I think the first question we should answer with regards to design is this: should the new dock have eGPU capabilities?
Yes I could poll this, but I wanted a discussion thread first. The reason I say this is “first” is that it impacts a number of other decisions, including form factor (portability), size, PRICE, complexity, etc.
For those not sure what I’m talking about, an eGPU is something like the Razor Core or Aorus Gaming Box, that allows you (via a Thunderbolt 3 connection) to hook up an external box to a laptop (or V in our case) to allow it to do gaming, and/or other graphics-intensive tasks via having an actual desktop-grade graphics card in the box. These eGPU boxes are hooked up to wall power, and are thus sometimes “luggable” but not “portable” as in they don’t work off of batteries. Sometimes they also include things like network cards, extra USB ports, etc, but sometimes not as much. Most let you put whatever graphics card you want (that fits) inside, and some (like the Aorus one above) have a discrete one that comes with it that is (probably) not replaceable.
Some have expressed support on this board for an Eve eGPU as being the dock, and others have said that the dock should be its own thing, with a TB3 pass-through so it SUPPORTS having an eGPU, but isn’t an eGPU by itself. So here’s one thread to talk about that since Eve is likely only making ONE product, not a dock AND an eGPU. So I intend this thread to be less about the merits of using eGPUs, and more about the tradeoffs of the decision either way.