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eGPU for Neural Networks & machine learning

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, I wanna get an eGPU (probably a 2060 or maybe a 3060/70 if those are in my budget)

 

My laptop is a Surface Pro 2017 / 5 which doesnt have usb-c, thunderbolt or access to mPCIe slots.

 

Any ideas? Is there a way to connect it over the usb 3.1 gen 1 port? (5gbps) I know it would be slow, but i dont think that would really matter if im not using it for graphic applications.

 

I will be building a pc some time in the future (a year or 2 away tho) once I have enough money, so I will be buying a graphics card and PSU anyway.

 

thanks heaps, jensen

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36 minutes ago, jensentechtips said:

Any ideas? Is there a way to connect it over the usb 3.1 gen 1 port? (5gbps) I know it would be slow, but i dont think that would really matter if im not using it for graphic applications.

Nope. Not easily anyway. What I would consider would be getting an old optiplex or something and putting the GPU in with the new PSU and use that because the CPU does not matter for compute applications.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

@Smit Devrukhkar

i also have a mac mini (really old tho, 2012)

could I do anything with that?

 

i think i have an old laptop somewhere, if that still works then I might look into seeing if I could connect the eGPU to the wifi card slot or the ssd (i doubt it had an ssd tho, too old)

 

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if it is a 2012 that is first gen thunderbolt.

your going to need a proper PC. something like a older i7/xeon or R3/R5 should do well. some of the cheap Chinese boards running X79 or X99 would give you a decent amount of CPU cores and ram capacity.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, GDRRiley said:

if it is a 2012 that is first gen thunderbolt.

your going to need a proper PC. something like a older i7/xeon or R3/R5 should do well. some of the cheap Chinese boards running X79 or X99 would give you a decent amount of CPU cores and ram capacity.

ok thanks, I'm looking at cheap used pcs atm.

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