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SMRTG
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Uh sorry I'm totally new in these stuff, what is the m.2? And how do I check it on my laptop? I saw the link you posted but I'd appreciate it if you told me with words I can understand lel.  

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Benc12
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You are better off buying a gaming laptop that's the same price as the Asus that is.

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drax392
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Posted by: SMRTG
Uh sorry I'm totally new in these stuff, what is the m.2? And how do I check it on my laptop? I saw the link you posted but I'd appreciate it if you told me with words I can understand lel.  

He's saying your wifi adapter is connected using an "M.2" PCIe slot, if this slot can be accessed easily then you have the potential to connect an eGPU to that slot and have the wires run out of your laptop somehow.  It's quite a hack, IMO.

A better route, if possible, would be to return or sell the laptop you have and get a gaming laptop that has a proper port to use with an eGPU.

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demo_36
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Hi, i have a lenovo z50-70 with i7 4510U

There's an mpcie slot available once i remove the wlan card, not sure what connection the optical drive on it uses but it seems like its ngff.

what should i go with for the gpu i can go for around a 180$ gpu

And if I'm a bit tight on the budget should i drop one of the costlier 'to 16x' adapters and use a cheaper one? Also will i be able to use the card with the internal gpu?

 

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t3rminat04
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Greetings fellow "e-gpuers",

I'm fairly new to this entire egpu scene and would love to have help from this forum.

Current setup:

Dell Inspiron n5110

I5-2450m @2.5ghz

8gb DDR3

Gt52m.

I've a beast v8 and I'm planning on purchasing the 1050ti 4gb DDR5 with a compatible smps.

Few questions I've in mind:

1. Banggood webpage for beast v8 says "not too compatible with 1050 and 1050ti". Is this true or false?

2. Is the proposed setup viable or should I downgrade to 730 4gb DDR5/gtx 750 ti 2gb DDR5

3. What problems can arise with the proposed setup?

Kindly help solve my queries.

Thank you

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thegameplayer
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Thanks for this post, Nando.

I really wanted to try this setup but my Asus Gl552VW does not support NVMe even though it looks like a M.2 PCIe slot, it's really a SATA 3 one. 

It looks like this: 

Do you think this would still work on my motherboard if it's a SATA slot? Or is the lower bandwidth not worth the upgrade from 960m if I tried a 970 on it?

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nando4
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Does my Asus Gl552VW have a PCIe M.2 port so could implement the eGPU like in this thread?

@thegameplayer, there appears to be confusion on the net whether your laptop has a PCIe M.2 slot or not. There's users who have definitely confirmed M.2 SATA functionality which is the bad news. The glimmer of hope is your 6th-Gen i-core HQ CPU's C230 PCH Intel chipset has certain ports that could be muxed through as either PCIe and SATA. A user could install either a PCIe or SATA device into those ports.  This Intel call Flex I/O. As from https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/100-series-chipset-datasheet-vol-1.pdf

C230 chipset

 

So use hwinfo64 and interrogate the system to see if you have any of these ports for intended eGPU use:

  • SATA port 0 - can be Flex I/O configured as PCIe port 9 or 13 (though question remains, did ASUS wire it electrically as x4?)
  • PCIe port 1, 5, 9, 13, 17 - these can be configured as x4  ports

 

If so, then need a BIOS to configure the x4 port for use. If the BIOS doesn't do it, then (1) are they electrically wired for x4 - inspect systemboard to try and see. If so then would need to modify the ME firmware bootstraps using Intel's fitc utility to set the port as x4. Suggest jump on win-raid.com if go down that path: http://www.win-raid.com/t596f39-Intel-Management-Engine-Drivers-Firmware-amp-System-Tools.html

 

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thegameplayer
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@nando64, unfortunately this is how my HWinfo looks like:

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Not a GL552VW but this ROG model has NVMe functionality:

nvme mobo

My only hope would be replacing the Wifi card with an x1 NGFF adapter i think.

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Side question, if i were to use the x1 8 Gbps slot, how much drop in performance will I get compared to x4 32Gbps?

 

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nando4
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@thegameplayer, would have been a nice bonus having a x4 3.0 M.2 port. Nevermind. A 8Gbps M.2 (PCIe) eGPU will give respectable performance.   Just note precautions pertaining to error 43 in the Buyer Guide if going ahead with it:

https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2017/#m2-interface

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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thegameplayer
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@nando

The NGFF adapters do not support 3.0 x1 speeds, only 2.0 x1 is this correct? I don't think I can take advantage of 8 Gb/s, only 4 🙁

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