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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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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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Posted by: YourLittleInnerFight
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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

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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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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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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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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Posted by: YourLittleInnerFight
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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

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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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.

My GTX 1080 Ti model uses about 240W even under load (says GPU-Z). I cannot tell if this could too much for a AKiTiO, but the Asus XG Station Pro handles it easily. Of course, it doesn't load my notebook, so this has to be considered. With a RTX2070 you are on the safe side, of course.

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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.

I think I saw Blade user here rbfreak? Have Aktio node when I’m not wrong using 1080ti and then later 2080ti or 2080, not quite remember, always remember because he tried always on first new product launch and spotted on 3Dmark rangking since we have same cpu model on Razer Blade
Edit: found him.
I found also this video, Aktio and 1080ti with MBP as host.

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Posted by: Joikansai
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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

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.

I'll probably get a 2080 then, though I must ask--do you know much about the Radeon VII in an eGPU setup? I figured it's worth considering given the similar price point.

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If you want 60fps 1440P guaranteed you will need RTX 2080 or 1080 Ti or Radeon VII

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

What games have you been playing exactly? I'd be interested in specifics. I'm willing to pay for a 2080, but $700+ is tough to swallow.

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

What games have you been playing exactly? I'd be interested in specifics. I'm willing to pay for a 2080, but $700+ is tough to swallow.

So far the games I've tried that are "modern" since I bought the egpu:
Titanfall 2
Metro: Last Light Redux
Civ VI, not very demanding
Risk of Rain 2, that's not super demanding looking...
replayed Dark Messiah of Might and Magic which runs well on integrated graphics so that's not relevant really but it was much better, I played about half of it in the iGPU and had to turn a couple things down..
MTG: Arena which is also not very demanding

I played them all at native res (2560x1600) and they play extremely smoothly with all the details cranked up. I don't sit there and watch frame rate counters I just go by how it feels to play it. I would imagine someone using an external monitor connected to the 2070 would probably gain about 10-15% at 1600p, probably maybe even more at 1440p. Seems the higher the resolution with eGPUs the lower the tax is for using the internal display.

If there's a game you want me to try out I can install it if I own it. I haven't bought a large number of recent titles in the last year because I've been trying to get through my backlog of good games I haven't played. I still have Rise of the TR, Crysis 3, Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate as my nexts, so that's how far behind I am. I'll probably buy Rage 2 next week as well, because it looks fun. I don't really care for multiplayer stuff much these days so I've never even bothered installing any recent CoD, R6, PUBG, Fortnight or any of those ever.

I came directly from a Tornado F5 which had a 7700K and a full fat GTX 1080, so It's not like I don't know what performs well. These are just the games I've tried so far. I'm the kind of gamer that tends to just go by gameplay feel, I don't really fret over 10fps here and there as long as my games are playing well. In other words, I'm not a benchmark junkie.

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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

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.

I'll probably get a 2080 then, though I must ask--do you know much about the Radeon VII in an eGPU setup? I figured it's worth considering given the similar price point.

No i don’t have attention at amd cards since Vega 64 is already not compatible on my enclosure, and having windows laptop with quite powerful dgpu I need at least 1080ti equals power. Beside I play mostly games with my battle station and work mostly on windows, beside my MacBook Pro has old Thunderbolt port so I don’t see the need of AMD cards. If you’re checking the reseller price, here in Germany 2080 and Radeon 7 sometimes goes to discount on €600 ish. What I know from Radeon 700 and amd high end cards, they’re not as great as nvidia cards on average, on some games tech using...forgot...open cl? They seem perform better than equals nvidia cards but most developers not develop this technology, so for gaming 2080 is better imo.

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

Been doing some reading and watching today and a Vega 56 can be tweaked to beat a 2070... and non tweaked its not miles behind. At current prices it's hard to recommend a 2070 IMO.

Happy to be proven wrong (as I love the ref design 2070's).

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I basically bought this strix 2070 for reasons

1) it's known to be super quiet, which it is I can't hear it 3 feet from my ear. Which is important as my wife complains if she hears fans..
2) it's fast enough to drive this panel native res
3) I might see what's what for RTX features at some point. I know there's a demo where Radeon cards did some RT decently, but that same dev (Crytek) admitted the nvidia RTX cars should be way faster, and that's their next move. I'd like to take advantage of some of that later this year.
4) price was in my budget, I had enough for the ceiling I set myself for the 2080 strix but I wanted to leave that budget room for a few games coming soon.
5) did I say it's known to be super quiet.. lol
6) I didn't want to have to tweak it, I just wanted to plug it in and go, I like that it's "OC'd" OOTB. Though I think nVidia is just shipping these factory OC'd metal for everything now if I recall from reading an article about the A vs non-A chips recently.

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

What games have you been playing exactly? I'd be interested in specifics. I'm willing to pay for a 2080, but $700+ is tough to swallow.

So far the games I've tried that are "modern" since I bought the egpu:
Titanfall 2
Metro: Last Light Redux
Civ VI, not very demanding
Risk of Rain 2, that's not super demanding looking...
replayed Dark Messiah of Might and Magic which runs well on integrated graphics so that's not relevant really but it was much better, I played about half of it in the iGPU and had to turn a couple things down..
MTG: Arena which is also not very demanding

I played them all at native res (2560x1600) and they play extremely smoothly with all the details cranked up. I don't sit there and watch frame rate counters I just go by how it feels to play it. I would imagine someone using an external monitor connected to the 2070 would probably gain about 10-15% at 1600p, probably maybe even more at 1440p. Seems the higher the resolution with eGPUs the lower the tax is for using the internal display.

If there's a game you want me to try out I can install it if I own it. I haven't bought a large number of recent titles in the last year because I've been trying to get through my backlog of good games I haven't played. I still have Rise of the TR, Crysis 3, Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate as my nexts, so that's how far behind I am. I'll probably buy Rage 2 next week as well, because it looks fun. I don't really care for multiplayer stuff much these days so I've never even bothered installing any recent CoD, R6, PUBG, Fortnight or any of those ever.

I came directly from a Tornado F5 which had a 7700K and a full fat GTX 1080, so It's not like I don't know what performs well. These are just the games I've tried so far. I'm the kind of gamer that tends to just go by gameplay feel, I don't really fret over 10fps here and there as long as my games are playing well. In other words, I'm not a benchmark junkie.

I'd be interested to see Unity benchmarked; the Assassin's Creed series doesn't tend to play nicely with eGPUs, and maybe Titanfall for a more general test. 

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

What games have you been playing exactly? I'd be interested in specifics. I'm willing to pay for a 2080, but $700+ is tough to swallow.

So far the games I've tried that are "modern" since I bought the egpu:
Titanfall 2
Metro: Last Light Redux
Civ VI, not very demanding
Risk of Rain 2, that's not super demanding looking...
replayed Dark Messiah of Might and Magic which runs well on integrated graphics so that's not relevant really but it was much better, I played about half of it in the iGPU and had to turn a couple things down..
MTG: Arena which is also not very demanding

I played them all at native res (2560x1600) and they play extremely smoothly with all the details cranked up. I don't sit there and watch frame rate counters I just go by how it feels to play it. I would imagine someone using an external monitor connected to the 2070 would probably gain about 10-15% at 1600p, probably maybe even more at 1440p. Seems the higher the resolution with eGPUs the lower the tax is for using the internal display.

If there's a game you want me to try out I can install it if I own it. I haven't bought a large number of recent titles in the last year because I've been trying to get through my backlog of good games I haven't played. I still have Rise of the TR, Crysis 3, Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate as my nexts, so that's how far behind I am. I'll probably buy Rage 2 next week as well, because it looks fun. I don't really care for multiplayer stuff much these days so I've never even bothered installing any recent CoD, R6, PUBG, Fortnight or any of those ever.

I came directly from a Tornado F5 which had a 7700K and a full fat GTX 1080, so It's not like I don't know what performs well. These are just the games I've tried so far. I'm the kind of gamer that tends to just go by gameplay feel, I don't really fret over 10fps here and there as long as my games are playing well. In other words, I'm not a benchmark junkie.

I'd be interested to see Unity benchmarked; the Assassin's Creed series doesn't tend to play nicely with eGPUs, and maybe Titanfall for a more general test. 

I installed AC: Unity. Cranking everything I can find up to max details at 2560x1600 on the internal display and using the uplay FPS counter it seems like it ranges between 40-60. I am luckily still in the part of the game where there's a humongous crowd outside that one area yelling and screaming at the gate.. It was sitting at 40-43 running around that area. Still definitely playable without a doubt. If I run around town with normal crowd density it typically sits in the 50s. 

If I bump the res down to 1200p 16:10, the FPS in that crowded area stays in the low 50s. This is still with everything turned to max.

EDIT: looking at this framerate at 1440p with a 1080 + a much better CPU (it's OC'D to 4.5 .. wow, that's insane for an i7- 5820K)  in a very non-intense scene (read.. no crowd clutter) I'm pretty happy where the performance is landing given i'm using TB3 on an internal display:

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Microcenter has the Strix 2070 OC on sale for a great price: https://www.microcenter.com/product/513536/rog-strix-geforce-rtx-2070-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card ! Only $505 after rebate. That's a damn good deal for a good 2070, they are extremely quiet as well.  They also have the 2080 version on sale at $775 after rebate: https://www.microcenter.com/product/511344/rog-strix-gaming-geforce-rtx-2080-overclocked-triple-fan-8gb-gddr6-pcie-video-card . It's a tad bit over your stated budget though.

I see a lot of people saying the 2070 can't do 1440p/60, but I'm running games at 2560x1600 off the INTERNAL DISPLAY and they play like butter. Shrug.

What games have you been playing exactly? I'd be interested in specifics. I'm willing to pay for a 2080, but $700+ is tough to swallow.

So far the games I've tried that are "modern" since I bought the egpu:
Titanfall 2
Metro: Last Light Redux
Civ VI, not very demanding
Risk of Rain 2, that's not super demanding looking...
replayed Dark Messiah of Might and Magic which runs well on integrated graphics so that's not relevant really but it was much better, I played about half of it in the iGPU and had to turn a couple things down..
MTG: Arena which is also not very demanding

I played them all at native res (2560x1600) and they play extremely smoothly with all the details cranked up. I don't sit there and watch frame rate counters I just go by how it feels to play it. I would imagine someone using an external monitor connected to the 2070 would probably gain about 10-15% at 1600p, probably maybe even more at 1440p. Seems the higher the resolution with eGPUs the lower the tax is for using the internal display.

If there's a game you want me to try out I can install it if I own it. I haven't bought a large number of recent titles in the last year because I've been trying to get through my backlog of good games I haven't played. I still have Rise of the TR, Crysis 3, Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate as my nexts, so that's how far behind I am. I'll probably buy Rage 2 next week as well, because it looks fun. I don't really care for multiplayer stuff much these days so I've never even bothered installing any recent CoD, R6, PUBG, Fortnight or any of those ever.

I came directly from a Tornado F5 which had a 7700K and a full fat GTX 1080, so It's not like I don't know what performs well. These are just the games I've tried so far. I'm the kind of gamer that tends to just go by gameplay feel, I don't really fret over 10fps here and there as long as my games are playing well. In other words, I'm not a benchmark junkie.

I'd be interested to see Unity benchmarked; the Assassin's Creed series doesn't tend to play nicely with eGPUs, and maybe Titanfall for a more general test. 

Assassin Creed unity isn’t as demanding as new series, Origins and unity, I was meaning to that new series due Ubisoft new drm layer that apparently renders slower with TB3 bandwidth.

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I don't own Origins or Odyssey or I'd give those a go. I'm definitely not opposed to turning down some details here and there to get it playing well, but if the DRM is sending tons of info back and forth to the GPU just for DRM purposes that's definitely going to put a damper on a system relying on 4x PCIe instead of 16x.

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