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NeRd666
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@struna, I have similar issue. Booststation connected to desktop PC via usbc. I disabled my desktops graphics card and enabled USBC in BIOS. Powered on and just getting blinking white light. So it's not recognised it's connected to my PC . I have looked online for some help and came across this post. Did you get it working on your Mac?

 

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struna
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@nerd666, egpu will not work via usb-c, you need thunderbolt 3 (same plug as usb-c) or thunderbolt 1-2 (tb3 device has to be self-powered)

 

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NeRd666
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@struna, my computer just says USBC but has the lightning ⚡ logo on it. So I presume it's also thunderbolt because it's same logo on booststation. I have an old Mac i7 mini with old thunderbolt connection but I want to use it on my PC. I thought it should work?

 

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struna
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@nerd666, sorry, I cannot help you. First of all, I returned to amazon my booststatnion, because it wont work with tb2 via tb3>tb2 apple adapter (I planned to use egpu with new and old mbp). Also I don't know what PC you have, so it's hard to diagnose what an issue you have.

 

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NeRd666
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@struna, Ah ok sorry it's not worked out for you. I am not frustrated with my booststation too but I want to at least try things out before giving up. My pc is [£609.56 38% OFF]NVISEN Y-GX01 Mini PC Intel Core i9-8950HK NVIDIA GTX 1650 16GB+256GB/512GB SSD Gaming PC 6 Core 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz DDR4*2 Slot M.2 2280 SSD 2.5inch SATA HDMI DP Type C Mini PC & Accessories from Computers & Office on banggood
https://banggood.app.link/yNsWCKDlObb . Its pretty decent PC for price and just wanted the extra egpu for gaming in VR

 

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Cross Shame
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Hello,

i have bought the Lenovo Legion BoostStation. It was avaible only with nvidia2060 on German Lenovo site. Today it arrived.

The laptop i am using it with is

Lenovo Yoga C930-13lkb

Intel  i7-8550U

16GB ram

 

I am not very good at tech stuff... but I managed to connect it and it is working.

After connecting the cable to running Laptop, it installed thunderbolt drivers. Installing drivers for legionbooster from lenovo site failed. I downloaded some graphicdrivers from nvidia site.

The only problem during all the driver installation was that, when rebooting and the Booster connected and turned on, the laptop does not start normally, instead it shows the screen for drive recovery (bitlocker)...

I disconnected the cable connecting laptop with booster. and started my laptop. connect the cable and it detects the 2060 card. Ran heaven benchmark and it proves that the booster is working.

So it is pretty much plug&play device.

 

 

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fr3d
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Posted by: @emiliano_bolesani

@fr3d

Hey! I have exactly the same laptop with the i7-8550U, WQHD (I love the keyboard and screen size).

I am seriously considering to buy the Booststation over the other options available, mainly because of the price and flexibility (additional ssd storage is always welcome). 

What is your experience so far?

Do you think the 500€ price point it worth considering the performance you get in the end?

 

Thank you!!

 

@emiliano_bolesani, Sorry for the late reply. I was quite impressed with the performance compared to the internal GPU (MX150) and after some initial fiddling it was working quite reliably.

Unfortunately, it seems that with newer, more hardware-demanding games like Borderlands 3, the T480's CPU is becoming a bottleneck along with other factors like the number of PCI Express lanes, etc.

So it depends on your use-case and the games you want to play.

 

I will sell my BoostStation (and probably keep the RTX2060). Let me know if you are interested. : )

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (with dGPU Geforce MX150) + Lenovo Booststation (with Geforce RTX 2060 6GB RAM) + Linux


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Emiliano Bolesani
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Posted by: @fr3d

 

I will sell my BoostStation (and probably keep the RTX2060). Let me know if you are interested. : )

 Hey! Thanks for coming back to me!

I was suspecting that the t480s processor might not be able to keep up with some more demanding titles. I am just playing some live strategy games, for which I think this setup is more than enough. 

I would like to hear more about your offer! But the website prevents me to send you a private message LoL

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fr3d
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Posted by: @emiliano_bolesani

I would like to hear more about your offer! But the website prevents me to send you a private message LoL

Yeah, I have the same problem. Smile

It's too bad that there is minimum of 5 posts required to write a pm.

Lenovo ThinkPad T480s (with dGPU Geforce MX150) + Lenovo Booststation (with Geforce RTX 2060 6GB RAM) + Linux


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Frederick OnTour
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Hi all,

I have a Lenovo Y740Si i7-10750H, 32Gb, 2tb NVMe, 4k 600nit with a Legion Boost Station w/ RTX 2060.

