External GPUs – How do they work? – DIY in 5 Ep 73

July 31, 2019 posted by

Knock Knock. Who’s there? eGPU. eGPU who? Just this little guy trying to make all your
graphics dreams come true. Hello, everyone! And welcome to DIY in 5. I’m Trisha Hershberger and last episode
we chatted about building your own external SSD and it got me thinking about what other nifty
external upgrades are out there. A big one that’s relatively new and not
as well-known is the eGPU, or external Graphics Card. Today, we explore the world of eGPUs – what
are they and is one right for you? If the tips in this video give you pause,
in a good way, then go ahead and subscribe so you don’t miss a beat. So you want to turbocharge
your gaming framerates but you don’t want to, or maybe physically cannot,
put an actual GPU into your system. Perhaps an external GPU
is the answer for you. eGPUs are still really new
to today’s tech scene and most people have
never even seen one in person! This is what it looks like – it’s an external
enclosure for a desktop-style video card that can plug into a laptop or other system to
boost graphical performance. These things are pretty beefy – after all,
they will need to house the card itself, a power supply, probably
some type of cooling, maybe a PCI Express slot to
accept your video card of choosing. Some even come with a card pre-installed,
like this model from Gigabyte. Now why would you want one? Maybe you want to transform your laptop into
a gaming powerhouse – who doesn’t want that? In olden times your upgrade path
would be shopping for a whole new laptop. Now the future is here! And we have the ability to upgrade graphic
performance via an external solution. I mean, this is really exciting tech that has been
on the horizon for a while but is finally consumer ready – to a degree. Because eGPUs are just
starting to make it to market they are not quite as plug and play
as other externals, such as the hard drives
we discussed in the last episode. You need to have the
right laptop or system and a fair amount of
cashola to make this dream come true. So what type of system will you need? One with a high-bandwidth, two way connection
and, for laptop users, a connection that’s small enough to fit into
that trim laptop profile. Yep, I’m talking USB-C – and not just vanilla USB-C
but USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Thunderbolt 3 is described as
“USB-C that does it all” and it boasts twice
throughput of USB 3.1 Gen 2!! That’s like two 4k video streams! It’s new tech like Thunderbolt 3 that even make
something like an eGPU possible. Now don’t reach for
your wallet just yet. We still have more compatibility
requirements to get through. The current eGPUs on the market have
their own criteria for systems compatibility. The Alienware Graphics Amplifier, for example,
works with specific newer Alienware machines that have a special port and a super chunky
cable capable of running the crazy amount of data necessary to
make this magic happen. Other, non-proprietary boxes like Razer’s
eGPU or PowerColor’s Devil Box have their own list of
certified compatible laptops. Ok, so let’s say you have a compatible model
laptop and you are ready to take the plunge. Well, there are a few
other things to be aware of. Boosting your graphical prowess alone may not be
enough to run certain games that require, say, a certain number of processing cores. In this situation, your graphics performance
could be limited by your processor’s ability to keep up. Another thing to be aware of is frame-rate
penalty or overhead due to the connection itself and depending on your combo of video
card, eGPU enclosure, system and display type, the performance gains you see
might have some variation. So who here has actually messed
around with one of these? Is there a specific model
you recommend? What did you think? Or did you fully try to DIY it??? (boom) Tell us your stories in the comments. I, for one, cannot wait for this tech to be
adopted and further refined. As primarily a PC-based gamer, the more options
I have to continuously bolt-on upgrades, the better. Again, this is cutting edge stuff, so if you want
more information on external GPUs and the options currently out there, we’ve left you some handy dandy links in the description. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next
time with more DIY in 5!


100 Replies to “External GPUs – How do they work? – DIY in 5 Ep 73”

  1. Vinesh Walker says:

    Hi Mrs Joker Where is Mr Joker …..

  2. Mohammed Najeeb says:

    I am mam I want to know servicing system

  3. vinay saketh says:

    I love you girl…you are cute!!!

  4. Ayush Bansal says:

    Man this lady is so freaking cute

  5. Adamblacky09 says:

    Can I use 2 or more external graphics cards onto 1 laptop? Just so it recognises more at same time.

  6. EvilHomerSimpson says:

    marry me

  7. general kwek says:

    How much for egpu no php money?

  8. LegendaryVegeta says:

    for only 999.99
    its so expensive ffs, i wish the box on its own was £149
    +a 760 gives me £200 for gaming performance for what i want, 2/3 external monitors 144hz lol

  9. LegendaryVegeta says:

    and not just any thunderbolt 3
    you seriously need 4x pcie lane

  10. OrangePenumbra says:

    Watching laptop gamers try to improve performance is like throwing rocks at cats trying to swim to shore.

