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itsage
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The Razer Core X Chroma arrived today. The retail box looks identical to the Core X. There's only a product label on the side of the box.

At the top is a smaller black box with accessories (manuals, stickers, power cable, and Thunderbolt 3 cable). The included Thunderbolt 3 cable is slightly longer, at .7m compared to .5m in other Razer Core packages. Maybe it's too fat, Razer figured we need some wiggle room.

Here's the rear I/O view with the expansion ports [4x USB-A and 1x Ethernet]. As soon as I removed the inner carrier I located the Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller. Razer PR screwed up because this new enclosure doesn't have the latest Titan Ridge. Instead it's Alpine Ridge, same as the Razer Core X and Core V2.

The two new components are a beefier 700W power supply and RGB. The side light strip has 13 diodes while the front strip has 15.

I installed the Radeon VII and connected the eGPU to my 2017 13" MacBook Pro for a quick test. It worked as expected in both macOS 10.14.5 Beta 2 and Windows 10 1809. I used @goalque's automate-eGPU EFI to keep the iGPU activated in Boot Camp.

Power Delivery is confirmed at 100W and Thunderbolt firmware shows 40.1 for both Thunderbolt 3 controllers.

HWiNFO64 confirmed the dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers in this Razer Core X Chroma are JHL6540.

It's disappointing to learn Titan Ridge TB3 controllers is likely a PR mixup. I'm working on a full review of the Razer Core X Chroma in the next few weeks. Let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.

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Ningauble77
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Looking forward to a full review.  One question, does the ethernet port work out of the box in MacOS?  And is it the same ASIX AX88179 controller as the Core v2?  I've been having some issues again with mine recently and was hoping it was the same chip and Razer would post official drivers on the core x chroma page but couldn't find anything on their site.

EDIT: Looks like the answer is in your pcie device manager entry above.  I didn't see anything mentioning that the LAN port *isn't* supported, so hopefully they will supply MacOS drivers, and hopefully they will also work better with the core v2.

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2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
Core X Chroma + RTX 2080 Windows 10 1909
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@ningauble77 I have not checked connecting an Ethernet cable but will do so tomorrow. We can always get the LAN drivers for macOS at ASIX AX88179 product page

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I know, I've been using them, but I continue to have issues with the LAN port stopping working in gigabit mode in macos.  It stops transmitting data after a short while, and I have continued to have to set it to 100Mbit for it to work reliably.  In Win10 it works flawlessly in gigabit with no issues whatsoever.

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2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
Core X Chroma + RTX 2080 Windows 10 1909
Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3, Ryzen 5 3400G + Core v2 + Radeon VII Win10 1909

 
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Oh my god it doesn’t have the titan ridge controller? Holy damn PR fail, so frustrating mine is on the way and should be here Monday. Probably going to return it now, any other enclosures that offer 650-700w power out of the box? 

Unrelated @itsage I fixed the resolution problems I was having with the LG 5k2k monitor, details linked in the thread you chimed in on yesterday.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Posted by: itsage

Razer PR screwed up because this new enclosure doesn't have the latest Titan Ridge. Instead it's Alpine Ridge, same as the Razer Core X and Core V2 .

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Thanks for this sharing. Glad to see that Radeon VII with Razer Core X are working perfectly  in both macOS 10.14.5 Beta 2 and Windows 10 1809!

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@ningauble77 I will observe 1GbE behavior in macOS and let you know.

@anchoricex @anchoricex I reached out to my contacts at Razer to confirm which TB3 controller the Core X Chroma should have. We'll hear from them soon. 

Updated: I got confirmation from Razer. The Core X Chroma has dual Thunderbolt 3 Alpine Ridge controllers [JHL6540] not Titan Ridge.

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Posted by: itsage

@ningauble77 I will observe 1GbE behavior in macOS and let you know.

@anchoricex @anchoricex I reached out to my contacts at Razer to confirm which TB3 controller the Core X Chroma should have. We'll hear from them soon. 

Did they (PR) mention about titan ridge? I saw Gordon from PC world said on his YouTube Core x chroma introduction, it’s dual Titan ridge, don’t know where that comes from there’s nothing about TB3 controller stated on official website. Sidenote this Titan ridge only useful if there’s other extra TB3 port isn’t it, to support 5K monitor or use dual 1440p 144Hz Monitor when I’m not wrong?

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@Arbystrider

Ty, it was a good laugh! 

 

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