2018 13" Razer Blade Stealth [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Lenovo TB3 GFX Dock) + Win10 [votehart407]
- Razer Stealth 8550U
- -.100 undervolt
- Liquid Metal Repaste
eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)
- Lenovo Graphics Dock – GTX 1050
- MSI Afterburner with slight undervolt – I will keep tweaking to lower temps/noise
Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
- True plug and play after loading Lenovo firmware and drivers
- Updated with latest Nvidia driver with no issue
All benchmarks are on internal screen
Heaven FPS 24, Score 614, Max FPS 52, and Min FPS 7
- 1080p High Preset – 26FPS
- 1080p Medium Preset – 34FPS
- 900p Medium Preset – 43FPS
- 900p Medium Preset with tweaks – 48
Formula 1 2013
- QHD – High Settings – 60FPS
Far Cry 5
- 1080p Normal Preset – 40sFPS
- 1600x900 - high settings - 60fps
- 1600x900 -Normal preset - 60 fps
Metro Last Light
- 1600x900 - Normal preset - 60fps
- 1080p - medium settings - 60fps
- 1600x900 - medium preset no AA - 30-40fps
Splinter Cell Blacklist
- 1600x900 - high settings - 60fps
Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)
My constant objective with PC gaming when traveling is very low noise levels and portability.
Linus had created a video featuring the Stealth with Aorus Gaming Box. I currently have a AW 13 with amplifier and while the setup is clearly the highest performance EGPU option the laptop itself is simply not professional. After seeing the Linus video I thought this might be an alternative to review. A little ultrabook for business and such with a EGPU at the hotel after hours. When I started reviewing the option there are sorts of questions about compatibility and noise with the AGB so I starting looking at the Graphics Dock.
Once the AGB came in the connection was plug and play. Great performance but… the noise was just too loud. The AGB is technically portable but when trying to put in my current luggage there would be no room for much else. Unfortunately, I quickly realized this setup would not meet my objectives. Welcome Lenovo Graphics Dock…
Installation was breezy, on internal screen Far Cry 5 plays at 1080p normal setting between 35-50 fps, it is audible at load but very tolerable and truly portable.
On a very positive note the whole setup with under $1400 with discounts and before taxes.
Anyone want to buy a AW 13 R3 - 😊
Hang onto that AW13 since they don't make them anymore. I got a 2017 AW13R3 earlier this week. Supposedly the Thunderbolt 3 controller attaches directly to the i7-7700K like in its bigger brothers. When I have time, I will redo comparison between the AGA and TB3.
Yeah... The AW 13 will probably stay with me. It is a special laptop. I am curious what they will do next in the portable market. With EGPUs catching on more and more it would be great if they added a AGA connection on the XPS line.
By the way... How hard was it for you to take the Lenovo apart? More importantly how well did it all go back together? I am thinking if I can get temps below 68 then fan noise will be low. Maybe a repaste would help by a few degrees.
To take the Lenovo eGFX apart, you'll need a thin and flexible putty knife. The thick and stiff ones will bend the top aluminum cover. Look at the picture below for reference of the amount of double-side tape you'll need to cut through. I went in from the rear and work slowly to not damage the top cover.
How did you get the internal screen working with the gtx1050? My internal screen is just only working with the intel uhd. But the Dock works well with an external HDMI Monitor connected with the gtx 1050...
I did not doing anything specific to make the internal screen to work. You could disable the Intel GPU in Device Management - Display Adapter. This may force the 1050 to be used.
I may have done this during first setup but I know I did not do this every time I used the egpu.
Thanks for your fast answer. I will try that (again) after a new install of the tb3 and dock driver. Maybe it's because of them...
I will give you an update..
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That’s so odd. You would think the two Lenovos would pair nicely. It worked with the Stealth but not with the Razer Blade 14. EGPU are odd creatures.
Only other option is a fresh install or an alternative EGPU.