Enclosure & Hardware Discussions
Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock Review - Dead on Arrival
 

Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock Review - Dead on Arrival  

  RSS

itsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 3 years ago
 

Introduction

Ever since Lenovo announced its Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock at CES 2018, I had hoped their participation in the external graphics market would propel this technology forward. The concept was a formidable one. Lenovo intended to build a highly portable, highly productive workstation for your ultrabook. The first catch is that, at least for the time being, you need a Lenovo laptop. The one and only approved model is the IdeaPad 720S 13-inch (Model: 720S-IKBR). Worse still, disassembling this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock reveals it’s gimped on inception.

All other configurations, brands, and models are not supported

A damning statement: “Other configurations, models, and brands are not supported”

Specifications  compare 
Price US$
$399
PSU location-type
external-AC
PSU max power 170W
Included GPU
GTX 1050
Power delivery (PD)
65W
USB-C controller
TI83
TB3 USB-C ports 1
Ports max bandwidth 5Gbps
Size (in/mm, LxWxH)
9.76 x 0.89 x 5.12
248 x 23 x 130
Included GPU ports
2xDP,HDMI
Weight (kg/lb) 0.69 / 1.51
Updated firmware 26.1 ✔
TB3 cable length (cm) 50
Vendor page link
User builds
link

Hardware Specifics

Let’s start by checking out the teardown photo of the Lenovo TB3 eGFX Dock. It is the first and only external graphics solution with a GPU soldered onto the main board. This makes for a much slimmer and lighter enclosure, less than an inch thick and weighing roughly 1.5 pounds. It also means you can’t remove the graphics card, a GTX 1050 mobile. The problem is the GTX 1050 4GB is not that significant of an upgrade to be future-proof.

Taking this enclosure apart was a big challenge. The top cover is sheet aluminum and glued to the entire surface of the inner frame. It took me a while using a putty knife to cut through an abundance of adhesive. Once this top cover came off, the eight concealed Phillips screws were accessible. Removing these screws didn’t free the inner frame from the plastic bottom cover quite yet. There are 6 plastic tabs holding these two components in place still. With the same putty knife, I patiently freed the plastic tabs one at a time.

With the bottom cover out of the way, the inner frame’s underside showed a neat arrangement of the Thunderbolt 3 main board and its cooling assembly. This cooling fan, heatsink, copper pipes and fins make the board appear more like a laptop’s motherboard than one of an external GPU enclosure. Instead of a CPU soldered onboard, we have the GPU sitting in its place. The TB3 main board also contains all I/O ports. In the front of the enclosure, there are three USB-A ports. The audio jack is a headset and microphone combo connector. The rear has one Ethernet connector, one HDMI port, and two DisplayPorts. The power connector for the Lenovo proprietary AC adapter is in the rear as well. A single Thunderbolt 3 port is located on right side of the enclosure. Close by this port are the crucial chipsets: TI83 USB-C controller, JHL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller, and Winbond EEPROM. The Nvidia GTX 1050 mobile chipset, N17P-G0-A1 sits right in the center.

Testings & Benchmarks

In order to verify Power Delivery from this enclosure, I connected it to the late 2016 15″ MacBook Pro because macOS shows this number under System Information » Power. I’m not aware of a utility software in Windows to find this information. There are some hardware options such as this Plugable USB-C Voltage and Amperage Meter. The Thunderbolt firmware version is also easily accessible in macOS. The Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock comes with version 26.1.

The three USB ports each serve different purposes. On the far left is a USB 2.0 port that Lenovo recommends for use with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Lenovo also indicates this port allows you to wake up a sleeping computer in clamshell mode. I had intermittent success with this using a Razer Blade Stealth. The middle port is a regular USB 3.0. The far right is a USB 3.0 port with constant charging suitable for connecting mobile phones (2.4AMP output).

