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.