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Recommendations on laptop & EGPU for 1 plug set up?
 

Recommendations on laptop & EGPU for 1 plug set up?  

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(@leon_woodward)
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

Hi, 
Can anyone point me in the right direction for 1 plug set up? I want to have a lightweight & portable laptop which is able to be connected & charged through TB3 from the single cable. However, when I travel, I want to also have a powerful i7 with a basic dGPU, something like a 1050 max-q or maybe the MX250 so that the laptop can hold its own.

  • Is it possible to have a laptop with these specs and still have a 1 plug set up?
  • Will the laptop blue screen when the CPU draws more power than TB3 can provide? (I have seen that in a forum post)
  • Will the drivers stuff up and prevent me using the dGPU or eGPU?
  • Will the peripherals plugged into my eGPU cause stuttering due to TB3 limitations?
  • Will my CPU bottleneck/thermal throttle?

Just seems as though TB3 isnt quite there yet for a perfect 1 plug set up 🙁 I'm much more interested in the clean look and convenience of the set up rather than maximising my gaming performance.

If I could be certain I can make everything work, I'm looking at something like the Lenovo X1 Extreme, paired to the Razer Chroma with a 1660ti or 1070 inside. There was a forum post recently on the X1 Extreme which has dashed my confidence in getting my set up working.

Thanks everyone 🙂

Laptop: Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen1 w/ i7-8750H GTX 1050 Max-Q dGPU
eGPU Enclosure: Razer Core X Chroma
eGPU: GTX 960
Cable: Caldigit 2m TB3 Active Cable


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chinsteig
(@chinsteig)
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

This video seems like what you are trying to do. They use an eGPU enclosure that daisy chains into a hub for the rest of the peripherals. In your case it would come down to what laptop you can find that meets the specs you wanted, but doesn't surpass the low charging limit of the enclosure.

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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(@leon_woodward)
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

Thanks for the link! If I'm using Core X Chroma, does that then remove the need for the TB3 dock as I can use the ports on the eGPU?
That could be a solution, although crazy expensive

Laptop: Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen1 w/ i7-8750H GTX 1050 Max-Q dGPU
eGPU Enclosure: Razer Core X Chroma
eGPU: GTX 960
Cable: Caldigit 2m TB3 Active Cable


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chinsteig
(@chinsteig)
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

If it has all the ports you need then sure. That’s the great thing about thunderbolt 3, it’s so versatile the pre are plenty of options if you look hard enough. You could also expand some of the ports on the Core X chroma using USB hubs with any missing ports you’ll need. 
Since the core x chroma uses dual tb3 chips, I believe that solves bandwidth issues that older single chip enclosures had under heavy load that was resolved by adding a tb3 hub (making the setup dual chip).

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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