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Hope this may help some of you guys, the well reviewed Core X

Amazon currently £275, Razer are doing it direct at £249.99 with free delivery
(site says £259.99, but £10 deducted when added to basket)

Cheapest I could find anywhere
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I'd considered getting an ultrabook with thunderbolt port instead of a gaming laptop as I wanted something light and with good battery life, but when you add in £300 for an enclosure and then £300+ for a GPU that will be crippled performance wise, I ended up going with an Alienware for the same money.
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I have one of these, paid £249.99 directly from Razer (ships from Japan iirc) over a year ago.

Make sure you have a good CPU and do some research before committing, might be worth building a mini ITX form factor PC if you want good performance. Depends on use case - do your research first!
Alright for those who went for the £900 stealth
Great deal if you need a eGPU. The 100W PD is pretty impressive. Do check though if it is sufficient for you laptop. One caveat is that it does not provide any expansion I/O, but I wouldn't complain at this price.
I'd considered getting an ultrabook with thunderbolt port instead of a gaming laptop as I wanted something light and with good battery life, but when you add in £300 for an enclosure and then £300+ for a GPU that will be crippled performance wise, I ended up going with an Alienware for the same money.
Got one for my 2019 mbp. Boosts performance significantly.
anony_mous30/12/2019 20:03

I have one of these, paid £249.99 directly from Razer (ships from Japan …I have one of these, paid £249.99 directly from Razer (ships from Japan iirc) over a year ago. Make sure you have a good CPU and do some research before committing, might be worth building a mini ITX form factor PC if you want good performance. Depends on use case - do your research first!


How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 bottleneck?
Never seen these before, very good idea. Do they only work through thunderbolt ports ?
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 20:45

How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 …How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 bottleneck?


It will depend on if you use the internal display or an external one. More degradation for the former. I recall the number being about 40% and 20% degradation respectively give or take. But the actual number will depend on many things like the game you are playing, the resolution of the monitors, the cards you use, etc. Do search for the bench mark numbers for you specific configuration.
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 20:45

How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 …How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 bottleneck?



Like another poster said, it's like 40% if using internal monitor, 20% if using external. It should be noted that you get a bigger hit if it's higher FPS (e.g. good luck hitting 144HZ at 1080p) but will be fine doing something like 60HZ at 4k+.

Also the better the graphics card, the less improvement you'll notice (e.g. RTX 2060 will be a good performance over say an iGPU, RTX 2080 will be better but not the performance difference you'd see if you had a PC system where all the components were the same except GPU). Obviously everything I said will differ in terms of hardware (in particular that last example where you might have CPU bottlenecks), just giving a general idea of what you should expect.
DealHugger30/12/2019 21:32

It will depend on if you use the internal display or an external one. More …It will depend on if you use the internal display or an external one. More degradation for the former. I recall the number being about 40% and 20% degradation respectively give or take. But the actual number will depend on many things like the game you are playing, the resolution of the monitors, the cards you use, etc. Do search for the bench mark numbers for you specific configuration.


Thank you for your reply. It will be an external monitor via an 8th gen intel nuc i5 with 16gb RAM.

Looking for something which will allow me to play city building games on high settings @1080p and ideally Forza Horizon 4 at 4k albeit with low (30+) FPS.

I'm looking at the 1660 super. I'd love your thoughts about my potential choice?
anony_mous30/12/2019 21:39

Like another poster said, it's like 40% if using internal monitor, 20% if …Like another poster said, it's like 40% if using internal monitor, 20% if using external. It should be noted that you get a bigger hit if it's higher FPS (e.g. good luck hitting 144HZ at 1080p) but will be fine doing something like 60HZ at 4k+. Also the better the graphics card, the less improvement you'll notice (e.g. RTX 2060 will be a good performance over say an iGPU, RTX 2080 will be better but not the performance difference you'd see if you had a PC system where all the components were the same except GPU). Obviously everything I said will differ in terms of hardware (in particular that last example where you might have CPU bottlenecks), just giving a general idea of what you should expect.


Thanks, as I alluded to in my reply above do you think my choice of a 1660 super is a wise one? Kind regards, James.
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 20:45

How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 …How much of a performance drop do you find given the thunderbolt 3 bottleneck?


