Mucking around with a new gaming setup

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  1. Dave Baumann

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    Something a little different:

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    Too many cables for me to figure out what's plugged into what with what.
     
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    Is it 1 or 2 GPU enclosure? Looks nice, but gaming on a laptop ... I'm old skool :)
     
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    So, the system is my Christmas pressy - Kaby Lake i7 based 13" HP Spectre x360 convertible (I love this notebook), which is USB-C Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enabled. The XConnect enclosure is the Power Color Devil Box which I've got wired mouse, Ethernet, a 480GB SSD and, of course, the Radeon RX 480 plugged into it. With this type of setup the single TB cable can enable all the peripherals in the enclosure, the external graphics (with cross display, in this instance) as well as power the notebook. In this pic I just had the joypad plugged in to the notebook directly to see if there were any latency differences between having it plugged in the enclosure or directly into the system.

    Like I say, I'm just experimenting a little bit to see how it works. I do love the notion of the single cable enabling all that functionality and powering the notebook. Limited to effective 4x PCIe bandwidth, and sharing that with cross-display and peripheral data, is capping the GPU performance, so I'm not convinced of the need for going much beyond RX 480 level, even though the enclosure can support 300W. That image is Forza Horizon 3 at 1080p medium detail (with 4x AA) and it ran fine. There are genuine play-ability differences with Civ 6, not in terms of scrolling around the map, but in terms of how long a turn takes - the notebook is thermally limited so when you are running the entire game on integrated the NPC turns can take ages, however, use the external graphics and all the thermal budget is given to the CPU clocks making the turns come around much quicker.

    Lightman - not aware of any TB eGFX / XConnect enclosures that support mGPU at this point.
     
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    Looks neat, but what monitor are you running on other than the laptop? You surely don't need an extra RX480 to run at 1080p and medium, do you?
     
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    I'm not, we don't want another monitor taking up space on that desk as its a working space for everyone.

    I've not really played around with graphics settings yet - it was an onerous task getting FH3 downloaded from the store in the first place. Trick for getting best performance/quality out of this type of system is likely minimizing draw calls to save Thunderbolt bandwidth, but any expansion done directly on the GPU (tessellation, higher quality pixels) is going to be the best trade-off; I'll muck around more later. Currently trying to get Gears of War 4 installed, but with a 94GB download thats even more of a task from the Store.
     
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    F***** Hell

    Wait, you work for amd your not allowed to own that laptop, you must give it to me immediately before your employer finds out and fires you for disloyalty
     
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    GoW 4 running a mix of High and Ultra settings, averaging ~50FPS in the benchmark. Not bad for a "laptop"!
     
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