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2016 Dell Optiplex 3050 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [pogz]  

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System Specs

  • Dell Optiplex 3050m
  • Intel Core i7 6700T 2.8GHz
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Kingston SSDNow 256GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Samsung T260HD 1920×1200

 

eGPU Hardware

  • ADT-Link R43SL
  • Included SATA to 4pin FDD
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB
  • Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80+

 

Installation Steps

The thick cable is a bit hard to manage and wrestle around, but after a while I was able to manage to securely plug it into the M.2 port. Next up is plugging the SATA to 4pin FDD and then slotting the card. Booted the machine and .. nothing.. No power to the card and no fans were spinning (both on the PSU and the card). I imagined that nothing is triggering the card to 'wake' so I thought that maybe if I use the EXP GDC's 20pin to 'wake' the card.

I ended up with this miserable setup:

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m Miserable Setup

Thanks to nando4, this was easily resolved by doing the paperclip technique (shorting the green wire with the black wire in your 20/24 pin PSU connector). I highly recommend doing this while the PSU is unplugged. Also perform a test first (on/off) to make sure that nothing blows up. You dont want to plug in your card and all the connectors only to find out that you did something wrong. 

IMG 7897

 

Moving forward, turning on the PSU, then turning on the computer works like a charm. No special BIOS tricks needed. 

Benchmarks

 

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL CudaZ

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL GPUz

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL Heaven

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL HWiNFO Main

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL HWiNFO Root

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m R43SL HWiNFO Card

  

Comparison between my EXP GDC and desktop benchmarks

20180402 Dell Optiplex 3050m EXP R43 Desktop Comparison

I've made a video of the benchmarks for The Division and GTAV. 

YouTube

Final Thoughts

Comparing with the EXP and a direct connection to the motherboard, the R43 was almost at 90% performance while the EXP GDC was only about 75% performance. If you have an M.2 slot, it is worth getting the R43 rather than the EXP GDC. While the execution and implementation of the GDC is better, performance wise, you wont go wrong with the ADT-Link R43. Good luck with wrangling with the thick cable. 

I would suggest getting a pre-made PSU jumper switch to replace the paperclip to avoid accidents. Also consider the length of the cable and the orientation of the ADT-Link header as it would affect your final setup once you're doing your final cabling. 

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I recently got an R43 and upon testing it today, I'm unable to power on the device. 

A workaround I did was to connect my EXP GDCs 20 pin to the PSU so that it would 'jumpstart' turning on the device. There is no switch or anything on the R43 and additional info on this would really help. 

The adapter that was included to power the R43 was a SATA to FDD 4 pin.

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@pogz, great to see another x4 3.0 M.2 eGPU up and running. Your power on issue can be easily solved.  Just apply the paperclick trick pictured here where you jumper the ATX 20/24pin connector’s green+black wires to switch it on.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

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I was doing some search and I found that too. Im a bit on the fence with the paperclip, I might just bite the bullet and buy a proper switch from Aliexpress. 

My only question is, do I have to 'turn on' the PSU before booting the computer and 'turn off' the PSU afterwards? 

By the way, thanks for editing my post and arranging the images correctly. I was about to do that going through some of the build guides.. lol!

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Pls try to power on before the system starts and see if the BIOS is OK with seeing the eGPU. If it black screens indicating the BIOS is stuck not knowing what to do with the eGPU,  then hide the eGPU from the BIOS.

Do that by starting the system and interrupting the OS boot (easyBCD allows a timed countdown bootmenu to be added). The testing powering on the PSU or hotplugging the powered M2 interface to get the eGPU detected.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10


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Thanks. Will give an update again soon. Them Dell machines havent given me trouble so far, hope I wouldnt do something extra just to get this to work properly.

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Paperclip technique worked. 

IMG 7897

Turn on PSU, turn on computer, boot Windows. No issues.
@nando4: is my subject line wrong? I cant seem to see this new build guide on the list.

