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2016 Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 4Gbps-M2 (EXP GDC 8.5) + Win10 [pogz]  

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System specs

Intel Core i5 6500T 2.5GHz
12 GB DDR3 RAM
Kingston SSDNow 300 240 GB
Windows 10 Pro
Samsung T260HD 1920×1200
 
eGPU hardware
 
NGFF Cable
Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB
DeepCool DE-500
 
Hardware pictures

Optiplex 3040 IMG 7747
Optiplex 3040 IMG 7746
 
Installation steps
 
Just like the Optiplex 3020 and 3050 that came before this, the installation is as straightforward as it can be. Remove the hard disk tray, plug in the EXP GDC Beast NGFF connector, return the hard disk tray, plug in the monitor to the video card and all the necessary EXP connections and boot the machine. Upon booting to Windows, I just installed the NVidia drivers and we're all set. Simple, easy, breezy.
 
Benchmarks
 
Unigine Heaven Before & After

Optiplex 3040 Uniengine Heaven Before
Optiplex 3040 Uniengine Heaven After
 
GPUZ Before & After

Optiplex 3040 GPUZ After
Optiplex 3040 GPUZ Before
 
CudaZ After (doesnt work with internal graphics)

Optiplex 3040 CudaZ
 
Other System Related Screenshots

Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 PCIE Video Card
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 PCIE Bus Info
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 PCIE Root Port
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 M2 Slot Populated
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 M2 Slot Empty
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 Main After
Optiplex 3040 HWiNFO64 Main Before
 
Final Thoughts
 
Just like the 3050 and the 3020, these Optiplex Micro form factor machines are awesome for DIY egpu support. If you're planning to pick one up, I do suggest the 3050 (i7 version) and make sure it has the M.2 ssd slot. I have yet to test the ADT-Link implementation for that yet but I assume it would be faster than the NGFF port I had on these machines. The only games I tested for this 3040 was GTA 5 which performed pretty well and PUBG which also performed great depending on your configuration (using the GeForce Experience suggested settings would probably get you more mileage).

Nando advised that these NGFF ports are not being utilized fully. I have yet to study and figure out how to tinker with the BIOS to unlock the full speed. Theres no simple on/off switch in the BIOS and I think it would take me a bit more time to figure it out. Probably soon. 

2016 Dell Optiplex 3050 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [build link]  

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lwape
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Did you have to use the NGFF cable or does the mini PCI-E cable that comes with the EXP GDC also work?

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Posted by: lwape

Did you have to use the NGFF cable or does the mini PCI-E cable that comes with the EXP GDC also work?

The package I got is the NGFF version. I think the mPCIE has a different pin layout and you wont be able to connect it to the NGFF slot.

2016 Dell Optiplex 3050 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [build link]  

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@pogz

Hi, I have the same Optiplex 3040 and I have a few questions about upgrading to eGPU...
First, you mentioned EXP GDC Beast 8.5c and I seem to find only 8th gen, 8.4, not 8.5? the 9th gen is 100$ so I'm not trying to go for that one...
You mentioned 12 GB DDR3 RAM and I seem to have 8 and I wanted to upgrade just one slot to 8gb just like you, so if you have any advice on which one to choose I would be grateful if you could help!
If you had any issues with software please provide me with information because we have identical builds...
And lastly, could you please picture the cable you went with because I'm new at this and in the picture, I cant see underneath hard drive I don't want to buy the wrong one... (I can't imagine type a m.2 fits that slot that we have)
Thanks in advance, sorry for my English.

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Dell 3040 i5-6500t 8gb ram, trying to go for 12gb of ram and eGpu setup with gtx 1060 6gb mini from zotac


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Posted by: @neki_lik

@pogz

Hi, I have the same Optiplex 3040 and I have a few questions about upgrading to eGPU...
First, you mentioned EXP GDC Beast 8.5c and I seem to find only 8th gen, 8.4, not 8.5? the 9th gen is 100$ so I'm not trying to go for that one...
You mentioned 12 GB DDR3 RAM and I seem to have 8 and I wanted to upgrade just one slot to 8gb just like you, so if you have any advice on which one to choose I would be grateful if you could help!
If you had any issues with software please provide me with information because we have identical builds...
And lastly, could you please picture the cable you went with because I'm new at this and in the picture, I cant see underneath hard drive I don't want to buy the wrong one... (I can't imagine type a m.2 fits that slot that we have)
Thanks in advance, sorry for my English.

