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Laci Márkus
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I mean this port below on the left. In some models they use a mini quadro card there. It's not there on the  Ryzen APU boards, only the Intel ones.

Thank you.

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joevt
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@laci_markus, is that an MXM slot? I think people have tried making an adapter for PCIe slot riser but products were never released for sale (e.g. Sour Ninja Dual Wield)?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module
http://www.sourninja.com/dualwield/

I think the slot is x16. Here's an x4 solution:
https://egpu.io/forums/expresscard-mpcie-m-2-adapters/mxm-to-m2-nvme-adaptor/

 

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Laci Márkus
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Posted by: @joevt

@laci_markus, is that an MXM slot? I think people have tried making an adapter for PCIe slot riser but products were never released for sale (e.g. Sour Ninja Dual Wield)?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module
http://www.sourninja.com/dualwield/

I think the slot is x16. Here's an x4 solution:
https://egpu.io/forums/expresscard-mpcie-m-2-adapters/mxm-to-m2-nvme-adaptor/

 

I don't know if that's an MXM slot... The manual refers to it as PCI express slot: https://content.etilize.com/User-Manual/1050135740.pdf

Just found this thread: ThinkCentre Tiny - PCIe Riser card: p/n 01AJ902, Taisol, M920q, M910q

And they linked this riser card there: https://encompass.com/item/11535689/Lenovo/01AJ902/

I guess using a riser cable via this adapter is a better option than those M.2 NVMe rigid cable solutions. And that slot is nicely located on the side of the mini PC. It looks as though one can't use a sata HDD once this has been installed. (The HDD caddy frame won't mount) Some higher end spec Tinies do have two M.2 NVMe SSD slots under their belly though.

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joevt
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You have the M720q so the correct manual is at:

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/ca/en/products/desktops-and-all-in-ones/thinkcentre-m-series-desktops/m720q/10t7/documentation/doc_userguide
https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/thinkcentre_pdf/m720q_ughmm_en.pdf

but it basically says the same as the M920q manual.

If you click the Parts section, and type Riser, then there are two options:
01AJ928 and 01AJ929
Both are only PCIe x4 which makes them no better than a key M M.2 slot.

The 01AJ929 can be found at  https://store.emprgroup.com.au/p-524768-01aj929.aspx
They also have the 01AJ940  https://store.emprgroup.com.au/p-535279-01aj940.aspx
and the 01AJ902 https://store.emprgroup.com.au/p-482939-01aj902.aspx

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Merritt Bishop
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@laci_markus, I am about to do this build in the coming weeks. I have an i7 8700T in mine and just picked up a GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 card. I ordered 01AJ929 ($16.95 with shipping) from the Encompass website along with a few pcie extensions and adapters on eBay.

My Tiny sits underneath a small shelf on my desk with a few mm of space above it, and it also just happens to be enough space to fit a dual slot GPU. It is actually so tight I have to remove the pcie back plate to clear the GPU under the shelf. So the idea is, I have a nice Tiny PC and a GPU that can be just as easily tucked underneath, and hook them together with PCIe riser cables and mount a spare PSU on the back of my desk out of sight. I will be cutting a slit in the case to allow room for the GPU cable, and will be triggering the PSU on using the Tiny's 5v SATA power via an opto isolated relay (not sure if isolation is required but it was the cheapest 5v relay option) to short its power on pin to its ground pin. I ordered a PCIe 4x extender, 16x extender, and 4x to 16x adapter, and I plan on using one or a combination of the three depending how far I want to go. I will report back and maybe start a new thread once stuff begins coming in the mail and I get it tested, but I hope it just works.

Link to riser card

https://encompass.com/item/11670785/Lenovo/01AJ929/

2018 Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny [8th,6C,T] + GTX 1650 Super @ 32Gbps-PCIe (Extender) + Win10 [build link]  

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Merritt Bishop
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@laci_markus, I have completed it! Link to my build thread below so I do not clog up yours.

 

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/lenovo-tiny-m720q-i7-8700t-16gb-ddr4-gtx-1650-super-via-pcie-4x/

 

2018 Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny [8th,6C,T] + GTX 1650 Super @ 32Gbps-PCIe (Extender) + Win10 [build link]  

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dancy
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I guess using a riser cablevia this adapter is a better option than those M.2 NVMe rigid cable solutions. And that slot is nicely located on the side of the mini PC.

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