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itsage
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The Razer Core X arrived as a total surprise last week. Due to embargo, I could not disclose any information until today. The review of this eGPU enclosure is up but it's always nice to see unboxing of new gear.

The retail box has gone dark on the front and back side. The top side is light brown with black print displaying the essentials.

Similar to the Core V2 packaging, there's a smaller box inside with accessories (manuals, power cable, stickers, and .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable).

This enclosure is not slender at all. Here are the front fascia (plastic btw) and rear I/O view.

Here is the enclosure on its side. There's a foam block inside that shows you how big of a graphics card you can fit inside the Razer Core X.

No RGB in this enclosure. The bottom is nicely cushioned with a huge rubber outsole. I'm not a fan of the ATX PSU in the Core X.

What I like is the additional room in front of the PSU. There's enough space to install a graphics card with AIO liquid cooler. The 120mm fan bracket will need some modifcations. I removed the bracket completely and used velcro to install the EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid. I forgot how good this GPU was. It's consistenly outperforming the GTX 1070 FE.

It was plug-and-play with my 2016 15" MacBook Pro in macOS 10.13.5 beta (using RX Vega 56). PD is confirmed at 100W and the Thunderbolt firmware shows 33.1.

Next was Windows Bootcamp testing. I recently updated W10 to 1803. The existing eGPU Bootcamp setup guide is still needed in order to attach the iGPU to the internal display and disable the PCIe Controller to the dGPU so that AMD eGPU can work without error 12. AIDA64 showed full TB3 eGPU bandwidth. Notice the lower memory write speed with Nvidia eGPU when booted with apple_set_os.efi.

For benchmark results, please read my review of the Razer Core X. Let me know if I left out any information you’d like to know.

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dblgnet
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Oh wow they chopped all the expansion ports & its huge. I'm not sure how that's supposed to specifically cater to the Mac crowd.

EDIT: what size is the PSU? Your review says ATX but is that right? Must be even bigger than the pictures let on.

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itsage
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@dblgnet The PSU is ATX.

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@itsage , can you explain why you not are a fan of the PSU?

Is it noisy on idle or what??.. just a build or manufacturer that you not prefer?

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I prefer single rail and larger fan on PSU. The power supply of this Razer Core X has multi rails and a small 60mm fan.

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Has anyone been able to remove the front black cover in the metal cover shroud of the razer core x ? note it is shown here that it is removable and I have seen it being held in place by a few torx screws.
Has anyone tried to see if  you can mount fans in those screw holes (mounting fans instead of the cover plate pic. bottom left ) let me know if it aligns with fan mounts and if mounting a 240mm rad is possible.

thanks

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itsage
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This is a nice idea. One challenge I see is that in order to mount a fan in the back of the front fascia, we would need a very long cable to connect to the main Thunderbolt board. Removing the inner frame would take more care to not sever the fan cable.

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@itsage I would like to know if it is possible to use the Razer Core X as charger for a MacBook Pro 15" on macOS Mojave, not making use of the eGPU.

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ed_co
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@itsage
Hello,
I am wondering if it is possible to change the PSU to an standard one (with better and bigger FAN -noise wise-, which I think shouldn't be problematic as the lateral door has a grid, right?), as I see that there is no standard PSU back hole in the case to put in there and just adapting a standard PSU could be problematic... Bad move Razer!!
Have you tried?
Thanks!!

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@ed_co I no longer have the Razer Core X to confirm but I recall a standard ATX PSU should fit. Here's the component layout photo I took when everything was apart.

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