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post #2021 of 2154
I met an issue with my i7 version, and want to see if any of you have the same issue. The new windows 10 update now supports a function "projecting to this pc". I tried it and it actually worked for both my android phone and my surface pro 4. But the mirroring performance is terribly slow, so slow that the mirrored image are all freezing and tearing whenever I do an operation on my phone or SP4. Has anyone here happened to have tried this function? Do you see the same issue?
post #2022 of 2154
Hey, yes you can use the internal gpu to handle PhysX but I found when using vr that I got slightly higher fps with the internal disabled completely but it isn't anything noticeably different. Got higher scores with it disabled in firestrike as well. You can access the option within the Nvidia Control Panel.
post #2023 of 2154
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Thank you Dameyon. I just found out this universal graphics amplifier existed and I thought someone on this forum would know about it. You went all out with it. Just read through all your posts on it and watched some GTA footage. Holy **** I thought the game looked good on the Alpha's stock GPU, it looks insane with the 1070. You mentioned your using the stock GPU for PhsyX (Sure I spelled that wrong, sorry). Is that still working for you? Is that a setting in Windows? Thanks again for all the hard work you did on this project.

Hey, yes you can use the internal gpu to handle PhysX but I found when using vr that I got slightly higher fps with the internal disabled completely but it isn't anything noticeably different. Got higher scores with it disabled in firestrike as well. You can access the option within the Nvidia Control Panel.
post #2024 of 2154
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Originally Posted by Dameyon View Post

Hey, yes you can use the internal gpu to handle PhysX but I found when using vr that I got slightly higher fps with the internal disabled completely but it isn't anything noticeably different. Got higher scores with it disabled in firestrike as well. You can access the option within the Nvidia Control Panel.

You answered my next question right there. I was curious if anyone was able to get VR working. I know the specs and I ran the Oculus app that checks my system. It said my CPU didn't qualify and until I get a new graphics card I know that won't work. I'm glad you got it working though. I'm getting the banggood adapter in the mail tomorrow. I missed the delivery today of it. Then I think I'll get the 1060, newegg has it for $250.
post #2025 of 2154
I have an i3 Alpha R1 with the obligatory RAM and SSD upgrades and was now thinking of going the external graphics card route using Dameyon's guidance with the NGFF dock.

That then leads to which graphics card to get and tossing up between a GTX1060 6GB (only because the Alpha already has an Nvidia card) and an AMD RX480 8GB (for future performance).

Has anyone used an AMD card with this type of setup? If not, what are people's opinions on whether the AMD card would work fine as I would prefer the AMD route (freesync monitors are cheaper)

Also, is a processor upgrade worth it? - like an i5 4590S/T (depending on what I can get here in Australia)

This would extend the life of the Alpha and do me until I have sufficient funds to actually build my own PC and give the Alpha to the kids

As for what I play it is mainly ETS2, ATS, Witcher (just started the first one), Project CARS. Currently playing at 1080p but would like to get a 21:9 screen (likely 2560x1080 as it is less taxing).

Cheers
post #2026 of 2154
Wow, was thinking of buying new alpha, but think ill just get the eGPU now. THanks Dameon.
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post #2027 of 2154
I just got my Banggood graphics dock today. I now have to pick a card to buy. I've been eyeing the 1060. Newegg has it for about $250 for a 6gb version which is enough to handle VR. Not sure if I want VR but I'm using the min specs for it as my benchmark of the least I want my system to be. I heard the 1060 works as well as the 980 TI. I'm curious if there are any enclosures for this setup? Something to house the card, dock, and power supply. I'd hate to just have it all sitting out. Or if anyone maybe has an idea of something that can be retro fitted to act as an enclosure?
post #2028 of 2154
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I'm curious if there are any enclosures for this setup? Something to house the card, dock, and power supply. I'd hate to just have it all sitting out. Or if anyone maybe has an idea of something that can be retro fitted to act as an enclosure?

I was thinking of an mITX case to house the power supply and graphics card card like in a normal build and the dock would just attach to the graphics card where the motherboard would normally be. I figure won't be able to secure the dock anywhere so not sure if this would place undue strain on the dock.
post #2029 of 2154
Did some testing with the BEAST graphics dock (I was calling it the Banggood adapter, but since have learned it's called Beast), I know it is working on my Alpha. Now I need to pick a new video card. Should I get the AMD RX 480 or GeForce 1060. I'm leaning 1060 since it's Nvidia and with the system GPU being GeForce I think it would be a good match, but the 480 tests very well and at Best Buy at least is cheaper. But not by much. Any thoughts?
post #2030 of 2154
I'd go with the GTX 1060. Nvidia cards tend to be more efficient and run cooler.
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