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@pogz, the build is manually added to the builds guide table and will be done shortly. In the meantime, did you want to update your opening post main pic showing just the ADT-Link R43SL adapter + paperclip trick and update notes about it?  Looks neat.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) (6th,4C,H) + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10


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Oh sure. Yeah, it would help to summarize to the original post. Im also uploading a video to YouTube with how the setup looks and the benchmarks for GTA5 and The Division.

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thanks for this .. i am planning to connect an external gpu (probably GTX 980 Ti) via the ADT-Link R43 to a dell optiplex 9020m which is very similar to the optiplex 3050m.

link to your video in youtube?  i am looking for suggestion on a clean escape from the box .. at least the 'german patent wire' is very heavy duty so should not be easily damaged. 

previously i have done mini pcie extensions out of the optiplex USFF but i haven't figured out the best way to do the micro form factor yet .. because the front bezel on the micro form factor is very different .. maybe just punch a slot in the top of the case.

also the ADT-Link R43 comes in three different angles - R43SF (180), R43SR (270), R43SL (90) .. thinking about which is best for the purposes of building an enclosure..    maybe will add this PCIe 16x extender / GTX base as well. 

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Posted by: wfx1

thanks for this .. i am planning to connect an external gpu (probably GTX 980 Ti) via the ADT-Link R43 to a dell optiplex 9020m which is very similar to the optiplex 3050m.

link to your video in youtube?  i am looking for suggestion on a clean escape from the box .. at least the 'german patent wire' is very heavy duty so should not be easily damaged. 

previously i have done mini pcie extensions out of the optiplex USFF but i haven't figured out the best way to do the micro form factor yet .. because the front bezel on the micro form factor is very different .. maybe just punch a slot in the top of the case.

also the ADT-Link R43 comes in three different angles - R43SF (180), R43SR (270), R43SL (90) .. thinking about which is best for the purposes of building an enclosure..    maybe will add this PCIe 16x extender / GTX base as well. 

In case you need a reference, i got the 30cm + R43SL variant for 55 USD (+shipping). The SL will flip the cable to have it behind where the cables are. 

If you want to, you can drill a small slit towards the front of the top case. You can insert the card through here, then under the drive caddy. Check my attached image. The yellow is the cable, the pink is the HDD with the caddy connected to the SATA port, you have enough clearance to route the cable under the caddy. 

On the other picture (with the closed case), you can cut a slit just to fit the NMVE adapter inside it (obviously rather than cut a chunk to insert from the other end).

I hope you get what im trying to explain. Lol.

IMG 9509
computador dell optiplex 3050 micro i3 7100 4gb ddr4 500gb D NQ NP 896081 MLB28047684755 082018 F

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Hi There, Thanks for the build details. Im trying to use the R43SL with my Zotac GTX 1050 TI mini (doesn't have additional power supply) with my Intel Nuc5i7RYH. 
Do you know if R43SL will work for my setup? Will it supply enough power to turn on the GPU? 

So far, had no luck using a m.2 M key to USB 3.0 riser (2 versions).. just have black screen and GPU doesn't turn on unless i use the work around @nando4 suggested. 
Used these so far : 
M.2 M key to USB3.0 :  https://goo.gl/JGDTBx

USB3.0 to 16x riser : 
https://goo.gl/snvnPV
and 
https://goo.gl/wHifmr

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Hi... i'm trying  to use R43 SL with Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB  to connect with my intel Nuc7i7bnh. I'm using 500 W power supply, the fan at GPU is work, but so far nothing display adapter detected in my device manager..  Please help me.. any idea how to solve this problem? i think it should work just like @pogz did... 

my intel nuc 7i7bnh + zotac gtx 1060 mini 6gb

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Posted by: ngkohdin

Hi... i'm trying  to use R43 SL with Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB  to connect with my intel Nuc7i7bnh. I'm using 500 W power supply, the fan at GPU is work, but so far nothing display adapter detected in my device manager..  Please help me.. any idea how to solve this problem? i think it should work just like @pogz did... 

my intel nuc 7i7bnh + zotac gtx 1060 mini 6gb

Did you put the paper clip in the 24 pin connector?

