T420 and eGPU SUCCESS!

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  1. stevenplanet

    stevenplanet Notebook Enthusiast

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    WOOHOO!

    Hi there! I'm here to preach the good news that my setup, comprised of the Lenovo Thinkpad T420 4177, Corsair CX430 PSU, PE4L 2.1b/c, and Nvidia GTX 560 TI are together working famously. I am able to play games that my good ol' Thinkpad could never have surmounted before! Whilst playing some of my favorite graphic intense games I ran tests and wrote them down in a handy dandy notebook, which I will happily transcribe for you guys here:

    ALL GAMES AT MAX RESOLUTION(for my monitor :(() 1440x900.
    Battlefield Bad Company 2: ALL HIGH AA ON: 45-100 FPS
    Battlefield 3: ULTRA (AUTO): 22 - 60 FPS. (Usually is around 40-45 though, depends on the scenery, but still very playable.)
    Portal 2:HIGH 60 FPS (I guess I left VSYNC on haha)
    Fallout New Vegas: Max Settings 100+ FPS <-Was very surprised hahaha.
    Diablo III: High 50-70 FPS

    The card also maxed my Windows Graphics Score. It is now the highest score in my system.

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    Here are some more pictures of what I did with my setup, making handy a used USPS box.... hehe
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  2. mr.rhtuner

    mr.rhtuner Notebook Consultant

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    uhhhhh....
     
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    Thors.Hammer Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am digging the high tech fire proof case. :eek:
     
  4. darthhen

    darthhen Notebook Geek

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    This is probably the craziest thing I've seen for a while. I give it 3 EEKs!:
    :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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    conscriptvirus Notebook Evangelist

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    cool..definitely calls for a higher res monitor.

    how much did the whole setup cost?
     
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    5150cd Notebook Evangelist

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    That's so impractical, I love it!
     
  7. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    A GTX460-1GB (336 cores) is the highest bang-per-buck card. Can get all the parts for an implementation for b/w $180-200. Eg:

    + PE4L 2.1b $81-shipped
    + 2nd hand GTX460-1GB (336 cores) $100. Also check craigslist.
    + 12V/16A (or more) ATX PSU at business district dump $0 or $18-shipped from newegg.
     
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    stevenplanet Notebook Enthusiast

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    Corsair CX430 - $30 shipped!
    PE4L 2.1b - $90 shipped!

    Thats basically all I spent but the GTX 560 TI I bought for $200 for my desktop rig, and as I am a college student at UC Davis and live in San Jose, whenever I want to game I basically just unplug my 560 TI from my desktop computer at home in SJ and bring it up to Davis and plug into my PE4L hahaha. Its pretty nifty :)
     
  10. 600X

    600X Endless bus ride

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    I wonder why no one except me uses a GTX550Ti.

    It's as strong as a HD5770, but much cheaper, or at least it is where I live.
    You also get a 500 Series Card which means you get to use FXAA.

    A good alternative if the GTX460 is too expensive. Here in Germany, the GTX460 still costs about 200&#8364; (250$) whereas the GTX560Ti costs only 150&#8364;. My GTX550Ti cost me 100&#8364;.

    It's enough to play Skyrim on max. Details @ 1920x1080 (PE4H v2.4), in case anyone would like to know.
     
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