I have to say it works great most of the time. Sadly sometimes when the Y740si is connected the computer restarts out of nowhere while working, someone any ideas? Also some games just don’t work with an External GPU like Red Dead Redemption 2. The game will just not recognize the eGPU even when forcing the eGPU to run the application with GeForce Manager on desktop.

Here is a Benchmark run I did on the Y740Si with Boost Station using Userbenchmark.
https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/36332181

A few interesting points on this.

- First of all the included RTX 2060 in the Boost Station is a model by Zotac (19DA C530)

- Also the performance seems to be incredible! I scored a 82% score. The average of a RTX2060 benchmark is 89%. This means this eGPU performed 10% under a full size x16 RTX 2060! Obviously I ran the Benchmark a couple times to make sure this was correct. It scored a consistent 80%-82% score. Amazing!

 

Connecting Lenovo Legion BoostStation to a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports),
Well, I also have a Macbook pro. So to help out people that had questions about this I tested the Boost Station with my Macbook Pro 2016.
First I turn on the eGPU, the white led starts blinking. Then I connect the included Thunderbolt 3 cable to my macbook. The led stops blinking and my Macbook starts charging. Only downside is, the external display connected trough the Boost Station doesn't show up. Also I cannot seem to find any mention of the eGPU being connected anywhere. I don’t see any other displays in the preference "display" tab. 
What I can see however is the Lenovo Boost Station showing up in the System overview under the Thunderbolt tab. I made a screenshot of the information displayed here. Maybe someone else can figure out why the external display didn't work or why I cant see any mention of the RTX 2060 gpu. Link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DEKrE3cwQek2NCRM9


Connecting Lenovo Legion BoostStation to a Lenovo Legion 7 i7, 32gb, 2tb w/ RTX 2080 Super.

After downloading the most recent Lenovo Boost Station drivers from the website listed below I connected the Boost Station to my Lenovo Legion 7 gaming laptop with a RTX 2080 Super Max Q integrated gpu. At first the eGPU didint show up in taskmanager and the external display didn’t give any signal. After about 2min of reinstalling the drivers with the eGPU connected and doing a GeForce experience update the external display all of a sudden lit up and the External RTX 2060 showed in Task manager. Interesting fact is that Task Manager refuses to make a GPU 2. The GPU 0 always is your integrated graphics and your GPU 1 is the RTX 2080 Super normally in this Legion 7 laptop. When connecting I expected a GPU 2 to show up. But instead the GPU 1 is changed from a RTX 2080 Super to a RTX 2060. If I then disconnect the Boost Station by holding the power button on the boost station the GPU 1: RTX 2060 disappears but then also the RTX 2080 super vanished and is no where to be found. In order to get the RTX 2080 Super back I then again needed to do a GeForce experience driver Update. After this update the system restarted and "worked on updates" for a few moments. When the system booted I was greeted by my integrated RTX 2080 Super Max-Q gpu again! After testing this, I can confirm the Boost Station works on Legion 7 laptop with RTX 2080 Super integrated gpu. Only thing is.. It is a huge hassle to switch the driver versions all the time So I would only suggest the use of this if you bought a lower spec Legion 7 with a weakers integrated GPU and want to keep current by using the Boost Station to insert a RTX 3000 series card in the gpu enclosure.

Connecting Lenovo Legion BoostStation to a AMD Ryzen 4 4800H Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14" laptop.
Well I also used my Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14" with Ryzen 7 4800H to connect to my Boost station. This obviously doesn't work since AMD doesn't support Thunderbolt 3 since this Thunderbolt is an Intel product.

 

Compatibility with RTX 3000 series Graphics cards?
According to a source within Lenovo the RTX 3000 series cards will work with the Lenovo Boost Station if the RTX 3000 series GPU doesn't have a higher TDP load then the max 500w power supply strenght of the Boost Station. Keep in mind the 99w power delivery over USB-c when connecting your laptop to the eGPU which gives a effective max wattage of about 350/400w on the GPU. I sadly don't have any RTX 3000 series cards available to me right now to test with.

 

Use this link to download the most recent drivers for the Lenovo Boost Station:
https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/nl/nl/products/accessory/docks/lenovo-legion-booststation/downloads/driver-list/

If anyone has any questions regarding the Lenovo Boost Station be sure to ask, I have a lot of computer devices to test with.

Goodluck all!
~Frederick

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