I love the concept of an egpu being able to go to school or work and have a thin and light then coming home and having similar to desktop performance so much so that I actually bought one but their are a few things that just are not working right know for this
- Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 in my opinion is one of the things that is killing egpus The problem is that you are just not getting the performance needed to run a gpu it turns a 1080 into a 1070 a 1070 into a 1060 and just burns your money
egpu are very expensive they cost anywhere from 300 dollars to 650 dollars and that is just the enclosure then you have to buy a gpu which currently because of gpu pricing from mining would most likely be a 1080 then you end up with a setup that costs so much might as well just buy a desktop and get better performance.
- Laptop cpus
Laptop cpus are not powerful enough to game or do video editing with a 1080 or 1070 or 1060 i am not talking about the HQ series I am talking about the U series because the U series is what will make egpus take of because they typically do not have gpu where as HQ laptops usually do, have a gpu making egpus an even worse deal because you with then be spending your money on two gpus in stead of one. Then also hq laptops tend to be more bulky and the whole point of an egpu is that you have a thin and light and a desktop in one setup and having an bulky laptop and desktop like performance is less appealing to most people. The U series will be getting 4 cores in coffee lake but we will have to see benchmarks to see if this helps enough to justify an egpu. away from egpus for now or if we dont we will have to address each of these problems to make an egpu worth it for most people
So when you put all of this together you get something that just isn’t worth the price which is why i think eve should stay away from egpus for now or if we dont we will have to address each of these problems to make an egpu worth it for most people.