Gaming on a Tablet using a GTX 1080!!

Hey, how’s it going, guys?
This is Dave 2D and this is the Asus Transformer 3 Pro. Now, it looks very similar to the Surface
lineup and particularly the Surface Pro 4 It’s obviously been
inspired by that lineup, but this is one big difference. This device has a Thunderbolt 3 port
so it allows external GPU connections. Now, as of right now, this is
the only tablet that allows that. Future Surface products and
future tablets might allow it, but right now, this is the only one. In terms of its build, it feels pretty
similar to the Surface Pro 4. Glass upfront, magnesium shell, The kickstand on the back can
be adjusted to any position. It’s stiff. It will hold its position, but I’m
not sure about long-term durability. The mechanism looks like it works
through friction between two metal parts and I don’t know if it will
wear down over time, but it’s been working great for
the past couple of months so, yeah, I think it should be okay. Using it as a tablet, it feels
pretty comfortable to use. It’s a different shape from the Surface
products – those kind of have a bevel on the edge. This doesn’t have that. It’s a different feel, but it’s
still very comfortable to use. Now, I prefer to using these 2-in-1
devices with the detachable keyboards, I find that… I mean there are devices
that have the flip-around keyboards, like the Yoga products
and the new XPS 13. I mean this is just personal preference,
but I like being able to use my tablet one hand without feeling the
bottom of the keyboard underneath. I like that. Some people are
going to be different. It’s just a matter of personal perference. Port selection on tablets
is never amazing. On one side you have your
standard Micro-SD slot and a volume rocker And on the other side, we have USB 3,
HDMI port and that Thunderbolt 3 port. This model here is $1,600 USD
and includes a stylus and the attachable keyboard. The Surface Pro 4 has a
slightly stronger connection – I think with the magnets are stronger, but this is still pretty secure. The keyboard is backlit.
It has a great layout, like, I wouldn’t change a thing on it considering the smaller real-
estate it has to work with. You can have it go flat
or you can have it tilted on an angle. Both are
comfortable to use. It’s actually really confortable to use
on your lap as well. Everything feels solid. The typing experience
is good – not amazing. Decent key-travel, but the keys are a little
softer or just spongier that I’d like it to be. And when you close it, there’s
no magnets on the other end to keep it closed like on Surface products. The track-pad can be better. It uses
Windows precision drivers so I had high hopes. It’s glass and the texture is good, but the
cursor jumps around sometimes. Not often, but enough for it
to be a little bit annoying. I don’t think it’s hardware – I think a
software update would fix it but as of right now, in early
January 2017, it’s still an issue. The stylus feels really similar, if not
identical to the stylus for Surface products. It doesn’t attach magnetically, though, so
you’ve got to bring it around with you like a regular pen. The screen is 12.6″, 2880X1920 –
pretty high res. There’s letter boxing in most videos,
because of the aspect ratio. That’s just the nature of tablet screens. It has very good color gamut and
color accuracy out of the box. It’s not as bright as I feel like
it could be or should be. I mean, it’s bright for a laptop, but
because it’s a tablet as well, I kind of feel that in some
environments, like if you’re outdoors, it can feel a little dim. It’s running a Skylake CPU. You can get it in either an i5 or an i7,
both with Intel HD 520 graphics 16GB of RAM and solid-state drives. The 512GB drive in my unit
isn’t particularly fast. I think it’s a SATA drive, but I have seen
units with newer manufacturing dates that had NVMe drives in them. You can’t upgrade the RAM or the drive. I mean, you can configure it at purchase but you can’t open it
up and upgrade it yourself. Performance for regular use is good.
It feels pretty snappy, particularly with the i7. Now, if you stress this thing hard, like on
benchmarks, or if you want to edit videos, there is noticeable CPU throttling,
and gaming performance on the integrated HD 520 isn’t that good. But when you connect it to
an external GPU using the Thunderbolt 3 port,
that is where this thing shines. So, if you’re not familiar with
an external GPU, it’s a box, and you basically stick a
desktop-grade GPU in there so anything from NVIDIA and AMD, and
then you get desktop GPU capabilities in your device. So, the Asus Transformer 3 Pro was
originally designed to work with the ASUS XG Station 2. That’s not out, yet. It will be soon, but in the meantime, it actually works
