Late 2019 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 EGPU Work Around
I did want to bring to surface an issue with the Blade Stealth with dGPU in case it has not already been discussed here (sorry if it already has). Currently, switching between dGPU (GTX 1650) and eGPU requires a re-install of drivers each time.
The drivers are saved on the system, so it's just a matter of scanning for new hardware and installing the drivers found. It's an inconvenience, but either dGPU or eGPU will work once the correct driver is installed. Also the key thing to remember here is that this needs to be repeated each time when swapping from one to the other. The system does not seem to handle both dGPU and eGPU drivers being installed simultaneously.
Whether this is an Nvidia issue, or Microsoft (I'm running the newest Win 10 1909 build), I am not sure. I hope it's a software issue that is corrected in the future, or maybe Razer will update the legacy GPU switcher software.
At any rate, I have really enjoyed the setup as the 13" Stealth w/ the 1650 has been able to handle gaming on the go, while the laptop has also been great for productivity. I use it for work. Wanted to share this in case anyone was looking at a similar setup.
P.S. I noticed Solidfrye disabled the dGPU from a performance standpoint to get higher wattage from the CPU. Did not seem to mention that this needs to be done to simply get the setup to work.
Thank you for the tips. If you are intending to showcase your eGPU configuration, then consider completing a build template and submitting a build.
Sure thing. Less of a showcase of the configuration (although I'd like to do so when I have more time), and more just getting the switching issue with this setup on the forum.
- First, buying the laptop is complicated in Europe, and there is A LOT of wrong data on store (old model, discount not applied, 404, etc ...)
- I read on a lot of sources the CPU is at 15W will speedup at 25W if the dGPU is desactivated
- And now you said you have to install the driver to make the eGPU work ???
I'm really thinking at switching to DELL XPS 13 because if I have to reinstall and desactivate stuff each time want t ogo mobile ... may be I should just drop the dGPU
@jean-philippe_encausse, if you do not need to game on the go, the machines without a dGPU tend to work more seamlessly with eGPUs.
Also, usually have increased battery life. I strongly considered the XPS 13 for my setup. Great laptop and I like the XPS keyboard much better.
Wanting to game sometimes without the egpu led me to the stealth.