Looking for a laptop for gaming with an external GPU

MasonFereday

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As the title says, I am looking for a laptop to use with an external gpu. I currently have a pretty decent desktop that I built at home, but I moved across the country to college. I would bring it with me, but I am not allowed to connect my personal computer to the internet in my dorm. Because of this, I need something portable to bring off of campus to connect to the internet and download games, etc. I do not want my desktop to go completely to waste, and I also do not want to blow all of my money on a high end gaming laptop. I am hoping to take my gpu out of my desktop and build a mount for an external gpu setup for a laptop. So I am looking for a laptop with a good cpu, decent storage, and preferably at least 8 gb of RAM. I don't really care about the gpu though. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

P.S.: I have not found anything saying its possible, but I was wondering if there is a way to connect desktop RAM to a laptop externally similar to a desktop GPU. Desktop RAM is a lot easier to swap out if need be, so that would help.

Thanks!
 

JeffDaemon

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yea no..none of that is possible. Currently the only such device simular to this is the Razer Core. http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-core

It REQUIRES that the laptop have a LIGHTNING BOLT certified USB C type connector. Also the laptop probably needs to support external GPUs but that is a little hazy atm due to so few lightning capable laptops out there.

As you can see, the Razer core is not the least small, and does have its own power brick.

I would actually try and sell your desktop and purchase a 1060gtx based laptop.
 

JeffDaemon

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yea no..none of that is possible. Currently the only such device simular to this is the Razer Core. http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-core

It REQUIRES that the laptop have a LIGHTNING BOLT certified USB C type connector. Also the laptop probably needs to support external GPUs but that is a little hazy atm due to so few lightning capable laptops out there.

As you can see, the Razer core is not the least small, and does have its own power brick.

I would actually try and sell your desktop and purchase a 1060gtx based laptop.
 

MasonFereday

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Okay, you're right. I did what you suggested and found the sager np8151 for $1300, which is pretty cheap for a 1060. It looks pretty good, but I can't find any benchmarks or anything on it. Do you know how well those perform? And do you have any other suggestions for a similar price?

 

JeffDaemon

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The laptop will perform very close to a desktop with a 1060, there is only a very slight difference between the desktop and notebook chips. About the only factors you need to be aware of is thermals. I think of the 1060 laptops, only the thin MSI was shown to throttle.

kinda wish they would firesale the 960-980m laptops, there is simply a world of difference between 980m chips and a full 1060.
 

MasonFereday

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Oh alright so no matter which one I get most should perform relatively the same? I thought I saw some different ones that looked like all the specs were the same but had lower frame rates in some games.
 
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