Lenovo Legion BoostStation Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure
The Lenovo BoostStation has arrived and here are the pictures: https://imgur.com/a/nQ6H1E1 . Given that the power supply is clearly not meant to be replaced with another model (the cutout for the power plug is in fixed position for the Lite-On PSU plug and therefore finding a quite replacement will be impossible without getting hands-on with a dremel and therefore a no-go for me.
The RTX 2060 that it comes is also pictured but it does not look like a Founders Edition (to me). Also worth noting: it comes with a Thunderbolt 3 cable that is 0.7m long.. not the 0.2m the German Amazon review mentioned.
Build quality is quite nice - it looks nice in real life, has a hefty feel to it and albeit not being super-premium on the inside, from the outside and on the table I really wouldn't mind it.
Hope that helps others a little bit that might be interested.
Ordered my Lenovo BoostStation on July 28 from the German Lenovo website: https://www.lenovo.com/de/de/laptops/legion-laptops/legion-7-series/Lenovo-Legion-GPU-Dock/p/88GMY701467 for 551,70 Euros (including a eCoupon worth 61,30 Euro). Original price was 613 Euros.
I briefly chatted with a sales person to find out the exact ports on the RTX 2060, since they were not mentioned in the specs (3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI). I also inquired about an approximate date for the bundle with an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, but got only a vague answer ("in a few weeks").
The BoostStation arrived on July 30 here in Germany, apparently shipped from the Netherlands.
The case is a bit bigger than expected and I'm not sure where it will fit on my desk. 😉 The build quality is nice and the simple slide out mechanism with the handle makes it easy to access the internals.
Since it might be interesting to people thinking about using an eGPU with a Linux system:
My BoostStation is hooked up to a Thinkpad T480s with a built-in dGPU (Geforce MX150) running Kubuntu 18.04 LTS. After two night shifts of fiddling with the settings it's working fine now. Main issues were the Thunderbolt 3 security settings (I have disabled them completely in the BIOS for now, but plan to switch them on again), and realizing that the NVIDIA PRIME profiles needed to be switched to 'NVIDIA (Performance mode)'. I'm also using the eGPU switching tool from https://github.com/hertg/egpu-switcher. I'm on Kernel 5.4.0-42-generic from the HWE Stack. I'm planning to test it with a 4.15 Kernel to see if it works as well.
Running a basic GPU benchmark tool (Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0) showed quite a difference between using only the internal laptop screen and hooking up an external screen to the eGPU (laptop screen turned off):
- internal screen only => Score: 1577
- external screen only => Score: 2229
I know that these numbers are only a vague indication of the difference in performance. It highly depends on screen resolution, graphic details, PCI express lanes available to the Thunderbolt adapter, etc.
tl;dr: The Lenovo BostStation works fine on Linux. Best performance is to be expected with an external screen hooked up to the eGPU.
Available now on Amazon UK... love the look of the dual fan 2060 too...
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@ana-satsujin, Depending on the SATA drive you install in it, it may use 1Gbps to 5Gbps. Bandwidth to the eGPU would be reduced by that amount (from 22Gbps). In real life use, you won't likely encounter a scenario where this would be a problem. I've been using an SSD inside a Mantiz Venus to store Steam games and have not encountered performance loss.