NUC 10 plus which egpu and card
I've idly been thinking for a while about adding computing capability to my living room which is equipped with a 4k capable projector, so after some planning I ordered a NUC 10 i7 10710 U bare bones kit, slammed an nvme drive in the m.2 bay and slapped in 32gb of RAM (more than i will ever need but there was a half price kit available on amazon warehouse....). It's all set up and i love it. Got spotify running through a pair of KEF LS50 wireless speakers and 4k netflix / youtube / amazon prime is incredible on the projector screen.
But why stop there......
What if I found the right blend of egpu and graphics card to take advantage of the thunderbolt 3 port with the 4 pcie lanes. Could i even turn this setup into something that could handle 4k gaming???
So to my question. Is there a sweet spot in terms of graphics card before my 10710-u becomes the limiting factor. On the NUC it's a 25w chip, so I'm thinking it's probably quite capable as a processor even if the integrated graphics on it is rubbish....
What do you guys think? At what tier graphics card does the law of diminishing returns kick in? This is a little project driven by enthusiasm and curiosity rather than cost driven, so if you take budget out of the equation- where would you go in nvidia or AMDs lineup for the perfect partner? I'm thinking the enclosure choice will be driven by the power requirements of the gpu, so that choice can happen second?
4K gaming at 60FPS+ on anything, really, will require an RTX 2080Ti or above, especially if you want to play AAA titles, new releases, or even older games with high graphical settings. This is also not taking into account the 20~% reduction in performance from your eGPU.
For reference, this is a recent benchmark I ran on a NUC8I5BEH with an RTX 2070 Super:
@boltoway, thanks so much for your response. I'm wondering if I get a gpu as high end as that whether the performance will be hobbled by the low voltage processor, or whether it'll be just fine. Do you have any experience with this? I've read up about the likely 20% or so hit that the thunderbolt connection brings, and that seems bearable so long as it's not compounded by the CPU limiting performance too?
@stockportmike, No problem! I am happy to help, and welcome you to the forum.
I think if you get the NUC unit with the i7-10710U, you will only see a small performance loss due to it being a ULV CPU. Especially in well optimised games, the GPU will be your major bottleneck. The 8th generation and onwards Intel ULV CPU's are far more powerful than they used to be, and the NUC's usually get the best of them all.