1. Can host an unlimited GPU size
2. Can use a ATX or Dell DA-2 PSU for input power
3. Optional: once sized up with (1) & (2), can build a custom enclosure around it
4. My favorite: can use the eGPU adapter either with a higher-performance M.2 slot or TB3 port. Or mix and match.
Choose which device (eGPU, NVMe SSD) will use which port (TB3, M.2). You do not get such a choice if buy a dedicated TB3 eGPU enclosure. Though this is more relevant to PC than Macs.
5. If not being used to host a TB3 eGPU, the NVME-to-TB3 adapter (CY/cablecc) and 50cm TB3 cable components can be used to host portable, fast external NVME SSD storage.
With (4), take a peek at the Forza benchmarks to see the greatest disparity in performance between these two interfaces (~60FPS on TB3 and ~100FPS on M.2 using a GTX 1080Ti). This may get the interest of gamers wanting to max out the performance of their eGPU.
The R43SG-TB3 would allow you to do this without impacting your storage by:
2. relocating your PCIe SSD into the NVME-to-TB3 adapter, attach it to your Thunderbolt port and boot of it. Both my Dell Precision 7510 and HP Elitebook 840 G5 support Thunderbolt boot. Incidentally, the 2-lane TB3 on the Elitebook 840 G5 means the 4-lane NVME M.2 port was always going to be a better performer for eGPU use.
ADT-Link PCIe x16 to TB3 eGPU Adapter
Brand name: ADT-Link-LINK
Product name: PCIe x16 to TB3 extension cable
Product model: R43SG-TB3
Transfer speed: PCIe3.0 x4 , 32G/bps (Max.)
Wire length: 25cm, 50cm
Power Supply Description:
Supporting power supply is DELL 8PIN 12V/18A/220W, or standard ATX power supply. The power supply should be prepared by the buyer or purchased separately.
Cable length Description:
The length of the wire refers to the part of the visible wire. It does not include the PCB and the connector. For the wire length, please refer to the 50cm blue arrow in the figure below.
Included 50cm Thunderbolt 3 type-c cable
Cable EMI shielding Description:
EMI Shielding with Conducting Polymer
The extender utilizes the latest materials for EMI shielding with five sole flat cables design. This technique allows each cable to be fully covered by electromagnetic interference shielding with conducting polymer to guard against incoming or outgoing emissions of electromagnetic frequencies, minimize disturbance and degradation on performance, and reduce the weight of the extender.
24P_ATX and 4P_CPU power input, 8P_GPU power output.
Product accessories, enclosed with the following graphics card power cord below
1. Install the hexagonal copper pillar and insert the graphics card into the PCIe x16 slot. The screw is tightened so that the graphics card will not shake or fall off.
2. Install ATX power supply or DELL power supply, including graphics card power cord should also be connected, after installed, DELL power supply will light orange lights.
3. You can plug in the TB3 cable when the computer is on. After connecting, the ATX power supply will automatically start the fan to turn. If you use the DELL power supply, the green light will turn on. At this time, the R3G board will turn on two green lights. The system will recognize the card automatically. Please install the graphics card driver. The installation of the driving process may prompt the computer to restart.
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3D PDF files download http://www.adt.link/Uploads/download/ADT-Link_R3G_3D.zip
@nando4 frankly, it seems again more financially viable to get a PCIe enclosure and then get a PCIe-to-M.2 adapter which go for around $15 on Amazon. All the use cases are covered as well and the experience is more pleasant because in addition to having bare PCBs out, you can also elect to have stuff neatly inside the enclosure.
What if you'd like to see 100FPS in Forza rather than the 60FPS you're getting using your Thunderbolt 3 port? If so, then the R43SG-TB3 would allow you to do this without impacting your storage by:
2. relocating your PCIe SSD into the NVME-to-TB3 enclosure, attach it to your Thunderbolt port and boot of it.
I have tested this on my Elitebook 840 G5 which has Thunderbolt boot support, as do the Dell XPS/Latitude/Precision systems and it works great, Forza 4 results here. It has a 2-lane TB3 port so was always better suited to using the 4-lane M.2 port for the eGPU.
You can see the flexibility here to choose which device (eGPU, NVMe SSD) will use which port (TB3, M.2). You do not get such a choice if buy a dedicated TB3 eGPU enclosure.
@nando4 ooh, a very good point, thank you! I kinda haven't thought about the M.2 direct attachment as I'm only in the Thunderbolt 3 game at the moment. But now I want one of these for my XPS 15! 🙂
Now that got me thinking - the Akitio Node Pro that I have has a pretty dumb PCB that receives the PCIe signal and I wonder if the connector on the TB3 mainboard is standard enough that I could replace the TB3 mainboard with a riser plugged into the aforementioned M.2-eGPU adapter. Very interesting stuff!