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@strikeraj, Most eGPU enclosures can work with many graphics cards as long as they fit physically and within the Mac GPU power by the PSU. The 2-pin thermal cable is near the front of the inner cage. Look behind the side LED strip. There are several connectors in one area. I will post some pictures later.

 

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Posted by: @itsage

@strikeraj, Most eGPU enclosures can work with many graphics cards as long as they fit physically and within the Mac GPU power by the PSU. The 2-pin thermal cable is near the front of the inner cage. Look behind the side LED strip. There are several connectors in one area. I will post some pictures later.

 

Thank you so much!
I am so looking forward to use it with my T490s lol (yes i know it is 2 lane but i will just be using it for external monitor)

actually... that gives me a question....
If i put the game on the external monitor, but I do not disable the laptop monitor.... would it still use the egpu to try and drive the laptop monitor and cause the bottleneck?

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@strikeraj, Here's a closeup of the area and the connector to the Thermal Diode that you can disconnect. The Razer Core V2 + AMD Radeon Vega FE is still my most favorite eGPU setup. 

I'm not sure if Nvidia Optimus (loopback acceleration) works older cards. If you set the external monitor as the primary screen, the eGPU should handle apps/games through the eGPU and the iGPU should handle the internal display.

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@strikeraj, Here's a closeup of the area and the connector to the Thermal Diode that you can disconnect. The Razer Core V2 + AMD Radeon Vega FE is still my most favorite eGPU setup. 

I'm not sure if Nvidia Optimus (loopback acceleration) works older cards. If you set the external monitor as the primary screen, the eGPU should handle apps/games through the eGPU and the iGPU should handle the internal display.

Thank you! I totally did not think about the back there. I definitely like the design of the Core V2 as it fits what I want (a cheap box (CAD170 used) with expansion port for one cable docking that happens to make gaming a bit better and lower temperature on the laptop itself, with a slim design to boot)

I will need to google more about Optimus. The quick result I got is that it supports nvidia dGPU in laptops only. But my T490s only comes with Intel iGPU.

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Finally got a card to put in the box, found a GTX 970. It is working great. Even with the T490s 2 lane TB3, i only get 10% knock on performance when comparing to average desktop 3d mark.

I do have a question though... do I have to eject both hardware (razer core and video controller) before I unplug? Or is it safe to just unplug?

Thanks in advance!

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@strikeraj, Unless you have other peripherals connected to the expansion ports, I believe it's safe to simply eject the eGPU connection.

 

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@strikeraj, Unless you have other peripherals connected to the expansion ports, I believe it's safe to simply eject the eGPU connection.

 

I have ethernet, wireless mouse and keyboard connected as well.......

So I should eject both before i unplug the TB3?

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@strikeraj, Yes, I would eject the peripherals first then eject the eGPU.

 

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@strikeraj, Yes, I would eject the peripherals first then eject the eGPU.

 

Got it. Thanks!

Noted one thing, after i eject and use the computer on battery for the day, when I plug it back in the egpu shows up disabled in the device manager. peripheral works right away.

I need to manually enable the gpu then everything works.

Not sure if this is the same experience for everyone

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@itsage, another thing i noted in the last few days of use...

For my system, I have the laptop screen open as well as two identical monitors one plugging into DP and one into HDMI. I set the computer to turn off screens after 30 minutes idle when plugged in, never sleep/hibernate.

On multiple occasions, when I wake the computer from the screen off state, everything came back onto my laptop screen and my externtal stayed black. NVIDIA application still shows the external GPU connected. I need to disconnect and reconnect in that nvidia app and then everything goes back to normal.

Has anyone come across this issue before?

 *update* to be more specific, i set the DP monitor as my main desktop and extend to the rest of screens. After coming back from screen off state, the DP monitor is black, HDMI monitor becomes a mirror of my laptop monitor (ie. those 2 showing the same thing).

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