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Badea Cosmin Gabriel
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I am planning to create my first egpu build and I am quite noob on this matter but I found a few possibilities for my budget.

Please help me what to chose from below list.

  1. Dell Inspiron 14 7400 (i7 1165G7, mx350, QHD 14.5", 16 RAM) - this is the one I like more, because of the screen and overall built. It has a dedicated gpu though...
  2. HP Envy 14 (i7 1165G7, iris, wuxga, 16 RAM)
  3. Lenovo Yoga 7 slim 14ITL05 (i7 1165G7, iris, fullhd, 16 RAM) - most affordable, but I am a little scared about the glossy display..
  4. MSI Prestige 14 EVO (i7 1185G7, Iris, full HD, 16 RAM) - better CPU but old fashion ports, it has usb 2.0.. really ?

 

As regards the enclosure haven't decided yet.. considering the prices of gpus on the market right now, I would go for aorus 1080 for the moment.

Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!

2021 14" Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 [11th,4C,G] + GTX 1660 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (CM MasterCase EG200) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  

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Boltoway
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@badea_cosmin_gabriel, I think the two biggest factors you should consider for an eGPU specific Ultrabook are the CPU thermal and power limits and how well the manufacturer has designed it to work with eGPU's.

The performance impact of power and thermal limits cannot be understated. An well designed i5-1135G7 will easily outperform a poorly designed i7-1185G7. The best resource for discovering CPU thermal and power limits for a specific laptop is either a full NoteBookCheck review, or forums such as this one in which people have posted Cinebench R20 and R23 results, which can be compared to the other laptops. NoteBookCheck also has databases for specific CPU's with a solid list of laptops and how they performed, here are the i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7 databases.

The second factor is harder to determine. Essentially this forum is the best resource for evidence of laptop's and their eGPU performance. People's builds and forum posts regarding specific laptops can be a useful insight into their stability and ease of setup. Another indicator is if the manufacturer of the device also produces eGPU enclosures, which hopefully they account for when designing their systems. In saying that, all the systems you have specifically listed are good choices in terms of hardware, and exceed what is required for a Thunderbolt eGPU. 

 

2021 14" Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro (MX450) [11th,4C,H] + RTX 3060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 21H1 [build link]  

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Tom B
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After years of using laptops and eGPU's, I have to say the biggest issue is "Driver compatibility". 

You will need to select hardware thats... Complementary to the hardware in your laptop. With a lower grade processor you should have a lower grade GPU to match (E.G. i3 or 5 tiger lakes, I would use a 2060 or 3060 if you can find one). If you're a lunatic with too much money and you have a full size CPU in your laptop (like an i9 10900k) go with something that is slightly better or close to what you have in the machine (E.G., if you have an AMD 580 rxM in your laptop for graphics, use something like the 67-6900 xt, same thing for Nvidia, if the machine has an Nvidia card in it, go for a 30 series of equal or better value).

Also, cooling is a factor. Cooling pads DO HELP! To parrot Boltoway said: "The performance impact of power and thermal limits cannot be understated." Try to get as close as you can to a 90 degree arc for the laptop body, with three to four cooling fans in the right place (you would need to look at the fan intakes and compare them to the fan locations on your cooling pad.) I found that more positive flow for air is better for your laptop than negative flow. Do not get any of those fan things that hang off of your vents, they do nothing for you.

If you plan on traveling a lot, then I would make sure to pick a laptop with removeable Ram modules (This part goes bad on my machine first, every time, with out fail) and easily replaceable components (this is rare, but something with a replaceable USB hub and key board on it will save your future). I like the new Framework machine for this but, they're still a small company trying to get off of the ground.

Lastly, they have wonderful guides on this site that guys like Itsage update all the time. I would look at those first. The next handful of years will have some awesome stuff for laptops coming out so I would hold off on buying anything till next year around September. Thats about the time that corporations will start spit balling some of the... I like to call them the "Funny car racer" laptops out on the market, just so they can see what the market will support.

 

TomB, AW51m R2 with an Akitio Node Titan (3080 OC inside). Why? Because I like having a Desktop At home and Gaming on the go but, I hate using P2P to share files.


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Badea Cosmin Gabriel
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to be honest, reading your suggestions, I am a little bit scared now.. and I need to do a lot more research in order to chose the perfect solution.

 

2021 14" Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 [11th,4C,G] + GTX 1660 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (CM MasterCase EG200) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  

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Tom B
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@badea_cosmin_gabriel, Thats cool man. Take your time. Never rush into anything.

This site is the best resource for this hobby than any other site in this market... Unless Wendell from Level one has something.

This is possible one of the coolest things you can do with a laptop and I hope you get into this hobby along with the rest of us. Smile

 

Check out the "Builds" tab, it has a lot of awesome pre-build blue prints on that section.

 

TomB, AW51m R2 with an Akitio Node Titan (3080 OC inside). Why? Because I like having a Desktop At home and Gaming on the go but, I hate using P2P to share files.


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Badea Cosmin Gabriel
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I ended up ordering the Lenovo Yoga Slim i7 1165G7 and a Cooler Master EG200 plus a Gigabyte Aorus 1660 TI. As soon as I receive everything I ll post a review.

2021 14" Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 [11th,4C,G] + GTX 1660 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (CM MasterCase EG200) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  

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