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stangerang
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Hi everyone,
 
First time poster. Just curious, but is it possible to have a "dual" gpu mining rig between an external gpu and a laptop gpu? I have an Asus 3070 laptop that I bought a while ago, and mined on it every now and then, which gave me pretty good results. I got my hands on a MSI 3070 gpu at MSRP (I really wanted a 3090, but they did not come on the truck that day), so I got this.
I'm using the Mantiz Saturn Pro enclosure that works very well, but now my laptop gpu is no longer being used, the eGPU has taken over (my dumbass did not do enough research on this). So, when I mine, only the eGPU is mining, which technically isn't bad since its hashing more than the laptop gpu. But, I was hoping both would be able to mine together.
Is there any way around this? Is it possible?
 
Thanks everyone.
 

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itsage
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@stangerang, Yes it's possible. Here's a build I did with the Alienware 13R3 [build link]. Besides the GTX 1060 dGPU, there were 3x eGPUs running through Thunderbolt 3 port, Alienware Amplifier port, and M.2 socket.

 

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stangerang
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@itsage, That, is a very interesting build. Something that I may look into the future with Smile

However, I'm not sure if I found anything regarding getting the internal GPU to be used at the same time with the eGPU?

If so, then I may have missed it. Can you point that out please?

 

Edit: My laptop is a Asus TUF F15 with a 3070, and 1 Thunderbolt 4 port. I was thinking of, maybe purchasing an older Asus laptop with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports for a possible 2 eGPU set up with that, since the internal gpu is just the intel card. Your page will be a good guide for that!

 

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itsage
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@stangerang, If you use Nvidia cards, Windows will have an easier time handling multiple eGPUs. I have a build with the ASUS TUF Dash F15 too. It's a great machine for eGPU. I was able to pair an eGPU through the M.2 socket [build link]. 

 

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stangerang
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@itsage, That's good to know, because I do plan on buying more Nvidia cards (when they are actually accessible for MSRP). Getting a 2nd or even 3rd eGPU to work on a single laptop will be awesome!

 

But in the meantime, is there anything I can do do get the Nvidia 3070 laptop gpu to mine with my 3070 desktop eGPU? As it stands now, its only mining with the 3070 eGPU, while the 3070 laptop gpu is not functioning at all.

 

Edit: It seems that I have the exact Asus laptop that you have!

 

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itsage
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@stangerang, I have not tried any mining software with eGPU setup so unfortunately I can't comment on how to get both working. I would say to use DDU to remove Nvidia drivers first, then manually install the latest drivers when both dGPU and eGPU are present to see if that makes a difference.

 

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stangerang
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@itsage, hmmmm, alright, I will give it some thought with uninstalling, then reinstalling the latest drivers. Because once the eGPU was installed through the Thunderbolt 4 port, did the driver install and restarted, it seems that the eGPU is now the primary gpu while the 3070 dGPU is completely shut off. I tried hitting the "connect" button in the 3070 dGPU tab under the Nvidia control panel, but no such luck. 

Perhaps the 3070 dGPU can be turned back on through the device control panel, so both are active at the same time?  

 

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itsage
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@stangerang, I typically don't install GeForce Now because it can change settings. You can also look in Device Manager to make sure the RTX 3070 dGPU is not disabled.

 

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stangerang
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@itsage, I just tried uninstalling, then reinstalling the laptop 3070, which turned the dGPU on, but then the eGPU turned off. So then I reinstalled the eGPU, then the laptop3070 turned off. I tried updating the drivers, but the latest drivers are already on. I can't win, lol.

 

Hmmmm....haven't given up though.

 

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stangerang
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@, itsage EUREKA!!! IT worked! 😛 

 

Well I followed your advice, and even took a look at your Asus TUF build, and carefully followed the instructions you used by using DDU to uninstall, then reinstall the drivers, and it worked beautifully!! 

I posted by dilemma last week on Reddit, with no response. I found and posted on this forum today, and less then 24hrs I get a informative response with great advice.

Thank you so much 🙂 

I'm looking forward to sticking around and learning more from this board!

 

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