External Graphics Card for Laptop – eGPU Setup Guide
Hey guys, welcome to our ultimate guide which will help you to Setup an External Graphics Card for Laptop. If you are tired by getting error messages after doing every installation of your new game and desiring to upgrade the laptop’s graphics card. But its not possible right !! asking peoples and relatives they are saying “it’s not possible”. But this is just an old thought, we are living in a world where technology is growing day by day.
Now there is a device invented called EXP GDC Graphic Card Dock, which allows you to connect a desktop graphics card to your laptop to play heavy games on it. This item is exclusively available on a Chinese website banggood.com, which is popular for selling unique and cool gadgets all across the world. This is the most trusted website for buying items, the are shipping items over 10 years.
The dock is comes in the price of $49 on banggood and it will completely change your laptop’s performance. This is useful for those laptop gamers who don’t want another PC in there home, they just want to upgrade laptop’s graphics (GPU). The dock is profitable when your laptop has only the Intel HD graphics, you can just buy a cheap desktop GPU like GT 1030, Gtx 750ti, Gtx 1650 or any used GPU from sites like OLX, eBay.
In additional requirement you need a PSU also according to your GPU’s wattage capacity. For Example if you are using Gt 1030 or Gtx 750ti then you need a normal PSU of 450w. So the cost of the Dock, Graphics Card, and PSU in US Dollar is around $49 + $75 + $20 = $144 for just this amount your laptop will transform into a gaming machine. People just love the Dock and it’s very cheap, you can now play games of your choice. Setup your eGPU today by Watching our Video and Instruction Below:
External Graphics Card for Laptop – Watch eGPU Video 🙂
What Items Do I Need to Setup External GPU for Laptop ??
You need the eGPU Dock, Graphics Card, and a Power Supply Unit to setup External GPU. Buy the items below according to your Laptop compatibility and Budget. Use this coupon code: PCNetwork and get 12% off on eGPU Dock.
Exp Gdc eGPU Dock comes in 5 different versions, Select one of them which is best suitable for your Laptop.
Check Graphics Card which is best suitable for your Laptop.
Select a Power Supply Unit according to your Graphics Card Wattage capacity, Wifi adapter for internet, and Keyboard Mouse if you need it.
NOTE: If you are installing the EXP GDC Mini PCI-E version by replacing WiFi Card, in order to play online games you can buy the USB WiFi Adapter from the above link.
NOTE 2: Gtx1050 & Gtx1050Ti are NOT quite compatible with the dock, not recommend.
[Read also] How to upgrade Laptop’s RAM Memory
How to Setup External Graphics Card for Laptop ??
The dock comes with a power connector and a Mini PCI-E to HDMI Cable. In order to setup eGPU you have to connect the cable into your Laptop’s Mini PCI-E socket by replacing the WiFi LAN Card. Before doing this please uninstall the WiFi driver of your laptop. There are lots of laptop brands in the world, but on different laptops you will find the socket in the different areas of it. On some laptops it’s just behind the laptop, you just have to open the access door but on other laptops you have find it your self.
According to your laptop you have to find that Mini PCIE slot and connect the eGPU cable into it. It’s not too difficult you can do it by watching a disassembly video of your laptop’s model on YouTube or you can take the help of a computer technician or follow the instruction below.
Where I can find the Mini PCI-E slot in Laptop ??
- Behind the laptop, just open the access door with a screwdriver.
- Sometime it will be behind the Laptop’s Hardisk, Try to figure out there.
- Behind the Laptop’s keyboard, Open the screw of your keyboard from the back.
- If you cant found the slot yet, then open the whole Palm rest of your Laptop just like the video above.
- If you don’t wanna take a risk to open your laptop then Find the PCI Express slot on the left side of your Laptop, if your laptop has then Buy The EXP GDC PCI Express Version eGPU Dock.
Once you find your Mini PCI-E Slot remove your WiFi LAN card and Plug the eGPU cable given with the dock. The laptop setup is done now its time to take out your PSU (Power Supply) and connect it with the power connector given with the dock just like the Video Below. Then Connect the end of the power connector (6-Pin) to the Dock and also connect the end of the eGPU cable (HDMI) to the dock.
So the dock setup is done, now insert your Graphic card in the dock. If your GPU needs some extra power then connect power it up with the PSU 6-Pin or 8-Pin Connector. Now Connect your PSU to the Electricity and plug the Laptop’s charger. The external GPU is ready, Turn On the laptop, Yeah !!
Important !! Before you boot the laptop you have to enter bios and disable built-in display or network card. This is most important because you are installing the eGPU instead of the WiFi LAN card. If you cannot disable your built-in display or network card then your graphic card will detect but it will not work. This will create an error 12 in your device manager. There are lots of Laptop models with different bios, how can you find what is to disable. Below is the list of settings that you have to do according to your laptop’s brand. Read this Official installation Guide for more info: http://bit.ly/2wVqcoK
What I have to disable in the BIOS ??
Find these settings in your laptop’s BIOS and disable it or change is as written below.
Lenovo & Acer: In BIOS Set Graphic Device -UMA & Graphic Mode – Integrated), Or in PXE Boot to LAN (Network Boot) Disable it.
HP & DELL: In Boot Sequence – Untick Onboard NIC, Or in System Configuration – Disable Integrated NIC, Or in Power Management – Disable the Wake on LAN/WLAN.
THINKPAD: In BIOS -Config-Display-Graphics device-Integrated graphics, Or Disable OS Detection for NVIDIA Optimus.
Alienware & Clevo: In BIOS Set Primary display – IGFX or PCI.
Common Laptops model installation configuration
THINKPAD T410/T420/T430 – In Bios-DISPLAY-graphic device-INTEGRATED GRAPHICS,
Lenovo Y470/G470/Y480/G480 – In Bios-GRAPHIC DEVICE -UMA, PXE BBOT TO LAN- disabled
Acer 4750G/4752G/5750G – In BIOS-GRAPHIC MODE-integrated, NETWORK BOOT- disabled
HP 8440P/8460P/8470P/envy 14 beats/cq45/ 2730P PTD-7S
HP CQ35-219TX Insert into system before Expresscard
Lenovo Z470 Close WIFI switch.
If you can’t find the above options, please follow the following ways to disable.
Turn on your Laptop and go to Device Manager then expand the System devices, One by one, try to disable the “PCI” port, built-in alone disappeared. (Disable only the “PCI” port that is lost
to the built-in single display.)。As shown in Figure: (System differences, please try to disable PCI one by one)
Once you got succeed on disabling built-in display or network cards exit the BIOS by saving new settings. Now you will see your graphics card will be detected by the windows, simply install your graphics driver. After installing drivers you have to restart your laptop, then in the next start right click on desktop and open “Nvidia Control Panel” an go to Configure Surround and change your graphics card as default PhysX Processor then apply those settings. Now your Laptop is ready to play new games. Yeah !!
Is My Laptop model is supported by the dock ??
Support List: (The following model is our customer feedback to us that they use and without problem)
Lenovo W530 T520 W520 X220 X220T Z570 T420 Y460 Y560P T410 E420 X201 X201s Edge 14 T410s T400 T510 X201T X200 W500 T61p X61T T61 T60 T520 T420S y470 T420I Y480 G480 k580s E520 Y580 G500 E46A Y530 G510 Y400 G500 V460 Y560P y480n y480 E420 K29 B470 Z470 L421S L410K E420S G470 G450 z465 Y500 V370 G430 Z370 Y485 Y410 Pv1000 s410p y471a s230u V570 e420s Z500 V470 Y40 70 G710A T-ISEy430p S400S R1000 B5400 405S A8Y50 Z501 Z480 Z580 U310 K46A z380
Dell E6520 Vostro 3450 XPS15 L502 Studio 1557 E6220 M4500 E6420 E4300 Studio 1557 XPS 1645 E4310 M4600 Insp 1545 XPS 1340 E4300 XPS 1640 E6500 Insp 1420 XPS 1340 Vostro 1500 1440 Vostro v130XPS M1530 D830 M1330 Studio 1555 Insp 1520 Vostro 1310 E1505 Inspiron 1545 E6520 E6520 E6220 E5410 E4310 E641014 RM1210 4600M D630 E6420 6320N 4120N 5010 3421 N3010 7720 14R 4728 1520 14rd658 N411014 RD658 inspiron15-3521e 6320 7420 5537 xps1645 15r7520 7670 15R 4526 55477 730 14 R5420 M6600 7520 5537 4050 vostro 3300n 3420 L702 X3542 1558 15 75484 z-5423 E6230
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Sony Z21 VPC – Z11 VPC – Z13 VPC – Z12 VGN – FW45 Z46GD VGN – NS110e A27EC VPCC A36ECE A47EC B36EC Nw35eE A200C S138Vgn
Fujitsu AH531 T731 S6420 T901 T5010 U9200 AH56/Gnh532 MSI CX623 CR720 A6200-021US CR630 M610 GX640 GE60 Clevo M860TU M570RU Sager NP2096 NP8662 NP5793 NEC Versa E6500 Toshiba R840 A665 L305 – S5921 L300 A505-6965 L300 L305 – S5921 M332 M780 L700 L650-02B L800 LG P300 Samsung R780 NP300E4A NP270E5J-K01CN r428 rv420
HASEE A460-I7 K590C A560P K580P A430 K470 p460 PA550 k602c K590S K500D E400 K500C-i7 D1k660E A460p-i7 K480N Tsinghua University u49f K41 HA14RM0C Blue sky p170em Haier 7g-2X5P Gigabyte p15f V2 Fangzhengyihe a600
List of Laptops & GPUs Which I Tested Personally 🙂
- Laptop: Dell Inspiron n4010 , GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060 6GB [Tested Sep 27, 2017]
- Laptop: Dell Inspiron 1545 , GPU: Inno 3d GTX 750ti 2GB [Tested Apr 13, 2018]
- Laptop: Lenovo G50-70 , GPU: Palit Jetstream Geforce GTX 760 2GB [Tested Jan 12, 2019]
- Lattepanda Alpha 846s, GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1650 4GB OC [Tested OCT 6, 2019]
Available Videos / Posts for above test:
Note: I will soon test the dock on other laptops.
Enjoy gaming on a laptop, if you want to play games in an external monitor just plug you monitor cable in one of your graphics card Port, and as shown in the above video change your primary display to the external monitor. Thanks for reading External Graphics Card for Laptop tutorial, hope you like it, Have a good day.