2017 12" Toshiba Portégé X20W-D + GTX [email protected] (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [theitsage]  

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theitsage
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March 23, 2018 3:19 am  

System specs:

2017 12" Toshiba Portege X20W-D - i5-7200/Iris HD Graphics 620 iGPU/8GB RAM/256GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

Gigabyte AORUS 1080 Gaming Box + .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable

Sonnet Breakaway 350 + R9 Fury X + .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

I tested this X20W-D with the Mantiz Venus eGPU almost a year ago. At the time I didn't know about OPI mode and PCIe lane allocation for Thunderbolt 3 so I didn't think much of this Toshiba laptop. Now that we've learned more about what makes a good ultrabook for hosting an external GPU, I wanted to test the X20W-D again to confirm its Thunderbolt 3 configuration. Thanks to @yukikaze for his post in the Deals section I got this ultrabook for a great price, new in open box.

First of all, the Toshiba Portege X20W-D has excellent build quality. The body is magnesium and very light weight. It has one Thunderbolt 3 port that also serves as charging port. I vaguely recall it was running very well with the Mantiz Venus + R9 Fury X eGPU so my hope was this is another single-TB3 ultrabook with 4 PCIe lanes.

As can be seen above, HWiNFO64 and AIDA64 show the external GPU run through a x4 PCIe connection via TB3 and the laptop has 4GT/s OPI mode. One issue I encountered is the AORUS Gaming Engine software. The latest version on Gigabyte Support website is 1.32. It threw these errors when I ran it. I was able to locate version 1.28 [download link] and the software worked well changing RGB light and GPU performance modes.

 

Benchmarks:

All benchmarks were ran with the internal display. AORUS 1080 Gaming Box results are on the left. Sonnet Breakaway Box 350 + R9 Fury X results are on the right.

 

Comments:

Now that Intel 8th gen ultrabooks are more widely available, there's nice discounts on last year models. While the Portege X20W-D is not as good of an eGPU host as quad-core counterparts, it's a well-built machine and should be decent for eGPU users on a budget. As can be seen in Intel Thunderbolt Software, it's actually certified for eGFX.

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March 23, 2018 3:38 am  

Not bad for a 2 core CPU....not bad at all.Thanks @itsage for the review and benchmarks.

ASUS A53SV: i7-2860QM, 16GB DDR3 running WINDOWS 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016
SSD: SAMSUNG 850 PRO(256GB)+SAMSUNG 850 EVO(120GB)
eGPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW+ PE4C V3.0(mPCIe)+EVGA 650 G3 PSU (internal display ONLY)


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March 23, 2018 4:08 am  

Thank you for giving the Toshiba Protege Portege some representation. You got it at an excellent price, which may otherwise be a sticking point for US customers, considering it's price there.

Toshiba was one of the originators of ultraportable systems. eg: 2007 12" R500 (1.14kgs with optical drive), 2010/2011 13" R700/R830 (1.45kgs,6-cell, optical drive). That's before late 2011 saw Ultrabooks arriving. Definitely worth keeping an eye on this brand for some of the lighest chassis available.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
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March 23, 2018 5:31 pm  

@nando4 Thank you for the insight on Toshiba ultraportable lineage. This X20W-D definitely shows it's not a first generation hardware. I wish the matte coat/film on the display was done better. Other than that, it's a great value. Here's the video from last year testing.

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