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2012 12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10  

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Alex777
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System specs

2012 Lenovo X230 12.5''
CPU: Intel Core i7 3520M
iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
dGPU: None
SSD1: (primary slot) WD Blue 2 Tb
SSD2: (WWAN slot) Transcend 256 Gb
RAM: 16 Gb (Dual Channel 800 Mhz)
OS: Windows 10 Pro (Version 21H2)

 

eGPU hardware

EXP GDC 8.5c with ExpressCard cable
PSU: Dell DA-2
Video Card: ASUS PH-GTX1050TI-4G

 

Hardware pictures

Nothing special here

 

Installation steps

1. Update BIOS to 2.77
2. Highly recommended to install all latest patches for Win 10
3. Put video card into EXP GDC, connect ExpressCard cable to card and laptop, connect PSU to EXP GDC, power on laptop
4. Install Nvidia drivers.
5. You will likely get error 43 (loot at Device Manager). Install nvidia-error43-fixer.
All should work by now, nothing special needed. I didn't change any setting in BIOS and didn't touch any switches on EXP GDC.

 

Benchmarks

CUDA-Z:
Memory Copy
Host Pinned to Device: 366.94 MiB/s
Host Pageable to Device: 366.074 MiB/s
Device to Host Pinned: 396.902 MiB/s
Device to Host Pageable: 392.791 MiB/s
Device to Device: 40.9825 GiB/s
GPU Core Performance
Single-precision Float: 2342.31 Gflop/s
Double-precision Float: 80.7684 Gflop/s
64-bit Integer: 183.585 Giop/s
32-bit Integer: 844.377 Giop/s
24-bit Integer: 585.197 Giop/s

Some more tests:

3dMark2001

41,632

3DMark03

82,081

3DMark05

21,891

3DMark06

20,560

3DMark Vantage

Graphics

25,876

CPU

11,274

SCORE

P19574

3DMark 11

Graphics

8,242

Physics

3,975

Combined

4,143

Score

P6541

3DMark 13

ICE Storm

Graphics

121,934

Physics

35,138

Score

78,721

ICE Storm Extreme

Graphics

106,297

Physics

35,464

Score

73,619

Cloud Gate

Graphics

38,649

Physics

3,156

Score

11,045

Sky Diver

Graphics

21,328

Physics

4,829

Combined

10,911

Score

13,263

First Strike

Graphics

6,550

Physics

4,607

Combined

2,262

Score

5,228

First Strike Extreme

Graphics

3,214

Physics

4,627

Combined

1,382

Score

2,957

First Strike Ultra

Graphics

1,632

Physics

4,631

Combined

825

Score

1,630

CPU Profile

Max threads

902

Night Raid

Graphics

26,982

CPU Score

2,462

Score

10,819

Wild life unlimited

Graphics

14,725

Score

14,725

Wild life Extreme unlimited

Graphics

4,823

Score

4,823

Time Spy

Graphics

2,058

CPU Score

1,729

Score

2,000

Time Spy Extreme

Graphics

1,002

CPU Score

638

Score

923

GTA 5 Mid-High Around 45-60 fps in single player and around 25-30 fps in online at the peak moments (usually it is far better - around 40 fps)

Starcraft 2 MAX SETTINGS (All possible maxed out) around 45-60 fps.

CS GO Max settings - don't remember the exact numbers but it is 60+ definitely.

 

Comments

One thing that doesn't work for me is hotplug.
1. You can disconnect EXP GDC via Safely Remove Hardware Windows feature. In that case active display becomes an internal one and external video card is no longer in Device Manager. But if you put laptop in hybernation mode and awake it, the laptop instantly reboots.
2. You can boot laptop without video card, put it in hybernation, attach EXP GDC, power on, laptop instantly reboots
3. You can boot laptop without video card, put it in sleep, attach EXP GDC, power on, you will get Error 12.
4. You can boot laptop without video card and attach it while it is on. Nothing will happen, you wont see video card in device manager but you can hybernate it and it will reboots when awaken or you can sleep it and you will get Error 12 when awaken.
Which is sad. I think they will fix it in Win11/Win10 future updates/Nvidia drivers.

 

2012 12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  


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Arbystrider
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Joined: 5 years ago
 

Greetings fellow X230 enjoyer. It is good to see EC eGPU users still kicking around, and new setups still being employed.

 

I noticed you are running at EC2 speeds. Are you finding any issue with signal integrity with your EXP GDC? It often manifests as the eGPU intermittently disconnecting, often leading to some very sudden (and sometimes catastrophic) crashing in the middle of a game.

ThinkPad X230t, i7-3520M @ 2.9 GHz, Windows 7
EVGA GTX 1070 Hybrid, 2113 MHz @ 1043 mV
x1.2Opt, PE4C V3.0, 4Gbps-EC2


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Alex777
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Joined: 1 year ago
 
Posted by: @arbystrider

Greetings fellow X230 enjoyer. It is good to see EC eGPU users still kicking around, and new setups still being employed.

 

I noticed you are running at EC2 speeds. Are you finding any issue with signal integrity with your EXP GDC ? It often manifests as the eGPU intermittently disconnecting, often leading to some very sudden (and sometimes catastrophic) crashing in the middle of a game.

Hello!

I use this setup just over a year (since Aug-21) and I must say I've had zero reboots related to stability.

If you ask me I would suggest following tips:

1) Use video card from top vendor (for some reason my whole life I own ASUS products, they could be more expensive but it could worth it). I believe it is because of the design of PCB and using better quality electronic components. This could mean nothing if you install it into your PC but for these borderline cases the issue could be crucial. Can't prove but can suggest...

2) I don't use USB ports on the left side of the laptop, only one on the right side for USB hub.

3) I use 90 W adapter for the laptop

4) Win 10 with the latest patches could be essential. I believe they silently adding eGPU support to the core functionality because it could be the future of laptop world taking into account soaring gaming industry. I don't think they will add the same level of support to Win 7.

5) I use the latest official video drivers. I believe they too might contain some new functionality regarding eGPU.

So for me the whole experience is just pure plug-and-play except for error43 fixer (I think Microdoft/NVIDIA will fix it too in the future updates).

One big issue is hotplug but I think it would be too much for ask. I would assume we will get this with Thunderbolt cases in a good shape.

2012 12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  


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Alex777
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Joined: 1 year ago
 

Just to complete this topic:

Tried this configuration on

- Windows 7 (SP1) with latest updates 

- Windows 11 Pro (22H2) (If you need Windows 11 just download an ISO image using official installation utility and perform clean install using your Windows 10 product key, all works fine)

Works exactly the same as on Windows 10

Connect -> Install Nvidia drivers -> Install Error 43 fixer -> DONE

 

Hotplug doesn't work on neither of these systems though. I got the same results. Probably BIOS needs fixing but I am highly doubt it will be done as support for this laptop is officially ended. 

 

I use MSI Afterburner in some games and the maximum PCIe bus load I got was around 80-85%. Usually it is something around 40-50%. I wounder what the numbers would be if you use something like 3060. Maybe find out someday...

 

2012 12" Lenovo ThinkPad X230 [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  


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