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itsage
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@General_Kramar, M.2 connection is still better due to higher bandwidth and no Thunderbolt encoding/decoding.

 

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2020 14" MSI Prestige 14 EVO [11th,4C,G] + RTX 3080 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Matthew Kwong
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Posted by: @itsage

@General_Kramar, M.2 connection is still better due to higher bandwidth and no Thunderbolt encoding/decoding.

 

Yeah, the only downside is no laptops actually designed in a way which allow us to connect an M.2 eGPU without modifying the chassis (and void the warrenty) or opening the lid.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3080 Gaming Box


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ritterbutzke
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Is there any difference between Icelake and Tigerlake using TB3 enclosures? Hope we see TB4 enclosures soon

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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itsage
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@ritterbutzke, Regarding Thunderbolt 3 connection, both Ice Lake and Tiger Lake should perform similarly. The CPU TDP for each laptop would be a more significant factor.

 

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Ryan Zeelie
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@itsage, I noticed that in the thunderbolt control center picture it says 'Thunderbolt 3". Is there a reason for that? I have a the same specs as you in a different laptop but mine says Thunderbolt 4

 

2020 14" MECHREVO S3 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  

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itsage
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@ryan_zeelie, I believe the Thunderbolt Control Center on my unit was older so it didn't show the correct Thunderbolt 4 version.

 

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Ryan Zeelie
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@itsage, Ah I see! Thanks!

 

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