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    Congratulations!

    I hope you have great sessions of gaming and your laptop runs cooler, especially considering your laptop GPU (GTX 1060) will be at idle.
    Do not forget to undervolt your CPU, to reach even better temperatures and get a better gaming experience.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarJack View Post
    The ambiguity on this issue is just unnecessary.
    Agreed. It's unnecessarily frustrating. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by marceloh View Post
    Congratulations!

    I hope you have great sessions of gaming and your laptop runs cooler, especially considering your laptop GPU (GTX 1060) will be at idle.
    Do not forget to undervolt your CPU, to reach even better temperatures and get a better gaming experience.

    Cheers.
    Thank you for the tips, cheers!

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    I look forward to following your eGPU experience if we're lucky enough to have you keep us updated, Jelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarJack View Post
    I look forward to following your eGPU experience if we're lucky enough to have you keep us updated, Jelly.
    This.

    If you are willing to have us along for the ride Jelly, we would love to know how things go.

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    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by People in this post
    I look forward to following your eGPU experience if we're lucky enough to have you keep us updated, Jelly.

    If you are willing to have us along for the ride Jelly, we would love to know how things go.
    I will be working overseas from September and I will not have access to the desktop that I normally use at home. It will be just my laptop and the XG Station 2. Am expecting to utilise the full potential of the GTX 1080 TI.

    Any problems, questions, and successes I come across I will take the time to follow up on this post.

    Cheers everyone!

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    Longer Cables!

    For XG Station 2 owners, the box comes with a really short Active Thunderbolt 3 cable, length approximately 30cm, meaning your XG Station will have to be placed side by side to your laptop.

    To avoid the situation of heated winds blasting at me during my gaming sessions (unless it's winter then I don't have to turn on my heater), I have attempted to purchase longer cables. I have selected these for testing:
    [Certified] Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Cable in Black 6.6 ft / 2m (Thunderbolt 3 device compatible only)
    Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A to B Cable in Black 6 Feet
    These cables will allow my XG Station 2 to be placed up to 2 meters from my laptop.

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    Tests and benchmarks:
    Conclusion? It works like a charm!
    XG Station 2 and GTX 1080TI were recognised instantly upon plugging the cables in.

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    Furmark Test: (this program is able to detect the GTX 1080TI inside the eGPU, unlike 3DMark which doesn't)

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    Scores well above expectations Looks like the 2M Thunderbolt 3 cable is Active and supports up to 40Gbps transfers.

    Have been doing a stress test for 12 hours as of now, and no disconnections have been observed, this is awesome news.

    Persisting problems:
    Remember when I mention if I disable the internal GPU (GTX 1060) and leave only the eGPU (GTX 1080TI) to output to my laptop monitor, I am unable to access Nvidia Control Panel.

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    I peered at a forum that has done 3D Mark testing with the XG Station 2, and they mentioned that to get the full functionality of the eGPU, one must connect the GPU to an external display (not feed the visuals back to my laptop monitor like what I am currently doing). Might do a test for that in the future to confirm it.
    Last edited by Jellyfish; 08-12-2017 at 11:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    For XG Station 2 owners, the box comes with a really short Active Thunderbolt 3 cable, length approximately 30cm, meaning your XG Station will have to be placed side by side to your laptop..
    Thanks for all this Jelly, it's very much appreciated. ASUS obviously got things right with the VMK even though it can be a bit hot. I was probably too critical in the past with regards to the TB3 issue but I just didn't have the information and could not really find it anywhere. It's nice to know I can squeeze some more life out of the laptop down the road.

    Overall, for me, I am very pleased with my GL702VMK. Love it. I have had no issues with it whatsoever other than the well known heat issues but I've learned to deal with that and can keep my rig in the low to mid 70's C in most gaming situations now. I travel with the laptop in a backpack everyday and it's been nothing but a pleasure to use and not one problem since I received it.

    Still an ASUS fan,
    StarJack

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarJack View Post
    So this could mean the JHL6240 TB3 controllers which are said to be 20Gbps might only be in the skylake models of the GL502VM and GL702VM whereas the kaby lake GL502VMK and GL702VMK actually have the 40 Gbps controllers. Just guessing. This is great news for the VMK owners.

    No. I disassembled a gl502vmk, and it too has the x2 JHL6240 controller.

    I don't care what one benchmark might tell you.
    JHL6240 IS BOTTLENECKED AT 2x PCIE LANES. You're not squeezing out 40gbps from a 20gbps chip.


    I didn't have to disassemble it though, since the v4 TB firmware listed in the TB software only works with the 6240 controller, so that alone tells you the 502vmk has the 2-lane 6240 chip.

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    You might get a high score in some tests, but that doesn't change the fact that this controller is the gimped 20gbps version JHL6240 with only 2 pcie lanes.
    some tests won't show the effects much. Especially an openGL furmark test, which might not even use 20gbps bandwidth.
    Most games don't use openGL, so your excitement at a furmark score would be premature.



    I'd like to see some apples to apples standard game benchmarks compared between the 1060 and 1080ti/egpu.

    This will tell people whether an egpu is even worth purchasing.

    Run the GTA V benchmark test and a few other games that have built-in benchmarks.

    If you can do that, it would be much more meaningful.



    This youtube video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR5f1MwfugA
    shows a full 40gbps TB controller with egpu gtx1080 vs internal gtx1060.

    A 2-lane GL502/702 should get equal or worse results.
    Last edited by link626; 08-13-2017 at 07:41 PM.

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