2018 15" Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 (GTX1060) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1060 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (PCE1...
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2018 15" Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 (GTX1060) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1060 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (PCE164P-N06) + Win10 [zeroplay01]  


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System specs 

ACER NITRO 5 AN515-52 (2018)

i7 8750H
Discrete GTX1060
Memory 24GB
External GPU GALAX GTX 1060 6GB OC

eGPU hardware 

PSU 500w

Hardware pictures 

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Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)

1. First try, the gpu not show up on device manager (first week)
    -  Disable PCI Bridge
    -  Disable D-Gpu
    Still not recognize the gpu.
2. Second try, gpu show up on MSI B350 Gaming Pro (second week) 
    -  I test it PCE164P-N06 on "MSI B350 Gaming Pro" and first try not running
    -  I change bios setting on MSI B350, pci line from 8x to 4x+4x with enable mining mode
    -  the PCE164P-N06 working on pc.
3. And then i test it on laptop again
    a. Snap it Galax GTX1060 OC to PCE164P-N06
    b. Turn on PSU with jumper
    c. Plug in USB3 M2 Riser to PCI Nvme slot on notebook
    d. Turn on notebook
Voila new video graphic hardware detected on device manager and after install nvidia driver, the device showing error 43, i try nvidia-error43-fixer to running well.


an515 52 egpu 1060


Single slot M.2 PCI on Acer AN515-52  is working to be installed EGPU with workarround first..
Hopefully, next time i will buy ADT-Link R43SG to test it.. Grin

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2020 15" ASUS FA506IV (RTX2060) [R4K,8C,H] + GTX 1060 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (PCE164P-N06) + Win10 [build link]  

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Aren Lao
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Wow I'm amazed that this can work via USB. Can you post benchmarks of your discrete vs eGPU? Also is this setup working on pcie v3 x4 speeds?



To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.


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It's not USB. It's PCIe over a USB cable from an M.2 slot. A USB 3.x cable only has two lines capable of 5 or 10 Gbps USB speeds. One line for Transmit and one for Receive. For PCIe, this means one lane (x1) of 2.5 or 5 or 8 GT/s PCIe link speed. It definitely cannot do x4. A USB-C cable can only do two lanes of PCIe.

You need to use GPU-Z to check the link speed. The screenshot from HWiNFO shows 2.5 GT/s but that might go higher when the GPU is not idling (GPU-Z has a [?] button to make it not idle).

The ADT-Link R42 or R43 or R48 options will give PCIe 3.0 x4.


Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Radeon Pro W5700, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case