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Surface Laptop Studio Upgrades: eGPU + NVMe SSD

Surface Laptop Studio Upgrades: eGPU + NVMe SSD

For the longest time, Microsoft had opted to exclude Thunderbolt connectivity from its Surface hardware lineup. I came close to purchasing a 28″ Surface Studio two years ago but the lack of Thunderbolt 3 was a deal breaker. Today’s release of the Surface Laptop Studio (SLS) and Surface Pro 8 (SP8) ... Read More
Best eGPU Enclosures – October 2021 External GPU Buyer Guide

Best eGPU Enclosures – October 2021 External GPU Buyer Guide

Find the best eGPU enclosure from our weekly updated guide. Compare the most popular Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures with linked hands-on reviews.
How To Install Windows 11 on Macs (Boot Camp)

How To Install Windows 11 on Macs (Boot Camp)

Microsoft released the first Insider Build of Windows 11 (22000.51) earlier this week. To be receiving this build, you’d need to enroll in the Dev Channel of Windows Insider Program. That was only one of the prerequisites. Amongst the minimum system requirements is TPM 2.0. This is a questionable barrier ... Read More
[Teardown] Late 2020 Mac mini: Apple Silicon M1, Thunderbolt 4, USB4, PCIe 4.0

[Teardown] Late 2020 Mac mini: Apple Silicon M1, Thunderbolt 4, USB4, PCIe 4.0

As soon as the M1 Mac mini arrived, I tore it down to confirm a few things Apple didn’t make clear. All M1 Macs come with Thunderbolt 4 ports. I prepared my Mac mini test station with three monitors: Samsung 34-in Thunderbolt 3 ultrawide QHD, LG 27-in DisplayPort UHD, and ... Read More
First Thunderbolt 4 build – 2020 15″ HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004

First Thunderbolt 4 build – 2020 15″ HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004

Announced in July 2020, Thunderbolt 4 laptops with Tiger Lake CPU are becoming available. The two configurations I’ve been looking for are i7-1165G7 and i7-1185G7 with iGPU only. Best Buy started selling the HP Spectre X360 earlier this week and I got one yesterday. Thanks to the 15-in footprint ... Read More
Mantiz Saturn Pro Review – King of the Ring

Mantiz Saturn Pro Review – King of the Ring

Priced to be the most affordable full-featured eGPU enclosure on the market, the Mantiz Saturn Pro delivers a knockout punch in performance and value. It showcases the best of the four-year evolution of Thunderbolt 3 eGPU technology. With a unique combination of good looks, unrivaled expansion ports, and exceptional flexibility, the Saturn Pro is truly king of the ring.
First Ryzen 4000 x4 3.0 M.2 eGPU build – 2020 15″ Dell G5 SE 5055 (RX5600M) [R4K,8C,H] + RX 5600 XT ITX @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10

First Ryzen 4000 x4 3.0 M.2 eGPU build – 2020 15″ Dell G5 SE 5055 (RX5600M) [R4K,8C,H] + RX 5600 XT ITX @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10

As more AMD Ryzen 4000 laptops are coming to the market, I wanted to test one with eGPU. This being the first x4 M.2 eGPU.io build with one. The Dell G5 SE 5055 has an all AMD configuration of Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and RX 5600M dGPU. I was also ... Read More
Apple Silicon ARM Macs and Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 eGPU

Apple Silicon ARM Macs and Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 eGPU

Introduction I’d like to start a topic on ARM Macs and how they may work with existing as well as future eGPU products. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts. For the past 8 years, Apple has integrated Thunderbolt technology in all Macs except for the 12-in MacBook. There’s no chance ... Read More
Best Laptops for eGPU – June 2020 Thunderbolt 3 Laptop Buyer’s Guide

Best Laptops for eGPU – June 2020 Thunderbolt 3 Laptop Buyer’s Guide

As we’ve gained a better understanding of Thunderbolt 3 external GPU for laptops, the unknown rests on the performance of the host computer. Thin and light laptops ayore often a top choice to pair with an external GPU. This article serves as the laptop buying guide for choosing the best laptop ... Read More
Boot Camp eGPU Setup Guide – Windows Gaming with Macs

Boot Camp eGPU Setup Guide – Windows Gaming with Macs

Boot Camp eGPU setup on a Mac can be plug-and-play for some and a total nightmare for others. The easiest Thunderbolt 3 Mac to pair with an eGPU is one that has Intel integrated graphics only such as the 13″ MacBook Pro and 2018/2020 Mac mini. Mac computers with a ... Read More