Out of more than a dozen external GPU enclosures I’ve used in the past year, none was as challenging as this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock to pair with a host computer. The prerequisite is a suite of drivers from Lenovo Support site. This link to the drivers was the first line of text on the Quick Start Guide prior to even Step 1. Definitely not plug and play. The circular status light in front of the enclosure has three states. It operates very similar to traffic lights: Red, Yellow, and Green. When it’s first powered on by plugging in the external 170W AC adapter, the status light turns red. The yellow light comes on when the eGFX Dock connects to a Thunderbolt computer. The all systems go green light is achieved when the unit can communicate with the Lenovo drivers and other mysterious requirements that I have yet to figure out.

I tried pairing this dock with three different Thunderbolt 3 laptops. My only successful attempt was with the early 2018 Razer Blade Stealth. The other two failed due to various reasons. On the Alienware 15 R3, the supplied Lenovo drivers would crash repeatedly when I connected this eGPU. Lenovo’s drivers are older (380.07), possibly patched Nvidia graphics drivers that clash with the drivers Windows 10 prefers for the discrete GTX 1070 in this Alienware. The other failed host was a late 2016 15″ MacBook Pro. This is my main testing system that has worked with every Thunderbolt 3 enclosure to date. Yet Lenovo managed to strike out spectacularly. There’s absolutely no eGPU detection in macOS High Sierra even after installing the Nvidia eGPU workaround from Yifanlu. In Bootcamp, the Lenovo drivers allowed detection of the eGPU. However, Windows 10 could not identify the external graphics card as GTX 1050, and no driver ever loaded. This dock appears to be a locked-in solution for Lenovo’s ecosystem.

Due to the thin profile and laptop-like cooling system, the Lenovo TB3 eGFX Dock can get loud. As seen in the photo above, the sound meter registered 60 dB by the rear vents. The right half of the enclosure where the GPU chipset is located tended to get warm to the touch during operation. The good news is this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock works great as an expansion TB3 dock in both macOS and Windows. The graphics part of this product depends on a lot of factors. Unless you plan on using this TB3 eGFX with a Lenovo ultrabook, there are better options currently available.

I had planned to run benchmarks with more than one Thunderbolt 3 host but due to pairing difficulties, I could only do internal display and external display comparison with the Razer Blade Stealth. Also shown are benchmarks done with the Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics card. Here are the numbers:

Razer Blade StealthUHD Graphics 620eGPU Internal DisplayeGPU External Display
Unigine Valley5.2 FPS30.0 FPS29.7 FPS
Unigine Heaven5.3 FPS25.4 FPS25.1 FPS
Unigine Superposition6.2 FPS28.7 FPS28.6 FPS
3DMark Time Spy2.4 FPS10.3 FPS10.0 FPS
3DMark Fire Strike5.2 FPS23.3 FPS25.5 FPS
Tomb Raider 201313.8 FPS68.8 FPS70.5 FPS
Shadow of Mordor9.2 FPS38.4 FPS46.5 FPS
Dirt Rally12.5 FPS37.5 FPS45.3 FPS
Hitman11.7 FPS48.9 FPS52.1 FPS

Conclusion

The main appeal of external graphics enclosures is upgradability and flexibility. Lenovo’s solution is one step forward and two steps backward. The concept of combining external graphics and expansion I/O in an ultraportable footprint is a good one. However, given the software and graphics card limitations imposed by the Lenovo TB3 eGFX Dock, you would be better served getting an ultrabook with a discrete GTX 1050.  The execution of this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock makes it effectively dead on arrival for the majority of eGPU enthusiasts.

 

See also

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide


3RYL liked
ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

"you would be better served getting an ultrabook with a discrete GTX 1050. The execution of this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock makes it effectively dead on arrival for the majority of eGPU enthusiasts." -- aye, well, it's not meant for eGPU enthusiasts. People like me who work on their ThinkPad I think welcome this unquestionably flawed dock for a little after hours gaming. Oh how I wish it was a GTX 1050 Ti or a GTX 1060 MaxQ! Even if it meant the PD was only 45W vs 65W. It has a 170W brick so there's surely a lot of watts to be had for the GPU. But, as with the ThinkPad 25, it doesn't matter what our wishes are: this is what's available, take or it leave it. I took the TP25 and the dock both.

Looking at what happened to the similar Acer dock and the KFA² SNPR External Graphics Enclosure (I saw a few in stock in December in Europe, it's completely gone now) I think buying this dock now is better than waiting for something better and when it doesn't surface only then try to buy this and find it gone.

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


rodrisanz and itsage liked
ReplyQuote
itsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 3 years ago
 

@chx I agree with you that a better GPU would make it very compelling solution. Thinkpad Marketing understands its customer base well and I think this greatly effected the outcome of the Lenovo TB3 eGFX Dock. This product caters to Thinkpad users who need an expansion dock that happens to provide some graphics acceleration.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide


ReplyQuote
rodrisanz
(@rodrisanz)
Active Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

@itsage thank you for the review.  Particularly glad to read this: 

The good news is this Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock works great as an expansion TB3 dock in both macOS and Windows.

That's what I was most concerned about - the eGPU's performance as a TB3 office dock.

To the use-case you described as "Thinkpad users who need an expansion dock that happens to provide some graphics acceleration", I would add at the end "at the lowest possible price". 

This dock is the least-expensive eGPU i've found thus far, by a significant margin.  Doesn't matter that the "bang for buck" may not be compelling (I was looking at the $570 Auros Gaming Box with GTX 1070 before).  I got this dock for $340 with the Lenovo perks discount.  That's a huge difference for people looking to transform the lightest possible ultrabook to a graphics-enhanced productivity machine at the office. 

It's NOT a gaming solution.  If Lenovo intended it as such, it would have marketed it under its "Legion" or "Y" gaming brand.  If this product does well, I would expect to see a beefier eGPU released under this vertical.

 

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


itsage liked
ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Yes! I forgot to mention price: the retail price of the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock is $279.99 while the graphics dock is $399.99 and so for $120 you are getting an 1050. That is a brutal offer, you can barely get a desktop card at this price. 

There's another thing to consider price wise: already  https://www.sonnetstore.com/collections/thunderbolt-expansion-systems/products/egfx-breakaway-puck-560 has dropped from $449 to $399. Competition, yay!

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


rodrisanz liked
ReplyQuote
rodrisanz
(@rodrisanz)
Active Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Interesting...

If Auros/Gygabite follows suit with its Gaming Box pricing structure , might just return the Lenovo Graphics Dock.

Looked at the Puck.  Wrote it off after noting its lack of USB / Ethernet.  I would have to keep my Lenovo TB3 Dock at the office, negating one of the main value propositions of a full eGPU docking solution.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
itsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 3 years ago
 

The OMEN Accelerator by HP enclosure and this Lenovo TB3 eGFX Dock are no doubt the best value in their segment. They have the resources and negotiation power no other vendors have. I think both are testing the water, making very little margins.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide


ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

I just dunno about the Auros, it's so thick :`( and the 1070 only has a single DisplayPort, that's very near useless to me. 

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


ReplyQuote
(@martynas_prokopas)
New Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

This is not intended for enthusiasts and it was not intended to be taken apart. The main point of this dock is to provide a minimalist professional setup, which it does fairly well at a very good price. Support for non-Lenovo laptops would be welcome though.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
rodrisanz
(@rodrisanz)
Active Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Hi @itsage.  

Looks like the Graphics Dock can work wonderfully well for Lenovo laptop users that follow the installation instructions.

