2011 16" Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E (GT540M) [2nd,4C,Q] + GTX 1660 Super @ 4Gbps-mPCIe2...
 
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2011 16" Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E (GT540M) [2nd,4C,Q] + GTX 1660 Super @ 4Gbps-mPCIe2 (PCE164P-N03) + Win10 1903 [gene_lottery]  

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System specs 

16" Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E

Intel Core i7-2630QM

iGPU none (disabled by manufacturer, can't enable)

GeForce GT 540M

Windows 10 x64 1903

 

eGPU hardware 

Generic PCIe x16 to mPCIe adapter: PCE164P-N03

PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Super

600W PSU

 

Hardware pictures 

will post asap, since it got kinda dark here and photos aren't good enough

 

Installation steps 

There was a problem with preboot BIOS freeze at VAIO logo. Interestingly, there was no such issue with the same setup utilizing a GTX 460 or even GTX 980. For some reason it just freezes before Windows even starts loading when paired with 1660 Super. Workaround is to connect the USB cable of the adapter at the boot choice screen so that the BIOS problem is skipped but at the same time Windows detects the GPU when it loads (no hotplug on mPCIe, but I'm planning to mod the BIOS to make the procedure a little bit easier). 

Applied Intel dsdt override solution and nvidia-error43-fixer by nando

dGPU should be disabled in device manager or running on Microsoft VGA display drivers since it is not compatible with the newest driver

 

Benchmarks 

 

Comments 

Compared to dGPU performance is out of this world. It was not possible to comfortably play any new games. Jedi Fallen Order was running at 1024x768 with some .INI tweaks to lower graphics at 30 FPS at most and looked like poop. Now with eGPU I'm running most games at 60-80 fps on external screen at ultra details 1920x1080, sometimes dropping to 30-50 fps for a second when large chunks of a map are being loaded (bandwidth limitation I guess)

Overall, gaming is a pleasure. 

This topic was modified 1 month ago

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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