HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation + ???? eGPU (Are you an eGPU Explorer? Because I may be... unless I'm missing something.)
Hi eGPU.io community!
Being new to the eGPU market I have read quite a few beginner's guides and feel comfortable in my decision to actively look for an eGPU that will complement my HP Z2 Mini G4 workstation. Being the good rookie I am, I took the advice of these guides and looked extensively through every crack of the internet for someone out there who has tried ANY eGPU with this workstation. I have failed miserably. In fact, the only two posts on the internet that have 'eGPU' and 'HP Z2 Mini G4' in the same sentence, are the ones I posted to the r/eGPU subreddit and the HP Support forums in which I ask if anybody has tried this before.
The eGPU.io community is my last resort. Has ANYONE tried an eGPU with this device? If so, please provide me with feedback as I would not like to make any costly beginner mistakes!
If no one out there has tried this, I guess that makes me an eGPU Explorer (if that's the right term) and would love to hear stories from other Explorers and their experiences. I could also simply be overthinking this whole eGPU situation and could probably buy any eGPU out there for this workstation. After all, it is technically a desktop and not a laptop.
I've attached a screenshot of the workstation's specs below. The image looks tiny on my end but I hope once the post is up, you may be able to click to enlarge.
@gabriel_elias_gabrie, Welcome aboard! I think you may be the first to implement an eGPU with the HP Z2 Mini G4. Given it's a desktop with multiple connection interfaces (Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe), I would recommend looking into an M.2 eGPU adapter. The ADT-Link R43SG for example is a more affordable solution for eGPU and performs better than Thunderbolt 3. Paired with that Xeon E-2278G processor, you'll have some serious power in a SFF. Does your particular model has a punch-out piece next to the Ethernet port. That would make cable management nice and clean when installing the M.2 eGPU adapter.
@ksninja, I unfortunately have not received my computer yet. I live in Canada and could only get a customized unit from the US. But HP USA doesn’t ship to Canada and with the border closure, I am not able to pick up my workstation.
I did end up cancelling my G4 order and ordered a G5. Unlike the G4, the G5 seems to have better features and will hopefully have eGPU compatibility.
I called HP support and spoke with their workstation specialist, John. When I asked him about the use of eGPU’s with the product, he simply stated that HP has not tested or certified any eGPU’s with the G4 or G5 mini workstation and that it would be up to the eGPU manufacturer to ensure compatibility.
in case you were wondering, cus I was, the G5 RAM is upgradable. I asked John because I could not find any pictures of the internals for the G5 and was worried they may have limited upgradability. Thankfully, that was not the case! I bought a TANK of a unit but configured only 4gb of HP RAM in it. That way, I could save a few hundred bucks by buying 64GB of Crucial Ballistix RAM from Amazon instead.