Alienware proprietary eGPU cable in DIY enclosure.
Sooo, to start I’m fairly new to whole eGPU community. I own and use Alienware 17 R3 with is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 and Alienware proprietary connector. (From now on AWP, if I may)
I’ve seen some tests that showed that connection via AWP is faster than via TB 3 because it connects directly to CPU rather than passing thru motherboard. Also if I use AWP I’ll have free TB3 to use for external SSDs I plan to get.
I also really like the idea of making my own case so I can fit any GPU I want, play with a design and maybe change some stuff later on. Also I really like using stuff I made and putting my newly found experience to use in another projects.
Now for the question I have, do you know about some way to connect GPU in DIY enclosure via AWP or is this just to overcomplicated and I should either use TB3 or get AW graphics amplifier?
Thanks for your time you had to spend reading this and I wish everybody great day.
@cz_aviator, If you were to build something DIY, go with an M.2 eGPU adapter such as ADT-Link R43SG. I have paired my AW13R3 with three eGPUs using AGA connector, Thunderbolt 3 port, and M.2 socket [build link]. All three can run concurrently and AGA connection is best. You can check out my review of the Alienware Graphics Amplifier from summer 2017.
@itsage, Thank you for your advice.
I have one more question if you may, sorry if it was asked and answered somewhere else.
When I use eGPU, for instance, with 550W power supply can I efficiently use GPU that requires more power than that (something like 650W)? Also dump question but I rather ask dump questions than cry later...If I use significantly less power demanding GPU with high wattage power supply, can’t I burn it by any chance (Assumed that I wire everything correctly)?