  11. Ronald Mcgovern says:

    whats barebones kingston tech portalble external gpu
    build look like for earlier laptops like hp probook 5330m

  12. Ankush Jain says:

    wao i hv heard abt eGPU but till date have not seen it.. lol 😀

  13. Carlos Garza says:

    yea for real. Women want to be to taken seriously in tech then we see videos like these. I guess its unavoidable since this is you tube though. (

  14. Techno Games says:

    99% of u r watching the video cuz the thumbnail

  15. Darren Muhlbeier says:

    Call Me.. I will play any game you want.. 🙂

  16. Anthony Sanderson says:

    ehhhh….. u kinda need a PC to perfume to protection on this one… im sorry, just get a GTX 1080TI with this, or just get the 1080TI in fact… i want one..lol

  17. Fahrizal Johari says:

    i'm having a hard time looking away….

  18. Aleksandar Stefanovski says:

    i suscribed as soon as i saw your boo.. i mean glasses

  19. radhakrishna y says:

    U look hot I better grad my ice to cool the system of mine next time wear bikini so my system will be crashed so I can depend on external source to make my system happy

  20. hoang duy says:

    Can i use it for computer science ? Guys does it work like gaming ?

  21. Jac ReviewsStuff says:

    Looking great with those glasses and dresses. Try center parting hairstyle… it may suit you more 😉

  22. Sergio Arroyo says:

    Interesting to hear that this is still cutting edge stuff. I always thought that these had been around for a couple of years already.
    Can you do a video that talks about eGPU compatibility with MacBook Pros?

  23. Darth yayo says:

    I have a question will be compatible with nintendo switch

  24. Zoran Sekulovski says:

    is there anyone else who hears eGBU instead of eGPU ?

  25. jarry plundermen says:

    why does she looks like a "non-PG" actress if you know what i mean

  26. Kyle Kane says:

    Can this be used on windows 7 pc?

  27. Jason Kay II says:


  28. TheRouteShow says:

    she s hot af

  29. Raveen Minz says:

    U look like famous p*

  30. Elderin Moi says:

    very informative and arguably one of the sweetest presenters on youtube 🙂

  31. Cesar DC says:

    She is hot mmmmm

  32. BrinkMan49 says:

    you're distracting

  33. FordPower5288 says:

    THE FUTURE IS NOW!!! NOW! you can get a super powerful graphics card, for your laptop, with extremely diminishing returns. Just buy a desktop….

  34. Hola says:

    your name makes my hungry

  35. amit G says:

    Girl, I want to rub rub your face with a 🐱 cat. Meeeow

  36. The Wolverine says:

    You with your spectacles makes you more sexy

  37. An_ aNd says:

    i have prebuild dell desktop it usefull for it

  38. ZakarooNetwork says:

    Where's the Link to her Youporn channel?

  39. Ehmoenee YouTube says:

    Where can I buy this now ?

  40. Alex Knight says:

    I’ve used these with prebuilt ones like the black magic MAC one ….. alone with custom ones I built. In general you are looking at a 35-60% GPU performance drop give or take depending on software.

  41. GAL STEINBERG says:

    So if I buy let's say gtx 1060 and connect it to my PC via HDMI this is called Egpu?

  42. Carl Leo says:

    I bet she doesn't even need the glasses

  43. Unique TechChip says:


  44. davidogan says:

    You’re so cute! I bet millions of adolescent nerds have fallen for you.

  45. Lyall van der Linde says:

    Well it didn't take me long to subscribe

  46. Zipi Geva says:

    i have a question, If i will connect my MacBook Pro 2015 (running Mojave) to E-GPU using Thunderbolt 2 , i would be able to boost the graphic performance to the internal screen or not?

    Thanks so much


  47. PullUp ToYEET says:

    Sorry boys no nut November

  48. Emerald lx says:

    I have a hard drive I want to stick in your slot 🥴

  49. Emerald lx says:

    Her swim suit is designed by Harley Quinn

  50. Aditya Sreerama says:

    how is this a DIY ?

  51. I love puppies says:

    Marry me, we can be geeks together forever 😍

  52. ItsBoutGaming says:

    eGPU can be connected with usb type-c?

  53. SeeDzNutts says:

    Razer Core X eGPU + EVGA 1080 ti FTW3.

    Best investment I ever made.

  54. Nicholas Xenophondos says:

    What if i my laptop doesnt have thunderbolt 3 ?

  55. Besticon says:

    Wanna hv dinner wid mr

  56. gank souls says:

    What is this comment section?

