2019 15" Acer Predator Triton 500 (RTX2060) [9th,6C,H] + RTX 3070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + Win10
- Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51
- i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz
- GeForce RTX 2060
- 2 x 8GB RAM Hynix
- 1 TB SSD Samsung
- Windows 10 (64 Bit)
- Soundblaster Omni Surround 5.1 external
- Acer XN253QX 24,5" 240Hz G-Sync
- Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC, 8GB GDDR6
- Sonnet Breakaway Box 550W
- Sonnet TB3-Cable (delivered with Box)
CPU uv -105.5 mV
Worked the Zotac into the Breakaway Box, connected DP-Cable from the 3070 to my monitor, connected TB3-cable from Laptop to Sonnet Box, installed latest Nvidia Driver, had to completely delete the existing driver, deactivated 2060 in Device Manager
System runs smoothly and silent after 2 days of trying (see comments below)
Time Spy: eGPU 9550 (Graphics 10626, CPU 6081), "vanilla" no OC or UV (Lower scores after 2nd and 3rd tries. I don't know why), CPU uV: 9508 (see picture)
Userbenchmark: 131, 96, 111 (uV)
I originally bought this Laptop with the plan to use an eGPU at a later stage once the new Nvidia generation would come out. I checked the Sonnet compatibility list on their Website and saw only a handful 3070 were actually possible. I was very lucky grabbing the Zotac 3070 at a reasonable price end of November 2020.
Installation was easy (I had previous experience with another laptop) but Windows didn't register the 3070. After 2 nights and around 2h of trying I was ready to send everything back when for the last time I installed the latest Geforce Driver BUT clicked the box to completely uninstall the existing one. I am pretty sure it was the issue, because suddenly the 3070 appeared at the Windows10 device manager. I de-activated the 2060 and ran a first Benchmark (see above).
Summary: The system now runs for 2 weeks w/o any issues. I am extremely happy with the solution. Not only was the laptop pretty loud when gaming, I also had heat problems and stability issues. I was looking for a silent eGPU solution and the Sonnet is just awesome. Compared with the Razer (both models) I had used before the Sonnet is length better. My concerns about the Zotac being a small "loud" 3070 with only 2 large fans were quickly dismissed. Even under load the Zotac fans activate very slowly and never seem to run at full strength. In desktop mode, both Zotac fans are off. As mentioned, the Sonnet fans are extremely quiet. The biggest noise ATM is the Lapto fan for the 9750 although this could be further improved by UV.
The first Timespy score totally caught me off-guard, as it is close or higher than any other published Benchmark from the mightiest 17" Gaming Laptops (Alienware Area 51m etc.). My latest tries now are around 8900. Although I would like to know where the drop-off comes from, noise and stability was the priority for me. This has been totally achieved. I also want to mention the setup runs smoothly with G-Sync.
PS I am following this site for a while and always found it very helpful. I wanted to share some information back to the community. Would be great if this setup can find its way into into the Builds database.
@largo_embargo, great setup. I’m thinking, maybe the cpu throttles after too many benchmark tests and that produce lower numbers in the gpu. My experience with sonnet has been very good too. Case is cool and quiet.
I added the Futuremark Timespy Monitor. I cannot really judge, if the CPU shows unnormal throttling. Usermark gives a Throttling value of 84%. Again, cannot say if that high or regular, given the speed the 3070 puts on the system.
i7-9750H CPU @ GeForce 3070 vs. i7-9750H CPU @ GeForce RTX 2060 (CPU slightly uV both times)
Timespy: 9508 (Graphics 10776, CPU 5705) vs. 6345 (Graphics 6405, CPU 6028)
Userbenchmark: 131, 96, 111 vs. 77, 120, 93
Furmark Preset 1080 Full HD, 1920x1080: 9648 points (161 FPS) vs. 5339 points (89 FPS)
Firestrike Ultra: 7310 (7324 GPU, 15055 CPU) vs. 3807 (3676 GPU, 15134 CPU)