I think some people are looking at this from the wrong perspective.

Granted, it's not going to perform as well as if the card was directly connected to a PCIE slot, but for people with machines that have that facility, this won't be on their shopping list.

I have ordered one to use with a 2018 onwards Mac mini, and a couple of year old MacBook Pro 13" (Touch Bar model), both of which have Intel onboard graphics, and of course TB3 connectivity - I doubt I'll be experiencing any drops in performance...

This is about improving situations with no other better options, and therefore 'the bottleneck' is largely irrelevant.
ezzer7230/12/2019 22:13

I think some people are looking at this from the wrong …I think some people are looking at this from the wrong perspective.Granted, it's not going to perform as well as if the card was directly connected to a PCIE slot, but for people with machines that have that facility, this won't be on their shopping list.I have ordered one to use with a 2018 onwards Mac mini, and a couple of year old MacBook Pro 13" (Touch Bar model), both of which have Intel onboard graphics, and of course TB3 connectivity - I doubt I'll be experiencing any drops in performance...This is about improving situations with no other better options, and therefore 'the bottleneck' is largely irrelevant.


My nuc is currently used as a dvr server and I'm looking for something to allow me to game when needed. I'm a casual gamer so I just need a GPU setup that works and is easy to turn on and off. Thanks for your comments
Mark_Hickman30/12/2019 21:27

Never seen these before, very good idea. Do they only work through …Never seen these before, very good idea. Do they only work through thunderbolt ports ?


Yeah, just TB3 I think.
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 22:12

Thank you for your reply. It will be an external monitor via an 8th gen …Thank you for your reply. It will be an external monitor via an 8th gen intel nuc i5 with 16gb RAM.Looking for something which will allow me to play city building games on high settings @1080p and ideally Forza Horizon 4 at 4k albeit with low (30+) FPS. I'm looking at the 1660 super. I'd love your thoughts about my potential choice?



I actually have that Nuc lol (i5-8259U). It's a pretty sweet combo tbh - I have the RTX2060 (though I first paired it with the RX570). I can play AC Odyssey medium settings at 75 fps, Apex Legends at 75 fps on medium-high settings. When I give fps, I tend to go for minimum stable values as it's a better representation because I'm sure I could get 144 fps if I just stared at the sky... so the values are with like flash grenades/fires/anything moderately graphically intensive to display (if there was some hell environment with constant flashes, it'd probably drop down to like 60fps).

With city building games, it'll be more dependent on the CPU (which would see a slightly bigger increase as it no longer needs to process graphics), cities skylines plays fine, but I don't really care for graphics... I'd imagine Forza would struggle at 4k, it might be possible to squeeze out 60fps if you turn down the graphics.

I still have the set up so if you want me to test something...
anony_mous30/12/2019 22:21

I actually have that Nuc lol (i5-8259U). It's a pretty sweet combo tbh - I …I actually have that Nuc lol (i5-8259U). It's a pretty sweet combo tbh - I have the RTX2060 (though I first paired it with the RX570). I can play AC Odyssey medium settings at 75 fps, Apex Legends at 75 fps on medium-high settings. When I give fps, I tend to go for minimum stable values as it's a better representation because I'm sure I could get 144 fps if I just stared at the sky... so the values are with like flash grenades/fires/anything moderately graphically intensive to display (if there was some hell environment with constant flashes, it'd probably drop down to like 60fps).With city building games, it'll be more dependent on the CPU (which would see a slightly bigger increase as it no longer needs to process graphics), cities skylines plays fine, but I don't really care for graphics... I'd imagine Forza would struggle at 4k, it might be possible to squeeze out 60fps if you turn down the graphics. I still have the set up so if you want me to test something...


Thank you for the absolute perfect answer for me in my case! I really like the NUC; for 80% of what I need a pc for its perfect.

Re: FH4 and my proposed GTX 1660 super... how close do you think I could get it to mirror what is capable on an xbox one x?

