Integrated Thunderbolt Devices for Windows Ecosystem
So today my Surface Pro 8 should arrive. As we all know, the unit includes Thunderbolt 4.
When investigating eGPU solutions, it seems that for the most part we are buying duplicate hardware. The enclosure includes fans and additional electronics that seem duplicative of what is on the video cards.
If eGPU solutions catch on, spurred by newer devices like the Surface Pro, it seems there should be more demand for eGPU devices that include the Nvidia or AMD chipsets right in the device. Right now I think there is one AMD integrated device, aimed at Macs.
Shouldn't we expect a number of solutions to come to market that are integrated? I would love to see a device that incorporates a USB connection that can power the laptop, provide ethernet connectivity, some additional USB ports (A and C), and of course output to our monitors driven by a 3060 or better in the case of Nvidia.
Lower cost and less noisy fans.
Do you think the market will be big enough for this? What is known to be coming down the pike?
@originalsnuffy, Blackmagic Design seems like an ideal candidate to produce quiet Nvidia-based eGPU products. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re looking into it.
@originalsnuffy, it sounds like you may be thinking about an eGPU like the 2nd gen Gigabyte RTX Gaming box. It has an integrated RTX 2080Ti or 3080, USB & Ethernet ports, quieter fans because of liquid cooling. At 7.26 liters in volume it's slightly smaller than the Black Magic eGPU (9.64 liters) and it provides 100W PD from the Thunderbolt port to charge your notebook. It's expensive tho and there's no RTX3060 model. Even if there were it would most likely be expensive due to scalper & bit-coin influences.
However, you may be able to find one of the 1st gen models at a better price. These were mostly GeForce based except the last model was an RTX2070 model before the redesign. They're very compact at 3.3 liters and have a 4 port USB hub altho they lack the ethernet port. The smaller fans make them noisier also (part of the reason for liquid cooling in the redesign). But they provide up to 100W PD to charge your notebook.
From the eGPU.io homepage you can click on the "Enclosures" link to find more eGPU boxes. Some even support internal storage, one has a laptop stand, etc. Lot's of good info in Enclosures!
one AMD integrated device, aimed at Macs
The problem with these integrated solutions is that they cannot be upgraded.