Recommended eGPU and Laptop for 3D modelling workstation replacement
From what I have read so far, it seems as if the far majority uses eGPUs for gaming purposes.
However, I am very intrigued about the potential for using eGPUs as workstation replacement instead, equipped with NVIDiA quadro series and paired with a sleek but powerful laptop, with an adequate CPU (particularly with high single core speed)z
The setup would be required to excel at handling 3d modeling software like Revit and rendering software. The performance of Revit is highly depending on single core speed rather than additional multicore.
Has anybody in here attempted to build such a setup? We are a whole group of architects enthusiastic about knowing if we could reap benefits from turning our heads this way.
@kaspermiller Given what's currently available I'd recommend the Alienware M15R2. Alienware laptops are the only hosts with both a Thunderbolt 3 port and Alienware Graphics Amplifier. These ports have PCIe connection to the CPU directly vs. Thunderbolt 3 through the PCH in most laptops. The AGA also has less performance loss compared to Thunderbolt 3 interface. It's nice to have multiple choices including using both at the same time. I had an older AW15R3 in this build with two Nvidia eGPUs.
Thank you for your very fast response. I have certainly been looking into the Alienware laptop in mention, however, in the case of that particular laptop, I believe it is equipped with adequate hardware to run the mentioned software. I have read and watched quite a few reviews of this new release, of which many claimed that this model has issues with thermals. In addition, it is not quite sleek. The razer blade on the other hand, is slightly more appealing, as I would prefer a lightweight laptop that fits in a briefcase and can be easily transported around.
What I had hoped, was to prevent having to purchase several individual machines. I keep my pc very organised, and hence I appreciate only having to update and maintain one machine. If I were to buy a workstation desktop, a powerful laptop and a Microsoft Surface for on-the-go usage, it would be a frustration to me. Therefore, I do hope to be able to setup an adequate all-in-one solution.
Now, I do have a kickarse desktop in my office, so the laptop should primarily function as complimentary for weekend and evening work. It does not necessarily need to be equally powerful to a high end desktop, though obviously, the faster the better.
DO you have any lighter machines in mind than the Alienware M15 R2, or would the CPU's in such machines simply make the eGPU superflous?
If you prefer ultrabook, I'd recommend waiting for i7-10710U options become available. They won't match the 45W CPU performance but the footprint is definitely much better. Here's our ultrabook buyers guide that details different configurations and models to look for.