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itsage
(@itsage)
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@bryan_techguy, Internal display acceleration is not always the easiest when there's a dGPU. It's easier when the dGPU and eGPU are different brands. I think having an Nvidia eGPU will allow your MacBook Pro to have a functional Radeon dGPU which then allow the internal display acceleration to work.

 

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Zjbcnm bkk
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I because my Grafikcard gtx 1050 becomes limited,I  planned to upgrade to a egpu. I need the penpressure ( there a not much Laptops felt, which support this), buying a new notebook is really hard.

 

does support the lenovo yoga 720 egpu.

i want to Model in vr. But will the egpu enough for it. And which model is the Best for it?

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Petrified1
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Hey y'all

I'm currently anticipating an overseas move for a year or two so I unfortunately have to part with my desktop and was wondering how far back my laptop would set an eGPU?

My laptop is the lowest spec as I only used it for audio editing/word processing during uni so it has an i3-7100u/4gb ram/128GB SSD. Unfortunately all these parts are non-replaceable (thanks Dell). I was wondering if my computer would even become remotely usable with my current RTX 3080 for video editing, streaming, and gaming (non-AAA titles like league, val, and dead by daylight).

Really hoping I don't have to spend $$$ and rebuild overseas just to ditch the build. If not, is there any best bang for the buck laptop that won't break the bank?

Thanks in advance yall!

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itsage
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@petrified1, XPS 9360 has a full bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 port. However, the dual core i3 + 4GB RAM is the weak link. I think Thunderbolt 3 eGPU is still usable for your needs. The performance loss compared to other RTX 3080 eGPU setups will be more significant. The advantage of going with an TB3 eGPU enclosure is that you only need to add one more component (about $300) to switch between ultrabook and desktop. The enclosure has some value in the second-hand market too.

 

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briguythefly
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I'm looking to stream on Twitch and curious if I should buy a new computer or if I can buy an external graphics card (what I udnerstand is an eGPU) to set this up.

(Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB

Thanks,
Brian

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(@bryce_reigle)
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Hi,
I have a 6,1 with FirePro D300 and looking to boost my graphic capability.
I've looked into many options but don't know where to turn. I was interested in BlackMagic 580 but saw that they are not best performance wise. Essentially, I am looking at most cost effective solution to enhance my graphics. Only using one display (Alienware 27). Most egpu enclosures seem expensive, just want something as plug and play as possible. I understand I will need TB2 adapter, TB2 Cable, and Purge wrangler, just don't know what my most cost effective solution would be.

All input is really appreciated.

Thank you!!

Bryce

 

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Mercury
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I wanted to know if an Thunderbolt egpu could work on a laptop with only usb c or does it have a specific port in which it can work .

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Mini i5
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@mercury, Welcome to the forum. The laptop will need to be equipped with a Thunderbolt controller (check the product documentation) in order to work with a Thunderbolt eGPU. 

 

 

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(@bastien_loiseau)
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Hey everyone.

I'm new in the forum and what bring me here is my seek for a solution with my (not already) configuration.

I own an Apple MacBook Pro 15inch mid. 2014, and I doing video with it.However I could sold him for 1/10 the value but I thought that (maybe) the best way to recycle "him" will be to ad an eGPU. 

But I don't know what kind off.

1) I don't want to put more than 500 euro on this.

2) I found a second hand Aikito Th2 box and I saw that it's a good way to "build" a really "not so bad" configuration. But I don't know what kind of graphic card to put inside. I would like to put the "right one". Not too fast for my laptop, and not too expensive, but also, not too slow an make this configuration useless.

3) I found also a BlackMagic eGPU (with a 580 radeon 8Go card inside) for exactly my budget. But it's on Th3.

Now what?

- Better sell the Mac? Even for peanuts?

- Buy a (and the right) graphic card for the Aikito Th2 and do my configuration with it?

- Buy the BM eGPU and a Th2 to Th3 adapter and live with it?

Anyway, I should buy also a monitor, but that's another story.

If there is a good soul to help me, to make my mind (and a good choice), I will be really very grateful.

 

Thanks.

 

B.

-Late 2014 Mac BookPro 15", Patched on Moterey.
-Blackmagic eGPU, Radeon Pro 580 with 8 GB GDDR5


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Mini i5
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@bastien_loiseau, Welcome to the forum. You've done some good research.

To add yet another option - assuming you are running Final Cut Pro (which is highly CPU-optimized, and much less GPU-dependent) you might consider a discounted M1 Mac Mini + external display, instead.

I've often seen open-box returned M1 Mini models at my local Microcenter retail store for the US $ equivalent of your budget. 

If you are doing something more GPU-dependent such as processing video effects in Davinci Resolve Studio, or if you have third-party software plug-ins (or any Mac software) that wont run on Big Sur, Monterey, or Rosetta 2, than the Blackmagic eGPU + external display might be the way to go. But first - more research for you below 😉

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/definitive-macos-thunderbolt-egfx-compatibility-registry-faq/

 

 

 

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