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    DIY eGPU experiences [version 2.0]

    Began Aug-2009 at notebookreview (NBR). At 2.8million hits on 10-Sep-2012 was banned by Lenovo advocate ZaZ over HP comments -> moved to T|I. NBR, a eGPU saboteur, ignore DMCA/copyright takedowns. Pls consider ceasing eGPU/all discussion at NBR as protest.

    THIS PAGE IS A RUNNING SUMMARY OF THIS LONG THREAD. >> SEARCH << this thread.
    experiences [2.0]

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    (10-24-2014) i7-2820QM 2.7 +GTX970@4Gpbs+c-EC2 impl
    (10-15-2014) i7-3740QM +GTX750Ti@10Gbps-TB1 (Thunder2) impl
    (10-15-2014) i7-3632QM 2.2 + R7 260X@4Gbps-mPCIe2 (PE4L 2.1b) impl
    (10-12-2014) 7-3612QM 2.1 +GTX660@4Gbps+c-EC2 (PE4C 2.0) impl
    (10-03-2014) i2-2520M 2.5 +HD7950@4Gbps-EC2 impl
    (10-02-2014) i5-4258U 2.4 +GTX970@16Gbps-TB2 impl (AKiTiO Thunder2)
    (10-01-2014) i7-4850HQ 2.3 +GTX970@16Gbps-TB2 impl (Sonnet SEL)
    (09-29-2014) i7-4770HQ 2.2 +GTX980@16Gbps-TB2 impl (Sonnet III-D)
    (09-21-2014) X9100-3.5 +GTX460@4Gbps-EC1+ impl
    (09-17-2014) i3-3217U 1.8 +HD7870@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Thunder2, NUC)
    (09-14-2014)i5-2415M 2.3 +GTX780Ti@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Sonnet III-D)
    (09-13-2014) i7-2670QM 2.4 +GTX780Ti@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Thunder2)
    (09-10-2014) i7-4650U 1.7 +TITAN@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Sonnet III-D)
    (09-03-2014) i5-2415M 2.3 +GTX780@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Thunder2)
    (09-02-2014) i5-4250U 1.3 +GTX670@10Gbps-TB1 impl (Thunder2)
    Important Notices

    11-6-2013: GTX650/GTX750/GTX9xx have a 256MB+32MB PCI space requirement making them more difficult to accomodate than other other NVidia cards that require 128MB+32MB+16MB such as GTX5xxx/GTX660+/GTX760+. I've had over three DIY eGPU users resorting to a DSDT override in order to accomodate these cards.

    Project saboteurs of this community-driven project who halted/derailed the creative opportunities that pluggable, affordable eGPU graphics/processing provides.

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    GETTING STARTED >>>
     
    IntroductionA brief introduction with the story of the solution.

    Pros and Cons

    A summary of the pros and cons of a DIY eGPU

    Pre purchase FAQ

    Answers to questions before you commit

    First steps
    Parts/software/info for a successful installation

    Performance: AMD versus NVIDIA benchmark results

    Compares AMD and NVIDIA perf on the same sys

    Performance: Scaling Analysis

    Compare performance over x1, x1E, x1.Opt, x2, x2E links

    Implementations: Examples and Leaderboard
    PC and Macbook eGPU implementations by users

    Implementations: older Macbook

    Implementations on older core2duo Macs

    Implementations: CUDA/OpenCL

    Implementations using the GPU for applications+computation

    Implementations: non-video

    Non-video implementations: soundcards atm

    Non English eGPU forums

    eGPU forums in non-English speaking locales

    Archived news

    Misc other articles





    INTRODUCTION >>>

    This thread serves as a roadmap for those who wish to attach an external Graphics Processing Unit (eGPU) to a notebook/laptop computer. Connection may be achieved through an ExpressCard, mPCIe slot, or Thunderbolt port.This thread is a place for users to share installation and performance details for others to duplicate or reference.

