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2013 15" Dell Precision M4700 (Q K1000) [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 760 @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GD...
 

2013 15" Dell Precision M4700 (Q K1000) [3rd,2C,M] + GTX 760 @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [Senturion]  

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Senturion
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

System specs
2013 15” Dell Precision M4700
 
CPU Intel I5 3320M
iGPU Intel HD Graphics
dGPU Nvidia Quadro K1000
8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
240 GB mSATA SSD
Win 10 Pro

 

 

eGPU hardware 
EXP GDX BEAST 8.5c, EVGA Nvidia GTX 760, ExpressCard 2 cable  

 

 

Hardware pictures 
Coming soon

 

 

Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
I pulled the GTX 760 and PSU from my old tower out of storage and connected the power cables to the EXP GDC Beast like they recommended. One of the CPU 4 pins to the 4 pin yellow and black break-out, and the 20 pin power connector to the 20 pin adapter cable that was provided. I followed the instructions from EXP GDC to disable the on-board PCI express slot that the Quadro is connected to. Here's the basic gist of what I did after connecting the cables:

1. Disable the on-board PCI Express slot. (Since I have an Intel iGPU and a dGPU, disabling that PCI Express slot only disables the Quadro and leaves the Intel HD working fine (which is necessary for my laptop's panel to work properly).

2. Run DDU and clear out all the Nvidia stuff from Dell.

3. Install Nvidia GeForce driver version 350.12. Yes, even in 2019, this driver is the only one that worked properly with Optimus-enabled laptop displays. https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/geforce-350-12-whql-driver-download.html


Benchmarks 

 



Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 (1080p)

  

FPS:
43.4
Score:
1093
Min FPS:
21.9
Max FPS:
49.6

System

Platform:
Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz (2591MHz) x2
GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 9.18.13.5012 (2048MB) x1

Settings

Render:
Direct3D11
Mode:
1920x1080 fullscreen
Preset
Custom
Quality
Medium
Tessellation: Disabled
 

 

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 (720p)

FPS:
58.9
Score:
1483
Min FPS:
21.4
Max FPS:
67.1

System

Platform:
Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz (2591MHz) x2
GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 9.18.13.5012 (2048MB) x1

Settings

Render:
Direct3D11
Mode:
1280x720 fullscreen
Preset
Custom
Quality
Medium
Tessellation: Disabled
 


3DMark Skydiver
: Score 10469 ( https://www.3dmark.com/sd/5648292 )

 

Comments 

Long story short - the newest driver would appear like I was using my eGPU but kept using the Intel iGPU... Unigine Heaven reported my Nvidia GTX 760, but showed the clock speeds of my iGPU. I was getting 12 FPS in Unigine Heaven, and 5 FPS in Overwatch on lowest settings, etc. I was ready to give up on the whole idea of doing an eGPU and just plan for a newer laptop. Even when I ran Precision XOC to set my card's clocks to max, it still reported my Intel graphics clocks, but showed Nvidia GTX 760. That's when I knew I had a problem with the driver or something using the wrong graphics adapter. So then Google  came to the rescue. I came across these threads that stated this driver version: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/forums/discover/207358/windows-10-and-optimus/#4650966,

This topic was modified 2 months ago

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


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skyline01
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Joined: 2 months ago
 

hey! I've got a similar system, (dell m4800) and am trying to connect a gtx970. I think I may be having a driver issue and I think running DDU and installing 350.12 could be a solution to me aswell, but I noticed that driver is only meant for windows vista, 7 and 8, and I have win 10, but I see you also have win 10, how does this work?

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


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