2015 15" Acer Aspire V15 VN7-592G (GTX960M) [6th,4C,H] + RTX 2060 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [v3n3]
- 2016 15" Acer Aspire V15 VN7-592G
- Intel i7-6700 HQ (max 3.5 Ghz 4-Core, 8-Threads)
- 32GB RAM (2x16GB, dual channel, 2666Mhz)
- iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
- dGPU: NVIDIA GeForce 960m
- Storage: m.2 NVME Samsung 960 EVO (1TB) SSD, SATA Samsung 860 QVO (2TB)
- Windows 10 Professional 1903
Everything here mentioned also applies to the 2015 17" Acer Aspire V17 VN7-792G. Both, this 15" and the 17" Model are technically 100% identical.
Alright, this is going to get gnarly, since its not as dynamic as one would hope.
My Windows 10 is set to german, but I hope the screenshots and my translation are good enough.
- Disable / Disconnect dGPU
You can not use this Laptop with an NVIDIA eGPU, without doing this.
I dont know if its a general Problem with the NVIDIA dGPU and eGPU combination, but at your next reboot the Laptop will freeze on the Windows Login Screen without doing this.
- Connect eGPU
At this point you dont need to panic.
If your eGPU is not instantly picked up turn the power of the eGPU off and on again WHILE its connected. (this is a general tipp for this laptop, doesnt matter if its AMD or NVIDIA cards)
Next the Thunderbolt Software will tell you that your Laptop is not capable of using a external GPU. This is technically true, since the Thunderbolt 3 eGPU standard changed after this Laptop was introduced, but we can just plain ignore that, its working fine.
Last but not least, all NVIDIA GPU´s (760, 980 TI, 1080TI tested) show up with Error 43. But Im going to tell you how to fix that
- Magic dance to fix Error 43
Go back into the Device-Manager and change the View to "Connection" again
Search for the PCIe Root Port where your NVIDIA GPU is connected to
Again, Right-Click that Port, disable, wait for the Window to update and activate the "Device" again
Voil´a, your NVIDIA GPU is working now
I got a suprise for you. You have to do this step on every reboot and whenever you connect the eGPU again.
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Im really mixed on this one, I have a bad history with Acer Laptops and this is definetly my last one. I dont know if the mentioned eGPU Problems, being the connectivity Problems or NVIDIA Error 43, are related to Acer cheaping out again, a poor Thunderbolt 3 implementation or that the Thunderbolt 3 implementation is so old, but I can not recommend this Laptop to anyone (luckily the whole line has been discontinued).
Also a really big note is that you are pretty much forced to Liquid Cool your CPU, since even with good Thermal Paste the Processor is always throttling. In my case I used Conductonaut and my CPU Temperatures dropped by around 20C and increased my eGPU performance dramatically.
I guess nobody cares, but I threw together a small application / service that automaticates the process I explained, in order to use NVIDIA GPU´s: