However, you can't really play games on it due to a lack of discrete graphics. So, just how well does a perform if we connect an Nvidia r, tx, 20 atti or of a thunderbolt let's find out. This video is mostly just for fun. I'Ve got the newest Dell XPS 13 to review, and I have a 20 80 TI and was curious to see how that go together using an external GPU enclosure. The enclosure that I'm using is the mantas Venus which I've previously covered in another video. Basically, you plug in your graphics card then connect the enclosure to a laptop using Thunderbolt. Three. My enclosure also provides enough power to run the XPS 13 over thunderbolt. So I literally just need to connect a single cable for this setup. The XPS 13 that I'm testing with has an Intel, i7, 856 5u whiskey Lake CPU. So four cores and eight threads with pretty high boost clock, speeds, there's, sixteen gig of LP ddr3 memory and dual channel and no discrete graphics, just the weak, Intel, integrated graphics in the CPU, which are pretty terrible for gaming. I'Ve also tested games with both the laptop screen and an external monitor in general. We expect higher performance when using an external screen connected directly to the external GPU. This is because there is less overhead on the Thunderbolt 3 connection, but also the Intel integrated, graphics, there's. No longer a bottleneck when using the laptop screen, the signal needs to come over Thunderball from our external graphics to get processed by the Intel, a GPU before showing on the laptop display.

This step is avoided by running the game directly on an external screen resulting in increased performance. We'Ll start out with some games that I was able to run on the Intel graphics just for comparison with overwatch I've got the results in the top bar from running the game at 720p with minimum settings, and it was getting 45 fps. So was mostly playable, but not great. The bars below show the performance with the external GPU enclosure we're also running at 1080p, now with maximum epic settings. But despite this, the framerate is seeing a huge improvement over the Intel graphics inside the XPS 13, with the there's. Even further improvement as there's, less Thunderbolt and Intel integrated, graphics, overhead involved here are the same tests for csgo again. The bar up. The top shows the results at 720p with minimum settings. Then the other two bars are at 1080p with maximum settings and there are again huge improvements to be had from the 2080 Ti. It was possible to get a further 35 boost to average FPS when using an external monitor connected to the 2080 ti when compared with just using the screen on the laptop internet, or I was actually getting quite playable performance with the Intel integrated graphics. But despite the frame rates showing the highest on this graph, remember I tested at 720p with minimum settings for comparison with the 2080 ti at 1080p and maximum settings. It was still possible to get above 100 FPS, though, in my experience, this seems to be more of a CPU demanding game anyway, which is why I think it was running quite well even with the Intel graphics let's look at fortnight before getting into some higher end Games again, this game did run ok on the Intel, integrated graphics at 720p with minimum settings.

However, with that 28 ETA, it was possible to run at 1080p maximum settings and get much higher frame rates without a GPU set up. Those are the only less demanding games that I tested with birthda Intel, graphics and with the a GPU. The point was just to show the differences in performance between the XPS 13 out of the box. Compared to the a GPU configuration will now look at more demanding games that had no chance of even running on the XPS 13 shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in bench mark and at 1080p, even with Ultra settings, it was possible to nearly Average 60 FPS with the laptop screen. Simply by using an external monitor there, it was possible to boost average FPS by 24. A nice improvement from such a simple change. Assassin'S Creed Odyssey was also tested with the built in benchmark. That is a game that I found to be more CPU heavy, which is why we're seeing much less of a difference between the laptop screen and an external monitor here, the external screen setup was giving just 5 higher fps in this test with max settings. So it just goes to show the difference really depends on the game. Apex legend saw a 10 Herman to average frame rate when hooking up the external screen to the 20 atti when compared to just playing off of the laptop screen there even worst case still 60 FPS averages and maximum settings was now possible without a GPU battlefield.

5 was tested with DirectX 11. I couldn't get 12 working, so no r tx either it kept crashing, and I didn't have much time for troubleshooting. In any case, this was a title that was absolutely not playable with the stock XPS 13. That was now running very well even maxed out at Ultra settings once using the external graphics, far cry new dawn was tested with the built in bench mark and at Ultra settings the laptop screen was only just below the 60fps sweet spot, pretty decent results with a 16 improvement to average FPS using the external screen. Pub G was tested using the replay feature and I got the same. One percent lower, regardless of using the laptop or external screen, with a small 5 improvement to average FPS, with the monitor so another that didn't really see much difference. Rainbow six age was tested with the built in benchmark and saw one of the largest improvements by using an external monitor. In this case, the average framerate was 30 higher when compared to just playing with the laptop screen. However, in either case, it was still very playable. Even maxed out with ultra settings, The Witcher 3 received a fair fifteen percent improvement with the external monitor, but again, even with ultra settings. This graphically intensive game was still very playable with the XPS 13 now, whereas prior to the eg PU enclosure, it wouldn't have played at all here's what we're, looking at in terms of improvement to average FPS.

With the external monitor when compared against playing on the laptop screen in all 12 games tested on average, there was almost a 20 improvement, but as we can see, it really depends on the specific game. This does show that it seems to be worthwhile playing on an external monitor to get the most out of an external graphics. Enclosure set up plus you'd, have the option of using a much larger, higher refresh rate monitor compared to the 13 inch 60 hertz 1. The XPS 13 offers is this: a practical solution for most people? No, not really. The XPS 13 I've got here goes for around 1900 US dollars, though they you start at 900. You can find updated prices to everything I'm using LinkedIn. The description the GPU enclosure goes for around 200 to 300 dollars, while the 2080 Ti is around 1300 US dollars so around the price of a mid range gaming laptop. If you add on an external display mouse and keyboard, then we're more than doubling the cost of just the XPS 13, though you could of course, use a cheaper GPU. You don't have to use a 20 atti. I just wanted to show the biggest improvement. This is why this is impractical for most people, if you've got money to burn and want a super portable laptop that you can just connect up to the external graphics with one cable, when you get home to run games then this might be the set up for You for most people, though it would be cheaper and make more sense to have the lower powered thin and light laptop for travel.

Then a mid range gaming PC at home, which is why I think the e GPU enclosure is a niche solution. It really seems to come down to how important, having a single machine is to you in any case, it's always fun to test out stuff like this and see what levels of performance we're able to get with top end hardware, and I think it's impressive, that we Had games that couldn't play on the XPS 13 that could easily run at maximum settings with the GPU, even if we're, obviously being limited and not getting the full performance we'd see by using it in a desktop PC, be sure to. Let me know your thoughts on an external GPU laptop setup like this down in the comments.