Add A Graphics Card To Your Laptop Or Mini PC With This M.2 GPU Dock!

In this awesome educating video I’ll show you how to easily add an external Graphics Card “GPU” to your Laptop or mini PC using this awesome M.2 Graphics card dock from ADT-Link!

I test out a Radeon 5700XT on a cheaper 3500U powered laptop and I also test out an RTX 3060 on the new MINSforum H40 powered by the Ryzen 4500U.

This dock supports boot delay and the DA-2 USff DELL 12V/18A/220W power supply, or a standard ATX power supply so it makes it super easy to power your eGPU.

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

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