i7-1065G7 Ice Lake Processor
Using the short TB3 Cable included
1. Insert Graphics Card into eGPU.
2. Connect Display Port cable from eGPU GRaphics Card to Monitor.
3. Connect TB3 cable bundled with eGPU to Laptop
4. I had to update windows for step 5 to work
5. Download Drivers from Nvidia.
6. Restart computer.
7. Enter in Windows Recovery Key in BitLocker (make sure your microsoft account is set up so you can find it easily)
Heaven: Ultra Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 8xAA
I am really confused as to why, but I got 1688 (67.0 FPS) on the XPS screen and only a 1439 (57.1 FPS) on my external monitor with G-sync disabled. If someone has a theory please let me know.
3D Mark Time Spy: Default settings
Things were normal here, with a score of 5489 on the external monitor and 5056 on the XPS screen
Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)
I bought the XPS 13 for school and my PC was going to be a little big to bring around campus, so I figured the eGPU route was the best option. I didn't get the XPS 15 as I prefer a small and light 13" laptop. Anyway, my favorite game, Rainbow 6 Siege, is finally playable as I am getting around 120 FPS at mostly high settings. On the Iris Plus integrated graphics I was averaging around 40 at bare minimum settings. I also plan on upgrading to a 2070 Super to really make things run smoothly and utilize the 144Hz my monitor can put out.
Problems / Solutions
Problem: Every time I connect or disconnect my eGPU, I get prompted with bitlocker again.
Solution: I disabled BitLocker with Command Prompt: "manage-bde -off X:" but replace the X with your drive letter. I do NOT recommend this if you have Windows 10 Home, as it is very difficult to turn it back on.
I will update everything as I try to solve the issues, and I will create another build when my 2070 Super comes in the mail
@leo_lo, I didn't need to turn it on, but I was prompted with it as plugging in the eGPU technically changed the computer's hardware. It is quite annoying to deal with.
@frederiko_cesar, the 1660S only needs one 2x4-pin connector and I just grabbed one 2+6 randomly and it was fine.
@peter_1, I was wondering what fps you get in Cod Warzone and Apex Legends. With my Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super + Razer Core X on my MacBook pro 15 2017, I get around 40 fps and 80 fps on apex at 1080p lowest settings. Also regarding Rainbow 6 I only get 100+ fps on the lowest settings at 1080p. I play on my internal monitor and I was wondering if you could test these games out on your system. PS my Heaven Benchmark score is also 1600~ on 1080p ultra 8xaa
@peter_1, Hi Peter, thanks for posting all this information. I'm thinking of doing this exact setup. I upgraded a laptop through my university, otherwise I would have gone for a desktop. Similar decision to yours really. The XPS has problems with high fan noise which I notice a lot because I produce music and have to listen carefully. I get loads of fan noise whilst running Ableton and even basic tasks like browsing - did you find the same thing? I have an external monitor connected which if I unplug, the laptop seems to cool down, and fan noise drops a little. That's what brought me here as I figured improving the graphics would reduce noise. Do you think it would help? Worthy investment?