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he lv
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@itsage, hi , is this ridge-problem really a issue? someone in reddit said razer core v2 cant output dp 1.4 because ridge limit,is this true?I want to buy a dp-1.4 4k hdr monitor with razer core v2 and 5700xt,is there any problem?

btw,i found this in razer chroma official website:

There are two current versions of the Thunderbolt 3 controller:

  1. Alpine Ridge
  2. Titan Ridge

Both the Razer Core X and Razer Core X Chroma use the Alpine Ridge version which is technically the older controller version of the Thunderbolt 3. However, being the older controller does not make it any less. In fact, it has the same bandwidth with its newer kind, the Titan Ridge. Both versions feature a max speed of 40 Gbit/s.

Also, Alpine Ridge is what is recommended by the Intel’s Thunderbolt team to be used by OEMs in their eGPUs like the Razer Core.

Using the Titan Ridge will not give any benefit on Razer’s eGPUs, it is more likely for the host system (Laptop side) and other Thunderbolt devices.

 

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joevt
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Most eGPU boxes do not output DisplayPort. DisplayPort is output by the GPU that is in the eGPU box. The Thunderbolt controller doesn't matter in that case.

Only the Blackmagic eGPU uses the Titan Ridge controller. Only the Blackmagic eGPU outputs DisplayPort from the GPU into the eGPU and out to a second Thunderbolt port. There are two benefits to using Titan Ridge - it has a USB port that is separate from the second Thunderbolt port and it can output DisplayPort 1.4 (HBR3) if the eGPU has a DisplayPort output or a second Thunderbolt port. Only the Blackmagic eGPU has a DisplayPort output and a second Thunderbolt port.

I don't think there's any reason a different manufacturer can't use Titan Ridge or can't output DisplayPort through a second Thunderbolt port of an eGPU except that Intel will not allow it.

 

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itsage
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@joevt, I inquired Intel about Titan Ridge implementation in eGFX last year shortly after the Blackmagic eGPU announcement. Intel allows all partners to use it and reproduce the functionalities of the Blackmagic solution. The eGFX certification is for macOS only however.

 

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@itsage, that's something that a Mac centric company like Sonnet should get onboard with, except you said "reproduce the functionalities of the Blackmagic solution" which does not necessarily allow for a standard replaceable GPU with Display Port outputs connected by cable to the Titan Ridge?

 

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@joevt, Intel allows Thunderbolt 3 monitor output through an eGFX but no one has been able to produce an affordable and reliable solution with an off-the-shelf GPU.

 

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Hello!

I have ordered the Razer Core X Chroma and a GTX1070 (was a bargain) to beef up my 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro (with only Thunderbolt 2). It will arrive next week.

I didn´t order an AMD Card because the specific Use-Case-Scenario I will be using it for is going to be Hardware Encoding via NVENC on OBS for Livestreaming to YouTube on Bootcamp Windows. (Gaming is secondary but will also take place)

I have two questions the internet couldn`t answer me until now.

1. My question would be if anyone of you knows how good the Nvidia NVENC Hardware Encoding works when the Card is connected as an eGPU (performancewise)?

2. My second question would be if anyone of you knows if the Hub (The USB and Ethernet Ports on the Back) AND/OR the connection to the Chroma Synapse Settings (for that fancy RGB effects) on Windows also work when using the TB3 to TB2 Adapter that I`ll have to use due to my older MacBook Pro?

 

Thanks a lot in advance!

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@alexander_weberbauer, The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter does not have drivers in Windows for expansion components. The PCIe over Thunderbolt would be the only working component (eGPU in this case).

 

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@itsage, aight, I will test it nonetheless. If it proves to be as you said, I will send it back and order a Core X without chroma as it would have the same functions for me then.

Thanks for your quick reply!

 

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