I kindly suggest that you modify the title of the review to reflect this.  For example: "Great for Lenovo Hosts - Dead on Arrival for Everyone Else"

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
generalheed
(@generalheed)
Active Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

I just wanted to add that I was also able to get this Lenovo Graphic Dock to work perfectly with my Intel Skull Canyon NUC. I just had to install Intel's TB3 manager software and that's all it took, aside from the Lenovo drivers. So far I've been able to run games like Sea of Thieves at max settings with this dock. From what you've described, I think the trick to getting it to work is to only use it on systems that don't already have a discrete NVidia GPU in it. Something, for example, that only has Intel HD graphics in it, or Intel Iris Pro in my case.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


itsage liked
ReplyQuote
itsage
(@itsage)
Famed Member Admin
Joined: 3 years ago
 

@generalheed Intel Thunderbolt Software has always been a requirement for a TB3 computer to communicate with TB3 enclosure. The only exception is a Mac running Bootcamp. Lenovo added another requirement with its own drivers. Without this drivers, external graphics functionality doesn’t work (no green light on status indicator).

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide


ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

That status indicator is , indeed the GPU half, I found USB working even when the GPU half didn't wake... 

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


itsage liked
ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Report: the last week or so it has been waking steadily every single time. It's like the problem is gone. I haven't changed a thing.

Also note the perk site mentioned above, look at https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/wiki/intro for USA/Canada discount shops. It makes this dock a killer deal, there are empty enclosures which cost as much.

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


ReplyQuote
spyder57
(@spyder57)
New Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 
Posted by: chx

Report: the last week or so it has been waking steadily every single time. It's like the problem is gone. I haven't changed a thing.

Also note the perk site mentioned above, look at https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/wiki/intro for USA/Canada discount shops. It makes this dock a killer deal, there are empty enclosures which cost as much.

Thanks for your comments, they are helpful in judging the viability of this dock.  However, I don't see it listed currently on the Lenovo site so the discount is not available. Could you provide a link?

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

I am still pissed at this title -- but for those who still want better information, the dock now works with normal nVidia drivers. Two reports on the thinkpad subreddit and now I tested it too. It is reported to work under Linux too although reports say hotplug doesn't work (not that's special to this dock). I have carried the dock from Vancouver, BC to Hungary and -- would you want to do that with the Razer Core X? See...

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


ReplyQuote
boilerkim
(@boilerkim)
New Member
Joined: 1 year ago
 
Posted by: chx

I am still pissed at this title -- but for those who still want better information, the dock now works with normal nVidia drivers. Two reports on the thinkpad subreddit and now I tested it too. It is reported to work under Linux too although reports say hotplug doesn't work (not that's special to this dock). I have carried the dock from Vancouver, BC to Hungary and -- would you want to do that with the Razer Core X? See...

I really wish I could buy this right now on the Lenovo website with the $320 perks offer but it is out of stock. I am not a heavy gamer but would like to have some more power for some games on my X1C5 and you can't beat the connectivity and price with this dock.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
 chx
(@chx)
Estimable Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

As I reported on reddit, it seems the nVidia driver now works with it, no need for the specific Lenovo driver. Maybe a new test would be in order... Disclaimer: I just updated the nVidia driver and it stay working, that's all I know.

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 -- GALAX SNPR TB3 1060 -- Lenovo Graphics Dock -- Benq BL2411PT - - two PackedPixels - Dasung not-eReader backer


ReplyQuote
Eightarmedpet
(@eightarmedpet)
Noble Member
Joined: 3 years ago

ReplyQuote
votehart407
(@votehart407)
Eminent Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Thank you for all the insight on this EGPU. I am going to give it a try next week with a Blade Stealth and XPS 13 9370 to see how it fairs. Curious if you have tried to use MSI Afterburner to tweak the settings. Perhaps an undervolt to keep the temps and fans contained. Maybe even a slight overclock. 🙂

MacBook Pro 15 2.7mhz with 560x - Razer Core X (850 watt psu) with 2080 ti.


itsage liked
ReplyQuote
ImDe
 ImDe
(@imde)
Active Member
Joined: 2 years ago
 

Lenovo answers the question about the support of this dock by other laptops: only 700s Series-Lenovo ideapad 720S Touch-13IKB and 700s Series-Lenovo ideapad 720S-13IKB. So do not buy this dock unless you have this laptops!

Q&A: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories-and-monitors/docking/universal-cable-docks-thunderbolt/Thunderbolt3-Graphics-DockUL/p/G0A10170UL
Official comptability: http://accsmartfind.lenovo.com/products/G0A10170UL

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
T430up
(@t430up)
Active Member
Joined: 1 year ago
 
Posted by: ImDe

Lenovo answers the question about the support of this dock by other laptops: only 700s Series-Lenovo ideapad 720S Touch-13IKB and 700s Series-Lenovo ideapad 720S-13IKB. So do not buy this dock unless you have this laptops!

Q&A: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories-and-monitors/docking/universal-cable-docks-thunderbolt/Thunderbolt3-Graphics-DockUL/p/G0A10170UL
Official comptability: http://accsmartfind.lenovo.com/products/G0A10170UL

Works perfectly fine with X1 Carbon 5th gen.

T480s i7 + Aorus Gaming Box 1070
T430 i7 + EXP GDC 1060


ReplyQuote
Jason
 Jason
(@Jason)
Joined: 1 year ago
 

Hey there, I'm trying to set up one of these with my Razer Blade Stealth as well, but it keeps connecting/disconnecting every few seconds (no problems drawing power through the thunderbolt connection, though, even with all the disconnecting). You seemed to have no problems getting yours to talk. Lenovo tech support wouldn't help since they don't 'support' anything non-Lenovo. Got any advice for me?

I've already tried installing the graphics dock driver/firmware, updating BIOS, updating the integrated graphics card driver, and a windows update.


ReplyQuote
(@peter_fares)
New Member
Joined: 1 year ago
 

I'm not sure why this review says that the Lenovo driver suite is required, I never installed that. All I did was plug this dock into the laptops I have (Dell XPS 9560 and Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1) and downloaded the latest driver from Nvidia.com and installed that. Everything worked afterwards.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
jimmy
 jimmy
(@jimmy)
Joined: 1 year ago
 

Once I reset those BIOS settings to the factory the dock was instantly recognized, both my monitors started up, and the drivers went on in no time. I've played with simple home floorplan CAD drawings and play Fortnite on high (1080p) with 0 issues or lag. Great boost in performance and can't wait to upgrade in a few years to a higher performance Lenovo Graphics Dock, in the meantime I love this thing and I have no need for more. lenovo support


ReplyQuote
(@paul_couzens)
New Member
Joined: 12 months ago
 

You dont really mention the one huge upside to this thing, it is drastically smaller than pretty much any other egpu solution out there, the likes of the HP Omen are pretty much the size of a desktop PC, not exactly something you can throw in your backpack like this. yes a 1050 is a little weak but it is capable of handling a fair few games, maybe its not for ultra serious games but for those of us who play a bit and travel about it seems to be a passable solution, im sure the issues will be worked out in driver updates soon enough

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
Nick
 Nick
(@Nick)
Joined: 6 months ago
 

I am honestly considering this alternative. I have a thinkpad t480 with an intel i5-8350u with only the UHD 620 graphics card on it. I brought the device because of it's looks, performance and the fact that it's pretty compact while still being thick enough to have all the necessary IO's, good battery plus expansion and good thermals.
I do not plan to play very much on the device, maybe occasionally some light gaming (i already have a beefy desktop for gaming).
My main focus with the eGPU is the added graphical power in video editing and overwall any 3D accelerated tasks. The 1050 m is not a work of wonders for workstation heavy tasks, but it does provided sufficient power considering the package size you're working with. The whole thing looks perfectly small to have it thrown in my backpack and take it out when necessary.
And i also think that going higher in GPU Performance (maybe a 1050ti or a 1060 would be nice) is just not worth it overall and you should just get a better workstation/gaming focused laptop.
The price is also a steal if you get a discount, considering that around this price point you barely get any of the more known brands eGPU enclosures that do not come with a GPU and you have to buy that as well.