    * SimoxTav's Video game benchmarking* Graw/TWE/MafiaII12" Len.X201t+HD5770* StarcraftII13"_Dell_M1330+GTX460* Star Trek Online15"_Macbook Pro+GT240
    Gaming videos running on an eGPU implementationUS$70 PE4L-EC2C (expresscard) or PE4L-PM3N (mPCIe) products$91 PE4H-EC2C (expresscard) or PE4H-PM3N (mPCIe) productsHP 2560P GTX560Ti @x1.2Opt DIY eGPU impl playing NFS Shift on the internal LCDHP 2510P: [mPCIe] Swap wifi card via underside covers
    Note: For those running Windows 7, you can install the eGPU without rebooting your system. Simply and the turn the system to standby system and attach the PE4L. Your system will return to its desktop presets once it detects the PE4L. You will immediately see a significant upgrade in the performance.

    For example. a Inspiron 1440 using the x1E tweak saw 3dmark06 go from 866 to 9551. RE5 benchmark went from an unplayable 4.1FPS to a very playabe 60.9FPS. The HP 2560P's x1.2Opt link saw 3dmark06 increase over 4 times to 18340 and RE5 gave an average of 148.3FPS(!!), even allowing the internal LCD to be driven by the eGPU.


    PROS AND CONS >>>

    Pros

    • Inexpensive: US$92-shipped PE4L with HD5770+120W=$200, GTS450+120W=$160, GTX460-1GB+430W=$210, GT430+72W=$130, HD5670+72W=$140. Add $66 for a x2 capable kit using a PE4H.

    • can be used on any system with an accessible expresscard OR mPCIe slot

    • has inexpensive eGPU  enclosure examples if you want an enclosure

    • 10 times or more increase in video performance

    • can have Internal LCD-only setup: NVIDIA Optimus or Ultramon/Chung-Gun method.

    • provides additional HDMI video+audio, s-video and VGA out

    • provides dual-link DVI connection for 2560x1600 LCDs

    • allows multi-monitor connectivity:
      • AMD Eyefinity to provide up to 3 LCDs attached to any HD54xx or better card.

      • Drive up to 6 LCDs to using a HD7xxx or better card supporting Eyefinity 2.0

      • AMD FirePro 2450, 2450x1, and 2460 to drive up to 4 monitors from a low power card

      • NVIDIA Surround can connect up to 4 simultaneous LCDs.


    • easy, on-demand attachment without a reboot if running Win7

    • can be reused after a system upgrade, or shared amongst multiple systems

    • see an extra 30-60% in performance when attached to an expresscard 2.0 system, or do a x2 1.0 setup

    • provides an additional USB port when connected to expresscard slot

    • Time-share your desktop video card b/w your desktop and notebook system.

    • perform CUDA/OpenCL processing for applications that support it like Adobe CS5/Premiere [NVIDIA graphics only]

    • ability to use physX/hybrid physX & game detail

    • components can become a stepping stone to a full deskop system if want higher performance


    Cons


    • requires a 12V PSU to drive the desktop eGPU

    • requires an external LCD/CRT/TV to connect to display at highest FPS  

    • may require booting DIY eGPU Setup 1.x from a disk image or USB stick to overcome error 12 issues

    • restricted bandwidth: a x1/x2/x4 link represents 1/16, 1/8 or 1/4 the bandwidth of a x16 slot.

