Gaming on a Laptop using an External GPU

  • Added:  2 years ago
  • In this experimental video I try connecting a desktop graphics card to a laptop... the results were certainly interesting.


    I've been wanting to try this out for a while, so a big thanks to BangGood for sending me the adapter (ebay link above, banggood link below).
  • Video CategoriesScience & Technology
  • Runtime: 4:47
  • Tags for this video:  laptop  graphics card  gpu  grapics  nvidia  external  exp  gdc  gaming  pci-e  experiment  upgrade  diyperks  desktop graphics card on laptop  mini pci-e  

Comments: 3 849

  • Mario193
    Mario193 1 hour ago

    does this gonna work for a i3 hp laptop ???

  • Samir Fathy
    Samir Fathy 2 days ago

    I am having a problem with my Toshiba C50-A076 laptop, it is provided with 2 GPUs, one is Intel 400 and the other is Nvidia, previously and all of a sudden the Nvidia stopped working and now the laptop keeps restarting, the Maintainance guys agreed on that the GPU is the problem since it heats very quickly causing the hardware to restart after it kept hanging for a while.
    Can I use this trick fot now?

  • Uranium
    Uranium 2 days ago

    Another bottleneck other than the laptops CPU is the pci express port on the laptop which is not x16 while the graphics card needs x16 pcie slot to work properly. Really interesting project though!

  • Uranium
    Uranium 2 days ago

    3 years later the lowspecgamer tests the same device. I guess he is late to the party...

  • Narcis D
    Narcis D 3 days ago

    I have a question.If I have a Macbook...can I connect the external GPU to the laptop using just an usual HDMI cable?

  • micheal sun
    micheal sun 5 days ago

    kinda defeat the purpose of a laptop thro

    • kenny ricardo
      kenny ricardo 2 days ago

      micheal sun say you got a business laptop (powerful core i7 processor, but no graphic cards) and wanted to game. this will make the laptop function as a laptop and a gaming pc at home. if you build a gaming pc and buy a laptop, the laptop will be either weak or have bad battery life

    TECHIEMANIA 6 days ago

    How can I connect the adapter to my PC because the CPU case or cabinet is small to install a graphic card?
    pls tell

  • Tuvshinbat Sundui
    Tuvshinbat Sundui 8 days ago

    Modern laptop becoming without cdrom should consider..

  • Tuvshinbat Sundui
    Tuvshinbat Sundui 8 days ago

    How about laptops without pci slot

  • Mussa Ahmad
    Mussa Ahmad 12 days ago

    you buy half the computer

  • kyle lega
    kyle lega 13 days ago

    does it work on a acer laptop

  • Jelly Ninja
    Jelly Ninja 17 days ago

    i bought a hp omen laptop, is the external gpu compatible with it? please help

  • hari prakash
    hari prakash 18 days ago

    can i use it for hp pavalion 15 n225t please tell me this is specs link

  • Sonic Boom!
    Sonic Boom! 20 days ago


  • Angelo Calderon
    Angelo Calderon 20 days ago

    wait does this mean that when using the external gpu you have to connect a monitor?
    can you use the laptops screen??

  • Angelo Calderon
    Angelo Calderon 20 days ago

    did anyone with an hp laptop managed to do this?

  • DoomRater
    DoomRater 20 days ago

    Oh that's nice. DIY an enclosure for it so it's extra stable!

  • Stars Shooting
    Stars Shooting 21 day ago

    Will this work for ASUS X555L? I'm trying to play a game called: "Subnautica". It said my GPU needed a upgrade, and I'm not sure how it will work for ASUS.

  • Critchy
    Critchy 27 days ago

    is it compatible with a nuc?

  • Savage Uploads
    Savage Uploads 29 days ago

    What was that racing game that u used in the video

  • Savage Uploads
    Savage Uploads 29 days ago

    What was that racing game that u used in the video

  • [ Content Deleted ]
    [ Content Deleted ] 29 days ago

    hue hue i have best pc i have a i87324623874632847236483276238194873492874928374294 core pc lololololol.ol.oll.lolol (not really lolololol)

  • Cameron Leggett
    Cameron Leggett 1 month ago

    i can see using this in a Frankenstein laptop/desktop hybrid! Use the mobo from a older laptop in a desktop type case with one of these to breath more life out of older hardware!

  • Athanasios Lanaras
    Athanasios Lanaras 1 month ago

    Can someone tell me what I need to know in order to find out if my hp probook 4520S is compatible with an external gpu?

  • _ Mechros _
    _ Mechros _ 1 month ago

    This is perfect for me! I saved up to build a custom PC, I've studied online for 4 years about pc's , but I'm still not allowed to get parts. BUT my graphics card is damaged. So there is no reason not to get this!

  • CDprimaryD
    CDprimaryD 1 month ago

    Are you able to use the laptops display only, or are you forced to use a standalone monitor?

  • Irfan Kamil
    Irfan Kamil 1 month ago

    will it get bottlenecked if my cpu suck? mine i5-6200u

    GEOVAS 1 month ago

    Can it run games ok on 1080p with a pentium 2 ghz processor??

