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

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

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pogz
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System specs

Dell Optiplex 3040m
Intel Core i5 6500T 2.5GHz
12 GB DDR3 RAM
Kingston SSDNow 300 240 GB
Windows 10 Pro
Samsung T260HD 1920×1200
 
eGPU hardware
 
EXP GDC Beast 8.5c
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. 

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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.

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