How do I Connect An External GPU To My Laptop?

Last Updated on July 1, 2021 by paularo

An external GPU, once connected to a laptop, does an extremely great job at enhancing the graphics and images of your laptop.  This is in a case where your laptop isn’t doing so well in providing you with the best graphics and rendering possible. Usually, with gamers, you’ll need a laptop that works well with your top tier games, and when that doesn’t happen, there’s a fix that comes in the form of an external GPU.

How do I connect an external GPU to my laptop? This is easy, buy an Aorus Gigabyte Gaming Box eGPU which comes with a preinstalled GPU, plug it to your laptop and you have an external GPU connected to your laptop. It’s that simple.

All you’ll need to do is connect the external  GPU to your laptop and your graphics when gaming is increased to a level beyond what your laptop can provide. That’s not the only thing that will be improved, your images and video editing will also be affected tremendously and positively, In all the best ways possible.

To connect the external GPU means you’ll have to get all the essential hardware to make it all happen, with the creation of thunderbolt, connecting an external GPU seems to be less complicated because the devices would be mounted already and all you’ll need to do is to connect the thunderbolt cable to the thunderbolt 3 port of your laptop if it has one. 

But if that’s not the case with you, you’ll need a proprietary eGPU and that works with a certain Alienware. There’s also the option of buying an enclosure with the pre-installed or swappable graphics card, you’ll still need a power supply and a USB or thunderbolt cable to connect the device to. 

Once all the hardware is connected, there’s the installation of software or the upgrading of your laptops OS and carrying out other instructions based on the eGPUs manufacturer’s guide.

Everything You’ll Need To Connect Your External GPU to Your Laptop

The main hardware you’re going to need is the power supply unit, the graphics card and an eGPU dock. All these things will come together to make the connection happen.

The power supply unit is very important because, without it, the laptop might go off unexpectedly because of the graphics card watt capacity, so basically, the power supply unit is bought based on the capacity of the graphics card. The graphics card itself is the powerhouse that provides good graphics and enhancement of your gaming.

The eGPU dock is the docking station, the eGPU can be chained on the dock or set on the dock, there are different options when it comes to docks. There’s the PCIe dock version, or the M.2 dock version if your laptop has an M. 2 slot, choosing the dock is based on the type of laptop’s Wi-Fi LAN card. Buying the M.2 dock means the laptop has the M.2 slot.

You will need to choose a graphics card that goes well with your laptop, the dock and the power supply unit also have to be able to all work well together, so it is important you research how all of these things work before you make a purchase. There are a lot of options to choose from for all the necessary hardware, you’ll need to make sure you make the best choices.

Ways To Connect Your External GPU To Your Laptop

The easiest route to go with connecting your external GPU to your laptop would be buying an eGPU that has already been very well set up, there is some stand-alone eGPUs like the Blackmagic eGPU that is so properly designed that all you have to do is take it out of the box and connect the thunderbolt cable to the thunderbolt 3 port of your laptop. There are no drivers installations or any complicated steps, just the connection and that is it.

Another way would be, finding the Wi-Fi LAN card of your laptop, it could be connected through a PCIe slot behind the laptop (you might need a screwdriver) you’ll then have to connect a PCIe dock to the PCIe slot after the Wi-Fi LAN card has been removed. The connection is made with the eGPU cable that came with the dock

The next step would be to connect the power supply unit and connect it to the dock’s power connector, the end of the power connector will then be connected to the dock and the end of the eGPU cable will also be connected to the Dock.

Once all of that is done, connect the graphics card on the dock and then the power supply unit as well.  Connect the power supply unit to the main source of power and also out in your laptops charger. The external GPU is already set up at this point, and then the final step is to turn on your computer.

Make sure the eGPU is recognized and then you may proceed for installing all the necessary drivers or software to ensure the compatibility of the external GPU and the laptop.

There’s usually an installation guide to explain all the nitty-gritty details that come with installing the drivers or updating particular software’s or, dealing with anything that has something to do with the BIOS. All you have to do next is to follow the instructions based on the manufacturer’s guide and you’ll be just fine.

Deciding what route to go when it comes to connecting your external graphics processing unit to the laptop might be tricky. But the thing about it Is, whatever you decide to do has to be done smoothly to avoid any mishaps.

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