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2019 15" MSI Prestige 15 (GTX1650) [10th,6C,U] + RTX 2070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Ga...
 

2019 15" MSI Prestige 15 (GTX1650) [10th,6C,U] + RTX 2070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [Lividity]  

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Lividity
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System specs

MSI Prestige 15 A10SC, 15" 4k display (3840x2160), i7-10710U, 32GB RAM
Intel Comet Lake-U GT2 iGPU, nVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q dGPU
Windows 10, 1903, Build 18362.418
External monitor - LG 34" UC98 ultrawide - 3440x1440

eGPU hardware
Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box RTX2070, default firmware (1.0)
Apple TB3 USB-C cable (0.8 metres)

 

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

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. View -> By Connection
  3. Plug monitor into Gaming Box
  4. Plug Gaming Box into left side back thunderbolt port on laptop.... Device Manager didn't detect anything properly. Unplug Gaming Box from laptop
  5. Plug Gaming Box into left side FRONT thunderbolt port... Windows detects new display device.
  6. Wait a long time (minutes) for it to detect RTX2070 graphics card. GeForce driver was quite recent (432.00) so no driver install required at this stage. dGPU (1650) will be "yellow-banged" (disabled by Windows) in Device Manager.
  7. Wait even longer for other ports and etc. to be detected.

The PC reboots fine and detects the RTX2070 and defaults to it on startup.

The 1650 remains yellow-banged, even after ejecting and disconnecting the Gaming Box. To get the 1650 working again, go to Device Manager, right-click on it and "uninstall".

 

Benchmarks 

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It's interesting to see the H2D and D2H speeds which different from when I connect the same Gaming Box to my 2017 Macbook Pro. The MBP shows higher H2D, but lower D2H.

 

Graphics Benchmarks

These are also generally slower than the benchmarks I'm getting on my 2017 Macbook Pro

I wonder what this means for H2D / D2H speeds? 

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Overall easy setup and works nice, but surprised that it was slower than my MBP.

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itsage
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@lividity Nice build guide. Have you tried flashing the H2D firmware on the Gaming Box to improve the Host to Device bandwidth? How’s the cooling system on this laptop? If you run DDU to remove all Nvidia drivers then manually install the latest drivers with both dGPU and eGPU present, the error 43 issue on dGPU should be resolved.

 

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Lividity
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@itsage

Cheers mate - I haven't gone further with this because I have had to return the laptop cause I had it on loan.

It had some pretty decent cooling I guess for a laptop? I haven't tried the H2D firmware change, but maybe I'll do that on my MBP.

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itsage
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@lividity No worries. I’m very interested in this particular laptop because of the new 6-core U-CPU. Unlike most 13″ ultrabooks though, this MSI Prestige has DDR4 RAM. The larger cooling system to accommodate the dGPU should also help with eGPU use (disabled dGPU). I will pick one up at a local Best Buy this Friday.

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MSI Prestige 15 has the new 6-core U CPU AND 2x M.2 slots.  Add a M.2 eGPU and this could be the ideal portable and legit desktop-replacement gaming system.

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