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DavidMC
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Hello everyone. I am a student and I was looking for a device that could both do some light gaming and some study (I research a lot about tech) and need full windows 10 (That's why I ditched the idea of an iPad) and I came across the Surface Go 2 that will be released on May 12th. I wanted to see if there is a way for an external GPU from that USB-C port. Maybe USB to ExpressCard or External PCIE? Any ideas? Any help apperciated. Here is the official microsoft link:- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-go-2/8PT3S2VJMDR6?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

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nando4
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USB-C 3.x does not carry PCIe signals so cannot be used for an eGPU with any of the adapters you mention. USB 4.0 is touted as being Thunderbolt compatible. Thunderbolt does encode PCIe signals so can be used to host an eGPU but have not see Microsoft advertise any Thunderbolt USB-C ports.

If eGPU adaptability is important to you then check out some notebook buying guides that have that in mind:

https://egpu.io/forums/which-gear-should-i-buy/guide-the-best-current-and-future-windows-laptops-for-simple-egpu-setup/

https://egpu.io/best-laptops-external-gpu/

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DavidMC
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@nando4, Thank you very much, I am just going to switch to laptops for now.

 

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Just in case someone stumbles here via search engine... I'm going throw a product name in the air: Lenovo ThinkPad Hybrid USB-C and USB-A Dock (40AF)

This 40AF one is NOT an eGPU in the spirit of what eGPU is but it does have a basic usb3 gpu. We use these docks at work: they are good enough for two 1440p monitors, specs claim dual 4K. It comes with USB-A adapter and while it works with laptops that do not have USB-C at all, it just cannot charge them. I have used one with my Lenovo T450s and also Surface Pro 4 succesfully, my current work computer is T470 which also charges via USB-C and I've already got omen accelerator for it from clearance sale but that's another story. 

This one is pure productivity solution: it is usable for word processing, spreadsheets etc and even fullscreen video playback from youtube or netflix is fine, just don't tell my boss that Smile It has practically zero gaming performance. I also find it way too expensive as new but in the second hand market they are affordable. 

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joevt
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@klf, it's just another DisplayLink dock. Useful when you can't or don't want to buy a GPU and need another display for productivity.

 

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@joevt, thank you Smile I knew there were other docks that work same but that Lenovo is the only one I have experience with and the only one I could name. 

 

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joevt
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@klf, np! it's good to hear about people's experiences with specific products so we can better understand the group of products or to see if there's any differences that matter.

 

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