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2018 15" ASUS VivoBook X510UR (930MX) [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10  

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Paulo da Silva Silveira
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System specs

Asus Vivobook X510UR 15'' (brazilian edition)
Intel® Core™ i7 7500U [7th,4C,U] Intel HD Graphics 620
Gerforce 930MX
Windows 10

 

eGPU hardware

EXP GDC 8.5c
Connection: slot mini PCIe NGFF (wifi card was taken out)
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 SC Gaming 3GB, GDDR5 - 03G-P4-6153-KR
Dell DA-2 12 v 18a 220 w ac m8811 ADP-220AB b

 

Hardware pictures 

 

I manage to put the back cover by carvin a little space just for the cable on the edge of the cover. It is not perfect but its close. I manage to put almost all the screws but not the one next to were the cable is, because the cover is a little bent:

 

Installation steps

  1. Open notebook plastic back (some screws are hidden in the rubber support, must force the rubber out)
  2. Remove wifi card, and connect NGFF cable (comes with EXP-GDC package)
  3. Mount enclosure connecting the power source (Dell D220P) and graphics card
  4. Connect the power supply (Dell D220P) on the outlet (light indicator will turn orange)
  5. Connect external monitor on the graphics card
  6. Finally turn on the Notebook
  7. Device manager detects the new GTX 1050 graphics card but disabled
  8. Disable the dGPU (930MX) in the device manager
  9. Install most recent NVidia graphics drivers (mine was version 446.14)
  10. Device manager now indicates Error 43 for GTX 1050
  11. Just run nvidia-error43-fixer
  12. Image on the big screen Smile

 

Benchmarks 

 

 

Comments 

Most of games are now playabe.
In low settings 720p i can play Cod Warzone now with 40 to 60 fps.
What I liked most about being able to run with GTX 10** it is the 4k 60Hz HDR support with HDMI 2.1b port.
Now I can use Windows 10 HDR in my 65" 4k TV.
The HDMI pre installed in the notebook couldn't even handle 4k 24Hz normal resolution because it was HDMI 1.1 (4k flickering about 5 to 10 minutes), now, with a proper HDMI cable, the image is clean and steady at 4k 60 Hz.

🙁  But I think the bigger bottle neck for gaming is that this mPCI NGFF conection is only PCIe x1 (3.0) wich can only provide 1GBps (correct me if i'm wrong).
If somebody knows how to improve this I would appreciate.

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2018 15" ASUS VivoBook X510UR (930MX) [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  

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Nisargadatta
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Hi Paolo thank you for posting your results!

I'm wondering if you benchmarked your gpu using 3dmark to compare against other gtx 1050s. That would be a nice way to see how much performance you're losing by going with this method.

Btw, I have a similar laptop to you in a Vivobook X51UAR, with a 8250u and just a UHD 620. This is the first post I have seen online with someone getting a egpu working on this laptop. It gives me hope to use the vivobook for more than just internet browsing in the future.

 

 

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Paulo da Silva Silveira
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@nisargadatta, I have used Timespy benchmark from 3dmark.

For the GTX 1050 3 gigs I scored 1970 points.

The main bottleneck is the PCIe 3.0 x1 connection (this limits FPS around 80 depending on the game), but the CPU affects the score negative too.

With this setup I was able to run most of games in 1080p with medium to low settings.

I even managed to play CoD Warzone in 720p with lowest settings but with low FPS ( 30 to 50 fps ). 🙁

Recently I bought a GTX 1060, and suprisingly, the CoD Warzone experience improved drastically. Now with in 1080p in low settings it ranges from 50 to 80 fps. Wich in my case is very playable. 🙂 Other games like FarCry Primal run even in 1440p with 40 to 60 fps.

TimeSpy banchmark now score 3061 points (50% more than GTX 1050). If I new that I would have gone for the GTX 1060 before.
The benchmark results with GTX 1060:
https://www.3dmark.com/spy/13342231

 

2018 15" ASUS VivoBook X510UR (930MX) [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  

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Nisargadatta
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Hey Paulo, those scores don't look that bad!

They may be a bit lower than on a desktop but those are still decent results and man...what a boost in performance.

I'm a bit confused about the NGFF solution you went with...I mean, isn't the wifi slot in the x510UR a mini pcie?

Also, do you have an m.2 ssd slot in your laptop as well? .....In my version the x510UAR we have a m2. ssd but it is sata not nvme. 

We're lucky AMD has gotten better and is forcing intel to at least give us more cores and threads. I can imagine how hard the 7500u struggles in some games. Warzone has like 150 player or something like that??? that's a lot of work for the cpu...I'm surprised how well your cpu is performing there to be honest Smile

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Tay Tawan
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I'm wondering if this will work with my Vivobook 14. But this is the closest build in here that I can refer to. Thanks for sharing. I hope the mPCIe isn't blacklisted in my model. I have no way of checking. 

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Giammarco Vignali
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Hi Paulo, thank you for your really well made guide, i have your same model but with i7 8th gen core, intel UHD620 and 940mx dGpu, my question is, how did you manage to close the back cover of the laptop? or you have had to leave it opened

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Paulo da Silva Silveira
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Hi Giammarco!

I manage to put the back cover by carvin a little space just for the cable on the edge of the cover. It is not perfect but its close. I manage to put almost all the screws but not the one next to were the cable is, because the cover is a little bent:

(see pics added to opening post)

2018 15" ASUS VivoBook X510UR (930MX) [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  

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Giammarco Vignali
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@paulo_da_silva_silveira,Thank you really much, this was the main doubt that was stopping me buying exp gdc, i'll do it today. For the gpu i think i'll go for a used one, maybe a 1050ti. Disabling the dgpu was enough to avoid driver conflicts? I have read many discussion where it was suggested to use amd gpu if you had nvidia inside. What do you think about it ? Thanks for your kind answers

 

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Paulo da Silva Silveira
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@giammarco_vignali the only conflict I have was that "Code 43" error, wich I fixed by runnig the "error 43 fixer". Every time I have a main update on Windows or nvidia driver I have to run this script, but thats ok because is its once every many months. 
I even tested with all three GPUs enabled (intel HD Graphics, internal Geforce 930mx and my external, currently Geforce GTX 1060 3G) and works fine, but I dont like the changing between LCD and external monitor when I close or open the Lid, so i disable the other two GPUs so I can have always the external monitor signal no matter if a close or open the Lid.

2018 15" ASUS VivoBook X510UR (930MX) [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 8Gbps-M.2 (EXP GDC 8.5c) + Win10 [build link]  

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