  57. BrollydictCumberbatch Montour says:

    Can I Some how use this eGPU stuff with my desktop like to SLi? My PC is a Dell 990 MT and only have one PCIEx 16x slot and the other slots i wish to use for other things and are not PCIEx 4x. Can I buy some kind of PCIEx 4x card to plug in the proprietary cards or is it a no go? It would be awesome to have Radeon support for games that work better on certain games as internally GTX EVGA SC 1060 6GB is currently internal, and well more FPS! I'm running an older i7 sandy bridge CPU with 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333mhz.
    By the way, Trish, love the Harley Quinn inspired dress and those cute nails. Just wanted to be one of the ones asking some actual tech questions that are burning my mind over gaming and then drop the compliment. lol 80% of the comment section is like no one saw beautiful woman that games and knows her tech before, hahaha.

  58. Ben H says:

    Can I run one through a 2018 Mac book Pro ? if so which model

    Thanks in advance

  59. John Lumapas says:

    I was thinking of using this for my Mini PC. it doesn't have thunderbolt 3 though. all it has are usb ports. is there a solution for this?

  60. maksiodzidek1 says:

    Jesus! what a horrible voice 🙁

  61. Emthesage EMM says:

    I've never seen one they don't exist 😛

  62. jhnl28 says:

    That’s not even fair…u know you have our attention lol

  63. ArrowDrill says:

    Hi i have omen x laptop 17" i7 7700HQ , 16 gb RAM ddr4 , gtx 1050 2 gb , could you reccomended some compatible eGPU? please answer (i want a 6-8gb gpu)

  64. eyevin cast says:

    A brunette Harley Quinn is way hotter. You’re hot!

  65. X-MISMA-X says:

    The actual graphics card on my desktop PC no longer works, can I use this product as a replacement?

  66. alienpilgrim says:

    Check out the eGPU. Amazing

  67. Casper Roskær says:

    hello female linus.

  68. John Kas says:

    Is that a Harley Quinn top? 🙂

  69. Nicolás Ramírez Miranda says:

    what is your name ❤

  70. knid mils says:

    how is this in any way DIY? it's not
    you are dumb

  71. knid mils says:

    this also costs as much as a gaminc pc or a whole graphics card so it is useless technology

  72. Guapos Loco's says:

    Harley Quinzel

  73. Coding in Flow says:

    I love GPUs

  74. Javier Sanchez says:

    this girl is fire

  75. DMediocreGuy says:

    99% of y'all are watching cause of the girl

  76. Hero of Twilight says:

    Important question. Does it work in unison with your existing laptop gpu?

  77. Jason S says:

    Sadly I've been plagued with USB problems with this thing.

  78. Bharath kumar says:

    geeky so sexy….."

  79. Sergio Castillo says:


  80. Edyson Tsu says:

    i love burgers

  81. George Tufeanu says:

    Nails with Dragon eyes and swimming outfit ! What else do we need ! Forget about Egpu.

  82. tubeMonger says:

    You can also see eGPUs in this video.

  83. See Gotcha says:

    wish i can get a girl like this tech geek of my age.

  84. Cee Kay says:

    Already liked this video, when I saw her name is Trisha. Closing this tab, folks. Bubbye!.

  85. Average Asian Boi says:

    Question. Can you open the eGPU and replace the GPU with a more powerful one?

  86. Kanyewest West says:

    Thats a big one right there

  87. Jerin Imeraj says:

    this chick looks like she came out of a video shot with BangBross…and now she's into eGPU lol. By the way, I really need a graphic boost for my NUC i5, that's why I'm here.

  88. Naveen Chandra says:

    What's special about your video is your voice modulation!!!

    The way you explain complicated techy issues in very funny way that's what I like too much.

  89. Wielly Wielly says:

    Why this video too short ? I would expect a longer video to watch her speak . Not matter what the content is …..

  90. Pertamax7 says:

    Ok sir

  91. LIVE/FUN/and/ DiY says:


  92. Carl Lazarraga says:

    Too many drawbacks and constraints. Gonna wait til there's a more consumer friendly model.

  93. ichi tensho says:


  94. Adam R Fisher says:

    You don't have affiliate links in the description? I would use it.

  95. Garrett Mangel says:

    Razer Blade Stealth 13.3" with a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 550[W] with an EVGA GTX 1070 FTW within. Works great, I love it, definitely fits the plug & play solution you talked about!

  96. Miguel Ortega says:

    the swim suit is to attract viewers lol

  97. Gabin Coelho says:


  98. Guglielmo Melis says:

    hey Trisha, keep going with it! eventually call me for a 4-hands-female-male videos reviews (especially graphics DIY!)

  99. A-Dizzle M-Shizzy says:

    is there anything i could do if i dont have a thunderbolt port?

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