Hi, I'm new here and to eGPUs in general. Haven't seen any entries for the new XPS 9300 yet so I figured I'd contribute:
- 13" Dell XPS 13 9300 (FHD display)
- Intel i7-1065G7
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics iGPU
- Windows 10 Pro (Version 10.0.18363 Build 18363)
Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
- Insert GPU into Chroma
- Plug Chroma into laptop, Windows already running
- Win10 immediately recognized Chroma, initiated application download
- Downloaded latest nvidia drivers (445.75)
- Reboot machine
- Laptop booted with BitLocker prompt so I had to enter the key found in my Microsoft account page
My desktop sat in a corner unplugged for months, collecting dust. In it, a GeForce GTX 970. I had the sudden urge to pick up PC gaming again also had a desire to finally retire my 9 year old MBP. So I decided to go all in: Picked the XPS 9300, maybe not top of the line, but checked all the boxes, and the RTX 2080 Ti. I always heard about the Razer brand but nothing about its enclosure or its competitors. I honestly didn't look too much into pros and cons of each enclosure as I normally would any piece of hardware. This seemed like a niche enough market where I figured this would work well with my XPS or not at all. I had full intention of returning the GPU and Chroma if it didn't work out. It especially didn't help that there were hardly any reports of people using eGPUs with this new machine.
The process was surprisingly painless and easy. Dare I say, plug and play. I've only been doing benchmarks so far and fully intend to start gaming immediately. Needless to say, I'm excited about getting back into PC gaming. And no other game to start with than Doom Eternal, downloading as I write this post
@malocadi, Thank you for sharing this amazing build! I'm curious about the CUDA Performance Host to Device speed. On my Razer Blade Stealth with the same processor [build link], it was able to post 2,4XX MB/s for H2D speed through AIDA64 GPGPU. Can you try it with AIDA64?
@itsage, from that number, is there a way to determine how severe the processor's bottlenecking is? Or is that unrelated?
I'm really looking to dive all in to an eGPU setup. I'm willing to spend on a newer laptop with a 10th gen chip plus a 2080 Ti, I just don't know how much value I'll be getting with those two paired together versus putting the 2080 Ti in a traditional desktop.
@justin_burkard, The determining factor is which resolution and frame rate you're looking to achieve. For example, 4K @ 60Hz minimizes eGPU performance loss vs a comparable desktop. While I have not done direct comparison, I have put together a build pairing the Razer Blade Stealth with RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box [build link]. CPU is i7-1065G7 same as the XPS 9300.
@malocad, did you have any issues with using the usb ports on the back?
I cannot, for the live of me, get these ports to work without the random stuttering and blue screens/reboots.