  • Jose Herrera
    Jose Herrera 1 month ago

    Can you use it on an Alienware Alpha?

  • kkfranco
    kkfranco 1 month ago

    there is the possibility to use the usb port? i don't have the pci slot

  • Barely Optimal
    Barely Optimal 1 month ago

    kind of defeats the whole "portable" concept

  • Gaming Boy
    Gaming Boy 1 month ago

    where to buy. it

  • cr12
    cr12 1 month ago

    DIY Perks

  • Patrick Carl
    Patrick Carl 1 month ago

    I know it's an older video, but can you use the laptop's screen or do you need a monitor as well?

  • Error4-07-99
    Error4-07-99 1 month ago

    not very practical

  • Omar Shiha
    Omar Shiha 1 month ago

    what about trying this same laptop with newer gpu like the gtx 1050 ti or gtx 1060

  • remoyuoi poio
    remoyuoi poio 1 month ago

    does it work on any laptop? my specs

    i5 6200u (2.30ghz)
    1920x1080 resolution
    ram-8GB DDR3
    windows 10
    plz suggest best gaming graphics for me anyone

  • Anthony Hart
    Anthony Hart 1 month ago

    can you use this in a regular desktop ?

  • Ayman Abid
    Ayman Abid 1 month ago

    I wonder if i can make it work on a gpd win and a gtx 1050 (knowing that the gpd win has a usb type-c and the only wire right now that can give graphical data) im shiping the stuff right now on amazon WISH ME LUCK

  • SinglePlayer BR
    SinglePlayer BR 1 month ago

    +DIY Perks if the adapter is plugged into a HDMI socket on your laptop, does it work? Since that plug is a fast data socket, I thought it would worth a while trying

  • Juan Ant. Guzman
    Juan Ant. Guzman 1 month ago

    i have 1050ti this grraphic card dont use molex or power connector you think can use¿

  • The Next world
    The Next world 1 month ago


  • XxXSpit_Fire_GamingXxX394

    so doing this, taking out your wireless cable, there is no wifi? or is it some other component that im not awere of and has nothing to do with my cause, because all i want to do is run gta 5 on my gaming laptop for hp...

  • Abdera7mane Gamer
    Abdera7mane Gamer 1 month ago

    i have lenovo L520 do you think i can put the GPU adapter ?

  • Alfonso
    Alfonso 1 month ago

    does a HP pavilion Entertainment PC have a PCI-slot

  • Juanfra Ncisco
    Juanfra Ncisco 1 month ago

    make one using thunderbolt plz

  • Wegster64
    Wegster64 1 month ago

    wow soo cool

  • crazydogoo3
    crazydogoo3 1 month ago

    did they stop making them they are sold out every where :( plz help

  • SlyCryEddie
    SlyCryEddie 1 month ago

    THis is sad this computer can run strong games here comes my so called 500 PC and I run csgo 50 FPS. God I just love Logic

    HECTIC 1 month ago

    could this work with a 2016 gtx 1060 3gb graphics card

    ALBERTO 1 month ago

    this is the real life???

  • lJITimate
    lJITimate 1 month ago

    where is the mini PCI slot? is it inside the laptop?

  • FaZe P4ysagorXD
    FaZe P4ysagorXD 1 month ago

    i tried and it worked!! now i can play games on 4k

  • Mirul Shah
    Mirul Shah 1 month ago

    hi i have a lenovo z40 with amd a10 with 1.9ghz as base clock . can my laptop use external graphic card

  • remoyuoi poio
    remoyuoi poio 1 month ago

    how much du i have to spend so that i can play gta 5 at it full potential

  • 95 R
    95 R 2 months ago

    so i have a laptop with an I7 processor and gtx960m. am i able to play with and external gpu gtx1080 ? it would help me a lot because i wouldnt have to build complete desktop

  • BobbyJay
    BobbyJay 2 months ago

    +DIY Perks so I just recently got the same setup. same dock using an HP power supply from a desktop to power the dock. I have an HDMI cable running from the video card to the TV and the supplied data to HDMI cable that's connected to my laptop and the dock. I installed the latest Nvidia driver restarted and I'm still getting a code 43 in my device manager. I attempted to play star wars the force unleashed 2. played like complete shit. even worse then when I play normally on my laptop's gpu.. running Windows 10. Any thoughts on how to clear this up?

  • HumdrumAnt
    HumdrumAnt 2 months ago

    But you couldn't play online cos you have to disconnect the WiFi card, am i missing something?

    • HumdrumAnt
      HumdrumAnt 2 months ago

      ADCBot Oh wow how did i not realise that haha. Thanks man :)

    • ADCBot
      ADCBot 2 months ago

      That is correct, but you can still connect to the internet if you have a gigabit Ethernet port on your laptop.

