- Lenovo Thinkpad T530 (Model : 2429M69 - Screen : 1600x900 - I7-3632QM (igpu HD4000), Ram 8 Go - 1333mhz , SSD 128Go, SSHD 2To, no dgpu)
- Bios : G4ETA7WW (2.67 - 08/24/2016)
- NVidia drivers : Forceware 382.05
- External Screen : Samsung Syncmaster F2380M
- EXP GDC Beast V8.4d
- GTX 970 (MSI Gaming 4G)
- ATX Corsair 400W (cmpsu-400cx)
The attachment system is temporary, the final box will probably be made with lego.
- Thinkpad T530 (with I5 3320m, ram 8 Go, ssd 128 Go) = 195 € (second hand 2017)
- MSI GTX970 gaming 4G = 119 € (second hand 2017)
Unigine Valley Benchmark :
3DMark Fire strike : with overclock via Afterburner
After many test, I will use the settings below when I need more power.
Witcher 3 @1080p
Diablo 3 @1080p
Nice job here, thanks for posting it.
Please detail the "how to" to make it work, if the T530 boot along the eGPU, if this T530 have a dGPU, if the card is recognized straight without error, etc.
Post a better picture of the GDC with the card, the Lego stuff you build is a nice idea, would be nice to see it!
Also try some games and if you can post some msi afterburner screens recorded while playing a game, to give an overview of the "in game" game play.
The mistake on valley is normal, it do not recognize win10.
Have you tried to play on the internal? There is a trick to use the internal but you need to find a 80/100Ohm resistor. Go check my implementation for more info.
Hi Wimpzilla ! Thanks for your comments !
I wondered if I need to create a dedicated post for the « error »/issue !
I will try to answer quickly :
- I use an external screen as first screen (FHD/1080p samsung syncmaster F2380M) with « extended view » on the internal (HD+/1600x900)
- For the moment , I have to boot without external screen and I can plug the hdmi when windows ask me to identify. (If I boot with the hdmi plugged , It will freeze before the bios. (I have to test again « delay » jumper on gdc, first test didn’t solve the trouble).
- There is no dgpu, only hd4000, I have set Nvidia driver to force gtx970 as main gpu.
- The screen capture « in game » will come soon !
Nice result you got, you feel the games stutter or just some normal occasional lags? The game play is smooth on overall?
I have almost the same laptop, a T530i along a 2670QM and a R9 270. I was wondering to upgrade the gpu, so i'm interested about your result with the GTX970. ^^
Please when you take the screenshot, show a full view of the MSI afterburner monitoring, that we can see the FPS count. Also you can edit witch stuff you want display into the OSD screen and what to record with the graphs. Likely it is useless to record cpu t° graph and the t° of all cores graph, the DDR ram usage, VID, etc. Everything is in the options.
Better record only the minimal to not charge the laptop. Because you could think monitoring is free resources, but on tight system it is absolutely not. Avoid when you know your system is stable and chill, just set your oc and close the program. You could record only GPU/CPU t°, GPU/CPU usage, FPS and Frametime. It is fairly enough.
I think after 5 post you can edit your own post, when you reach 5, add all the infos in the 1st post, much easier to find them.
Like the "how to" you posted to connect the eGPU. Also specify that your T530 version is without internal dGPU and have only the HDXXXX iGPU. Also remember to update your 1st post when you add pictures.
The eGPU box made by lego, lego technic or meccano is a brilliant idea! ^^
I will reogarnise the post when I could edit!
For the games, no lag/stuttering with this settings. Maximum settings for Diablo, in the witcher I choose "elevated" and desactivated Nvidia hairworks, SSAO x4 activated.
For the FPS count, Rivatuner dysplay the score on screen, I will try to test without.
Do you have a link to see the spec of T530i? Thanks a lot for your advices!
This is my troubleshot thread, i have also an implementation somewhere in this category if you look for with all the important stuff. You can have a look.
I got a lot of issues when i updated the bios and the Intel ME on my T530i and the EXP GDC, in my case. So maybe beware when you decide to upgrade them.
For the FPS/frametime count, just show the MSI/Riva graph in the screenshot, to show the fps over an amount of period.
What you get on OSD on your screen is up to you. Wanted just to remember that like all programs, extended monitoring could impact on perfs, on tight systems like laptops.
Yep that's nice and ok, the thread in linked to the implementation table page. So if someone need an information about your setup, he just click on the link and everything about your setup is in the 1st post.
For the setting, usually i setup the OSD ingame display with FPS counter, GPU/CPU T° only, for me is enough. Then i record like i said in the graphs, FPS/Frametime, CPU/GPU t° and usage, GPU clocks. You need to navigate into the MSI afterburner options and go in the monitoring tab. Check this link. For the overclocking and other setting i can't help, long time i didn't overclock an nvidia card.
Also for max the usage of the cpu you can try to play with ThrottleStop tool, remember to always keep an eyes on CPU t°. TPFan is a little tool to manage the fan speed on your T530.