Daisy Chain or AIO?
Hey everyone, newb here.
So I'm about to purchase a decent laptop and I have a dual monitor setup at home already with an outdated PC, 4th gen i7, ddr3 ram, etc but has a 1080ti.
I'm thinking about scraping the PC or selling for cheap and keep the GPU.
How I'd go about setting my laptop with my setup with 1 cable connection only? I like the simplicity of having it all docked and tucked away but I hear a lot of compability issues that concern me so I'll list out ALL the components I need connected to the laptop.
-27" monitor HDMI or DisplayPort
-29" monitor HDMI or DisplayPort
-USB Hub (has it's own power supply)
*This sound card I have is firewire connected so here I either get a new one with USB connection or maybe a eGPU enclosure with a second PCI extension for a firewire connection?
I'm not sure what issues I may run with connecting it all like that but it sure would be sweet. Anyone using an eGPU as docking for all this like the Core v2 or Akitio Node Duo? Would any of these 2 work at all or would I need to daisy chain it to a specific dock station? In other words, what you guys reckon are my options here?
For a laptop I'm looking at a Clevo PC50DD2:
i7-10875H, RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4 2933 Kingston HyperX, 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe
@ricardorbc, What I've learned is to never use a USB hub (powered or not) when you have an eGPU enclosure connected. If you're after a one-TB3-cable solution, buying an eGPU enclosure with dual TB3 controller and expansion ports is the best route. At the moment, Mantiz Saturn Pro is the best option. The sound card may need to be an external USB for it to work through the eGPU enclosure.
So I spoke to Mantiz and they shipped me one, I have it here but in order for my desktop setup to work I'll need a 2meter thunderbolt3 cable... Mantiz provided me with a 0.7m cable.
I got my eyes on a mantiz or caldigit active cable for this but, I have another question as I read about it not supporting displayport...?!
I want to close the lid and connect the laptop to my Mantiz MZ-03 Saturn Pro II via a 2m Thunderbolt3 cable that has a GTX 1080ti and connected to that graphics card I have a 4k HDMI display and a 1080p ultra wide displayport display. Will a 2m active cable that officially says it doesn't support displayport work? Or is it a different thing?
I really need the dual monitor setup to work.
@ricardorbc, The 2m cable supports Thunderbolt. The eGPU connects to the laptop using Thunderbolt. Therefore, the cable can be used to do the connection. There is no DisplayPort happening between the laptop and the eGPU. The GPU in the eGPU outputs DisplayPort or HDMI via a DisplayPort or HDMI cable.
For the 2m Thunderbolt cable, no DisplayPort support means it cannot be connected to a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode but not Thunderbolt.
@joevt, thank you, that's exactly the reply I was waiting for.
And it is what I thought but because I had no way to test it out or find any info online, I wanted to make sure before buying it.