I recently sold my xbox and really miss playing FH4 in particular.
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 22:27

Thank you for the absolute perfect answer for me in my case! I really like …Thank you for the absolute perfect answer for me in my case! I really like the NUC; for 80% of what I need a pc for its perfect.Re: FH4 and my proposed GTX 1660 super... how close do you think I could get it to mirror what is capable on an xbox one x?I recently sold my xbox and really miss playing FH4 in particular.


Did a google for you. The video below, I'd say you'll probably be able to do 4k in Ultra settings at 40+ FPS. From the video, it seems like the GPU is bottlenecking the performance, which makes sense as in higher resolutions CPU matters a lot less.
anony_mous30/12/2019 22:37

Did a google for you. The video below, I'd say you'll probably be able to …Did a google for you. The video below, I'd say you'll probably be able to do 4k in Ultra settings at 40+ FPS. From the video, it seems like the GPU is bottlenecking the performance, which makes sense as in higher resolutions CPU matters a lot less.[Video]


Thanks anonymous! I've been trawling gpu benchmarks and YouTube videos for the past week or so and was just looking for reassurance that this could actually provide what I'm looking for. Thank you again
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 22:39

Thanks anonymous! I've been trawling gpu benchmarks and YouTube videos for …Thanks anonymous! I've been trawling gpu benchmarks and YouTube videos for the past week or so and was just looking for reassurance that this could actually provide what I'm looking for. Thank you again



My benchmark from 9 months ago might be of interest to you: userbenchmark.com/Use…446

Oh yeah, I also remember that this eGPU enclosure is very noisy. The PSU fan will still make noise even when the connect computer is switched off. In order to shut it up, you need to switch off the Core (either mains or switch on the back). I ended up changing the fan and PSU (to a noctua and SF600 - the SF600 fans don't spin up under a certain load), it'd be cheaper to change the fans in both if you don't care about warranty. This may be a deciding factor to some people.

I'd also suggest checking out r/egpu for those interested in these. Tbh after typing all this out, it's still pretty niche and I'd probably only recommend getting it for the work laptop dock set up lol.
anony_mous30/12/2019 22:55

My benchmark from 9 months ago might be of interest to you: …My benchmark from 9 months ago might be of interest to you: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/15303446 Oh yeah, I also remember that this eGPU enclosure is very noisy. The PSU fan will still make noise even when the connect computer is switched off. In order to shut it up, you need to switch off the Core (either mains or switch on the back). I ended up changing the fan and PSU (to a noctua and SF600 - the SF600 fans don't spin up under a certain load), it'd be cheaper to change the fans in both if you don't care about warranty. This may be a deciding factor to some people.I'd also suggest checking out r/egpu for those interested in these. Tbh after typing all this out, it's still pretty niche and I'd probably only recommend getting it for the work laptop dock set up lol.


Thanks, that benchmark is very useful and reassuring. I'm not overly fussed about the loud enclosure as I'll either be using in the living room with surround sound or in my geek cupboard in the spare room!
(I've also joined r/egpu; thanks!)
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 22:27

I recently sold my xbox and really miss playing FH4 in particular.


Sounds like you need an Xbox!

The X has been same price as this alone recently.
MrKrabs30/12/2019 23:51

Sounds like you need an Xbox!The X has been same price as this alone …Sounds like you need an Xbox!The X has been same price as this alone recently.


I know...🙈 I'm either gonna go the egpu route or wait for the series x next xmas I think.
Still overpriced for a glorified case imo.
JamesArmstrong30/12/2019 23:54

I know...🙈 I'm either gonna go the egpu route or wait for the series x …I know...🙈 I'm either gonna go the egpu route or wait for the series x next xmas I think.


Why not just build a desktop..
MrKrabs30/12/2019 23:51

Sounds like you need an Xbox!The X has been same price as this alone …Sounds like you need an Xbox!The X has been same price as this alone recently.


I own a PC and X I'll prefer to play Forza on my Windows 10 desktop since it's twice bas powerful as my X it would twice the price but still worth every penny unlike my Xbox
Also I don't have gold so I can play Forza with Xbox players without a sub lol
Would this work well with a dell xps 13 9350?
frish31/12/2019 00:17

Still overpriced for a glorified case imo.


I don't entirely disagree, but it's a case, a PSU and a bit of motherboard, and there are no cheaper options really.
DJ_REMREM31/12/2019 02:08

Would this work well with a dell xps 13 9350?


A quick Google says that has Intel onboard graphics and TB3, so yes.
ezzer7231/12/2019 07:32

A quick Google says that has Intel onboard graphics and TB3, so yes.


Thanks
I've got an Akitio Node egpu on my XPS 13 2 in 1, with a 5700 XT, driving a pair of Dell 5k monitors. It works really well, but factor in the cost of a 2m thunderbolt cable (they usually only supply a 50cm cable, as any longer means it has to be an active cable) and you're looking at £300+.
rprp31/12/2019 08:15

I've got an Akitio Node egpu on my XPS 13 2 in 1, with a 5700 XT, driving …I've got an Akitio Node egpu on my XPS 13 2 in 1, with a 5700 XT, driving a pair of Dell 5k monitors. It works really well, but factor in the cost of a 2m thunderbolt cable (they usually only supply a 50cm cable, as any longer means it has to be an active cable) and you're looking at £300+.


Active TB cables are ridiculously expensive, I paid £50 for 1m over a year ago, should be a little cheaper now.
Edited by: "EDEN188" 31st Dec 2019
ezzer7230/12/2019 22:13

I think some people are looking at this from the wrong …I think some people are looking at this from the wrong perspective.Granted, it's not going to perform as well as if the card was directly connected to a PCIE slot, but for people with machines that have that facility, this won't be on their shopping list.I have ordered one to use with a 2018 onwards Mac mini, and a couple of year old MacBook Pro 13" (Touch Bar model), both of which have Intel onboard graphics, and of course TB3 connectivity - I doubt I'll be experiencing any drops in performance...This is about improving situations with no other better options, and therefore 'the bottleneck' is largely irrelevant.


So you buy underpowered apple kit then spend more money to try reach pc levels but still never get there?

Yup typical apple user... more money than brains.
Weehamish31/12/2019 12:59

So you buy underpowered apple kit then spend more money to try reach pc …So you buy underpowered apple kit then spend more money to try reach pc levels but still never get there? Yup typical apple user... more money than brains.


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p.s. I assume you think everything is about gaming? You sound the type
Edited by: "ezzer72" 31st Dec 2019
ezzer7231/12/2019 13:02

[Image] p.s. I assume you think everything is about gaming? You sound the …[Image] p.s. I assume you think everything is about gaming? You sound the type


No i just think youre clueless with hardware
Edited by: "Weehamish" 31st Dec 2019
Weehamish31/12/2019 13:18

No i just think youre clueless with hardware


You couldn't be more wrong - I was building PCs whilst you were still in school.

I've done my DECADES of wasting my time with Windows junk, you've clearly never tried a Mac.

p.s. I'm not a full on Apple fanboy, I use a P30 Pro because iPhones are trash
ezzer7231/12/2019 13:33

You couldn't be more wrong - I was building PCs whilst you were still in …You couldn't be more wrong - I was building PCs whilst you were still in school.I've done my DECADES of wasting my time with Windows junk, you've clearly never tried a Mac.p.s. I'm not a full on Apple fanboy, I use a P30 Pro because iPhones are trash


Yet iphones are best thing apple make again clueless with hardware
Weehamish31/12/2019 13:38

Yet iphones are best thing apple make again clueless with hardware


Haha, I think you're the clueless one.

You have an iPhone and a Windows PC?

I don't think techs for you pal.
ezzer7231/12/2019 13:46

Haha, I think you're the clueless one.You have an iPhone and a Windows PC? …Haha, I think you're the clueless one.You have an iPhone and a Windows PC? I don't think techs for you pal.


I actually have a samsung just saying iphones are the best thing they make. You sir have zero clue about hardware
Weehamish31/12/2019 14:01

I actually have a samsung just saying iphones are the best thing they …I actually have a samsung just saying iphones are the best thing they make. You sir have zero clue about hardware


Of course you have a Samsung, all the crowd followers have an iPhone or a Samsung, they're the only two you can get aren't they

Honestly, I just know I'd run rings around you if we had a proper chat on tech matters.

By the way, I guess this dude knows a bit;

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