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skyline01
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So I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to computer hardware terminology, I'm struggling to figure out what to buy for an external graphics card setup.

I have a Dell Precision M4800 laptop, with an Intel Core i7-4800MQ 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD Firepro M5100 video card, and this video card simply isn't powerful enough for modern games, so I figured an external graphics card would be a good option. My friends are recommending me to buy a NVIDIA GTX 1050ti (though this can be subject to change), and I'm struggling to figure out what equipment to buy to connect it (things like an exp gdc, etc) and I see youtube videos where they say that you may have to disconnect the wifi card to connect the eGPU, (I live in a university dorm so can't connect directly via ethernet), how do I get around this, how do I know if I have to replace the wifi card? Also do I have to buy a power supply? really any help is appreciated, i'm not great with this stuff

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skyline01
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I have a dell precision m4800 laptop with Intel Core i7-4800MQ 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD Firepro M5100 video card. I'm thinking of buying an NVIDIA GTX 980 or a GTX 1050ti, with EXP GDC 8.0 Beast (expresscard version), and a dell D220P-01 power supply. Will this work? Maybe something else is better? Thanks! 

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007fred50
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Is it possible to get egpu work in linux use:

step 1: (GDC Laptop External PCIE Graphics Video Card)

step 2: Mini PCI-E / USB 3.0 / Conveter Adapter Card with Case

Or shall i use mini-PCIE, and remove the wifi and replase it into motherboard and not USB 3

Question is can i connect egpu into my ubuntu computer, use USB 3?

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nando4
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@007fred50, an eGPU requires a PCIe connection. That can come from a mPCIe, Thunderbolt or expresscard slot. USB 3.0 does not supply PCIe lanes so cannot be used.

 

There are several Linux builds using a mPCIe slot that was factory populated by a wifi card:

https://egpu.io/builds/?table_filter=%22Linux%20mPCIe%22

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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007fred50
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@nando4

How can i create my own E-GPU To my Linux machine ?

with does i need to buy for this gone work for me?

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skyline01
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I have a Dell precision m4800 laptop with an AMD Firepro M5100, I'm planning to buy a NVIDIA GTX 980 with a EXP GDC 8.0 Beast (expresscard version) and a Dell D220P-01 power supply. Will this work? I've heard that if you don't have intel integrated graphics by default you have to connect an external monitor instead, is this true? Any other advice/tips? Thanks really any help is appreciated

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peter12345
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Hi all

I want to install an EGPU to my computer so I can play VR games on EPIC graphics setting. On my computer I have an M.2x4 which I'm using for an SSD drive along with an PCI express mini which is being used by my wifi combo bluetooth. 

From reading its my understanding that I can't use the mPCIe because its too slow, but I'm struggling with using my M.2 from the SSD because its a pain in the butt to run a computer without an SSD.

Is it possible to share the M.2 between and ssd and a GPU? Or maybe to run an ssd from the PCI express mini? I would really like a solution where I can have an ssd and an EGPU.

Kind Regards,
Peter

 

 

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joevt
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Posted by: @peter12345

Is it possible to share the M.2 between and ssd and a GPU? Or maybe to run an ssd from the PCI express mini? I would really like a solution where I can have an ssd and an EGPU.

Yes, all things are possible but will cost more money and be super cumbersome. Sharing an M.2 between SSD and GPU requires a PCIe bridge chip which are very expensive (use a PCIe card with multiple M.2 slots and a PCIe bridge chip). SSD from PCIe express mini is not so expensive but it probably won't fit inside a laptop. Do you have a desktop?

https://www.adt.link/product/R64-Shop.html

mPCIe is limited to 1 lane of PCIe so the SSD won't perform as fast.

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stevewmn
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I have a dumb question about Thunderbolt and power delivery. Right now I'm running a Razer Core X eGPU and a pair of USB hubs on my Yoga 920 to support external drives, keyboard/mouse, laptop cooler, etc. I'd like to consolidate most of my peripherals onto a Thunderbolt Dock but I'm curious about how two Thunderbolt devices with external power would manage supplying power to my laptop. Does the laptop seamlessly choose one power source and just work or is there a potential for conflicts between the two power sources? 

 

Also, would I use up too many Thunderbolt/PCI channels in supporting a Thunderbolt dock and my eGPU?

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joevt
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@stevewmn A laptop with multiple power delivery inputs will only take power from the one that can provide the most power. A laptop that does otherwise should be destroyed and recycled.

Windows can usually always handle Thunderbolt docks. Windows can sometimes handle eGPUs. Can Windows handle eGPU + dock? Won't know until someone tries.

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