    PRE PURCHASE FAQ >>>
    -> moved to Pre-purchase FAQ

    FIRST STEPS >>>
    -> moved to Pre-purchase FAQ

    PERFORMANCE >>>

    AMD versus NVIDIA back-to-back benchmark results

    GTX560Ti vs GTX660 @x1.2Opt (int vs ext) (i5-2540M 2.6, bjorm)
    HD7770@x1 vs x1E (P8400-2.26, damir001 inc PCISpeedTest)
    HD7870 vs GTX660 at all expresscard/mPCIe bandwidths available (i5-3320M 2.6, nando4)
    HD6970@x4 2.0 vs GTX460@x4 2.0 vs x16 2.0 (i5-2400 3.1, tomshardware)
    GTX670@x1.2Opt vs GTX560Ti (i7-2820QM 2.3, carage)
    HD5850@x1.2 vs GTX460@x1.2Opt (i7-2630QM 2.0, timohour)
    NVS4200M vs GTX560Ti@x1.2Opt (i7-2670QM, Tom_ger)
    GTX680@x1.2Opt vs x1.1Opt and GTX580 versus GTX680@x1.1Opt (i5-2520M 2.5, arsenal243)
    GTX480 versus GTX560Ti@x1Opt (i7-620M 2.66, Mikjoa)
    GTX460-1GB versus GTX560Ti @x1.1Opt (i5-2520M 2.5, Warwickeo)
    GTS450 versus GTX460 @x1.Opt (i7-640M 2.80, docusyn)
    HD5750 versus GTX470 on x1, x1.Opt and x2 links (i5-430M 2.26, nando4)
    HD5750 versus GTX460 on x1 and x1E links (T9300-2.5, ithildin)
    HD5750 versus GTX470 on x1, x1E, x1.Opt and x2 links (T6600-2.2/T2050-1.6/U7600-1.2, nando4)

    Scaling Analysis

    (07-05-2014) [Performance] Desktop vs eGPU - GTX770 + R9 270x
    HD5870@x2 1.0 vs x16 2.0 (i7-720QM/i7-3820, kizwan)
    HD7970 versus GTX680: pci-e scaling x4, x8, x16 @pci-e 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0
    HD7970: pci-e 3.0 x2, x4, x8, x16 scaling
    GTX580: x1.2Opt vs x1.1Opt +30% overclock & (i7-2920XM 2.4, Khenglish)
    GTX560Ti: x1.2Opt vs x1.1Opt [internal LCD vs external LCD] (i5-2540M 2.6, nando4)
    HD5850: x16, x4, x2, x1 (~i7-2820QM, timohour)
    HD5870: x2 versus x1 (i7-720QM 1.6, kizwan)
    GTX580+GTX460: x2 vs x1 vs GTX260M (P8700-2.53, mangos47)
    GTX460@x1.Opt scaling analysis internal vs external LCD, +25% PCIe, +40% GPU core O/C (L9600@2.90, nando4)
    GTX460@x2 scaling analysis +20% cpu, +20% PCIe, ~20% GPU (T9400-2.53, khenglish)
    HD5750: x1 versus x1E (T9300-2.5, ithildin)

    MACBOOK >>>

    04-03-2011 MacBook 17 T7600-2.33 with X1600 + HD6850 implemented with Win7/32
    11-10-2010 Mac Mini T7200-2.0 + HD5450 implemented with Win7.
    11-05-2010 MBP 17" T2600-2.16 with X1600 + GT240M result with Win7.
    9-27-2010 MBP 15" Unibody T7500-2.2, 6GB RAM with 8600M GT+HD4650/HD5770-7LCDs impl. & & & with Win7.
    8-11-2010 MBP 15" Unibody T7500-2.2 with 8600M GT + HD4870 implemented with Win7 and MacOS 10.6

    For MacOS DIY eGPU implementations see DIY eGPU MacOS Experiences.

    CUDA/OPENCL APPLICATIONS >>>
    Octane Render: 10x faster than CPU-based rendering.
    Badaboom: CUDA based video transcoding

    NON-VIDEO PCI-E CARDS >>>
    Creative SB X-Fi Titanium desktop sound card via the ExpressCard slot. See details.

