Windows 10 eGPU setup with Optimus!

Last year I did a Thunderbolt 2 enabled external GPU setup using Windows 8.1. I did not upgrade right away when Windows 10 came out because Optimus was broken which meant I could not use the internal laptop screen. Now NVIDIA has finally fixed the problem in the latest 361.75 driver as described in the release highlights: Beta support on … Continue reading “Windows 10 eGPU setup with Optimus!”

External graphics card (eGPU)

For the past year I have blogged about NVIDIA based external graphics card (eGPU) setups. This post will sum up my work, findings and recommendations. First I will briefly describe the concept, then the individual parts with my recommendation and lastly links to various guides on hardware and software setup, mostly my own posts. If … Continue reading “External graphics card (eGPU)”

eGPU case built around AKiTiO Thunder 2 and Sonnet Echo Express SE II

I decided to recreate a smaller version of the eGPU case I made in my previous setup. I combine an AKiTiO Thunder2 board and my old Sonnet Echo Express SE II to have a graphics card, SSD drive and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. There is room for an additional hard drive and PCI-e slot. The … Continue reading “eGPU case built around AKiTiO Thunder 2 and Sonnet Echo Express SE II”

Thunderbolt 2 eGPU using AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe box

I wanted to try a simpler and cheaper external GPU (eGPU) setup than I have used previously. For this I use the AKiTiO Thunder2 which is a fairly inexpensive compared to the rest of the pack. Setup, installation and use is much simpler than before (no voodoo, rain dance or luck needed anymore), to use … Continue reading “Thunderbolt 2 eGPU using AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe box”

Thunderbolt 2 eGPU built around the Sonnet Echo Express SE II and PE4L

I recently upgraded to a new eGPU setup which is faster than the one I describe in this post. It is built around the Sonnet Echo Express SE II and using a long thunderbolt cable and a thunderbolt dock with HDMI enables me to have a silent gaming setup built around my laptop. Adding a … Continue reading “Thunderbolt 2 eGPU built around the Sonnet Echo Express SE II and PE4L”

eGPU: rMBP with Windows 7 (BIOS) and NVIDIA GTX 760 using PE4L with Sonnet adapter

This post describes how to get the card working in Windows 7 (BIOS / Bootcamp install) which includes getting Optimus to work (read: Accelerating the internal screen of the laptop). This is mostly getting the software to work, my hardware setup is described more here. Setup Boot into OS X Use Boot Camp to create … Continue reading “eGPU: rMBP with Windows 7 (BIOS) and NVIDIA GTX 760 using PE4L with Sonnet adapter”

eGPU: rMBP with OS X 10.9 (Maverick) and NVIDIA GTX 760 using PE4L with Sonnet adapter

A while ago I made an external GPU setup described here. Now I have replaced my Lenovo T430s laptop with a MacBook pro 13 retina (late 2013 model) and worked on getting the card to work under both Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and OS X. This post describes how to get the card working in OS … Continue reading “eGPU: rMBP with OS X 10.9 (Maverick) and NVIDIA GTX 760 using PE4L with Sonnet adapter”

External graphics card experiment: Part 1

I always wanted to have a small light portable computer on the go and when I get home to use a docking station and get the full desktop experience. Following other people examples on the internet I have made this cheap solution with and external graphics card in the docking station (eGPU) that can be … Continue reading “External graphics card experiment: Part 1”