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D-zayed
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I have a Lenovo legion y520 i7-7700hq gtx 1050 and I am lost I don't know what to buy there are a lot of choices and don't know which to buy to use gtx 1080 or 1070 on my laptop without problems anyone can help 

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Thomas Emmerling
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Hello, 

My current situation is the following. 

I own a MBP 2017 with an i5 dual-core, a Razer Core X and a 3060 ti. 

I am sure you can see the problem I have at hand, the CPU is an extreme bottleneck for my system. Most games dont even tickle my GPU but still run around 30 FPS (100% CPU usage).

My plan is to sell my MBP and buy a Windows laptop with a stronger CPU. I need at least 500 gb of SSD and no dGPU. What would be my cheepest option here ? 

Yes I know the sane option is to just build a tower but I kinda fell in love with the idea of "all-in-one-system". 

Thank you for your help. 

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Leovinus
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Good question. I can't help you specifically since I haven't been in the market for a PC laptop in a while, but I would think a Tiger Lake based laptop would be a good bet to maximise the eGPUs utility. The internal thunderbolt controller on the CPU makes for quite a difference as far as I understand. The best of the bunch are the 1165G7 and 1185G7 in the 28W configuration (with a 36W dynamic tuning). But they're only 4 core 8 thread CPUs, and I honestly don't know which laptops contain it yet. 

Maybe someone else on here could chime in on what'd be the better tradeoff, more cores or internal thunderbolt controller?

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  

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WilsonEvans
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I currently have a Dell XPS15 9550 that I brought after selling my gaming desktop because a laptop is near essential for student life.

The XPS15 is fine, it can run a good few games I enjoy at a steady frame rate when a lower resolution/graphics settings are applied (Cities Skylines, BF1, Overwatch, Witcher 3).

However, after building up some funds over a summer of working I want to invest some of that money into something with a bit more power so I can run some nicer looking games.

I have pretty impossible criteria though so any advice is appriciated.

  • I don't want to spend more than £500

  • laptop trade in to dell would get me £600

  • I still need a laptop / portable device for my studies

  • would rather not have a gaming laptop (find them pretty unprofessional looking/ ugly in general)

I was mainly looking into external GPUs but seem to be mixed feelings towards them.

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itsage
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@wilsonevans, Are you planning on using an external monitor? The XPS 9550 has a gimped Thunderbolt 3 connection (routed through a x2 lane PCIe connection) so internal display eGPU performance is greatly reduced vs external monitor. I would say to upgrade your XPS first before investing money on an eGPU setup.

 

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Cole Peterson
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Im pretty new to eGPUs but I own a Zbook 15 G2 and I was hoping someone on here would be kind enough to direct me and to what I need to do and buy to get one going on this laptop without a thunderbolt3 slot.

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 Lfax
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So, for Chrismas i got a 1650 from asus with no power connector because its under the 75w power and im wondering if i buy a egpu would it run or do i need to get a gpu with power connectors?

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kory_kearney
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I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to run an eGPU with my Mac Pro late 2013.

 

Any recommendations?

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Bryant Stephens
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Hello everyone,

this is my first post but I’ve been looking around a lot.

So after a lot of research and I feel I understand the setup that I want. A R43sg-tb3. Well on aliexpress I find a lot of these but some say they don’t work on Macs and others that don’t say anything. The first one I was going to get said Macs were ok but they were out of stock. Now I’m looking at another but I’m not sure if my intel MBP 2020 will work or not. It says “for ITX, STX and NUC.” According to this, will it work on a Mac? 

Also I’m having a hard time finding one that says Mac compatible. Or should they all be ?

Sorry I am still getting use to computer terminology.

Thanks all

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Tensorizer
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Greetings & Salutations,

I was wondering if anyone had eGPU experience with the new 2021 Dell Inspiron 15 7506?

 

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