back to the PSU.  Given that there are very rapid changes in power demand with Vega, it seems something is up.

 

You can load furmark and pull 375w all day and it seems fine but the 150 to 375w jumps seem really tough for the PSU.  I really would love to know if I have a defective PSU or if you see the same issues.

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@irev210 I'm taking the Core V2 apart and notice the PCIe power cables routing to main board may have something to do with the increased power delivery. The power supply is the same as the original Razer Core, Enhance ENH-2350. An idea to test is to plug the original power adapter to your laptop while using the Razer Core V2 to make sure the eGPU can use most of the juice from the PSU.

I used intel skull canyon nuc (pictured) so no power draw over the cable, so that doesn't  seem to be it.

The best I can gather is that it is just really big ramps up/down are causing issues over ~350w.  I am going to  mess around with this and see if I can  smooth out some of that 12V with some caps.

I can't wait to see more detailed photos of v1 vs v2 and we can  dig in a bit more on why they decided to route the pci-e cables thru the mainboard.

 

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