So, let’s say you’re stuck on a laptop. In which case, is out-dated by quite a bit. Maybe you’re a college student, who can’t really spare the funds for an upgrade. Maybe you work with videos, and don’t have the funds to buy a tower. Maybe you’re an enthusiast for video games, but your hardware can’t really handle the newer titles. Or maybe, you’re just pressed on space, and don’t want a huge set-up to do any of the above. In this video, we’ll be discussing a budget solution that may have been reached. Alright, so starting off, we have the EXP GDC dock itself, sporting a very familiar PCIe x16 lane on the top. For of course, a GPU. To the bottom left, there is a CTD and PTD mode switch for hardware conflicts typically found with this dock. On the font of the dock, we have the data line interface, used for connecting your laptop to the dock. Following that, we have a USB plug, a DC power-in jack, and an 8pin plug for connecting the 4pin and the 24pin off of your PSU. The side has a 6pin power plug used for powering the GPU. However, in this video, I’ll be using the plugs on the card itself, opposed to the dock. Sent with the dock itself, this is a cable used to connect the 4pin connector and 24pin connector into the dock. The data line cable is essentially just a mini-PCIe to HDMI cable used for transferring data from the dock to your laptop. Go figure. The laptop I will be using in this video is a Dell XPS L501x. It needs to be understood that every laptop is going to be different from the last when it comes to using this dock. The way I do it here could be very differen’t from the way you will be doing yours. The laptop is sporting a first gen i5, and a 420m. Anyhow, after removing the plate on the bottom of the laptop, which was shown in the last clip, I’m left with a fairly easy process. All I have to now is disconnect and remove the WLAN chip from the PCIe slot, insert the data cable, screw in the data cable, and connect it into the dock. Some of you may be wondering as to why I didn’t use the WWAN slot, that’s because it wouldn’t work. Once again, it varies heavily per laptop. Now, some of you may be wondering, what happens to my connection to the internet? A simple USB wireless adapter onto the dock itself will correct that issue. Now, of course, we have the power supply. The manual suggests using a Dell 220w power supply, however, I didn’t have one, nor do I think it would’ve been powerful enough. Instead, I went overkill, and used a 750w Dell power supply I yanked from an older computer. It has a 24pin connector, one 8pin cpu connector, and two 6pin pcie plugs. Which is all more than enough. From there, It’s as simple as connecting everything where it needs to go. Remember, I’m using my 6pin plug from the PSU into the GPU. Not plugging my 6pin directly into the dock. So, with everything plugged in and working, it’s as simple as installing the drivers for the card you need. And disabling any other drivers that may interfere. In my case, a 420m driver, and installing a GTX 650ti BOOST driver. If you’re having any trouble, I would honestly suggest using Google. There’s no one quick fix for everything because it’s so different per laptop. Now, I tried to do this for quite awhile without an external monitor. However, I just couldn’t solve the issue. Not sure if it’s my laptop, or if you can’t do this without an external monitor. But I think you may need one. So instead, I opted to use my 1080p monitor to see what performance we could get out of this set-up, on a moderately popular resolution. If anyone knows as to why I wasn’t able to do this, please let me know in the comment section. So the first thing I chose to run was Metro: Last Light’s benchmark utility. In which case, this game didn’t perform so well. I was a bit all over the place in terms of FPS, however, I was running the benchmark pretty high. More than positive if you turn down the settings quite a bit, you’ll get a more than playable experience. Now for Killing Floor 2, I used the high preset for this game, and it ran with no issue. *dogs barking in the background* Infact, I maintained an average of 70fps in most areas for the most part. Definitely more than playable. Now, for the Heaven Benchmark, I ran this utility with the high preset, normal tessellation, and x4 anti-aliasing at 1080p. Not the most optimal performance, however, I did maintain pretty close to 30fps, with sometimes going way over, just depending on the scene. Alright, so put it simply, this is not a super convenient option for everyone. The fact that it’s so dependent on what kind of laptop you are using, and how to properly install it, may make it intimidating to beginners. However, with that aside, I’d say this is a pretty cool little tool. Assuming you know what you are doing, and have done it correctly, you can get some pretty nice results out of using this thing. While I didn’t pay much for the dock, you could easily spend another $150 or so for a PSU and a GPU to use with this. So personally, yes, I would recommend this product. However, I would also suggest you practice caution, and do some research before you buy. Make sure your laptop is compatible, and will work well with this product. Be on the lookout for more videos coming your way. I have an assortment of different ideas I’d like to put into place. If this is the first video of mine that you have seen, I’d suggest checking out some of my budget oriented builds. Thanks for watching, subscribe if you enjoyed, and leave some feedback as to how you feel about this particular product. Also, I’d like to give a quick shoutout to Patrick Pulsinger for granting me permission to use this track of his. Information on him can be found in the description, and here at the credits.