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palatablesauce
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I just received a Sonnet Breakaway Box 550W enclosure and would like to add a GPU to it to for my HP Spectre x360 13 laptop. I am well aware that the i7-8550U CPU is not that powerful compared to many GPUs and could cause bottlenecks, but I've also heard that using an enclosure also doesn't allow the GPU to run at its full potential. Keeping those factors in mind, would it be a bad idea to buy a GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G for my laptop? If this is the case, may I get a suggestion on what GPU to get?

 

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Mini i5
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@palatablesauce

Find a good price you’re happy with on a 2060 or a 2060 Super. 

 

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palatablesauce
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@mini-i5, No worries about bottlenecking? I'm just worried that buying a too high-end GPU might be a waste of money.

 

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Mini i5
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@palatablesauce

You’ll still have to deal with the CPU power management scheme on your laptop.

The 2060 Super hits the sweet spot for price to performance ratio.

But if the 2060 is on sale for significantly less, than that’s a good choice too. 

Like everyone else here, you’ll need try out your eGPU with the software and games you run to find out.

If you run into too much bottlenecking than you can always exchange your card for a 1660 Super. 

 

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Norman P. Aquino
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@palatablesauce, I'm also in the process of adding an EGPU to my i7-8550u-based laptop, which is notorious for throttling (I'm still waiting for the R43SG adapter from China, it's been almost a month since I ordered it).

I also got an RTX-based graphics card that's gathering dust in my bookshelf. 🙂 Anyway, I got the card not worrying about whether it would be an overkill, knowing that I will be using it once I decide to get a desktop.

Meanwhile, the laptop air cooler (to be placed under it) has arrived and it has kept the aluminum body cool. I also bought liquid metal thermal compound, which I heard does magic as long as you know what you're doing.

 

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palatablesauce
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@mini-i5, Is the 1660 Super a good option? It seems to have much less of a bottleneck than the 2060 with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

 

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Mini i5
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@palatablesauce

Yep, good performance for its price. 

Run your games and software to find out which titles are cpu heavy and which ones make the best use of the eGPU.

And familiarize yourself with the performance, power, and fan settings available on your laptop.

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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