  • Dan Krieg
    Dan Krieg 2 months ago

    Beats getting ripper off by Eurocom. My mobile card died a while ago, might give this a try

  • Top Sy Krettes
    Top Sy Krettes 2 months ago

    how much cost for those external gpu accessories adapters included?


    does it work whit desktop pc whit apu

  • Wilo Usuramo
    Wilo Usuramo 2 months ago

    MIND BLOWN!! Deadly!

  • Alisson Damasceno
    Alisson Damasceno 2 months ago

    Amazing! Just a quick doubt, do I need to use a ATX/DC PSU to power up a graphics card that does not need that "extra" pci-e connector? Like the GTX 750Ti, for example...
    (I'm really interested on a high resolution DisplayPort output from my laptop haha)

  • DaveK183
    DaveK183 2 months ago

    How is this thing old? I have a laptop for almost 8 years and wanted this the whole time, but never did find anything like this. Don't fucking understand why.

  • TECHNO freak
    TECHNO freak 2 months ago

    will both laptop gpu and external gpu work at same time or only external gpu works?
    any one knows please replay!!!

  • SperodicPlays - Tutorials and More!

    wait wait wait wait so your telling me that I can build an external gpu without using a thunderbolt cable?!?!?!?!

  • Ahmed Rashed
    Ahmed Rashed 2 months ago

    National geographic is her ! nice job

  • Craig Buchan 6930
    Craig Buchan 6930 2 months ago

    Can i use this on an all in one desktop

  • Dead pool
    Dead pool 2 months ago

    Can i use my laptop's lcd screen instead of a external monitor for this setup?

  • D.O.T
    D.O.T 2 months ago

    I have a question. Is it possible to do it in reverse? ~ Aka use laptop graphics card on Stationary pc? This might be retarded question but I started investigating this because my laptop is dead and I want to use its parts, IF POSSIBLE. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

  • E McG
    E McG 2 months ago

    Why would you try to game on a shit processor? You need that to game to, retarded

  • Ronan
    Ronan 2 months ago

    Pls build a case around it, love your vids

  • Abhishek Basavaraj
    Abhishek Basavaraj 2 months ago

    can you do a refresh with the all new cool thunderbolt 3.

  • The Electric Pig
    The Electric Pig 2 months ago

    Will this work with an hp notebook and what card should I buy I have $400

  • Animiles
    Animiles 2 months ago

    To me it looks like Grid 2 (3:31) doesn't even reach 30 fps.
    I count everything below 60 fps as not playable.

  • Esteban S.
    Esteban S. 2 months ago

    Can I just us my usb 3.0 port or I have to open my laptop any way?

  • scrubs understanding
    scrubs understanding 2 months ago

    DIY PERKS do you think this will work on a all in one aspire z1800 i cant upgrade the graphics on it but i love the layout of the computer itself

  • whitebeartigtig
    whitebeartigtig 2 months ago

    Is the adapter compatible with a Samsung RV-515

  • vapenoodles
    vapenoodles 2 months ago

    YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER! I was just about to give up on putting a graphics card in my aio pc.

  • DecibelAlex
    DecibelAlex 2 months ago

    looks kinda laggy

  • Osirin
    Osirin 2 months ago

    would this work for the zenbook ux305ca

  • Kiseong Ra
    Kiseong Ra 2 months ago

    does it work for ultrabook too?

  • G18 OUTO
    G18 OUTO 3 months ago

    Your laptops is fucked from everydway

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  • GraysFrame
    GraysFrame 3 months ago

    I spent a lot on my laptop. but streaming twitch on it is too hard on its cpu. would connecting an external quad core cpu work?

  • Ashfaq Beg
    Ashfaq Beg 3 months ago

    did gtx1070 will work with i5 4210U CPU??

  • Jonathan Joestar
    Jonathan Joestar 3 months ago

    Protip: Don't even consider buying this for a newer Acer laptop, the only way you'd be able to plug something like this in is if you keep the thing open and remove the Wireless card.

  • iinRez
    iinRez 3 months ago

    This epitomizes the whole "planned obsolescence" business model.

  • Freadoline Francis
    Freadoline Francis 3 months ago

    Very good information..

  • sonicnights
    sonicnights 3 months ago

    Can you try Sonic Riders on your laptop using your own external GPU?

  • Slimi Le Slime
    Slimi Le Slime 3 months ago

    Can anyone try to tell me how to do this for an ASUS K52F?

  • Anuj Falcon
    Anuj Falcon 3 months ago

    Looks like lot of work! But awesome piece of info.

  • Dragos B
    Dragos B 3 months ago

    Smart solution, but quite unportable.

  • AzSam Pako
    AzSam Pako 3 months ago

    On a Asus Rog GL551JW will I be able to do this?
    Removing my 960m won' be such a problem, right?

  • SudoTech
    SudoTech 3 months ago


  • Sander R.
    Sander R. 3 months ago

    Does it really need to be hooked to a mini pci express or can it use the expresscard slot wich my laptop also have?

  • Shadowwalker0408
    Shadowwalker0408 3 months ago

    please look at it now in 2017

  • Zachary E
    Zachary E 3 months ago

    rofl this is so inconvenient but it's cool you can do it at least.

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