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Intel just unveiled Thunderbolt 3.0 with USB-C connector. This is what they say about external graphics.. Looks good for the future of Thunderbolt eGPU! Full press release here: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/blog/thunderbolt-3-usb-c-does-it-all Here's an Intel video of prototype TB3 notebooks running egpus. Intel are definitely onboard with egpu support.
So I went out and bought a ThinkPad E560 motherboard and all other necessary parts (ram, ssd, fan, cables, etc). The parts alone works great! It's an i7 (skylake) model with amd r7 m370. Now I already had an r9 290 and a GDC beast v.8 with a m.2 adapter and monitor. It was more or less plug n' play on my previous laptop. But now I'm having a really hard time making it work. I could really use some expert help here!
These days a lot of the rage is in thin and light notebooks and while that is fine for a lot of people, there is a substantial number of performance enthusiasts (especially found on this website) that want the exact opposite. This group of enthusiast demands the pinnacle of performance built right into the notebook and not a thin and light compromise saddled with an Intel BGA processor and soldered GPU. Well Clevo and Eurocom are listening and Eurocom let us know that they have launched the new Sky DLX7 notebook that is aimed squarely at those aforementioned enthusiasts. But you don't have to be a gamer to want this DTR (desktop replacement) because it will offer the same amount of productivity as any formidable desktop, especially with it's 17.3" display with 4k resolution and 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. It can also support up to 4 active displays thanks to its two mini Display Ports, USB 3.1 and HDMI 2. The Sky DLX7 uses Intel's latest Z170 chipset with socket LGA 1151 which allows it to support the latest 14nm Skylake desktop processors up to the Core i7-6700K that operates at 4 GHz and has a turbo boost of 4.2 GHz. In addition, the CPU can be further overclocked for true high end desktop level performance. For those that like to keep upgrading their notebooks, the Sky DLX7 supports MXM 3.0b graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 980 desktop (full desktop level card in an MXM package) and professional Quadro mobile cards. Unlike many competing notebooks, this DTR won't have trouble keeping itself cool as it features high capacity copper heatsinks and fans to keep things chilled. There doesn't appear to be a shortage of space either as it can support two 9.5 mm HDD or SSD bays and two M.2 SSD PCIe x 4 SATA drives with RAID 0/1/5/10 availability. There's no word on final pricing but given all the power this thing packs, it probably can get pricey very quickly. EUROCOM Sky DLX7 Specifications: Special Feature(s): Intel Z170 Chipset; Skylake-S; supports both mobile and a desktop based GTX 980 GPU Main Chipset: Intel Z170 (Skylake) Processor: Socket LGA 1151 Skylake-S; up to i7-6700K, unlocked Video / GPU: - MXM 3.0 slot; up to 180W GPU - NVDIA GeForce GTX 980 (desktop) N16E-GXX MXM 3.0 (83x 115mm)or GTX 980M, 970M, 965M; MXM 3.0b (83x105mm) Built-in PC Camera: Built-in 2M FHD Display: 17.3" UHD IPD eDP 3840x2160 Supports 4 active displays Memory: Four 260-pin, 1.2V, SODIMM sockets DDR4-2133/2400; up to 64GB Total Storage: up to 4 physical drives: - 2x M.2 2280 SSD PCIe Gen3 2x/4x or SATA - 2x 2.5" 9.5mm/7mm HDD/SSD/SHDD - RAID 0/1/5/10 Optical Drive: External USB based DVD-RW or Blu Ray Burner Card Reader: 6-in-1 Push-Push Card Reader MMC/RSMMC SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II (SD 4.0) Audio Architecture: High Definition Audio S/PDIF Digital Output Built in array microphone Built in two 2W speakers and subwoofer Sound Blaster X-FI MB5 External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF) ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output) LAN/WLAN/Bluetooth: - WLAN / Bluetooth; M.2 2230 slot - 1Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN on-board; Killer E2400 Data and Physical: Kensington Lock Fingerprint TPM 2.0 on-board (Infineon SLB9665-TCG) Internal cards / # of slots/Type: Three M.2 slots -1st: WLAN M.2 2230 Card with PCIe x2 and USB (A Key) -2nd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCIe x2/x4 (M key) -3rd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCie x2/x4 (M key) I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 type C / Thunderbolt 3 / DP 1.2 / HDMI 2.0 3 x USB 3.0 1 x eSATA / USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC) 2 x miniDisplay Port 1.2 1 x HDMI 2.0 output 1 x Headphone 1 x Microphone-in 1 x S/PDIF (digital) 1 x Line in 1 x RJ-45 LAN 1 x DC-in Internal Keyboard: Backlit full size keyboard with numeric pad TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling W/A/S/D Gaming key AC Adapter: 330W 100-240V 50-60Hz Auto-switching (worldwide) optional 660W (2x 330W) for Extreme Performance Battery: 8cells Smart Li-Ion; 89W FexiCharger (via BIOS) Weight: 3.9kg / 8.58lb with battery Dimensions WxDxH: 418x295x39.9mm / 16.72x11.81x1.6-inch View full article