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Please keep us up to date on how this turns out.

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Help me please. After successful inclusion.
How to turn off the computer. And how to properly disconnect the adapter from the video card?

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Posted by: alexmarz850
Posted by: ngkohdin

Hi... i'm trying  to use R43 SL with Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB  to connect with my intel Nuc7i7bnh. I'm using 500 W power supply, the fan at GPU is work, but so far nothing display adapter detected in my device manager..  Please help me.. any idea how to solve this problem? i think it should work just like @pogz did... 

my intel nuc 7i7bnh + zotac gtx 1060 mini 6gb

Did you put the paper clip in the 24 pin connector?

yes i did..

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Hi Pogz, I have a similarly spec'd 3050m that I am planning to connect to a R43SG (this is what I can get my hand on at the moment). 

Thanks for the build guide, this gave me confidence to build my first EGPU setup. I am just thinking of a way to make the connection "plug-and-play" or at least aesthetically pleasing enough to be a semi permanent thing. Any updates on your build along these lines?

I an thinking of making the cable pass straight through the front of the case, with the riser perpendicular to the cpu chassis. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks again.

Cholo

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Posted by: cholomiranda

Hi Pogz, I have a similarly spec'd 3050m that I am planning to connect to a R43SG (this is what I can get my hand on at the moment). 

Thanks for the build guide, this gave me confidence to build my first EGPU setup. I am just thinking of a way to make the connection "plug-and-play" or at least aesthetically pleasing enough to be a semi permanent thing. Any updates on your build along these lines?

I an thinking of making the cable pass straight through the front of the case, with the riser perpendicular to the cpu chassis. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks again.

Cholo

See my reply above for wfx1. More or less you can screw in the R43 to the top of the case to make it a bit more 'fixed', though careful with the nuts&bolts/screws on the inside as theres not much clearance. I would suggest affixing the R43 to the case (as shown in my lousy drawing)

hax

I think this way, theres not much stress/movement on the R43 cable. AFAIK the assembly of all the R43 variants is fixed (unlike the EXP GDC which you can plug/unplug). With this setup, if you need to move your rig somewhere, just disconnect the videocard, PSU, pack and you're good to go.

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Posted by: Sud R

Hi There, Thanks for the build details. Im trying to use the R43SL with my Zotac GTX 1050 TI mini (doesn't have additional power supply) with my Intel Nuc5i7RYH. 
Do you know if R43SL will work for my setup? Will it supply enough power to turn on the GPU? 

So far, had no luck using a m.2 M key to USB 3.0 riser (2 versions).. just have black screen and GPU doesn't turn on unless i use the work around @nando4 suggested. 
Used these so far : 
M.2 M key to USB3.0 :  https://goo.gl/JGDTBx

USB3.0 to 16x riser : 
https://goo.gl/snvnPV
and 
https://goo.gl/wHifmr

I havent tested with a lower powered card, sorry. I think it should work. Take note that you also need to power the R43 riser, I assume that might be enough to juice a low power card.

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Posted by: ngkohdin

Hi... i'm trying  to use R43 SL with Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB  to connect with my intel Nuc7i7bnh. I'm using 500 W power supply, the fan at GPU is work, but so far nothing display adapter detected in my device manager..  Please help me.. any idea how to solve this problem? i think it should work just like @pogz did... 

my intel nuc 7i7bnh + zotac gtx 1060 mini 6gb

Dell machines are forgiving in terms of having another display adapter. If I remember correctly, there is a setting on the bios to automatically switch display adapter. I dont know how this is implemented on a NUC. I did some Googling and found this: https://www.reddit.com/r/eGPU/comments/5yaccm/skull_canyon_beast_gdc_m2_working/ my assumption is that NUCs are the same BIOS settings wise. Based from his instructions, he uninstalled the internal 530 drivers after installing the drivers for the external card.

As I quote: 

Only small problems I had was to get the Skull Canyon to recognize the eGPU once everything was assembled. I uninstalled the drivers and removed the dGPU in settings and with some trial and error it now works. Unfortunately I did not find a setting on the SC bios that allowed me to turn off the dGPU.

