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What do you think of this potential setup?  

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Honk
 Honk
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I'm a Student looking forward to college and preemptively deciding what laptop/laptop + eGPU to buy. 
Heres what I'm thinking based on quite a few weeks of research on laptops and eGPUs:
Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 730 13" 
Processor: 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor (1.80GHz, up to 4.0GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
Ram: 16  GB DDR4 2400MHz (Onboard)
SSD: 512GB Solid State Drive PCIe
Ports: 2 x Type-C Thunderbolt (pretty sure they are both 4 lane), USB 3.0, Audio jack
Cost / Link:  https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/yoga/700-series/Yoga-730-13-/p/88YG7000964
I'm going with this because it has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and it also has a really good battery life which is essential for being a student
I would hook this up to the Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box Graphic Cards GV-N1080IXEB-8GD then to an external display
I'm using the Aorus GTX 1080 because it is small but powerful and I feel the price increase from the 1070 or the 1060 is worth it because I won't be purchasing upgrades for at least 4 years and I still want to be able to play new games as they come out.
I would use the other Thunderbolt port for other peripherals like a keyboard, mouse and a storage drive.
For the laptop and the eGPU, it should cost around $1,700 (Lenovo has lots of sales however and I could probably get the laptop at a cheaper price)
If I don't go with this I would probably go with the Lenovo legion 730 which has way less battery life and a worse graphics card (GTx 1050 Ti) for only a little less ($ 1,429.99, it's on sale rn for like 1,220 though)

Do you Guys and gals and others have any suggestions or other ideas that would best suit my needs as a student who wants really good future proofed-ish gaming performance?
Also, do you people know of any hiccups with this setup or setups similar to it?

This topic was modified 10 months ago

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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nanoBit
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Well I can't tell you if your setup will work - but I can share my experiences in terms of eGPU vs. gaming laptop. I had a MacBook Pro 13", an eGPU (GTX1080) and an Asus Zephyr gaming laptop. I'm also a student btw. Due to a lack of CPU performance of the MacBook I borrowed the Zephyr and planned to completely replace my setup with it - a plan I had until I used it the first time at the university.
Firstly, gaming laptops are extremely heavy. I thought I could handle a few grams more.... and I could but it's really annoying carrying about 3 kg + other stuff around (compared to a bit more than 1kg of the MacBook). It doesn't sound like a big difference but when you're carrying it the whole day it definitely is. 
Secondly the size was a big issue. It didn't even fit into my 15" laptop backpack because it was larger than normal 15" laptops. And in the main auditorium it was exactly the same size as the whole table. I couldn't take notes and use my laptop at the same time. 
The third reason was the performance. Yes, the CPU performance was much better but the gaming performance was still worse. The Zephyr has a GTX1080 Max-Q GPU inside. But this GPU has a much worse performance than a desktop GTX1080 for obvious reasons. So I wasn't able to play my games with maximum details in 4k. The only way I got a better performance was connecting the eGPU to the Zephyr... but that's not really a cheap solution for a gaming laptop isn't it?

All in all: I definitely recommend using an eGPU setup. Much more convenient in the university (smaller, lighter laptop with longer battery life and a touchscreen for taking notes) than a heavy, over-sized  gaming laptop.

EDIT: eGPU setups in Windows are normally much easier than Linux or macOS setup... so don't the afraid of that. Important for a eGPU setup are the number of PCI lanes the Thunderbolt port can use and how they're routed to the CPU. I'd recommend looking for a build guide here. If there is none look for comparable ones with the same CPU and the same eGPU... The enclosures are all more of less the same when it comes to configuration but there are some you have to update before using. Just browse through the forums here, all questions will be answered 😉 

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Setup: MacBook Pro 2018 15" 2.6GHz Radeon Pro 560X on macOS 10.14 & Windows 10 (Bootcamp); Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 350 with a Zotac GTX1080 AMP! Edition


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Honk
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Thanks, @nanobit honestly I wanted some affirmation because everything should work, I'm just a little scared of trying something totally new especially for this much money. I especially appreciate the advice about college. Thanks again.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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nanoBit
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Posted by: Honk

Thanks, @nanobit honestly I wanted some affirmation because everything should work, I'm just a little scared of trying something totally new especially for this much money. I especially appreciate the advice about college. Thanks again.

Here’s a build guide with the Yoga 720:  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-lenovo-yoga-730-13ikb-i5-8250u-uhd-620-fhd-gtx108032gbps-tb3-akitio-node-pro-win10/#post-38183

seems like a pretty easy setup which matches my experience that eGPU in Windows is almost Plug&Play (except Bootcamp but that’s another story...)

Setup: MacBook Pro 2018 15" 2.6GHz Radeon Pro 560X on macOS 10.14 & Windows 10 (Bootcamp); Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 350 with a Zotac GTX1080 AMP! Edition


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