2017 15" Dell Inspiron 7567 (GTX1050Ti) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link 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
UPDATE>> Use nvidia-error43-fixer . It makes it no longer necessary to enable hot plug against the eGPU port
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
Thanks for sharing op!
I'm trying to do as much research as I can for this.
Is the PSU connected to the card and the adapter (4pin)?
The adapter is only connected to the notebook with M.2, no HDMI or anything else?
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.
How long did your adapter take to ship to you? and what length cable did you get? this actually helped me out alot since I have the same laptop lol.
@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-Link 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.
What a fantastic job! Another adapter that can be used as eGPU and is much cheaper with EXP GDC 9.0b 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-Link R43SL for the ADT-Link 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!