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August 7, 2017 2:34 am  

Upgrade time for my previous setup

I bought a used reference style GTX 980 TI (Actually cheaper than an RX 580 where I live because of miners :P) and here is my sucess post. with the testing I didn't add before.

The card swap not even required a driver reinstall as drivers are the same.

The installation method is the same as before, the rest of the hardware as well:
Dell Vostro 3550 (I7-2630qm|dGPU|6GB)
PE4C 3.0 Expresscard
SS-350M1U 350w power supply w/ custom cable
-The case was not used as the new card is too long to fit
+Zotac GTX 980 TI 6GB | Reference cooler

I was worried about how the small PSU would handle doubled load power consumption. But it seems to run the new card very well and silently. With a 80mm fan blowing near the air intake, the PSU fan keeps a low speed and even goes fanless during idle.

 Benchmarks

Another set of benchmarks using a high end card with a X1 link could prove useful for people who still wants to get Expresscard/Minipcie/NGFF(x1) adapters because of budget, hardware availability, convenience or other reasons. So here are some test results in internal and external screen with various resolutions. Maybe this should be moved to a separate topic?

All the tests were done with Nvidia 384.94 drivers after a fresh install.
Internal display tests were done on a monitor connected to the laptop. I could not test 1440p internal display as the VGA connection only allows up to 1080p. Also No HDMI on the P2214H. I will try to test 1440p internal and maybe 4k if I have acess to a capable monitor.
No tweaks to reduce internal display video size were used.

 

FPS Results List

note: As dani29m noticed the internal display results here are lower than they should. I suspect the cause was increased video processing when using the VGA port. Unfotunately this laptop won't support a 1080p lcd screen.

Benchmarks Resolution External Display Internal Display
Unigine Valley 1440p 43.8  
1080p 60.7 36.5
900p 68.3 48.7
768p 70.7 54.4
     
Unigine Heaven 1440p 44.4  
1080p 65.5 34.8
900p 79.8 47.4
768p 90.5 58.9
     
Unigine Superposition 1440p 51.88  
1080p 75.52 38.60
900p 89.15 53.22
768p 95.04 68.70
     
3DMark Firestrike 1080p Test 1 65.37 39.40
Test2 53.74 31.37
     
3DMark11 720p Test1 70.13 57.66
Test2 89.35 68.79
Test3 108.47 71.16
Test4 47.81 38.24

As mentioned by Nando4 there is a noticeable performance drop on internal display as the resolution is increased and more bandwidth is taken by the returning data.
Using an external monitor is highly recommended for the larger resolutions. If internal screen gaming is intended then I would safely recommend lower end gpus as most of this card's performance ends up not being used.


1. Unigine Valley
it's valley fever!
1.1 External Display

1.2 Internal Display

2. Unigine Heaven
2.1 External Display


2.2 Internal Display

3. Unigine Superposition
3.1 External Display

3.2 Internal Display

4. 3DMark Firestrike
4.1 External Display


4.2 Internal Display

5. 3DMark 11
5.1 External Display

5.2 Internal Display

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August 7, 2017 3:51 pm  

Looks like my 970 outperformed your TI.That's just funny 🙂

ASUS A53SV: i7-2860QM, 16GB DDR3 running WINDOWS 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016
SSD: SAMSUNG 850 PRO(256GB)+SAMSUNG 850 EVO(120GB)
eGPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW+ PE4C V3.0(mPCIe)+EVGA 650 G3 PSU (internal display ONLY)


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August 7, 2017 4:09 pm  

@3RYL, are you sure the EC port was switched to Gen2? Your Unigine Superposition (1080P medium) score went from 10096 (external) -> 5160 (internal), with dani29m showcasing his system with a lower performing GTX970 saw a (1080P medium) score of 6619 (internal). Running in Gen1 mode may explain your system's comparative underperformance and large score decrease going from external to internal LCD mode.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 M1000M + macOS 10.14 & Win10


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August 7, 2017 4:22 pm  
Posted by: nando4

@3RYL, are you sure the EC port was switched to Gen2? Your Unigine Superposition (1080P medium) score went from 10096 (external) -> 5160 (internal), with dani29m showcasing his system with a lower performing GTX970 saw a (1080P medium) score of 6619 (internal). Running in Gen1 mode may explain your system's comparative underperformance and large score decrease going from external to internal LCD mode.

I will check that tonight

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August 7, 2017 9:24 pm  

I can confirm it was running at Gen2.
After testing: performance preference in Nvidia control panel/16bit color/disabling gpu audio/turning off antivirus software/checking pci-e power savings/moving benchmark files to ssd; None of those options made a significant difference in performance. Also doesn't seem to be a CPU bottleneck, as running it at 1ghz provided almost the same result.
After turning off USB ports or removing devices from the USB 3.0 ports I noticed a small performance increase (about 3 fps; the card was cooler so it went a bit higher), but not yet close to dani29m's results:

I can only think about chipset/pci-e lanes distribution on each laptop to be causing this difference. Could it be RAM?
Edit: Running the 768p test on the laptop lcd rather than VGA increased score to 9534 (from 9185; 3fps higher) maybe that's a cause. I let the card get hot before benchmarking.
so... Any idea about this?

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August 8, 2017 12:51 am  

I just did another 1080p and 768p test just to compare it and i've got lower score then yours on 768p but much higher frames overall and even my 1080p one is higher(the screenshots that i posted earlier were from 2 weeks ago and i guess no one noticed that each one got different driver involved so those here are fresh fresh)

ASUS A53SV: i7-2860QM, 16GB DDR3 running WINDOWS 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016
SSD: SAMSUNG 850 PRO(256GB)+SAMSUNG 850 EVO(120GB)
eGPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW+ PE4C V3.0(mPCIe)+EVGA 650 G3 PSU (internal display ONLY)


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