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2020 15″ Dell G5 SE 5055 (RX5600M) [R4K,8C,H] + RX 5600 XT @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 // first Ryzen 4000 x4 3.0 M.2 eGPU build

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As more AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops are coming to the market, I wanted to test one with eGPU. This being the first x4 M.2 eGPU.io build with one.

The Dell G5 SE 5055 has an all AMD configuration of Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and RX 5600M dGPU. I was also hoping there’s an unadvertised Thunderbolt 3 port on this laptop based on marketing photos [Best Buy]. Unfortunately it’s only a USB-C port with DisplayPort logo instead of Thunderbolt. M.2 eGPU through the ADT-Link R43SG is still a good option because there are two M.2 slots in this laptop.

I also got an ITX-sized RX 5600 XT for this build to compare eGPU performance vs the RX 5600M dGPU. PowerColor didn’t bring the RX 5700 XT to the US but this RX 5600 XT is a nice choice at $300 on Amazon. The design looks almost identical to RX Vega 56 Nano. However the cooler shrout is made of plastic on this Navi ITX card instead of metal in the Vega card. It doesn’t feel as sturdy in the hand.

 

System specs:

2020 15″ Dell G5 SE 5055 – R7-4800H/Radeon Graphics iGPU & RX 5600M dGPU/8GB RAM/512GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

ADT-Link R43SG + RX 5600 XT + Dell DA-2 PSU + Samsung 43″ 4K Frame TV

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

I had the latest BIOS running on the Dell G5 SE. The installation process was straight forward. Open the plastic back cover (4x captive Phillips screws on the hinge area and 6x Phillips screws) and there’s full access to the motherboard. I inserted the M.2 eGPU adapter into the SSD2 M.2 slot and it was good to go.

 

Benchmarks:

All three GPUs showed up and worked without issues. I turned the RX 5600M dGPU off in Device Manager when I ran benchmarks on the iGPU and eGPU.

Radeon iGPU RX 5600M dGPU RX 5600 XT eGPU

 

Comments:

You may have seen reports of the RX 5600M dGPU in the 16-in MacBook Pro out-performing RX 5700 XT eGPU through Thunderbolt 3 interface. I think that’s subjective. As seen above the RX 5600 XT eGPU through M.2 interface performs better than RX 5600M dGPU. I will pair this RX 5600 XT in a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure to test with the 2019 16-in MacBook Pro next.

Regarding the Dell G5 SE laptop, it’s a great value for the performance. It’s unfortunately a typical gaming laptop that consumes a lot of power. The power brick is as large as the DA-2 220W. It makes sense because this laptop power adapter produces 240W. When both the CPU and dGPU are going full speed, the cooling fans are loud. The most telling results are 3DMarks. When the dGPU was running, the cooling system was overwhelmed and CPU performance was reduced significantly. Hopefully we will see AMD ultrabooks with Radeon iGPU-only and Thunderbolt connectivity.

 

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Stx8

Funny how the world works! I randomly decided to google “Alienware Graphics Amplifier” versus TB3 enclosures, read your post from 2018… and then proceeded to see “What is this guy using these days?” clicked your signature, only to find that this post was literally just posted.  Your build looks extremely neat, I’m a bit of a newbie to the m.2 modification eGPUs admittedly.  I imagine that every laptop will be a bit different. Considering how neat your build is though, I have to ask, are you able to fully put the cover back on the laptop? Also, in its current form… Read more »

Eightarmedpet

That GPU is lovely… I have been eyeing up one of them to deshroud and put in a Thunder 3 / Node lite – don’t suppose you’ve checked it fits (assume you have one lying about).

IMO IRL performance matters much more than benchmarks in regards to dGPU vs eGPU, although you have done a much more comprehensive than others I have seen so very promising the egpu still outperforms gpu.

Look forward to seeing it paired with the MBP.

Also, that double height living space, mid century heaven. 😍

Eightarmedpet

That light is beautiful, and love the Maxs’ bed. A double height / mezzanine floor is on my want list if I ever move home again (not planning to for a long while).
Is that a Samsung Frame TV too? with cables hidden in the wall? Such a stealthy set up. (I’m on the hunt for an ITX 580 now)

 

Edit: Looks like this performs on par with GTX 1060 so could be a good option https://www.powercolor.com/product?id=1576140126

Eightarmedpet

Oh boy, thats super generous of you! I’ll drop you a mail, I have a fun project in mind for whichever ITX card I can get hold of and i’ll make sure I document it fully nad post on here, the 580 may be perfect (assuming the shroud is easy to remove). A Kotatsu would be amazing… a pal of mine is currently redoing a house of a similar age, not usre it ever gets that cold here but i’ll suggest a kotatsu to him as they look fantastic in sunken living areas as well as other places). I think… Read more »