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HP DV4 1523la + EXP GDC v8.0 + Asus GT740 OC

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Hi guys, I have been following your friendly and helpful community for some time and after reading lots of success stories I decided to jump into this eGPU world! So I am looking for your guidance/comments/tips.
My current laptop is an old HP DV4 1523la with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4300 @ 2.10 Ghz processor, 6GB DDR3 800Mhz, integrated Intel GMA 4500M.
I am considering the Express Card version of EXP GDC v8.0 and an Asus GT-740 OC 1GB GDDR5.
I am a Linux user and a very occasional FPS gamer (Nexuiz and Xonotic).
My main interest in this project is to provide this laptop with entry level CUDA capabilities with the least investment possible.
As such I would not mind just using the card as a processing unit but if a successful implementation has the added benefit of enjoying my favoured games with high frame-rate and visual settings, it would be AWESOME!

So in your experience guys, what do you think? Does my project seems promising or most likely to be a complete failure?

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Based on what you guys have posted here, I found my system's TOLUD size is 3GB, so it seems i won't need to perform a PCI "All" compaction.


Ideally I would aim for an Optimus x1.Opt implementation in order to use the Internal LCD for display purposes.


Some specs for the chipset I am dealing with:


Intel ® 82801IB ICH9, ICH9 Mobile Base

PCI Express* Interface
The ICH9 provides up to 6 PCI Express Root Ports, supporting the PCI Express Base Specification, Revision 1.1. Each Root Port supports 2.5 GB/s bandwidth in each
direction (5 GB/s concurrent). PCI Express Root Ports 1-4 can be statically configured as four x1 Ports or ganged together to form one x4 port. Ports 5 and 6 can only be used as two x1 ports. On Mobile platforms, PCI Express Ports 1-4 can also be configured as one x2 port (using ports 1 and 2) with ports 3 and 4 configured as x1 ports.


I booted into windows 7 to check first PCI address...

Screenshot at 2016-03-22 12:33:15.png

Edited by mrdatamx
Added some description for the screenshot

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I finally got from local e-bay sellers: my EXP GDC BEAST v8.3 and an EVGA GeForce GTX 460se, the problem is... the PCI-E power cable is taking ages to get here so I can't properly test my setup, So I need to ask this question for any EXP GDC BEAST owner here...


if you use the EXP GDC without a card, does its blue led stays on all the time and the red led never turns on? I am worried my EXP GDC could be broken because mine does just that!! I mean, I just plugged the power and data cables to my EXP GDC to at least test its USB port and it seems to work, but I read on a forum this blue led must be on only for a short period of time when initiating then only the red led must be on. I am afraid it is not working correctly, but I can't perform further tests until I get the PCI-E power cable.


Could any kind owner of an EXP GDC BEAST please help me out by doing the same test with your item? I would be really thankful.


Thank you guys.

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Finally, the Windows part of my project is completed...

Win 7 64 bit


Pentium Dual-Core T4300 @ 2.10Ghz

Intel 4500MHD

Evga GTX 460 SE

EXP GDC Beast v8.3 EC1

Dell DA-2

2016-03-26 12_52_10-CPU-Z.png2016-03-26 12_51_54-CPU-Z.pnggpuz1.gifgtx460se.gif


Python with Theano on GPU (Cuda 5.0)

2016-04-09 11_23_21-C__Windows_system32_cmd.exe.png2016-04-09 11_24_11-C__Windows_system32_cmd.exe.png

Benchmarked with 3dmak06, almost 10x the old score!

2016-03-26 12_49_08-3DMark Score.png2016-04-08 21_20_34-3DMark Score.png

Now I'll try to my luck with CUDA on Linux Min 17.3

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