I've been looking for the best compact laptop (<=14") to use with the 3080 gaming box and I was really stunned by the poor thermal performance of almost every option out there.
After hours of CPU bennchmarks comparison (thanks notebookcheck) I ended up with the Razer Book 13 : supposedly the best performing <15" 1165g7 laptop currently available.
There are some small things that I dislike about it (RGB keyboard and narrow hinge angles) but overall i'm impressed by the chassis and the level of performance for such a small form factor.
Laptop specs :
eGPU hardware :
Aorus RTX 3080 gaming box connected to a Dell S2721DGFA monitor (27" QHD Nano IPS)
Hardware pictures :
Installation steps :
I tried with the nvidia drivers available from Gigabyte (v456.55), the GPU was recognized but I couldn't start Nvidia Control Panel. I then installed the latest version available on the Nvidia website (461.40) and it worked like a charm so it was almost "plug and play".
Benchmarks : with external monitor only and Razer synapse set to "performance"
Supersition (4K optimized) : 13391 (min fps : 71.81, avg : 100.16, max :125.38 / GPU °C min : 35, max 59 / Max GPU utilization 97%)
Time Spy Extreme : overall 6102 / graphics : 8314 / CPU : 2434 - avg temp : 47 °C link
I'm really impressed by the results and i hope the real gaming experience will be on par (or least close), I'll post some results as soon as I have some time to try a few games.
More benchmarks and pictures coming soon !
@cosmicradis, Thank you for sharing this nice build! As you've discovered, thermal performance is the crucial piece to eGPU experience. The Razer Blade Stealth/Book has a thicker base that allows a better cooling system. How's the PCIe 4 NVMe slot performance after you install the 980 Pro?
I like the enhancements Razer made to this ultrabook (TB4 port on both sides, per-key backlight, microSD slot, and 19:10 display). Looking forward to seeing photos and more benchmarks!
Thanks for this! I'm in the same boat, looking to replace my older 1060 desktop + laptop combo for a nice ultrabook + the 3080 gaming box. Just play some casual RPG games on the side so getting around 45fps@4k will suffice for me.
Both the Razer Book and 2020 MSI Prestige EVO (as shown by @itsage - thanks) look to fit the bill but I also have an eye on the Asus Flow X13/XG combo. Not sure when it'll actually be released and I'm back to Uni in a few weeks so I want to make a decision pretty soon.
I also had hopes of being able to use the Reverb G2 VR headset but am guessing pushing the 90 frames required may be a step above the 4 core CPUs. I should really just get a 3080 desktop but am willing to make sacrifices for an all in one solution - am well over managing software and files between two separate devices!
I did another Timespy Extreme run after reapplying TIM to my laptop.
Overall: 2911 Graphics: 3981 CPU: 1154 .. still crushed it. Crazy that the CPU is over double the score. I guess 13W more + optimizations since Whiskey Lake.