Add A Graphics Card To Your Laptop Or Mini PC With This M.2 GPU Dock!
Both of these computers that i have here do not support thunderbolt 3 or thunderbolt 4.. So, in order to get a full size desktop gpu connected to this laptop and this mini pc we’re going to be using an m.2 adapter. This is actually m.2 to pcie, x16 and we’re, going to be using this adt link, r3g that i picked up on amazon now. This is an awesome little unit here and it’s purpose built for connecting video cards over m.2 it’s got a lot of cool little features built in and i’ve tested a lot of these smaller m.2 adapters with different cables, and things like that. This has actually turned out to be the best option that i’ve run across so far now this will work with nvidia, gpus or amd and i’ll be testing out both in this video. So here it is the r3g from adt link on one side. As you can see here we have an m.2 adapter. This is gon na plug right into one of our free m.2 ports on our laptop or our pc, and on the other side we have a full size, pcie x16 slot, with a mounting system and a powering system. Now this doesn’t include the power supply, but you do have a lot of options here, so we have an option to use a full size, atx power supply. You could use sfx if you want to. This also includes two 8 pin power connectors for our gpu, but one of my favorite things about this whole unit.
Here is the fact that they’ve added a pinning system here, so we can use an older 200 watt dell power supply and these are really cheap. On ebay. I picked mine up for 13.50 ship and it’ll deliver up to 200 watts of power to the gpu. I have installed in this unit this dell power supply has an 8 pin connector on one side and it’s, pinned out correctly on the r3g to plug it directly in and basically that’s all we need. We don’t need an extra atx power supply or anything like that. All we need is one of these cheaper old school, 200 watt dell, power supplies and it’ll supply all the power we need for our gpu. Now, when it comes to connecting this to your laptop or your mini pc, there are a few things that your laptop needs to support like an m.2 slot, either running at x2 speeds or x4. This one happens to have two m.2 slots, one of them’s running at x4, one of those running at x2, but either way i plug it in i’m, still going to get a big boost in gpu performance from this unit. But if you have the option make sure you run your gpu from that x4 slot, but x2 will also do now when it comes to this specific laptop it’s, a motile from walmart with a 3500. U we have 16 gigabytes of ram and built in radeon, 8. Graphics, i picked this up last year for pretty cheap when they were on sale and overall it’s, a decent little laptop, but unfortunately there’s only one ram slot here, so we can’t get the maximum performance out of those built in vega, 8.
Graphics. Another setup with this external gpu would be a mini pc. Now a lot of these mini pcs do have dual m.2 slots, but this one here only has a single m.2 slot, but we also have the option to run our operating system from a 2.5 inch ssd or mechanical drive. So i can easily free up that m.2 slot to plug that gpu in here and run my operating system from a separate, ssd and that’s exactly what i’m going to be doing when we move over to this unit here, but first things. First, let’s start off with that motile laptop when it comes to choosing a gpu for a smaller laptop like this, i would go with something like the 1050 or the 1650, but for this video i’m going to go overkill with it and use a 5700 xt from Asrock every time i’ve done an egpu video in the past, it’s always been nvidia. I’Ve always had a lot of people. Ask me to do amd. So here we go so i’ve got the gpu plugged into the pci e slot on the r3g. I’Ve got a little nut here that i can hold everything together with it’s got that stand off so now we have the gpu secure now, it’s time to add power to the gpu from the dock itself comes with this dual 8 pin power, cable and i’ll need All 8 pins for this 5700 xt and when it comes to a gpu like this, i don’t quite have enough power coming out of that dell power supply this gpu actually peaks out around 220 to 245, depending on what you’re doing so i’m gon na limit the Power on this to eighty percent – just so i have enough here so i’ve got the video card all set up in the dock.
Now i need to add my power supply and all of these pins on the dock itself are labeled, so just read through them and you’ll know exactly where to plug everything in at so this is all ready to go now, it’s time to connect the m.2 to The laptop itself i’m, just using that other free m.2 slot here – and this is actually set up really nice, because it’s coming out of the left hand side, and i can actually set that bottom right back on this unit here and it’s got a little gap. But i can always turn it over and it just sits really nice and flush. So i never said this setup would be portable with your laptop but uh. Basically, what we have here is the m.2 from the dock plugged into the motile laptop itself that free m.2 slot. We have power going into the gpu, our dell power supply is plugged in, and our hdmi or display port will be coming out of our gpu to the display. We want to use, go ahead and power, it up, give it a few seconds to boot and we’re. Now running this laptop with an external gpu connected over m.2, now i’ve already got the correct drivers installed on this laptop for this gpu here. But if you’re doing this for the first time make sure you get the correct drivers from either amd or nvidia, i mean believe it or not. Using a dock like this, actually cleans it up a lot because in the past, i’ve had to use an atx power supply and there’s just cables hanging everywhere all right.
