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i0ntempest
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Lucky or unlucky, because of the stuff going on around the world I'm stuck in my home country with my secondary setup (see my signature). I saw some guy post about this new eGPU box made by TaiDu in one of my QQ group chats and I immediately got hooked. Thanks to that guy I saved 5000 CNY returning my 5700 Puck bought 4 days ago and getting this. This unit cost me 4399 CNY (~US$700) on Taobao. Now it has arrived in my home and I figured I should share my experiences here. I'm no native English speaker so sorry if I didn't catch all my grammar errors.

Unboxing and the looks

I believe this is the first complete eGPU solution made by a Chinese company, it's obviously made to target Sonnet Breakaway Puck which has a nearly identical form factor. Inside is a Radeon RX 6600 which just slightly beats the RX 5700 according to my benchmarks (see below). First the packaging:

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And the actual unit, costarring the Puck I'll be returning:

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Comparing to the Puck, TCX-230DA lacks a thunderbolt port for more displays or daisy chaining but gains an ethernet port and two full-size DP ports, a bit like the first generation RX 560/570 Pucks. It also supports up to only 45W of power delivery back to the connected laptop vs 60W of the Puck, but this doesn't matter to me since I'm using a desktop. The USB ports are at the side rather than the back and are 10Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. The tiny power indicator LED is located at the right of the company logo. The ethernet chip inside is an Intel I210, plug and play under both macOS and Windows:

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 The power supply is a pretty chunky 230W unit, with a port that looks like the one on the Puck: 

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I'll update the thread once I got my 230W GaN power adapter that's much smaller.

 

Setup 1: Custom Build Mid-Tower Hackintosh (SMBIOS: Apple Mac Pro 2019)+ eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
dGPU: Yeston AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Sakura Edition 16GB GDDR6
eGPU: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (AKiTiO Node Lite)
OS: macOS Monterey, Windows 11, Kali Linux 2022
Setup 2: Apple Mac mini 2018 + eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
eGPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 MXM 8GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (TaiDu TCX-230DA)
OS: macOS Ventura (Dev Beta), Windows 11


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Setup and Benchmarks

Setting up is very straightforward, did not require any tinker under macOS, and only 2 boots for Windows. Device Manager showed something like "Reinstall the driver for this device" on the first boot but went away after the second boot. Then I did some benchmarks on this new eGPU, the first is Geekbench 5 Compute benchmark under macOS:

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I'm very surprised that it beat my 5700 XT (that is connected directly to the motherboard of my hack) in the Metal benchmark.

And then 3DMark Time Spy benchmark under Windows, with the following tuning applied:

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By comparison the 5700 Puck got 6598 points.

Final Words

All considered I'm glad that I can have this over the 5700 Puck. The only thing that is mildly annoying for me is the fan behaves like the first gen Puck, that is it maxes out on power up for a few seconds and is really loud. The manufacture has plans to make variants with better cards and GaN power supplies embedded into the box, and I'm really looking forward to those. If you want to get one for yourself follow this link (an account might be required): https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?scm=1007.13982.82927.0&id=662764713222  , and there are various proxy purchasing services if you are outside China. If enough people are interested I'll talk to the seller about selling overseas.

Last but not least a pic of my current setup:

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Setup 1: Custom Build Mid-Tower Hackintosh (SMBIOS: Apple Mac Pro 2019)+ eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
dGPU: Yeston AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Sakura Edition 16GB GDDR6
eGPU: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (AKiTiO Node Lite)
OS: macOS Monterey, Windows 11, Kali Linux 2022
Setup 2: Apple Mac mini 2018 + eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
eGPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 MXM 8GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (TaiDu TCX-230DA)
OS: macOS Ventura (Dev Beta), Windows 11


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Wow, Thanks for letting us know! I have a 5700xt+mantiz pro myself and this probably is not the upgrade for me; but I'm excited to see that there are options other than camping out for for a non-overpriced card. Can't wait for other cards to be added to this list.

Macbook Pro 15" 2019 Intel i9, 16Ram with Mantiz Pro Saturn II, Radeon 5700 XT, Samsung 860 evo 1TB SSD, 34" LG Ultrawide.


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Gallium Nitride Power Supply & Custom Power Cable Mod

It turns out that the 4 pin power port/connector on this enclosure is kinda a mess. First of all it is rare, as I have never seen it before; and second there are a number of wire configurations for this connector used by different companies. The most common configuration is: the two top pins are + and the two bottom pins are -. Which is not the same as the configuration used here (see picture of the power supply above). Plugging in the wrong power supply, even though the power connector looks identical, will short the power supply.

The GaN power supply I bought ( https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=657860248887) is of course not available with this obscure connector. So I went for the most common 5.5x2.5 DC connector and made my own adapter cable with a female 5.5x2.5 cable and a connector:

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The power supply is about not much bigger than a credit card (not counting the height obviously), about 200g lighter, and is even 10W more powerful (that is 240W) than the original brick.

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Now that's what I call portable!

 

Setup 1: Custom Build Mid-Tower Hackintosh (SMBIOS: Apple Mac Pro 2019)+ eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
dGPU: Yeston AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Sakura Edition 16GB GDDR6
eGPU: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (AKiTiO Node Lite)
OS: macOS Monterey, Windows 11, Kali Linux 2022
Setup 2: Apple Mac mini 2018 + eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
eGPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 MXM 8GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (TaiDu TCX-230DA)
OS: macOS Ventura (Dev Beta), Windows 11


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Upcoming Products

I've got some very awsome looking pics when talking to the manufacturer:

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Their plan is have a few models available, from RX 6600 to RX 6700.

They also have this ITX PC which looks similar:

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These will probably not be branded as TaiDu but rather some other brand not yet known to me. If there's more news I'll put them here.

Setup 1: Custom Build Mid-Tower Hackintosh (SMBIOS: Apple Mac Pro 2019)+ eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
dGPU: Yeston AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Sakura Edition 16GB GDDR6
eGPU: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (AKiTiO Node Lite)
OS: macOS Monterey, Windows 11, Kali Linux 2022
Setup 2: Apple Mac mini 2018 + eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
eGPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 MXM 8GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (TaiDu TCX-230DA)
OS: macOS Ventura (Dev Beta), Windows 11


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@boltoway

Close, the GPU is a MXM card and everything else is on the custom board.

 

Setup 1: Custom Build Mid-Tower Hackintosh (SMBIOS: Apple Mac Pro 2019)+ eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
dGPU: Yeston AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Sakura Edition 16GB GDDR6
eGPU: Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (AKiTiO Node Lite)
OS: macOS Monterey, Windows 11, Kali Linux 2022
Setup 2: Apple Mac mini 2018 + eGPU
iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
eGPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 MXM 8GB GDDR6 via Thunderbolt 3 (TaiDu TCX-230DA)
OS: macOS Ventura (Dev Beta), Windows 11


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