    NON ENGLISH eGPU FORUMS >>>



    ARCHIVED NEWS >>>




    Acknowledgements Many thank yous to all the members who have shared their DIY eGPU experiences for others to be able to learn from and duplicate. Special thanks to SimoxTav for the artistic touches.
    Last edited by nando4; 10-23-2014 at 07:58 PM.
    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Implementations moved to a dedicated thread: Implementations Hub: TB, EC, mPCIe
    Last edited by nando4; 10-07-2014 at 07:23 PM.
    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by gipfreely View Post
    @ nando If bonding is possible, is it possible to connect two mpcie and one express card to have 3x pcie? Furthermore, after researching pm55 chipset it is pcie 2.0 compliant as well as the CPU. I do not know what would happen if I changed the CPU to Intel® Core™ i5-580M but I believe the interconnects for the Integrated GPU are not connected however I believe that the GPU would still appear and allow the pcie data compression to be enabled. i7-640M and the i5-580M are both compatible with the PM55 however with the loss of two cores but a massive bump in core speed. Thoughts?
    Unfortunately your system is x1 1.0 capable only, so there is nothing more that can be done to extract better performance. Consider:

    * PM55 is pci-e 2.0 compliant but only for power management. The link speed is still pci-e 1.0. You need a Series-6 chipsets or newer for pci-e 2.0.

    * Last time I checked, the port listing of a DV7 wasn't capable to support x2. There would need [port1+2], [port3+4], [port5+6] or [port7+8] accessible as expresscard+mPCIe or mPCIe+mPCIe). To answer your question, x3 isn't possible.

    * Putting an Arrandale CPU like a i5-580M into your system won't enable the iGPU to be the primary bootup video device. Sure, you can enable it using Setup 1.1x but the NVidia driver will only engage pci-e compression if the iGPU is the primary bootup video device. So no x1.Opt would be possible.

    My suggestion is to offload the system for an inexpensive Sandy Bridge system like a 17" Dell Vostro 3750. Then you'll be able to enjoy x1.2Opt performance, approx 4 times more bandwidth than the best your DV7 can do (x1 1.0).
    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Ran out of thanks yesterday! You are beyond awesome Nando4. Great work!
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    Amazing Nando4!!!

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    hey nando4, sucks to see what happened over at NBR...i think i may stay here for a bit...and thanks for your help thru khenglish! you rock! thanks!!!

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    Last edited by nando4; 08-16-2014 at 06:18 PM.
    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    DIY eGPU updates

    [Posted 6-7-2011 in DIY eGPU experiences (NBR). Relocated to T|I due to being banned by Lenovo fan ZaZ]

    Thunderbolt, MXM, USB 3.0, PCIe 2.0 eGPU update (Series-6+ chipsets)

    Updates from BPlus

    Future x2 2.0 eGPUs via M.2/NGFF (mSATA) slot

    I wrote to BPlus earlier this week:

    > Further to my request to get a socketted mPCIe Gen2 solution, consider too that Apple's 2013 MBA has a x2 2.0 pcie SSD slot.
    > If other manufacturers do the same AND give a second drive (2.5" 7mm/9.5mm), then that x2 2.0 slot could be used in the same
    > way for eGPU connectivity as mPCIe has been used in the past. 10Gbps would match current Thunderbolt speed.
    >
    > Critical in getting a workable solution there would be a socketted Gen2 cable for a PE4L/PE4H. At least that it is socketed on one
    > end (the mPCIe end). Please do your best to try to make it happen!
    >

    Masaharu @ Bplus replied:

    Silicon Power T20 is Thunderbolt to SSD solution, soon be released;
    Silicon Power Presents Superior Thunderbolt Series at IDF 2013 | techPowerUp

    T20 may have PCIe SSD, such as SanDisk A110 PCIe SSD;
    SanDisk A110 PCIe Solid State Drive

    In this case, PCIe X16 graphic card might be replaced from PCIe SSD by using M.2 / NGFF to PCIe adapter.
    6-15-2013: Masaharu about the new Gen2 compliant PCIEMM-060B detachable cables

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    03-27-2013: Masaharu's reply requesting MXM3 product

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    12-14-2012: Masaharu's reply to x1 jumper request on next TH05 revision

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    12-14-2012: Masaharu on new product that mixes best of current PE4L 2.1 and PE4H 2.4 feature set

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    11-25-2012: Masaharu on x4 2.0 Thunderbolt device ETA

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    10-01-2012: Masaharu on x4 2.0 Thunderbolt TH05 device

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    9-26-2012: Masaharu on PE4L-L060A being pci-e 1.x only!