So let me bring up my task manager here, so you can see what’s going on for the cpu. We have that 3500. U four cores eight threads with a boost up to, i believe 3.5. We have 16 gigabytes of ram and the 5700 xt is running over m.2 it’s detected by windows and it’s ready to go. My fans aren’t spinning on the 5700 xt, because it has that fan stop built in. But if i go into afterburner and this jack them up a bit fully controllable from afterburner and if you had enough power supply, you could do some overclocking with this, but right now, i’m kind of limited because i’m already pushing it. With this 5700 xt at 200. Watts, but even if you had a laptop like this and went with a gtx 1050 or a gtx 1650, it would be a huge jump in performance, and you really wouldn’t have to worry about wattage with that dell power supply, because we have plenty at 200 watts For those two gpus getting right into some testing, first up doom, eternal 1080p ultra settings getting well over 100 fps on average, it does get down to the 90s every once in a while. But overall this is fully playable. If i was to start this game up with the built in vega 8 of this 3500u low settings 720p – maybe even 80 resolution scale i’d get an average of around 32.. Now, with the next mini pc we’re going to be testing in this video.
I do have some recent benchmarks with and without a gpu and we’ll take a look at those next up. Csgo 1440p high settings and yeah i’m definitely noticing a bottleneck here with that cpu and the fact that we’re running over pci ex2 with this gpu here, because if this was connected to my main pc with a 3600 x we’d get a much higher frame rate out Of it, but to be running on a laptop with an external gpu, i think it’s doing a pretty decent job here. Okay, so now, it’s time to test out this mini pc, i swapped out the gpu we’re now using an rtx 3060 here. This is a bit different, but i’ve got everything plugged into the dock itself. All we need to do is attach the m.2 to the free m.2 slot and the mini pc. This is the new menace forum mini pc with that 4500. U it actually performs really well, but uh. We definitely want some better gpu performance. So with this one here it does support two 2.5 inch drives and we have the sata connectors in here power and data. Now i need to connect the gpu dock to the m.2 slot in here and with that installed, i need to kind of figure out a way to plug this in and get everything set up, so i’ll plug the ssd in and i’d like to put the bottom Back on this unit – and i think we can at least maybe with a little bit of a gap, so if i take this and turn it the correct way, i think we can snap this on maybe yeah there we go not bad at all.
There is going to be a gap because we have that cable going into the m.2 slot, but uh let’s go ahead and plug the power in and see what happens so i’ve got everything set up and automatically those fans start. Spinning on that 30 60.. We should see that menace forum logo, if everything’s gon na work correctly and there we go all i need to do – is get into windows and install that geforce driver okay. So here we are with that mini pc powered by the 4500. U we’ll go into the task manager here and uh. One of the reasons i chose this little mini pc is because the way menace forums has this setup. This cpu basically will run it four gigahertz all day, long on all six cores, and this thing paired up with this 3060 actually performs really really well so first thing: we’re going to test out here is gta5 we’ll go ahead and get right into some gameplay and Yeah i’m really impressed with the performance here on average 97 fps 1080p, with a mix of high and very high settings. It is more than playable on a machine like this. I also tested out cyberpunk 2077 1080p with a mix of medium and low settings. I mean even on my main rig with this 3060 in it it really struggles at medium settings, so i did drop some of these down. So with this little 4500. U mini pc before the external gpu total score in 3d.
Mark fire strike 3013 after that 30 60 was added. 17 600.. Here we have time spy before the gpu 1030 after the gpu 7921. So it definitely makes a huge difference in gpu performance i mean, of course it would we’re adding a much more powerful gpu to the system. So, with this adt link dock, it does make it a lot easier to add an external gpu over m.2 to your mini pc or your laptop, if you’re interested in picking one of these up and that dell power supply we’ll leave a few links in the description. Now keep in mind your best bet for this to work properly or work at its full potential over m.2 is to run this over an m.2 slot that’s running at pcie x4 instead of x2. But even if you only have a free x2 slot, it will make a big difference so that’s going to wrap it up for this. Video really appreciate you watching.