What's the point of superb built-in GPU if we get eGPU anyway?
Hi there, I'm a new guy
I was thinking about getting high end laptop (currently have ASUS G751) with the intention to get the eGPU. However most of these top spec laptops have expensive and the best graphic cards already. But what is the point of buying a laptop with a expensive graphic card which will be never used since I'm planing to have eGPU? I'd rather spend premium on great CPU and other elements and keep integrated HD graphics only. It would save me a couple of hundred dollars at least.
I can't find any place where I can buy high end laptop without or weak graphic card. What options I have if I don't want to spent money on build-in graphic card and want to use eGPU only?
Another thing to consider is if you have a high end dGPU of the same brand as the card you put in the eGPU you can have problems with the drivers!
Oh.. so you're saying I can't have integrated Intel HD graphics and have Nvidia RTX 3080 eGPU at the same time, without having any dGPU?
@voocash_play, not at all.
I’m saying if Your laptop had a iGPU (for example Intel UHD or whatever is the craze) and a dGPU (for example a Nvidia 980M) you would want the brand of the eGPU to be different to the dGPU.
My laptop has a GTX 1080 dGPU but no iGPU, and my eGPU was a RTX 3080 (both Nvidia) as a result getting video back onto the laptop display was an issue, as there are two Nvidia devices both seeking different versions of the same drivers.
So if you don’t have a dGPU, not an issue, but if you have one, it might be worth considering trying to source the eGPU card from a different manufacturer.
Not an expert on the subject, but looking at other products that have options(like cars), it just probably has to do with profits. I'm sure a custom PCB/chipset(or lack of)/cooling would mean increased costs especially since the dGPU is still integrated. Assuming those that are willing to pay for a higher-end CPU also wants all the bells and whistle, it probably just makes sense to handcuff it to a higher-end GPU. I'm fairly certain eGPUs aren't as common as we want to think(a lot of my PC/tech friends aren't familiar with them at all; and a couple of them have owned gaming laptops). The reason why I bring up cars is I've ran into this very issue(certain trim has the interior and engine I want, but includes exterior and infotainment system that I don't want or want to pay for).
As far as options, I think you're just kind of screwed paying for a dGPU until eGPUs become more mainstream.
Cool. I literally found out about eGPU like few days ago. Having gaming laptop is OK as well but mine is super heavy and it is problematic when I travel by plane around the EU. Having a slim neat 14-15inch laptop would take so much hassle away. Also my ASUS ROG G751 has a GTX980M which is a bit dated now and I can't handle 2k/4k gaming on this 6y old laptop.
Having eGPU seems like a the best option because I can simply replace a graphic card after 3-4years and still enjoy high details gaming for another 3+years. Until the point the CPU becomes a wreck or obsolete.
What is your experience with eGPU @Kevin Nie Eban ?
Is it realistic to build a good setup with RTX380 on eGPU up to $1700/£1500?
@voocash_play, I'm actually new to eGPUs too. I've heard about them for a while and kind of dismissed them until I started travelling more for work. I basically have everything to run an eGPU right now(ADT-Link M.2 setup) minus the GPU itself since I'm waiting to see how the prices look with the release of RDNA2. Initially was going to go 2070 Super, then 3080FE (but couldn't even get a chance to order it).
Convenience. Personal preference.
Get something smaller for portability. Plug it into eGPU and monitor for resource heavy tasks/play. Upgrade later without replacing the whole unit. Versatility. Lights tasks, minimal load out.
Something bulkier if you don't transport it around as much. Bulky = better screen quality, runs hotter. Optimal performance in a laptop.