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Paul
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Hi!

Does anyone know, how much is the power delivery wattage of the 230w version? Given the power supply to the card stays the same at 150w, would it be right to presume that 65w goes to the laptop?

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Ricz
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can i connect this card to it https://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07PGPR9H6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A1G0P08WHNB98J&psc=1 ?

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Steve4432
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It may work. There is some confusion however, since The Zotac AMP BOX Mini has actually three SKU-s:

180W version (ZT-TBT3M-180-BB-US/EU)
230W version with 6 pin PCIE connector (ZT-TBT3M-230-BB-US/EU/KR/UK/AU)
230W version with 8 pin PCIE connector (ZT-TBT3M-230-BB-USA/EUA/KRA/UKA/AUA)

The 180W version (which is only marketed as an SSD box even though the included manual clearly depicts a graphics card installation) is now discontinued. The 230W version is marketed both for SSDs and Graphics Cards. All three versions will support graphics cards only up to 150W - the 230W PSU does not have enough margin to support a 225W card (75W PCI + 150W through the 8 pin connector).

It seems like the box itself is the same in all three SKU-s (the 6 pin PCIE versions actually have an 8 pin connector on the motherbord), only the PSU and the included PCIE cables (6 vs 8 pins) are different.

Now back to your question: a stock GTX 1660 requires an 8 pin connector, but is rated for 150W according to nVidia, so the 230W version with 8 pin PCIE connector should suffice. Unfortunatelly ASUS does not list the actual power requirement of the PH-GTX1660-O6G card, which is an overclocked version and may draw more peak power than 150W (as it has an 8 pin connector). So there is some ambiguity.

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Hey guys, i wanted to inform you that i use the following config and it works.

Zotac AMP Box Mini, 230 Watts with 6pin Connector
https://geizhals.de/zotac-amp-box-mini-zt-tbt3m-230-bb-a2005143.html

PNY GTX 1660Ti 6GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition
https://www.amazon.de/PNY-GeForce%C2%AE-Gaming-Overclocked-Grafikkarte/dp/B07NXVKDLW/

This german review states that this card has a max TDP of 120 Watts under gaming load
https://www.computerbase.de/2019-02/geforce-gtx-1660-ti-test/4/#abschnitt_messung_der_leistungsaufnahme

Manufacturers page, also states 120 Watts
https://www.pny.com/pny-geforce-gtx-1660ti-xlr8-oc-single-fan

The enclosure has an 8 Pin Connector, but only a 6 pin cable is provided. So get a cable like this one:
https://www.amazon.de/adaptare-35118-Grafikkarte-Stromkabel-8-pin-PCIe-Stecker-Stecker/dp/B01M8FDA2P/

I´m using a Lenovo Yoga S730 (Ideapad 730S in USA). I connected the EGPU on the second port on the right side, because it gave me crashes with the first one. I´m suspecting that the battery charging through the enclosure does not properly work because of the supplied PSU. However, this does not bother me because i am using a seperate Thunderbolt 3 Dock for this case. The noise of the GPU under load is hearable but thats expected giving the fact that its only one fan on the GPU.

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Naz
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Hi there thanks for sharing you configuration, as I’m using my Zotac Amp box mini I find the heat and loudness of the fan to be quite an issue while gaming, is there anyway of getting passed that by somehow adding a fan into the setup (somehow?) I know there’s only one 6pin connector to the board but maybe there’s a way I haven’t come across yet.

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@Naz Which graphics card are you using with the AMP BOX Mini? If possible it's best to remove the shroud to help with heat dissipation. The top lid can be left open too. Here's my build with a Gigabyte RX 580 ITX (130mm fan).

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Hi ! @itsage thanks for quick reply, in the zotac amp box mini I have the EVGA 1060 SC 6GB, I think the GPU is small enough to fit in another fan ? But I'll try removimg the top shroud, don't think it'll help in terms of loudness tho ,😅

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Posted by: NazNaz

Hi ! @itsage thanks for quick reply, in the zotac amp box mini I have the EVGA 1060 SC 6GB, I think the GPU is small enough to fit in another fan ? But I'll try removimg the top shroud, don't think it'll help in terms of loudness tho ,😅

You can definetly install a custom fan. Use a GPU-CPU PWM fan adapter, buy a 12cm or 14cm (slim) fan and fasten it the card's heatsink with zipties.

This is how it looks like with a 14cm slim fan:

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Here are some fan size comparisons (standard thickness 14cm and 12cm fans).

IMG 0405

A 14cm full sized fan (27cm thickness) will probably not fit (if you want to have the cover on - if you don't then it doesn't matter) and a 12cm full sized fan (25cm thickness) might be a tight fit.

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Hey again thanks for the reply, could you be more specific as to how I can plug in the Pwm fan adapter to the GPU,does the old fan of the EVGA 1060 SC have to be removed in order to make place for a better fan ? Or can I have the old fan in addition to the new one ?
Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate all the help you have provided me I’m a bit of a noob on this subject 😅

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Posted by: NazNaz

Hey again thanks for the reply, could you be more specific as to how I can plug in the Pwm fan adapter to the GPU,does the old fan of the EVGA 1060 SC have to be removed in order to make place for a better fan ? Or can I have the old fan in addition to the new one ?
Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate all the help you have provided me I’m a bit of a noob on this subject 😅

Yes, you'll have to remove the shroud and the GPU fan (which is either fastened to the shroud or to the heatsink).

GPUs usually have a different fan headers than motherboards (they follow the JST PH connector standard). If you disassemble your GPU cooling solution you'll usually find that the GPU fan is connected to a GPU board via a JST PH 4 pin connector. This connector has the same wiring as CPU PWM fans, but you'll need an adapter to connect a fan with a standard PWM connector to the JST PH socket on your graphics card.

You can make the adapter yourself if you are ready for some hacking:

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