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Registered: ‎01-30-2016
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T570 and Thunderbolt 3 Akitio Node eGPU

Folks -


Just wanted to share the early results of my experiment with adding a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure to my T570 laptop. I just got this up and running, but everything operates mostly as expected so far.


The only negative items so far are that my Ultradock does not have a Thunderbolt 3 port, so I must connect the TB3 cable directly to the laptop. Also, when cold booting with the laptop installed on the dock, the bitlocker password screen will not display on monitors attached to eGPU. The logon screen only displays on laptop screen (even when laptop is closed).


My configuration is as follows:


System specs

Lenovo T570 Thinkpad Laptop

Intel® Core™ i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz

8.0 GB RAM

Intel HD Graphics 620

Machine Type Model: 20H9000PUS

Windows 10 (64-bit)


eGPU hardware 

Akitio Node Enclosure

Nvidia GTX 970 with 3 ea 1920 x 1080 monitors attached


Installation steps

Installed updatedThunderbolt drivers (16.3)

Plugged in Akitio Node with GTX 970 installed

Installed Nvidia drivers

Updated Akitio Node firmware



Cinebench R15

OpenGL with internal Intel HD Graphics 620 = 31.80 fps

CPU with internal graphics = 290 cb

OpenGL with Akitio Node and GTX 970 eGPU = 98.4 fps

CPU with external graphics = 326 cb


Unigine Heaven

Internal graphics = 9 FPS / Score 237

External graphics = 102 FPS / Score 2574


Now running 3 x 1920 by 1080 monitors on the GTX 970 plus the laptop display. I believe that I can now use a total of 6 displays (three attached to eGPU and three attached to laptop, but I have not tried that config yet...

And we're back...

Move delayed but still coming

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