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Not sure if allowed to cross post but I've planned to let go of the adapters I used in this: https://egpu.io/forums/for-sale-wanted/ph-fs-php-2500-adt-r43sl-bracket-psu-switch/

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Hey there! I'm kinda noob about EGPU! Can you help me?

I was planning to buy a ADT-Link R43SG (M.2 x4) but idk if my laptop can use it (Acer Aspire A515-51G-58VH). The laptop have a SSD port that supports M.2 NVME. There should I install the EGPU?


Does it work with GTX 1660? A Corsair VS500 500W need to make the paperclip trick?
TY anyway...

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It might work as you've stated that its an NVME port. But again, port compatibility doesnt guarantee that it would work. You can check if someone already did a build with your machine on the Builds section.

You might need to uninstall the default on board drivers. 

Sorry cant provide much information.

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@pogz

I installed here a few months ago! TY anyway 😉

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@pogz
I'm trying with the ADT-Link R43SG and a 3040 micro, but I'm noticing a fit and length issue with both m2 adapter and m2 interface.  I'm assuming I need to purchase the M2 AE, the r53sg?  I looked at your gdc exp beast setup with the 3040, but I wanted the adt link instead.  Not sure which way to go anymore and if my purchase of the ADT-Link R43SG ended up being a waste and unusable on the 3040.  I don't have that secondary M2 port that's available on the 3050..

Sorry a newb at this.. 

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@bonger If it's A+E then get the R53SG or keep the R43SG and connect it using a R54SF. 

There's one build guide for the 3040 but it doesn't mention what M.2 key is used for the NGFF connector. H2D and D2H speeds show less than 500 MB/s so it's probably not key M (socket 3: NVMe, AHCI; PCIe x4) or key B (socket 2: SATA; PCIe x2). It's probably key A+E (Socket 1: WiFi; PCIe x1). The 3040M manual says "M.2 socket1 connector" which is for WiFi which uses key A+E. In the System Board layout picture, it looks like the socket uses key A (key B would be slightly closer to the middle).
https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/optiplex-3040m-desktop_Owners-Manual2_en-us.pdf
The System Board layout picture seems to show an unlabeled M.2 socket 3 connector next to the hard drive connector. The socket 3 connector would give better GPU performance if you're not using an NVMe drive. Does your 3040 have the socket 3 connector? Are you using an NVMe drive?

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Posted by: @joevt

@bonger If it's A+E then get the R53SG or keep the R43SG and connect it using a R54SF. 

There's one build guide for the 3040 but it doesn't mention what M.2 key is used for the NGFF connector. H2D and D2H speeds show less than 500 MB/s so it's probably not key M (socket 3: NVMe, AHCI; PCIe x4) or key B (socket 2: SATA; PCIe x2). It's probably key A+E (Socket 1: WiFi; PCIe x1). The 3040M manual says "M.2 socket1 connector" which is for WiFi which uses key A+E. In the System Board layout picture, it looks like the socket uses key A (key B would be slightly closer to the middle).
https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/optiplex-3040m-desktop_Owners-Manual2_en-us.pdf
The System Board layout picture seems to show an unlabeled M.2 socket 3 connector next to the hard drive connector. The socket 3 connector would give better GPU performance if you're not using an NVMe drive. Does your 3040 have the socket 3 connector? Are you using an NVMe drive?

Thank you for your reply.  Unfortunately for me on the 3040 board, that socket 3 connector is not there.  I'll look into the r54sf connector as trying to find a r53sg for sale has been a lot more difficult to find.

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@bonger

I have a 3040 build guide here: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/dell-optiplex-3040m-gtx1060-6gb-exp-gdc-8-5c-win10/ my 3040 did not have an NMVE slot thus I can only use the NGFF connector which is slower. 

On the Dell website I see that there were variants with NVME slots and if you check your board, you can see a provision but no slot. I think there were models which had, and others which had none. 

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