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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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
 
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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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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@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) 

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