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Jim 80
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Hi guys,

I'm looking for some help here. I've been toying with an eGPU setup for a few months and have finally found the time to pull it together... it's not going too well!

The laptop is an MSI GS65 with a 1070 Max-Q dGPU. I've tested the nVidia RTX in a desktop chassis, and it's all working fine.

Anyway, plug and play with the XG Station seems to be a distant dream. When I connect the Thunderbolt 3, the XG Station's fans spin up and the (external) monitor flashes a bit, then... nothing.

I've tried with and without the Asus Hotplug Tool, but the eGPU connection never shows up in Windows and nor does the external nVidia card.

I've fully upgraded all the drivers that I can think of; disabled the dGPU, re-enabled it; upgraded the BIOS, but I can't get Windows to see the eGPU at all.

It seems like there should be some BIOS setting or something that I'm missing, but the BIOS on this laptop seems ridiculously sparse: I can't see any settings that look like they might help.

Does anyone (please) have any suggestions for me to try to get this working??

Many thanks

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Jim 80
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Joined: 1 year ago
 

OK, so replying to myself.

I've managed to get the caddy and the card recognised and working. I was right, it did need some BIOS fiddling. The options weren't showing up because MSI hides the "advanced" BIOS options unless you press a key combination that they don't tell you about, AND you have to be in a BIOS sub-menu whilst you do it, which again isn't very well communicated by support (or the internet). If anyone else is in the same boat, the keys to press are: Right-Control, Right-Shift, Left-Alt and F2.

I disabled Thunderbolt security and enabled some power settings and the device now shows up in Windows. A nVidia driver install later and it's all set up.

The next hurdle is that performance is really not good. I'll have a comb through some more threads on here to see if I can come up with any ideas.

I've had to pack it all away for now, since my time to get this up and running is coming to an end for the time being, but I'd still appreciate some pointers if you guys have any so that I have a starting point when I come back to it.

Who'd have thought it would be such a minefield?

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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