Looking ahead what should I buy?
I have several doubts about what gear I need. Let me try to briefily explain my current situation & doubts.
I have an Intel Nuc Skull Canyon (**not** the Hades) using an NVMe SSD slot (so the other M.2 slot is empty) & 32 GB RAM. I am managing to change my current desktop graphic card (MSI Nvidia 980ti Gold) for a new one (Nvidia 2080ti). So as expected I want to use the old 980ti to upgrade the Intel NUC. Now my tons of doubts (as you will see I am completely rookie).
I am thinking 3 alternatives:
-1) easiest one to purchase a Razer Core X Chroma
-2) to purchase an ADT-Link TB3 adaptor (ie R43SG)
-3) to purchase an M.2 adaptor
So regarding options:
PROS : easiest, about 99% sure that my MSI 980ti Gold will fit into the case and that power should not be a problem, this case come with USB & Ethernet ports, probably faster option (32Gbps) if I do not use the USB/Ethernet ports
CONS: expensive choice, probably this case is one-shot due when I want to replace in the future my 980ti by the newer and bigger 2080ti I am managing to aquire this new one will not fit the case so it will be useless
2) ADT-LINK TB3 adaptor R43SG
PROS: probably faster option (32Gbps), probably not a one-shot option like RAZER for newer graphic card incoming (2080ti, big, really big) so fitting is not a big issue here
CONS: seems a less proved option (I could not see user builds) , power (not a big issue)
3) M.2 ADAPTOR
PROS: cheapest one, GPU size/lenght is not an issue so no one-shot purchase, proven option with Nvidia 980ti and also proven option with an Intel NUC,
CONS: probably is not the fastest option due I will use in the NUC both M.2 slots (1 for an NVMe SSD and the other for this adaptor), power (not a big issue), more adaptors available so I dunno what is best option
So as you can see my questions are:
++RAZER++ Will be fit another card** in the future than the 980ti? (probably with a little DIY??), Will I lost much more than the regular +-20% performance when if I use USB ports?
++ADT-LINK TB3 adaptor R43SG++ Is this a proven option? (It is expensive)
++M.2 ADAPTOR++ Will be a big performance issue to use the other M.2 slot for a NVMe SDD (I am thinking both are sharing lanes)? Which adaptor is the best option for a 980ti and looking ahead? (I think this one is the best price/features: ADT-Link R43SG but this ADT-Link R43/R53 is the chaper one and the most tested probably is the following one EXP GDC Beast 9.0b so in your opinion for my testbed (980ti+NUC) which is better?
Thank you an sorry for the long thread.
**I am looking for one of this two 2080ti:
advises are welcome 🙂