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    7-07-2012: Masaharu on TH05 TB progress (x2 2.0!!, no DP-to-internal LCD), KZ-B21/KZ-B26 mPCIe products

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    6-07-2012 BPlus Computex 2012 Thunderbolt/eGPU products

    6-05-2012 NEW! US$92-shipped PE4L-PM060A (mPCIe 2.0)

    5-29-2012: Masaharu on PE4L 2.1b product listing and mPCIe PE4L-PM060A 2.1 availability

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    5-22-2012: Masaharu Thunderbolt, mPCIe products and pci-e 3.0 compliant cables

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    5-18-2012: Masaharu - mPCIe pci-e 2.0 product with detachable cable available

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    5-02-2012: Masaharu - mPCIe pci-e 2.0 product sample available

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    3-11-2012: Masaharu responds to PCI-E 3.0 compliance request

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    3-7-2012: Masaharu on PE4L 2.1 manufacturing improvements

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    3-2-2012: Masaharu RE EC2C end reinforcement of PE4L 2.1/PE4H 3.0

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    3-1-2012: Masaharu RE socketted mPCIe pci-e 2.0 product desired

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    2-19-2012: Masaharu RE mPCIe products and PE4H 3.0+enclosure

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    2-10-2012: Masaharu RE Pictures of sample PE4H 3.0

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    2-2-2012: Masaharu RE PE4H 3.0 features, REQUEST higher power PE4L jack (no go)

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    01-21-2012: PE4L 2.1 (pci-e 2.0) will be available on Feb-20-2012 as a US$70+shipping engineering sample. Detailed photos of one are here.

    1-20-2012: Masaharu from BPlus response to 12V bypass for PE4H DC jack + PE4H 3.0 arrival

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    1-19-2012: Masaharu from BPlus response on cable length and some other requests

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    1-17-2012: Masaharu from BPlus finalizes the pci-e 2.0 compliant PE4L 2.1 pricing

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    1-17-2012: nando4 response requesting lower PE4L 2.1 price for next 6 months

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    1-17-2012: Masaharu from BPlus clarified PE4L 2.1 pricing and requests optimized cable length

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    1-16-2012: Reply from nando4 to Masaharu at BPlus last message below about pricing

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    1-16-2012: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    1-10-2012: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    12-22-2011: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    12-19-2011: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    12-07-2011: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    11-18-2011: Update from Masaharu at BPlus

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    11-11-2011: Masaharu about products inc USB 3.0 no go

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    10-12-2011: Aaron Yang (source)

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    9-21-2011: GerryChen

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    9-3-2011: GerryChen summary: using a active transmitter/receiver pair for reliable pci-e 2.0 transmission over copper.

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    8-4-2011: new flat cables are now available. BPlus allude to the mini HDMI cable as being the culprit preventing pci-e 2.0 signalling.

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    Who has pci-e 2.0 compliant cabling?


    · BPlus: PE4L 2.1 (avail 20th Feb) and PE4H 3.0 are pci-e 2.0 compliant.
    · BPlus: a PE3A+riser is pci-e compliant, as is a modded PE3A. The latter is a cableless solution with the eGPU butted right up against the expresscard slot.


    · bplus are now developing an active transmitter/receiver pair for reliable pci-e 2.0 transmission over copper. Their previous attempt at a new flat cable only allowed pci-e 1.0 over a longer length as shown. It uses a mini HDMI connector. Interested parties could try a $15 NXG active HDMI cable via two HDMI<->mHDMI adapters, noting that pin18 provides power with HDMI transmitting 5V and the EC2C/PM3N transmitting 3.3V which might be an issue. <-- doesn't work. Khenglish is in the process of obtaining a short mini HDMI to mini HDMI adapter to try instead of the cable. <- doesn't work.


    · Netstor's TurboBox-mini has pci-e 2.0 compliant cabling.


    · Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable is the only one certified to do pci-e 2.0 signalling on copper due to being active in nature. It uses a mini Displayport connector

    Thunderbolt Products Updated 4-22-2012

    MSI GUS II: availability/pricing is unknown but rumored to be $199 with 150W PSU.

