- Dell Optiplex 3050m
- Intel Core i7 6700T 2.8GHz
- 16 GB DDR4 RAM
- Kingston SSDNow 256GB SSD
- Windows 10 Pro
- Samsung T260HD 1920×1200
- ADT-Link R43SL
- Included SATA to 4pin FDD
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB
- Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80+
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:
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.
Moving forward, turning on the PSU, then turning on the computer works like a charm. No special BIOS tricks needed.
Comparison between my EXP GDC and desktop benchmarks
I've made a video of the benchmarks for The Division and GTAV.
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.
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.
@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.
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!
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.
@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.
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.