Lenovo Legion BoostStation Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure
I also had initial problems with the flashing light and the eGPU not being recognized.
However, installing the optimization driver, and realising the order of connection was really important, and now working really well and pleased with it.
The order for me (using a GPD Win Max):
1) PC off, Lenovo Legion off.
2) Plug thunderbolt cable from eGPU to PC.
3) Power on eGPU, then turn on the eGPU. GPD Win starts charging.
4) Turn on the PC. And remember to turn off the internal graphics.
That order - all good. Any other order and that frustrating white light keeps flashing. Let me know if any questions.
Lenovo Legion with RTX 2060 and GPD Win Max
Hey, I'm new here but thought I should weigh in with my own experience, only had the booststation a few days myself but with that said I've not had really any issues so far that were caused by the booststation itself, the only issues I've run into so far were caused by a windows set up issue and the other one was a strange but simple fix, the booststation wouldn't work properly, it'd fire up but the gpu wouldn't initialise and the laptop would make the connection sound followed by the disconnection sound and this would repeat, this sounds similar to issues other people have had where the gpu fans wouldn't spin up and I fixed this by pulling the gpu tray out of the casing and pushing it back in with a little bit of force and that resolved the issue just fine, for a unit of this price point I'm very pleased with the construction, outer casement being a fairly stout what seems to be aluminium extrusion and the rest of it is no joke either on that front by the looks of it, very surprised at how stout it is given the price point, the usb and ethernet is a great touch and the 3.5"/2.5" bay inside is really quite useful, it is however, fairly loud, I don't know just how much of that is down to my reference model 980ti and how much is down to the internal fan and psu, but considering that others have made mention of the noise, I'm going to assume that's more the latter than the former, but all things considered, a very good bit of kit for the money, especially for the steal I managed to pick mine up for at £145 shipped brand new
Decent deal on one of these, which seems to be primarily sold out of the EU:
GBP 164.95 Lenovo Legion BoostStation (ebay) with international shipping available
I just got mine recently too. For less than £400 with the 2060 included seems great value to me.
Not tested it over long periods yet, other than several benchmark tests and a few v quick gaming sessions.
Works better than expected on my ideapad 720s (which is only 2 lanes tb3) - even on internal display. It gives me the boost I was looking for.
Easy to set up - pretty much plug and play for me.
Small downsides: the whole thing is a bit bigger than I expected. Supplied TB3 cable is very small (and longer cables are expensive!) meaning you may have to have it on your desk as oppposed to the floor. My power lead is a bit loose and wiggles a bit - but I think I just have a bad cable and Lenovo are sending me a new one.
Also, only slightly annoying, but as I need to disable my laptop GPU before connecting the booststation. But after disconnecting booststation my laptop GPU has a error 43 message and I need to reinstall drivers and restart before I can use the laptop GPU again.
@bestpudding & @hewhocannotbenamed would be nice to see your builds, I've put my one up here: 2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win10
@hewhocannotbenamed, Thanks! Interesting to compre our benchmarks, looks like the CPU in my setup is the biggest bottleneck.
Just tried the Lenovo optimisation software on my machine and it hasn’t made any noticeable difference to the benchmarks or fix any of the annoyances in the connection procedure I have to follow. Updated to Win10 20H2 too without any issues.
@joe377, yeah see definitely interesting to compare.
I presume your better graphics score will be due to your full four lanes on the TB3 vs my two lanes.
I also wonder if the fact my laptop is also Lenovo may help in terms of a more seamless connection.
Is anyone having problems with the gpu fan not spinning up? I have a boost station with a msi gtx 1060 6gb and while the gpu fan will spin up briefly on power on it will not spin no matter what temperature the gpu reaches. This is even with msi afterburner fan speed set to 100% I'm on a dell xps 9310.
Does anyone have any insight? I'm lost.