2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo ...
 
Notifications
Clear all

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11  

  RSS

Joe377
(@joe377)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago
 

System specs

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510

CPU: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11800H

RAM: 32GB

dGPU: NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti 4GB [45w]

OS: Windows 11 Build 22471

Laptop Screen: 15.6" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflecitve 500-Nit Display

External Monitor: Dell U2414H (1920 x 1080)


eGPU hardware

Lenovo BoostStation Thunderbolt 3 eGPU with supplied RTX 2060 6GB using supplied Thunderbolt 3 cable.

 

Installation

  1. Use DDU to remove old drivers
  2. Installed latest driver from NVIDIA without GeForce Experience
  3. Plugged in BoostStation
  4. Ran the NVIDIA installer again and both the internal and external GPUs are happy.

Note: Originally I followed the following steps but found that the internal GPU (RTX3050 Ti) stopped working with Code 31.

  1. Turn on BoostStation
  2. Wait for LED to flash
  3. Plug in to Laptop while logged in and on Desktop
  4. Run Windows Update
  5. Allow Windows Update to download NVIDIA Display Driver

 

Benchmarks

Cuda-Z

Host to Device 2445 MiB/s

Device to Host 2721 MiB/s

Screenshot 2021 09 21 224432
Screenshot 2021 09 21 224403
Screenshot 2021 09 21 224341

Timespy

Settings: Windows 11.
Format: Score (GPU/CPU)

  Internal External via GPU External via USB-C
  3840 x 2400 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
RTX 3050 Ti 4GB 4466(4258/6186) N/A 4625 (4417/6320)
RTX 2060 6GB 6422 (6127/8837) 7022 (6720/9426) 6750 (6449/9178)
eGPU Gain +43% +51.8% +45.9%

 

TS RTX2060 1920x1080 External via GPU
TS RTX2060 1920x1080 External via USBC
TS RTX3050 3840x2400 Laptop
TS RTX2060 3840x2400 Laptop
TS RTX3050 1920x1080 External

Valley

Settings: High Quality, 8xAA, Fullscreen. Windows 10.

  Internal External
  1920 x 1080 2560 x 1600 3840 x 2400 1920 x 1080
RTX 3050 Ti 4GB 58.3fps / 2439 34.5fps / 1443 15.2fps / 637 57.6fps / 2408 (2)
RTX 2060 6GB 90.4fps / 3781 52.6fps / 2201 24.8fps / 1038 64.7fps / 2707 (1)
eGPU Gain +55% +52.5% +63% +12%
RTX 2060 6GB w/ dGPU Disabled 90.7fps / 3794 --- --- 82.1fps / 3435 (1)
eGPU Gain +55% --- --- +42%

1: Connected direct to eGPU. Lots of stuttering in the benchmark despite the figures.
2: Connected via USB-C to HDMI Cable.

RTX2060 3840x2400 Laptop
RTX3050 1920x1080 External
RTX3050 2560x1600 Laptop
RTX3050 1920x1080 Laptop
RTX2060 1920x1080 Laptop
RTX2060 2560x1600 Laptop
RTX2060 1920x1080 Internal dGPU Disable
RTX2060 1920x1080 External dGPU Disable
RTX2060 1920x1080 External
RTX3050 3840x2400 Laptop

 

Comments

  1. Having trouble getting 3DMark installed on the machine so will look at alternatives to benchmark. Fresh install of Windows 11 and didn't have a problem installing 3DMark.
  2. Need to work out why the performance is worse on external monitor now; would have expected it to be better. 3DMark is showing a performance increase now! Haven't rerun the valley tests.
This topic was modified 3 weeks ago
2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

Jkeychen Liew, mr.ribeiro, goalque and 2 people liked
ReplyQuote
Rog195
(@rog195)
Active Member
Joined: 4 years ago
 

@joe377, are the clockspeeds the same with external monitor plugged in?

Edit: Another thing I wanna add is, a dekstop RTX 2060 is almost twice as fast as an 45W RTX 3050 Ti so the numbers do lineup. I may be mistaken but I think TigerLake has reduced the eGPU to internal display bottleneck. if that's true and the fact that PCIe 3.0 X4 is not small enough to noticeably bottleneck the GPU they all kinda lineup, then again i could be wrong and be mixing things up here but that's my take.

This post was modified 1 month ago
2019 17" Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW (GTX1650) [9th,4C,H] + RTX 3060 Ti @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SR) + Win10 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Joe377
(@joe377)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago
 

@Rog195 just tried disabling the RTX3050 Ti via device manager and have updated the results in the first post. There is a performance increase but there is still a lot of stuttering during the benchmark.

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Rog195
(@rog195)
Active Member
Joined: 4 years ago
 

Do you get stutters even when connecting the display to the laptops integrated graphics? I assume you just want to use your external monitor as the main monitor since the performance gains are very well with in line with the what you get from going from an RTX 3050 Ti(45W) to an RTX 2060(160W).

This post was modified 1 month ago
2019 17" Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW (GTX1650) [9th,4C,H] + RTX 3060 Ti @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SR) + Win10 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Joe377
(@joe377)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago
 

@rog195, no stuttering when using the internal graphics with an external display. Yeah the performance gains are what I expected, only reason to use an external montor is for convenience really and maybe a slight performance boost as the graphics card can output direct. 

 

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Rog195
(@rog195)
Active Member
Joined: 4 years ago
 

@joe377, Keep it connected to the iGPU then. You can also do some testing like, have you tried with other monitors? have you tried the booststation with other TB3/4 laptops?

 

2019 17" Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW (GTX1650) [9th,4C,H] + RTX 3060 Ti @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SR) + Win10 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Joe377
(@joe377)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago
 

@rog195, just added a Valley benchmark to my previous build (2017 13″ MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win10) getting better performance on my new laptop which is good news.

 

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

ReplyQuote
Joe377
(@joe377)
Active Member
Joined: 9 months ago
 

Updated to Windows 11 this week and managed to get 3DMark working, added some benchmark results to the original post. Seeing a performance gain now when using an external monitor connected to the eGPU.

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

nando4 liked
ReplyQuote