    US$400 MLogic MLink Thunderbolt pci-e expansion: Available in July 2012 . Red Rocket version starting at $800.

    OWC Thunderbolt PCIe x4 Expander Box ~ single slot chassis at 4x. OWC will be Nabbing Some Attention at NAB. | Other World Computing Blog

    Sonnet Thunderbolt Echo Express: Available in June 2012. $800 for 150W chassis, $600 for 100W chassis

    US$979 Magma Thunderbolt product - ExpressBox 3T: Pre-order on the product pre-order page.

    Netstor's Thunderbolt product - TurboBox : Available soon according to the discussion page.

    Villagetronic Thunderbolt product: Is being developed. External Thunderbolt PCI Expansion Chassis and Hub in Development - Mac Rumors. Do NOTE, their CEO indicates on their facebook page that Intel would not provide Villagetronic a development kit.

    Which systems have or will have Thunderbolt ports?

    * Apple MBA/MBP 2011
    * Sony Z2 -> it's a proprietory Lightpeak port
    * Lenovo S430 : the first PC notebook announced to be released with a Thunderbolt port
    * Asus and Acer will have TB port systems in Q1-Q2 2012
    * Intel Working on Standardized Thunderbolt Docking System for PCs - Mac Rumors

    USB 3.0 Products - PLXtech's USB3.0 to pci-e adapter has been demonstrated working with a desktop video card attached to a USB 3.0 port here.

    11-11-2011: Masaharu- USB 3.0 is no go

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    10-14-2011: GerryChen
    Subject: USB 3.0 PE4L/PE4H development?

    We still co-work with PLXtech to develop video card to USB3.0 solution this year. Modify video card driver is needed. Eva-Kit already released Oct/2011.

    Last edited by nando4; 09-23-2013 at 03:41 AM.
    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    DIY eGPUeGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87GhzHP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by nando4 View Post
    Thank you for letting users know. The patch for Setup 1.10b5 is an interim fix and is now included in the new page http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-g...html#post27337 . Those fixes are rolled into the development version of Setup 1.11a with a stack of others. It's release is pending more fixes/updates to compact whose author will be working with an iGPU+dGPU+eGPU rig soon so will be seeing long outstanding bugs and features requested firsthand. Trying also to organize a way to get a 2011+ Macbook too so could tweak the software to work on it too. Looks like Thunderbolt systems still encounter error 12.

    Can you remind me of the system in question here? Are you using expresscard/mPCIe, PE4H/PE4L version? The method I've found was always successful in detecting the eGPU being:

    1. Disconnect and power off the eGPU from the notebook.
    2. Boot Setup 1.1x
    3. Power on the eGPU.
    4. Hotplug the EC2C (expresscard) or PM3N (mPCIe). A variation of this if using PE4H 2.4 or PE4L 1.5 is to leave the EC2C in the expresscard slot throughout steps 1-3 above but just attach the mHDMI cable to it with the powered eGPU to get it detected.

    Some systems do not boot with the eGPU powered and attached. That's a great troubleshooting step to confirm the hardware itself works as the bios sees it and doesn't like it. I believe the Troubleshooting FAQ will be up in the next day or two. It has pretty much the same steps as I list above for getting an eGPU detected.
    This is actually another system. My dgpu in my last system totally crashed and i was no longer able to see any video output...

    this system is a fujitsu lifebook n3430 that i got from a friend.
    Win XP Media Center Edition SP3
    Intel T2300 @ 1.66 GHz
    512 RAM (i know it sucks - is it even enough RAM)
    integrated intel video

    egpu is GTX 460SE, connected through PE4L-EC2C with Corsair CX430 psu


    Actually, i have tried all of the methods you have listed (in setup 1.x help menus) including the one above. nothing has worked. before it actually worked when the egpu was plugged in before i turned on the laptop, but i'm not sure what happened. do i need to get more memory? the laptop can support up to 2gb.

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