2018 15" Lenovo Thinkpad P52 (Q P3200) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Ra...
 
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2018 15" Lenovo Thinkpad P52 (Q P3200) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core) + Win10  

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Joseph Hawker
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System Specs

eGPU Hardware

Installation Steps

If you want the Quadro card and the GeForce card working together, follow these instructions. If your eGPU is also a Quadro card the card should be plug and play, requiring only drivers and software for the enclosure. These instructions should work for anyone wanting to run their system with a Quadro GPU and a GeForce eGPU. In theory, it should also work the other way around, but your mileage should vary.

  1. Download and install the NVIDIA studio drivers on the laptop.
    • This step may be able to be skipped, but better safe than sorry.
    • If using a Quadro eGPU with a laptop that has a Quadro GPU, this step should be skipped.
    • If using a GeForce eGPU with a laptop that has a GeForce GPU, this step should be skipped.
    • If using any eGPU on any laptop that has only an Intel iGPU, this step must be skipped.
    • The Studio drivers from NVIDIA (which can be found when looking for regular GeForce drivers) contain the drivers for both the GeForce cards and the Quadro cards.
  2. Plug in the eGPU and authorize connecting to the device with the Thunderbolt control software.
    • If mixing Quadro and GeForce GPUs/eGPUs, the enclosure should be detected with a GPU present, but the drivers for the GPU won't be loaded (yet).
  3. Disable the Quadro dGPU in the device manager and reboot the computer.
    • This will force the computer to load the drivers for the new eGPU so we can install the correct drivers
  4. Install the NVIDIA studio drivers for the GeForce eGPU.
    • Installing GeForce Experience is wasted here, so don't install GeForce Experience.
  5. Re-enable the Quadro dGPU in the device manager and reboot the computer.
    • This will force the computer to load the Studio drivers for both cards and start both GPUs at the same time.
  6. Both GPUs should now load correct drivers and be visible.

Benchmarks

None included here as this really only verifies functionality of having a Quadro card mixed with a GeForce eGPU with both cards enabled.

Comments

This procedure allows for running both the Quadro GPU and the GeForce GPU at the same time, on the same system. It also verifies that it is possible to do this.

Thinkpad P52 (P3200) + 1080 Ti, both GPUs working

 
2018 15" Lenovo Thinkpad P52 (Q P3200) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core) + Win10 [build link]  


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