ReplyQuote
mmmtacos
 mmmtacos
(@mmmtacos)
Joined: 5 months ago
 

"My only successful attempt was with the early 2018 Razer Blade Stealth. The other two failed due to various reasons. On the Alienware 15 R3, the supplied Lenovo drivers would crash repeatedly when I connected this eGPU. Lenovo’s drivers are older (380.07), possibly patched Nvidia graphics drivers that clash with the drivers Windows 10 prefers for the discrete GTX 1070 in this Alienware. The other failed host was a late 2016 15″ MacBook Pro."

By your own admission the only one that worked was an early 2018 Razer Blade Stealth, but the Alienware 15 R3 failed, as did the 2016 15" MBP. That falls entirely inline with Lenovo's expectations anyhow. Even though they support more Lenovo models now they still say it has to have TB3, which all three of your laptops do, but also needs an 8th gen i-series CPU, which only the Razer does, but not the Alienware or the MBP, which are the two models that didn't work here. There is someone in the comments however saying they have a Dell that appears to have a 7th gen i7 that works, which is great, but not expected.

So no surprise, if you take the time to look into the specs. It even says as much on the box itself in your own picture:

"This dock has been optimized for an IdeaPad 720s 13-inch, 8th Gen Intel processor"

Your review fails to mention those details, I had to find out for myself what CPUs your different models supported, that is something that you as the reviewer should take note of. There should be no surprise when something doesn't work because it doesn't meet at least common hardware requirements that Lenovo's intended-for model utilizes.

Possibly just as egregious is you cannot fathom why this thing even has it's own place in the market: it's sub $400 for an all-in-one eGPU: multiple monitor support, 4k support, multiple USB ports including 3.0, charges up to 65w. Not to mention the small form factor itself. This is the ideal eGPU for someone such as myself: my PC gets lugged all over the US with me, so I need it to be portable, and when I am working from home I would like the luxury to play some games if I have the time. Not to mention I could take this thing with me on trips if I so desire since it weighs a paltry 1.5lbs anyway.


ReplyQuote
(@braheem_hazeem_iii)
New Member
Joined: 4 months ago
 

As someone who has owned larger gaming laptops that have horrible battery life and throttling due to heat. I recently decided to switch to an ultra book since I don't game that much on the go anymore. I had seen that laptops have been using thunderbolt for external graphics cards, I figured no high power graphics card on the inside would allow less heat and better performance for the cpu. I ended up getting a lenovo yoga 730 maxed out and the lenovo grahpics dock to match it. I love it, as I said, I don't game much on the go, mostly when I go on vacation I might fire up the laptop at night to the game for a little bit. My old laptop had a 6700u, my new one has a 8550u, the 6700 should be better, but because of heat it throttled, thus the 8550 wins. I love this dock because it's small and portable, I would love to see a higher end one, but I am really content with this.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


itsage liked
ReplyQuote
LNS
 LNS
(@LNS)
Joined: 3 months ago
 

I have sucessfully coupled the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Graphics Dock with a Thinkpad 370 Yoga. It ran well from the start, I just had to be aware to enable the card from the Device Manager when it did not turn on (turn from orange (stand-by) to green (when running)). Runs perfectly for my purposes - that is video-editing, on the fly and game-editing. Can't fault it. I got an open box deal. Considering that it cost what other good egpu boxes cost having only the box without the card, I consider this a good deal - 270 EUR roughly.


ReplyQuote
(@marc_podzimski_morgan)
New Member
Joined: 2 months ago
 

But how does it improve programs like SolidWorks, Inventor, MasterCAM etc?
I am looking at this to improve the power of my Lenovo P51, if possible. My computer is a tool, not a gaming station.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


ReplyQuote
Dennis
 Dennis
(@Dennis)
Joined: 2 months ago
 

Did you get any comment? I'm in a similar field that needs autocad 3d and revit withthe T480


ReplyQuote