I made an external GPU lamp.

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  1. Viiper

    Viiper Member

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    Long time no post.

    Wanted to change my laptop to something more portable, yet still have the GPU power. So decided to go external.

    What I got.
    Lenovo X230 for $300 off ebay.
    Gigabyte GTX1060
    EXP GDC v8 GPU dock
    Silverstone SFX Gold 500w PSU
    Thermaltake Riing RGB 3pack (bit overkill but I wanted a lamp)
    Silverstone fan filters

    What was used to make it:
    HyperX Cloud box
    Double sided tape
    Hot Glue
    Velcro (For mounting PSU
    Cutting tools
    Ingenuity.

    Here's what I ended up with:

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    Runs Overwatch & For honor on ultra/extreme without a problem.Temps are ~62-65deg furmark load at around 26deg ambient.

    Pretty happy with the result, though i'd share :)
     
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  2. emmjawsX

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    That looks.... surprisingly clean for what i was expecting after reading the bill of materials.

    Great job, especially love the gratuitous Riing fa.. err, lamps :D
     
  3. Narcoticx2

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    That's awesome...

    What connection/bandwidth does it have to the laptop?
    Does the eGPU power the internal LCD or do you 'dock' to a desktop monitor?
    Any more taxing games you've tried?

    Any pics of the build?
     
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    Viiper

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    The card connects via Expresscard (PCI-E 1x 2.0) which bottlenecks the card slightly. But with Nvidia PCI-E compression it helps. Also when I overclock the card I get higher benchmark results, kind of says something there..

    GPU only outputs to the monitor, interfaces with the laptop only with express card.
     
  5. batman9r1

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    External GPU

    Nice setup, I also am currently working on a project with an external GPU.

    The issue is that my ASUS k53sv already has a dedicated graphics card and even after disabling in windows and making sure it doesn't get a driver I still can't get optimus(to use gpu on internal lcd) to work I believe its because I have no ability in the bios to switch of the dgpu and at a low hardware level it doesn't know which gpu to communicate with. the nvidia control panel wont open until i disconnect the the external gpu from the minipcie slot.

    I also have made a modded bios so optimus is enabled on the external GPU.

    Do we have any experienced bios modders here that would be able to switch of the dedicated graphics?

    p.s sorry for hijacking.
     
  6. batman9r1

    batman9r1 Member

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    hey sorry ill move this to a new post.
     
  7. Narcoticx2

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    https://egpu.io/forums/implementati...-0-win10-happy-to-hear-your-thoughts-android/

    Hope this helps. I haven't done it myself but this guy had some success.
     
  8. akromatic

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    how is the performance and is it worth it?

    what CPU you have? is it just an ivy dual core?

    i have a fujitsu T731and a alienware m11x r3 and im thinking about doing the same. both with sandy brdige processors but ones ULV
     
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    Viiper

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    Performance is quite good, no issues with Overwatch & For Honor on ultra. CPU is a i5-3320M.
     
  10. virtuosox

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    that looks pretty nice
    for a second i thought it was a shoe box lol
     
  11. Roscosity

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    Not bad, goes to show what a bit of imagination and elbow grease can accomplish :)
     

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