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cynozure
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Hi,

I have been lurking around a bit trying to decide what's the best config I can build for my eGPU build. Here is what I have in mind and hopefully this awesome community can help me narrow down.

Please let me know if I have chosen a Graphics card which is not compatible with my enclosure or if I have overlooked something

Laptop : Razer Bade Stealth 13inch :   https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade-stealth/shop#geforce-gtx1650--fhd-10thgen-i7--512gb-black

Processor: 25W Quad-Core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1065G7 Processor – 4C, 1.3GHz Base Frequency, 3.9GHz Turbo, 8MB Cache

Graphics: Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics ( No dGPU sku of this laptop), SSD : 256GB

eGPU : Razer Core X : https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-core-x

Graphics Card:  Asus RTX 2080TI : https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-rog-strix-rtx2080ti-11g-gaming/p/N82E16814126080

Cable : Pluggable 40Gbps, 0.8m. Not sure if I need to choose a Mantiz 2m active cable

Thanks for all the inputs

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cynozure
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Couple more question.

1. I see that the processor is 10th Gen - I am guessing its the Icelake architecture and should have the Thunderbolt 3 ports directly routed to the CPU as the TBT is aggregated inside the CPU itself. Please let me know if I am correct in assuming this is the case. I am not able to find any info on Razer's website, but they do mention PCIe Gen 3 x4 over USB-C

2. The 2080TI comes in few fan configurations. The triple and dual fan. Is there an advantage of one over the other and would either of these fit inside a Razer Core X ? I am not able to find thid information on this forum. 

Thanks for the help

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win32asmguy
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I would personally choose the version of the Razer Blade Stealth that has no dedicated graphics, then upgrade its SSD with something aftermarket. It sounds like that is what you are doing. Hopefully that model has no issues running the CPU at 25W TDP. That will significantly help narrow the performance gap between it and the larger H series CPU's that operate at 45W and above.

The 2080Ti sounds like overkill to me. Are you connecting to an external display? Maybe consider a RTX 2070 Super instead. I would only suggest something as powerful as the 2080Ti if you were using a M.2 eGPU or an Alienware Graphics Amplifier.

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cynozure
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@win32asmguy

Thank you for the reply.

Yes, I have planned to get the Razer Stealth blade with no discrete graphics card. just the iGPU.  I am also planning on connecting to an external 4K monitor, which I am yet to decide on.

I do have the luxury of buying the 2080TI and will experiment with 2070/2060 also. Is there any physical limitations of 2080TI that I should take account of ?

I am assuming that the 2080 can just go into the PCIe slot of the Razer core X. So hopefully the Razer Core X works with all the graphics card I have chosen.

 

I got the answers to my question on 2080 TI compatibility with Razer Core X. I checked out the builds available here and also the Razer website.

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@cynozure If you plan on going with RTX 2080 Ti eGPU, I would recommend the AORUS RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box. It’s very compact for what it contains (less than half the volume of Razer Core X). It’s also a better value than buying comparable components. Here’s my unboxing post of the RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box.

While I have not had the chance to test TB3 eGPU performance with the Ice Lake hosts, I’ve seen very good reports from members and vendors. No dGPU configuration is definitely the way to go. Go with as short a TB3 cable as you can.

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cynozure
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@itsage

Thanks !

I actually have access to a Razer Core X. So I have to stick with that for now. But I am about to pull the trigger on a ASUS ROG RTX 2080TI and a Asus RTX2060. Need to run some benchmarks also to determine the performances. 

I chose this 4K monitor. Please let me know if this is a good external monitor. : LG 27 inch 4k IPS

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mac_editor
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Posted by: @cynozure

I chose this 4K monitor. Please let me know if this is a good external monitor. : LG 27 inch 4k IPS

Have a different model myself but these likely have the same panels. I love these monitors: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-15-macbook-pro-rp560x-8th6ch-rx-vega-64-32gbps-tb3-mantiz-venus-mz-02-macos-10-14-win10-mac_editor/

I didn’t need the USB-C connections and only care about DisplayPort so went with a far cheaper option (27UD69P before and recently 27UD68):  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3BZIIC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_-DjmEbV712TX3

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cynozure
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@mac_editor

Thanks for the input. The monitor looks great.

Is there any know differences between TBT cables. Any ones to avoid ?

Currently I am planning on buying Pluggable 0.8m TBT Passive cable and Razer Active 2.0m cable.

The other cable I came across was a Mantiz 2.0m cable and not sure if that is any better from peoples experience.

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mac_editor
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@cynozure

If you want a 0.8m cable, nothing's better than Apple's IMO. For 2m cables, I've been using CalDigit and never had issues. Searching the forums a bit more about the 2m cables (experience, etc.) might provide more insight.

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Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance
2018 MacBook Pro 15" RP560X + RX 5700 XT (Mantiz Venus)

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro


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cynozure
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@mac_editor

Great, I will get Apple 0.8m cable also. I'll try the Razer 2m cable and see how it performs.

 

On another note, do you know if the Thunderbolt on the 10Gen processors allow for full 32Gbps over PCIe x4, instead of the 22Gbps limitation ?

 

 

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mac_editor
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@cynozure

As far as I know, the only change is integrated controller (avoids route via PCH) and nothing else. Systems with integrated TB controller should perform equivalently eGPU-wise in comparison to systems that use CPU PCIe lanes directly for Thunderbolt (ex. 15-inch MacBook Pro).

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Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance
2018 MacBook Pro 15" RP560X + RX 5700 XT (Mantiz Venus)

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro


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