Solved Using Express Card for eGPU in 2018

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Hi everyone! New to the site here, just made an account for this post.

SO. I have this fancy little express card thing-a-ma-jig that I plan to use as an external port for an eGPU. Just an old one I found in my closet that I'd like to mess around with. This port thing is actually tailored for the very purpose of being a port for an eGPU. I got it like a year ago but never really figured out what the heck I was doing but I would like to now.

If you can see in the attached photo, I have plugged everything in in what I think is the proper way. However, trying to install drivers for the graphics card (nVidia GeForce GT 610 1GB) proves to be unsuccessful everytime. So I suppose my question is if I'm actually doing this all correctly or if the device is broken, which is highly likely being that the device roots entirely from a group in China.

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P.S. It's on an Xbox One X box just for the moment and for easy open convenience whilst setting it up. I don't plan on keeping it that way.
 

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How is the graphics card powered ? Does the fan spin at power up ?
 

DylanTheDoofus

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The fan isn't really doing anything but it has turned on in the past I think. Unless that was me screwing off and plugging it into the VGA port of my laptop and setting it to duplicate desktop.
 
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From what I've been reading on the 'net, I'm not so sure you achieve what you're after using that particular laptop. For example: Expresscard 2.0 eGPUs – pros, cons and candidate notebooks
HP Elitebooks/Probooks with dGPUs (discrete GPUs) do not have the iGPU (integrated GPU) wired so cannot provide NVidia Optimus accelerated internal LCD mode. Aim for an iGPU-only Elitebook ...

Suggest avoiding 2nd generation 32nm i-core (Sandy Bridge). They lack the desirable native chipset USB 3.0 controller so must use a(n inferior) Renesas/NEC USB 3.0 controller instead.

Cons of an EC2 eGPU solution - it’s 4Gbps of bandwidth delivers compromised performance compared to a desktop ... 16Gbps (x4 2.0) deemed necessary to hit 85% desktop-level performance.
 
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