2018 14" Lenovo X1 Carbon + Quadro [email protected] (Razer Core X) + Win10 [FirstAscent]  


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July 6, 2018 5:16 am  

Laptop specs 

  • 2018 Lenovo X1 Carbon
  • Intel Core i7-8650U 
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620 iGPU
  • 1TB Samsung SSD
  • Win10 Pro
  • External Monitor 1: Asus PA329Q (4K@60)
  • External Monitor 2: LG 27UD88-W (4K@60)


eGPU hardware 


Hardware pictures 

  • (I'll upload some pics later)


Installation steps 

Everything was super smooth and easy actually:

  1. Install GPU into Core X
  2. Connect Core X to laptop via supplied TB3 cable
  3. Connect Displayport cables (user supplied) to monitors
  4. Power on Core X
  5. Nothing happened yet (as expected since no drivers installed)
  6. Download and Install latest Nvidia drivers
  7. BAM both monitors now displaying properly
  8. Went into Nvidia Control panel and set both monitors to be 10 bpc, they were set to 8bpc by default. 



I witnessed with my own eyes that graphics rendering is much faster and smoother now =) 



First off I should mention this is mainly for photography/video editing (Lightroom, Illustrator, Premiere Pro) with some other design software as well. I don't do any gaming so can't comment on it from that perspective. I should also mention this is somewhat of a temporary setup as I really want to get this working on a macbook pro but I'm waiting for the new ones (hopefully a couple months) to be released before trying that, I miss using mac so I'm switching back. Seems as though AMD is a little more supported in the mac world but that's for another discussion =)

Anyways, I'm super excited about this build and making edits is much quicker and smoother. All my software automatically selected the use of the Nvidia card in its settings for use and I haven't experienced any issues yet. Everything including the drivers installed perfectly and the last couple hours have been amazing. Really excited to refine my workflow.

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts

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September 28, 2018 12:30 am  

Hi First Ascent,

This is great, I was looking for someone to specialise on video editing eGPU. 

I am not actually looking to upgrade my MacBook pro just yet and was hoping the best eGPU setup which I could do to help me with 4k and 10 bit editing. My MacBook pro is the late 2014 specced to the max. But it only has Thunderbolt 2. Now, I know I should upgrade the MacBook but its not so cheap these days...but I wanted to get an eGPU setup that would easily work with a new MacBook pro setup once I do get one.

So, any chance you have tried doing the above setup with a MacBook yet?

Thanks in advance!

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts