Ryzen 4000 laptop + M.2 PCIE 3.0 egpu - could this be a good option?
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Ryzen 4000 laptop + M.2 PCIE 3.0 egpu - could this be a good option?  


Miroslav Lakota
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As Ryzen 4000 laptops are starting to pop up, I am getting a bit puzzled about how to get some good gaming experience for the next few years (5?) without needing to buy a new laptop after 3 years. It seems to me that mobile GPUs become outdated faster than mobile CPUs.

I was thinking of getting a laptop with a Ryzen 4000 CPU and a good performing dGPU (GTX 1650 TI? or even RX5700M/RTX 2060?) for now and in a few years get M.2 PCIE 3.0 eGPU as an upgrade (possibly with a GPU with raytracing, when it gets mainstream).

Do you think this is a good idea, or shall I expect from PCIE 3.0 x 4 to be simply too slow in 3 years? Or is it better to get an older Intel laptop?

I was also thinking of building a desktop since I do not need to game outside of the home, however, since most of the time I am gaming while being on the couch, it might be a bit unpractical. And I would still need at least a cheap laptop for general purpose tasks, university and multimedia content.

Thank you!

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@miroslav_lakota, At this moment the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is a very good M.2 eGPU host laptop. It has a Ryzen 7 4800HS CPU and GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q dGPU. There are two M.2 NVMe slots so you can use one for the eGPU adapter. Performance through the M.2 slot should be similar to PCH x4 dGPU.


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