This is the exact one i bought https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32662292718.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.3aec4c4dg5qK1T  

I bought the cheapest DDR3L i could find. I think its a Kingston. If I remember correctly you just have to make sure its DDR3L (the L i think stands for low power)

Make sure you set the video settings in the BIOS to auto. No other issues, Windows detected it without any problems, installed the driver and we're good to go. 

It is port 10 (slot 1 m.2 written on the board) on the motherboard layout https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/ca/en/cabsdt1/optiplex-3040m-desktop/opti3040m_om/system-board-layout?guid=guid-2b1ce89f-67af-4960-8de9-c016315d2607&lang=en-us M.2 NGFF which looks like this: https://imgur.com/a/lGUy749  

other note:
- if your slot 2 m.2 is available (normally used for nvme drives) i suggest getting an ADT R43 instead. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32830809871.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.3aec4c4dg5qK1T its way faster than the ngff link. (see my build for the 3050 and a screenshot of my benchmarks) 

2016 Dell Optiplex 3050 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [build link]  

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@pogz

Hi, i'm new here so please help me out i have Optiplex 3050m , and i'm confused like which one of the egpu connectors to use like there are R43SL, R43SG, R53, EXP GDC 8.5 AND 9  . how do they all compare to each other ? and price wise which one is worth buying? 

My Optiplex 3050m has I5-7500T processor with 8 gb ram.

and one more thing like which slot should be used the wifi or the m.2 ssd ? and will i need to change any settings in Bios ?

I know its too many questions i'm asking.

sorry for the trouble .. please help thank you

 

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Posted by: @paul5ds

@pogz

Hi, i'm new here so please help me out i have Optiplex 3050m , and i'm confused like which one of the egpu connectors to use like there are R43SL, R43SG, R53, EXP GDC 8.5 AND 9  . how do they all compare to each other ? and price wise which one is worth buying? 

My Optiplex 3050m has I5-7500T processor with 8 gb ram.

and one more thing like which slot should be used the wifi or the m.2 ssd ? and will i need to change any settings in Bios ?

I know its too many questions i'm asking.

sorry for the trouble .. please help thank you

 

The R43 is plugged into the m.2 NVME port (you need to use a SATA drive for your OS) this is more expensive in terms of cost but gives better performance. 

The EXP GDC + NGFF adapter plugs into the WiFI slot (which is normally empty, if its not, you will need a USB wifi adapter). This is cheaper but provides less performance compared to the R43. 

As mentioned in my original post, nothing needs to be changed in the bios, though it might help to turn off WiFi/Bluetooth on the bios as it may conflict with the NGFF slot.

2016 Dell Optiplex 3050 Micro [6th,4C,T] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SL) + Win10 [build link]  

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@pogz

Hi thanks for your help.

so i will get this R43SL and let you how it went.

thank you

 

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@paul5ds, one of the EXP GDC Beasts can connect to M.2 (4 lane PCIe). The ADT-Link R4* solutions are preferred because of better cable quality. The R43SG has some features that might be useful in some situations. I've only ever used the other R4* cables though.
https://geekworm.com/products/exp-gdc-pcie-pci-e-laptop-external-independent-graphics-card-adapter-docking-stations?variant=19396469522490
https://egpu.io/forums/which-gear-should-i-buy/thunderbolt-3-external-drive-slot-m-2-ngff-adapter/paged/6/#post-66913

 

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@joevt

Hi thanks for that but i already ordered the R43sg. I did bit research and found out that its better to get the R43sg than R43SL coz then i would have to do that paperclip thing which sound scary abit. So i ordered the R43SG.

I got gtx 970 , so let's see how it goes. 

 

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