2017 15" Dell Inspiron 7567 i7-7700HQ/GTX1050Ti + GTX980Ti@32Gbps-M2 (ADT R43SL) + Win10 [Hunew]^
I've just done what is probably the best bang-per-buck eGPU implementation available. Here I avoid the performance and price pitfalls of Thunderbolt 3 (stupidly expensive eGPU > $269 enclosures && crippled 22Gbps bandwidth with a slow TB3 encoder/decoder) and instead have gone for a direct M.2 PCIe link with 32Gbps bandwidth. My eGPU adapter cost me US$12!!
Performance is mega. I play PUBG on middle setting with 70~80 FPS and no frame drops. A massive boost over the system's GTX1050Ti dGPU which is laggy in PUBG with many dropped frames. My implementation details are below:
2017 15" Dell Inspiron 7567
i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz CPU
32GB DDR4 RAM
NVidia GTX1050Ti dGPU & Intel HD630 iGPU
FHD 1920x1080 LCD. I upgraded from a TN to an IPS panel.
120GB M.2 SSD relocated to 2.5" SATA drive bay via an enclosure. M.2 slot being used for my eGPU.
Windows 10 Pro
Benchmarks, dGPU was disabled for eGPU Optimus internal LCD
Setting M.2 port hot plug enabled so can use a GTX10xx card
The M.2 port didn't have hot plug enabled which would mean I could not upgrade to a GTX10xx card due to a driver error 43 as described here.
So I followed this guide to enable the port #9 (M.2) port hot plug mode successfully. In my IFR file I acquired the 'setup_var 0xA64 0x1' commandline to do this with. Now I can upgade to a GTX10xx in the future.
Thank you to Nando4 for guiding me through enabling hotplugging & gathering the pertinent info for this guide 🙂
Parallel reddit discussion about this implementation
I helped Hunew with this guide and implementation.
Yes, the 4pin PSU plug supplies 75W M.2 adapter PCIe slot power. Then the PSU also plugs into the PCIe power connectors on the video card.
Yes, there is no HDMI/DVI cable connected from the video card to the LCD. He is running an eGPU accelerated internal LCD mode.
He's force to do that. He upgraded from a working GTX980 to this GTX980Ti whose DVI/HDMI outputs are blown, suspected due to the previous owner running a highly overclocked AMP! VBIOS on the Omega card. We tried many things to get the external LCD going via HDMI/DVI since since the benchmarks would have been even better then. We know they were faulty HDMI/DVI ports as his previous GTX980 card did allow HDMI/DVI connected external LCD use. He's in the process of acquiring a Titan Black as a fix 🙂
That is if your laptop's WiFi slot accepts anything other than WiFi cards. This is BIOS related.
@skuzhh, I was the go-between to get Hunew's implementation on here, creating the guide from email/facebook exchange. It means he's unlikely respond.
So instead I suggest you ask the vendors selling these ADT adapters for an ETA on delivery.
Using the 39cm wide notebook for visual reference, I'd say he is using a 40cm or 50cm cable.
I'm curious if this will work with the older Dell Inspiron 7559 models, as they are significantly cheaper?
Anyway, thanks for this detailed writeup.
@DasDing6, according to notebookcheck the Inspiron 7559 SSD is a SATA SK hynix SC300 M.2. If it was a NVME/PCIe SSD, then the slot would route PCIe and potentially be used to host an eGPU. Unless Dell used the chipset flex I/O feature to mux through SATA and PCIe outlined here, then it's no go.
Thanks for clarification and for the fast answer. I will have to stick to the 7567 then.
What a fantastic job! Another adapter that can be used as eGPU and is much cheaper with EXP GDC V9.0b and PE4C V4.1. If someone can help me in a doubt I thank: In the link that the Hunew put of the adapter, there are two versions, one that redirects on the website of the manufacturer and the other on the website of taobao. My question is; Is there a difference between the ADT R43SL for the ADT R43SF? At the end of the year I'll be getting ready to buy an a machine for eGPU M.2 and I need the help now so I do not buy anything wrong by then! Thank You!
Thank you for this guide, it's really helpful! This looks like a dream budget setup I could technically pull off with my new Dell Precision 7510 I just got at my new office! ...Unless it's not.
Actually, I'm wondering how feasible my use case would be. I'd be taking this hardware home from work and plugging it into eGPU setup via M.2 port. Then, in the morning (after yet another senseless night spent killing monsters as Geralt of Rivia) I'd be unplugging it and going to work as nothing ever happened. Given the access to the port is not a problem (I'd simply leave the back lid unscrewed all the time), would an everyday routine like that damage the M.2 port? It wasn't designed for such hotplug use. Also, wouldn't the software setup be a hassle? Would I need to go through many preparatory steps (like installing drivers, turning off iGPU) every day to get that Witcher 3 running in the evening?
Maybe this is rather a stationary setup, not meant to be plugged/unplugged every day, as it would be simply impractical. Would anyone more experienced with M.2 setups give me some insight on the mobile viability of this solution? Cheers!
I have some questions and I hope you can help me.
Gotuko, per opening post, your system has a 2.5" SATA and x4 3.0 M.2 drive slot. Hunew relocated his M.2 SSD to the 2.5" slot using an enclosure:
120GB M.2 SSD relocated to 2.5″ SATA drive bay via an enclosure. M.2 slot being used for my eGPU.
That free up the x4 3.0 M.2 slot for eGPU use. Alternative, you can wifi port but that will give you a x1 3.0 link only. An eGPU using the x4 3.0 M.2 slot as Hunew has done, giving near-desktop levels of performance. The i7-quad CPU making this a powerhouse.
So in theory it should be possible in:
- Dell inspiron 7570 low voltage 8th gen 1xSATA, 1xM2 nvme
- Dell Inspiron 5750 low voltage 8th gen 2xSATA, 1xM2 nvme
- Dell Inspiron 7577 7th gen 1xSATA, 1xM2
- Xiaomi Notebook Pro low voltage 8th gen 2xM2
Have you heard of any other possible, considerable-cheap candidates?
i am looking for a new laptop for gaming/work, i can buy a 7577 on ebay for about 800 bucks which is in the budget.
i assume since its part of the same model that both machines use the same chipset, bios, and the like so both should work in the same way you are describing above?
have you gotten a GTX 10XX card installed in this? id be curious to see the bench results compared to a TB3 setup
i cant find a 7567 that has a i7 in it, did you swap the board from a 7577?