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2017 15" HP ZBook 15 G4 (Q M1200) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [kaiyoti.]  

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Laptop specs

  • 2017 15" HP ZBook 15 G4
  • Intel Core i7-7820HQ 2.9Ghz-3.9Ghz 4c/8ct
  • 32GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
  • Quadro M1200 dGPU / Intel® HD Graphics 630 iGPU  
  • 3840 x 2160-pixel panel
  • 512GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 Ports


eGPU hardware

  • Samsung X5 500gb drive with m.2 ssd removed and connected to ADT-Link R43SL (more info here)
  • Graphics card: MSI Aero GTX 1050ti
  • powered by XFX PRO650W PSU

 

Hardware pictures 

 

 

Installation steps

No hoops to jump through. Just removed the ssd from the Samsung X5 drive, plugged the ADT-Link R43SL into the nvme slot controller board. I received help in this thread to get my gpu powered via jumping wires (I'm Paul_Chen from the thread, I got tired of the Facebook Login failures and created new account). Windows detected the device as Microsoft Display Adapter, but after installing the proper drivers, everything just sorted itself. I get a Nvidia GPU Activity in my task tray allowing me to see what is active and what isn't. 

Benchmarks 

Memory Copy
Host Pinned to Device: 2256.97 MiB/s
Host Pageable to Device: 1691.96 MiB/s
Device to Host Pinned: 2677.29 MiB/s
Device to Host Pageable: 2207.04 MiB/s
Device to Device: 43.8156 GiB/s
GPU Core Performance
Single-precision Float: 2595.49 Gflop/s
Double-precision Float: 85.5236 Gflop/s
64-bit Integer: 192.96 Giop/s
32-bit Integer: 892.152 Giop/s
24-bit Integer: 671.447 Giop/s

Comments
Seems like a good alternative to commercial TB3 eGPU solutions, and potentially cheaper if you can find deals on these. I managed to get 2 Samsung X5 500Gb Thunderbolt 3 drives for $66 USD each awhile ago which combined with the ADT-Link R43SL that I got for $13 bucks, is a steal for TB3 eGPU solution. I plan on getting a Mean Well EP-100-12 AC-DC power supply and build my own 4 pin connector out of it to boot this and build a case (possibly 3d print) for a compact solution.

I'm actually booting Windows off of one of the Samsung X5 drive (Linux is internal ssd OS) and using the second TB3 port for the eGPU.

For some other (untested) TB3 NVME enclosures, a few were found in this thread

  

This topic was modified 1 month ago

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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