06-16-2018 10:19 PM
I want to order a thinkpad x1 laptop that I can sometime use with an eGPU for gaming. I kinda favor the X1 yoga but heard that X1 Yoga is more prone to thermal throttling and heating than X1 carbon. Anyway, if anyone already tried gaming on X1 yoga (6th gen) with an egpu, would you mind sharing your experience with me (especially in term of thermal throttling and heating).
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06-16-2018 10:59 PM - edited 06-16-2018 11:01 PM
To be honest, T480s would be even better, as according to tests, it's able to utilize CPU fully, thanks to good cooling system (make sure to get iGPU-only version though). And thanks to undervolting, you'll be able to elimimate throttling under prolonged load. You'll find more information in article below (both X1's were also tested):
06-16-2018 11:22 PM
06-17-2018 02:07 PM - edited 06-17-2018 02:09 PM
I use Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box with my X1 Yoga 3rd gen. During stress tests and benchmarks, the CPU will start throttling after 97°C, but even then, the CPU can maintain at 2.7-2.9GHz.
I use the eGPU to mainly play World of Warships. I didn't run it with hardware temperatures or frequencies monitored, but I did not notice any sudden stuttering or lagging (which happened a lot with my old MacBook Pro because of throttling). Using internal display, I was able to get about 60-70 fps on High graphics settings at 1440p.
EDIT: I should also mention that when connected to eGPU, the charging port of my X1 Yoga will occasionally have coil whine, but the noise will disappear after about 5 minutes.
06-17-2018 02:44 PM
Thank you so much for your response. It's nice to know that x1 yoga 3rd gen is capable of handling some moderate gaming with egpu. If you don't mind, may I ask whether you are satisfied with your x1 yoga and how the iddle and normal operating temperature that you have experienced?
06-17-2018 06:00 PM
06-17-2018 08:17 PM
Wow. Thank you so much for your detailed response.
I actually ordered the i-8350U too and 50°C iddle is actually higher than I expected . I have an ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe i-8550U which is much thinner than this one and it's iddling at around 38°C. My Asus Zenbook once hit 3.0 GHz would drop to around 1.8 GHz even though the temperature never gone above 80°C (i did undervolt it a little bit to achieve this temp though). That's why I want to return my heavily discounted Asus Zenbook even though it has much higher specs and cost $450 less than my future customized X1 Yoga. Hopefully it would be possible to achieve a stable 3.0 GHz on X1 Yoga with some undervolting.
Anyway, Lenovo betta finds some ways to fix the crackling sound, coil whine and fingerprint scanner. I'm paying a premium price for a premium laptop so at least it should work as advertised. I'm too poor to afford a HDR screen so one less thing to worry about.
Again, thank you so much for your response.
06-19-2018 06:04 PM
06-19-2018 06:50 PM
I know that t480s has many advantages over x1 carbon/yoga. However, I dislike the fact that it only has 1 thunderbolt 2 PCI lane :/. For now i gonna stick with the x1 and wait for a new Thinkpad T with 4 lanes Thunderbolt