2017 14" Dell Inspiron 14 7460
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U CPU @ 2.50GHz
16gb RAM (8gb + 8gb)
Intel(R) HD Graphics 620
240gb m.2 sata WD GREEN SSD (for system)
Windows 10 64bit
External Monitor: 24'' AOC G2460PF
EXP GDC NGFF (beast 8.5c)
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB
400Watts Aerocool PSU
Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
I've just followed the usual procedure: Replace the wifi card with NGFF cable that came in with EXP GDC and made a "hole" in the laptop case for the cable, as you see in the pictures. Provide power using a 400W PSU. Attach the GPU. Before turning on the PSU for the eGPU, I've DISABLED dedicated GPU (940mx) on windows device manager. Downloaded the latest drivers for the GTX 960. Then, turned off my laptop. (DO NOT DELETE the 940mx drivers, cause It will be automatically detected and then enabled again by the OS. Also, don't forget to DISABLE automatic driver downloads in you Windows. If some-how your system enable the 940mx driver, your eGPU wil not work and you will need to disabled It again and reinstall the eGPU driver)
I turned on my laptop again and everything (laptop + eGPU) started together with a green light, so everything was fine. After I installed the downloaded Nvidia drivers , I got video on my external monitor and voilá, you can be happy with your new GPU and say good-bye for the sad low resolution gameplays! Also, I'm using an external monitor with DisplayPort cable at 144hz.
Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved my workflow or gaming)
Was the best thing I ever did for my laptop, after an SSD upgrade (If you still don't have an SSD for the system, at least, you will suffer.). Now I can play a LOT of games with good graphics, stable FPS and higher resolutions (720p, 900p or 1080p). Even processor-based games like CSGO I'm getting more stable and higher fps. The Witcher 3 can be played on high settings at 900p, with always 30+ fps. Newer games like Cyberpunk 2077 can't be played so well, I'm getting 19-30 fps) because It needs A LOT of VRAM. Another game I LOVE to play but needs a lot of VRAM is Assassins Creed Unity, but I need to put It on 720p on medium, and I'm pretty shure It's not the processor, It's the lake of Vram. So If you can afford the 4gb gtx 960 It will be the best match for the poor dual core (i5 7200u). Someday, I will try the 4GB version or even a gtx 970 (but I'm pretty shure It will bottleneck with 970).