2017 13" Dell XPS 13 9370 [8th,4C,U] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [Exodius]
CPU: Intel i5-8250U
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO
iGPU: Intel UHD 620
OS: Windows 10 Pro
1) Open Razer Core X, install card, close Core X
2) Plug power cord in, attach TB3 cord to laptop and Core X
3) Turn Core X on, turn laptop on. Approve thunderbolt device, then wait for automatic driver install
4) Restart laptop.
After initial setup, eGPU becomes plug and play, no restart or driver installs required. You do have to eject the device before unplugging if the laptop is still on, otherwise, it will result in a blue screen.
Had Rise of the Tomb Raider installed too so here's a benchmark on very high, on the external monitor only.
Having some trouble actually playing the game as it drops to about a 25-30 average in Geothermal Valley and Soviet Installation. Dropping settings to high or even low didn't change the framerate either, so probably weird going on. Might reinstall later and try again.
Finally took the time to do some benchmarks so here we go:
It's been fun. To be honest, with the money I've spent on this setup I could have bought and built an entire gaming PC + a decent laptop, but being able to have all my stuff on one system is just super useful and convenient. The 2060 is quite nice, but I kinda regret picking the Gigabyte (non-gaming) OC. I bought it because it was cheap and had a zero rpm fan mode, but that's kind of useless when the Razer Core X's fans never turn off. Having the eGPU has allowed me to actually play all the games that I wanted to, from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to Apex Legends, except for RotTR, which is having some issues. Overall, a fun project and a nice boost to my laptop.
Hi, thx for your build guide. How reliable are you finding the egpu & xps connection? I just had a XPS 13 9370 which I just returned because the egpu stopped working after some firmware update which came from the Dell Update application. After that I could only get the laptopt to recognize egpu only once after a clean Windows installation. After 1st reboot with a fresh OS egpu is not working anymore.
Also how are you finding the 8gb RAM, do you feel it's enough for a setup like this?
Heyo, super sorry for such a late response. If you're still interested, the eGPU connection has been working just fine since I started using it. However, I don't think I'm on Dell's latest firmware updates, as I don't use their update application, and I have a fresh install of Win10 Pro from when I swapped the original 128GB SSD to a 500GB Samsung 970 EVO.
As for the 8GB of RAM, I think it's sufficient for now, but as I move to newer games, it's becoming more evident that having only 8GB of RAM is limiting me from playing newer AAA titles on ultra settings with the textures demanding more memory. Of course, this may also be because the 2060 only has 6GB of VRAM, so maybe a 1070ti or equivalent like a Vega 56 with 8GB of VRAM might alleviate the issue of RAM in loading textures and things. Otherwise, I think that the 8GB is definitely enough for playing esports titles and stuff at 80-100fps on high settings. It does limit my multitasking ability a bit (chrome why u eat all my ram) but with discord and a game running everything seems to be working fine.