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Could Mining GPUs be used Externally for Gaming on Laptops?

Hey all,

 

In regards to the new mining-oriented GPUs being released, I'm confused as to what differentiates these from their gaming counterparts aside from missing video outputs?

 

If the answer is nothing, or just a very small regression of performance, would it be possible to save a few dollars and grab one of these with the intent of being used as an external GPU in an enclosure for a laptop (e.g. the Razer Core, Alienware Graphics Amplifier)? As in this scenario there would be no necessity for video outputs on the GPU as that would be handled by the laptop's built-in screen. 

 

Thank you!

I'm that guy with the GPD Win.

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This is why Mining GPUs dont fix anything and actually end up making things worse

Laptop: 2020 13" MacBook Pro i5, 512GB, G7 Graphics, 16GB LPDDR4X | Phone: iPhone 8 Plus 64GB | Wearables: Apple Watch Sport Series 2 | CPU: R5 2600 | Mobo: ASRock B450M Pro4 | RAM: 16GB 2666 | GPU: ASRock RX 5700 8GB | Case: Apple PowerMac G5 | OS: Win 10 | Storage: 480GB PNY SSD & 2TB WD Green HDD | PSU: Corsair CX600M | Display: Dell 27 Gaming Monitor S2719DGF 1440p @155Hz, Dell UZ2215H 21.5" 1080p, ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" 1080p | Cooling: Wraith Prism | Keyboard: G610 Orion Cherry MX Brown | Mouse: G303 | Audio: Audio Technica ATH-M50X & Blue Snowball
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Why bother when mining cards only cost a few dollars less, if not more? Mining cards' resell value is much lower.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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I guess if you were extremely strapped for cash. But if we are being honest... If you can afford a laptop that has a Thunderbolt 3 port and a $200 GPU enclosure, you can swing a few more bucks for the normal version of the card.

Currently have an Asus TUF 3080 with a Ryzen 5 3600.

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1 minute ago, Jurrunio said:

Why bother when mining cards only cost a few dollars less, if not more? Mining cards' resell value is much lower.

If the resale value is so much lower, than that could be a potential steal buying one used. 

 

Not saying I'd do this personally, I'm just curious if the capability could be there.

I'm that guy with the GPD Win.

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Just now, TheGlobalLegacy said:

If the resale value is so much lower, than that could be a potential steal buying one used. 

If you can find someone stupid enough to buy them that is

 

And yes, it will work, but only on the laptop's screen.

 

I'm actually curious myself on whether adding a capture card besides a mining card will work?

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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It could be done but mining cards sell in batches of 10.  I'm actually thinking of picking up a mining 1070 in a year or so for the extra computation al power if they sell for cheap

Want to custom loop?  Ask me more if you are curious

 

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Just now, Damascus said:

It could be done but mining cards sell in batches of 10.  I'm actually thinking of picking up a mining 1070 in a year or so for the extra computation al power if they sell for cheap

Like @Jurrunio mentioned earlier, I can imagine the resale value being wayyyy lower than a traditional gaming card, It'll be cool to see how this all plays out in the next year (1070s sub-200 possibly?)

 

Maybe we'll just end up all throwing away our gaming cards and becoming slaves to mining o.O

I'm that guy with the GPD Win.

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4 minutes ago, lonely_sata_cable said:

Honestly i think its totally possible and is worth a try and if it doesnt work you can always try to get the money back by mineing

If I can track down a mining card for cheap maybe I'll do some comparisons! I think it would be interesting to see for sure.

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Just now, TheGlobalLegacy said:

If I can track down a mining card for cheap maybe I'll do some comparisons! I think it would be interesting to see for sure.

biggest issue is that piping the  info back to the laptop actually degrades performance even more

Want to custom loop?  Ask me more if you are curious

 

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3 minutes ago, Damascus said:

biggest issue is that piping the  info back to the laptop actually degrades performance even more

Wouldnt that be a problem anyways with or with out miner cards

 

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1 hour ago, TheGlobalLegacy said:

Hey all,

 

In regards to the new mining-oriented GPUs being released, I'm confused as to what differentiates these from their gaming counterparts aside from missing video outputs?

 

If the answer is nothing, or just a very small regression of performance, would it be possible to save a few dollars and grab one of these with the intent of being used as an external GPU in an enclosure for a laptop (e.g. the Razer Core, Alienware Graphics Amplifier)? As in this scenario there would be no necessity for video outputs on the GPU as that would be handled by the laptop's built-in screen. 

 

Thank you!

mining cards aren't going to be cheaper and will only be obtainable via direct suppliers 

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OH also mining cards have direct x Hardware disabled sooo good luck with that 

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9 hours ago, Alaradia said:

OH also mining cards have direct x Hardware disabled sooo good luck with that 

That's what I was asking, if it would even be possible. 

I'm that guy with the GPD Win.

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11 hours ago, TheGlobalLegacy said:

That's what I was asking, if it would even be possible. 

sorry the snarkiness was aimed more at mr macs comment but yeah just get a 1050 ti or a 1080 or just wait it out 

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