Replacing my 7 y/o desktop with a portable laptop/egpu setup
Current desktop (in short):
- cpu: i5-2500k
- gpu: evga gtx 1080ti - replaced an msi gtx580 xtreme a week ago
- ssd: Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB
- ram: 16GB 1600Mhz ddr3 11-11-11-28
- Unigine Valley (extreme hd @ 1080p): FPS 102.0 Score 4266 Min FPS 29.2 Max FPS 158.0
- Unigine Heaven: FPS 140.1 Score 3530 Min FPS 18.0 Max FPS 266.0
Reasoning of replacement:
- I work abroad and only get to access my desktop during the weekend - no me gusta
- I use a business laptop for personal activities during the week and want my own device instead
- time for something new
- fell in love with usb c tb3 docks at clients
The new setup should have at least the same performance as my current desktop whenever I am home/combined with the egpu.
While abroad, preferably I would like to have a light and portable device for productivity (e.g.: coding) and free time.
I am thinking of buying the following:
- macbook pro 13" i5 vs. macbook pro 13" i7 vs. razer blade stealth (13" i7) 2019 (mac will be paired with bootcamp and windows whenever I want to use the egpu)
- razer core x
Out of which of these laptops will I:
- get the highest performance (in combo with the egpu) compared to my current desktop
e.g.: will the macbook i7, which outperforms the other two, make a big difference for egpu setups? Are macs easily throttled in setups like these?
- get the easiest experience with TB3 nvidia gpu docking, plug and play
e.g.: I saw some people mention on the forums that they use specific macbook usb c ports for their egpu (could have been on macos only) - I don't want that, they all should work
All input is welcome!
I'm in the same boat as you. :p Currently going with a PC instead of a new Macbook, just because I read way too many entries on this site that are like "PC Setup: just plugged it in, and it worked" and "Mac Setup: plugged it in, ran this script, didn't work, crashed, gave Error 39, ran this script, did this, jiggled this, finally worked but runs like butt." 😛
Also, I'm amazed at your current system scoring around 3500 on Heaven -- your processor is four generations older than a quad-core Xeon system I just built with a 1060, and it only scores around 1200. 😛 Of course, the entire system probably cost less than just the price of that 1080Ti!
If you already bought a gtx 1080ti, I think it is easier to go with the Razer blade, as MacBooks do not support Nvidia without third-party scripts, which have to run with System Integrity Protection disabled, and BootCamp does not support eGPU's natively at all, so it is even more scripts and hassle. Additionally, you wanted the eGPU to work with all TB3 ports, but the BootCamp workaround is bound to only one specific port.
Let's suppose I have a proper signature.
Here is one Ungine Benchmark with this setup, 129.1 FPS:
@askold_kyzyma: I don't understand what you mean with "bound to only one specific port"? I can use any of the ports.
I was in the same boat as you are with respect to the Razer. However after searching, while both Razer and Dell XPS have problems, I think that better support and build quality can be found with Dell XPS 13 or 15. Look them up yourself.