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YourLittleInnerFight
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Hello egpu.io

I'm currently using a Thinkpad X1E with an Akitio Node housing a 1070, which worked great at 1080p, but with my new 1440p monitor it's starting to falter. What would you recommend as an upgrade? I'm willing to entertain various price points, but I'd rather not exceed $700 or so. 60 fps is my goal here, I know eGPUs struggle with 144.

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I'm using an Asus Strix RTX 2070 OC Edition on a 16:10 2560x1600 panel (LG Gram 17) with a sonnet breakway box 550. Everything I throw at it is working fantastically at the highest detail levels at native resolution. This is even on the notebook panel as I don't have an external monitor. You can get an RTX 2070 for much less than $700.

I bought this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1440484-REG/asus_rog_strix_rtx2070_o8g_gam_republic_of_gamers_strix.html

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YourLittleInnerFight
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Posted by: odin

I'm using an Asus Strix RTX 2070 OC Edition on a 16:10 2560x1600 panel (LG Gram 17) with a sonnet breakway box 550. Everything I throw at it is working fantastically at the highest detail levels at native resolution. This is even on the notebook panel as I don't have an external monitor. You can get an RTX 2070 for much less than $700.

I bought this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1440484-REG/asus_rog_strix_rtx2070_o8g_gam_republic_of_gamers_strix.html

That sounds like an awfully large jump in performance considering the 2070 is considered a bit faster than a 1080. Could I get some specific performance data please?

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OliverB
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Posted by: YourLittleInnerFight
Posted by: odin

I'm using an Asus Strix RTX 2070 OC Edition on a 16:10 2560x1600 panel (LG Gram 17) with a sonnet breakway box 550. Everything I throw at it is working fantastically at the highest detail levels at native resolution. This is even on the notebook panel as I don't have an external monitor. You can get an RTX 2070 for much less than $700.

I bought this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1440484-REG/asus_rog_strix_rtx2070_o8g_gam_republic_of_gamers_strix.html

That sounds like an awfully large jump in performance considering the 2070 is considered a bit faster than a 1080. Could I get some specific performance data please?

There should not be much difference between a RTX2070 and a GTX1080 in terms of performance.

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jerry Kansai
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Get 2080/1080ti, you’re facing TB3 bandwidth limitation so with 2070/1080 you would struggle on triple A title like Division 2 on 1440p, here’s some 1440p dx12 timespy comparison (take a look at graphics score, physical may be vary due the cpu)
1080ti
1080
2080
2070

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YourLittleInnerFight
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Posted by: Joikansai

Get 2080/1080ti, you’re facing TB3 bandwidth limitation so with 2070/1080 you would struggle on triple A title like Division 2 on 1440p, here’s some 1440p dx12 timespy comparison (take a look at graphics score, physical may be vary due the cpu)
1080ti
1080
2080
2070

Is there much merit in a 1080 ti over a 2080? Price wise they're similar, but as far as I've gathered so is their performance, so it seems like getting the newer card would make sense.
Unless there's a source of relatively affordable 1080tis I'm unaware of.

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Also keep in mind the 400W PSU inside your AKiTiO may not be able to handle the GTX 1080 Ti. I have not tried/heard power issues using the RTX 2080 in this enclosure. My recommendation would be the RTX 2070.

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OliverB
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Posted by: YourLittleInnerFight

Is there much merit in a 1080 ti over a 2080? Price wise they're similar, but as far as I've gathered so is their performance, so it seems like getting the newer card would make sense.
Unless there's a source of relatively affordable 1080tis I'm unaware of.

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From pure performance they should perform about the same, but there are differences:
 
Pro 2080:
-Newer cards
-Raytracing (if you need it)
-DLSS (if you need it)

Pro 1080Ti:
-RAM. 11 GB vs 8GB,
-MacOSX compatible (High Sierra)
-There are very strong non-reference cards
-Games may be better optimised for it (still)

IMO: At this moment, GTX 1080 Ti has the upper hand, for its "Pro" reason, but this may change when Raytracing and DLSS well become more important.

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
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jerry Kansai
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Posted by: YourLittleInnerFight
Posted by: Joikansai

Get 2080/1080ti, you’re facing TB3 bandwidth limitation so with 2070/1080 you would struggle on triple A title like Division 2 on 1440p, here’s some 1440p dx12 timespy comparison (take a look at graphics score, physical may be vary due the cpu)
1080ti
1080
2080
2070

Is there much merit in a 1080 ti over a 2080? Price wise they're similar, but as far as I've gathered so is their performance, so it seems like getting the newer card would make sense.
Unless there's a source of relatively affordable 1080tis I'm unaware of.

If price is same of course you should go with 2080. Here in Germany 2080 is often getting sale on €600ish. But if I can find good 1080ti under €500 I would probably go with 1080ti, most games isn’t supported dx12 yet that take advantage from newer rtx cards. With those cards you’ll use it longer and play better on 1440p than lower cards on egpu setting.

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Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor

 
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