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Out of ALL the configurations out there for eGPUs... what is the BEST laptop+eGPU+videocard out there to suit my needs?  

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zamardii12
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Before everyone jumps down my throat... I have a LOT of configurations I am considering but nothing is definitive in my mind.

So, I know the best videocard out there... but I am more concerned with spending too much money on say a 2080ti and not being able to utilize the power because of limitations. 

I had in the past (2 years ago) a Razer Blade (i7-7700HQ) version + Razer Core with a Founder's Edition 1080 and that was good enough to max out EVERY game at 1440p. What is the equivalent of this now? Personally for me I need more of a portable computer now because of school and work, but I do loves me some games... so I don't want to just get a thin and light. I just want something that can fully utilize a eGPU and the laptop have good battery. I don't need to game on the go so the laptop itself doesn't have to have a gaming-ready dedicated GPU.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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What's wrong with your Razer Blade? CPU-wise that is still a perfectly good machine, so it sounds like all you need is a video card upgrade.

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zamardii12
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Oh. I had since sold that setup... I just know that it was pretty good as it was. Now I am in the market for a new eGPU setup and I want to get the best performance for my money.

Posted by: Eightarmedpet

MacBook Pro 15 inch and an RTX 2080.

I don't see a setup like that on the Build Guides section. Is that your setup?

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: zamardii12

Oh. I had since sold that setup... I just know that it was pretty good as it was. Now I am in the market for a new eGPU setup and I want to get the best performance for my money.

Posted by: Eightarmedpet

MacBook Pro 15 inch and an RTX 2080.

I don't see a setup like that on the Build Guides section. Is that your setup?

Sadly its not, but that recommendation comes from what I have pieced together from various posts...

Reasons:
1. MacBook Pro 15inch is super simple set up wise with Nvidia cards
2. It has the best performance due to the TB something being connected directly to the CPU (this is rare).
3. The performance gains between the 2080 and the 2080ti are minimal (in egpu builds) as documented by itsage in one of his builds (I think thats correct...).

I cant remember how AMD cards are in Bootcamp on the 2018's (I think its simple but double check that) but if you want a card in both OS the newly announced Raedeon 7 card could be a good option, although I was pretty disappointed with it as I was expecting more for less!

Some info here:  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-15-macbook-pro-vega-20-evga-rtx-2080-ti-ftw3-32gbps-tb3-akitio-node-pro-win-10-rubycrow/

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@zamardii12 I'd recommend taking a look at Alienware M15 (GTX 1060 dGPU configuration). You can use either the propriety Alienware Graphics Amplifier port or Thunderbolt 3 port for external graphics. Both of these ports have direct attachment to the CPU. We found the AGA to be faster than TB3. RTX 2080 would be very capable for QHD gaming.

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@zamardii12 Ideally any laptop with a high-end 8th gen or better CPU that doesn’t throttle too much + TB3 + RTX 2080 would do, but the standout from your requirements is battery life. If you’re willing to work in macOS and play in Windows exclusively, then @eightarmedpet’s suggestion is perfect. If a lot of your work (especially true for ECE students) requires Windows (and you work on the go), then in your shoes I would consider XPS (good general purpose battery life), though there are likely better TB3 hosts out there (ones with direct CPU-TB3 links). While the AGA route is nice in that it is better than TB3 performance-wise, a laptop upgrade in the future would require you to sell the AGA as well (unless you stick with Alienware). TB3 is de facto, and will become more “standard” with next gen intel chips including built-in support.

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