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Jwells uh huh
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Hi I'm trying to find the cheapest way to connect a 1650 to my macbook pro. So I looked at some builds and saw a couple people pairing ADT-Link R43SG and a Wavlink UTE02 enclosure and some people just using the ADT-Link R43SG-TB3. Which one is the better/more reliable deal? I also found a ADT-Link R43S . It says it doesn't work for egpu, but I don't see why not? Can someone explain the difference between the basic riser card and the egpu stand bracket? 

I also searched online and found the 1650 uses only 75w so it can just be powered from a motherboard through the pcie bus. Does this still apply for a DIY egpu build? If yes that would be great because I wouldn't have to buy a power supply as well. 

 

Macbook Pro 2020 (13", i5-1038NG7, 16GB RAM) + GTX 1650 (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3)


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joevt
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@jwells_uh_huh, I've used many ADT cables with an eGPU and a Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe enclosure without problem but currently I'm using a NVME to PCIe x4 adapter (not cable) connected to a Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe enclosure.
https://egpu.io/forums/which-gear-should-i-buy/thunderbolt-3-external-drive-slot-m-2-ngff-adapter/

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nando4
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There are several builds using either the ADT-Link R43SG-TB3 or ADT-Link R43SG + M.2-TB3 adapter . There does not appear to be a functional difference other than the latter gives you a (imho) nicer NVME to TB3 adapter enclosure.

https://egpu.io/best-external-graphics-card-builds/?table_filter ="ADT-Link R43SG-TB3"

https://egpu.io/best-external-graphics-card-builds/?table_filter ="ADT-Link R43SG M.2-TB3"

 

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 // compares M.2 vs TB3 performance inc unoptimized H-CPU BIOS [build link]  


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Jwells uh huh
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Posted by: @joevt

@jwells_uh_huh, I've used many ADT cables with an eGPU and a Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe enclosure without problem but currently I'm using a NVME to PCIe x4 adapter (not cable) connected to a Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe enclosure.
https://egpu.io/forums/which-gear-should-i-buy/thunderbolt-3-external-drive-slot-m-2-ngff-adapter/

Do you know if the ADT-Link R43S also works instead of the ADT-Link R43SG? What's the difference between them? Also do you know if an ADT setup can directly supply power to the graphics card the same way as a regular computer motherboard can? (According to This Article the stock gtx1650 can run solely on pcie power)

Macbook Pro 2020 (13", i5-1038NG7, 16GB RAM) + GTX 1650 (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3)


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nando4
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I have used a ADT-Link R43SL in my Dell 7510 prior to moving to a ADT-Link R43SG. The latter came with a stand and had native Dell DA-2 power input. The former had a 4pin floppy connector which worked fine with an ATX PSU but required some wire hacking to get my Dell DA-2 to power. Neither can power your video card from the laptop M.2 slot. An external PSU is required to provide the 75W slot power and (if GPU has them) PCIe 6P/8P power connector power.

Only reason can think of using a ADT-Link R43S over a ADT-Link R43SG is if budget conscious or looking for a very small footprint in perhaps a custom enclosure.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 // compares M.2 vs TB3 performance inc unoptimized H-CPU BIOS [build link]  


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joevt
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@jwells_uh_huh, I would not use a GPU that only takes power from the slot.

 

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Jwells uh huh
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Thanks for the help. I am looking for the cheapest amount of money to spend to get this gpu to just work and that's it. What exact features do the https://egpu.io/go/adt-linkr43sg have over the https://egpu.io/go/adt-linkr43s

Also, I've looked around and haven't seen any cheaper alternatives to the Wavlink UT302 for converting the m.2 to plug in a thunderbolt 3 port. I heard intel dropped their royalties on thunderbolt with the upcoming usb4, how long before we see a price drop on thunderbolt products?

Macbook Pro 2020 (13", i5-1038NG7, 16GB RAM) + GTX 1650 (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3)


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