quite well with the Razer core. You’ve got to install some Thunderbolt 3
drivers and you need to get some software to run the whole Razer Synapse thing, but, it works. Depending on the card you put in here,
you can get some amazing performance. It’s a pretty standard performance drop –
around 10% to 15% less than a desktop because of the Thunderbolt 3
bandwith limitations, but it’s still good. Remember, though – that performance
drop – that 10% to 15% number is only if you’re using an external monitor. If you don’t want to use a monitor and you
want to pipe it back to the display on the Transformer 3 Pro,
you’ll lose even more performance. We’re looking at 20% to 25%. And, if you’re curious, that Thunderbolt 3
cable will power and charge the tablet, so it’s a pretty sweet setup. Something like Overwatch
doesn’t have great performance on the integrated HD 520, but I connected a GTX 1080 and you can
get some ridiculously good frame rates. One thing to keep in mind:
this is a 2-core CPU. There’s plenty of games that
will run great on a 2-core CPU, but there are games that
are more CPU-dependent that would do better on a quad-core. So you’ve got to research your game
if you want specific benchmarks. Now, in terms of a GPU recommendation, because this is a 2-core CPU and
because it doesn’t get to clock full speed because of the CPU throttling, I’d
recommend maybe a GTX 1060 or even a GTX 980 if, you know,
your budget is a little bit lower. But you don’t want to just spend money
on a card that you can’t really make proper use of. VR also had problems working.
I tried connecting an HTC Vive – had issues. I’m not sure if it’s
like because like a port limitations – there is only one USB port on the tablet. The keyboard is actually
not bad for gaming. It’s kind of strange because it’s
not even a real keyboard. It’s a keyboard cover. I mean it’s not going
to cut it for a 400 APM Starcraft player, but it’s a very usable keyboard for games. There’s an exhaust up top. It doesn’t
interfere when you’re playing games, but if you’re using some more
demanding applications, while you’re holding it in Portrait as a
tablet, it gets pretty warm up there. The fans don’t spin when it’s idle,
but when it kicks in, it’s audible. It’s not super annoying
or super loud or anything, but you’ll know when it’s on. Speakers are up front –
Harman Kardon-branded, but they’re very average-sounding. They don’t get too loud and
the bass is pretty weak. The front webcam is 1080p and it has
infrared, so it supports Windows Hello for login, which is pretty cool. The back camera is 13MP.
It doesn’t look great, but I doubt many people are
going to use this anyways so, whatever. Battery life on this thing is relatively short. It’s a 39WA battery. Normal use – like, doing work – we’re
getting around 5 hours of life with the screen at 250 nits. Watching movies, you’ll get around 3.5
hours, which is enough to finish most movies, but for a tablet, the battery life is definitely on
the lower end of the spectrum. Now, overall, I really like this setup. I don’t think that this particular model,
like the Transformer 3 Pro, is the perfect version of this,
particularly the battery life, but this is the only one you
could do it on right now. I love the fact that it’s a tablet
when you want it to be. You can connect a keyboard
when you want to type or just go ham on a keyboard. You have an external GPU
if you want to play games. It’s a super modular system. I think this is a really good
direction for mobile computing. I think if I wasn’t making YouTube videos, I would definitely try to make
this thing my daily driver. Hope you guys enjoyed this video.
Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it It’s been nice – and I’ll
see you guys next time.

100 thoughts on “Gaming on a Tablet using a GTX 1080!!

  1. These things are the future. I hope more tablets enter the external GPU game over 2017. Would you switch from a laptop to something like this?

  2. I'm grateful for Windows tablets. Is the uefi unlocked on these? I want to run Linux as I dislike Windows. My personal preference.

  3. Lo primero es que no entiendo por qué el título está en español y el video en inglés, y luego lo segundo, es que eso no es una tablet.

  4. Use a 1.5ft THICK AWGauge thunderbolt 3 cable to utilize full 40Gbs. All other mainstream thunderbolt 3 cables on the market ARE NOT bandwidth acceptable and cause massive bottlenecking issues so do research and purchase an industrial server super short 1.5 ft cable and you will see a vast difference in bandwidth and bottle necking issues.

  5. Next ps5xbox one, is gonna be gtx 1080 in a plastic case you can't upgrade for the next 10 years…fuck rockstar for not releasing red dead 2

  6. "Future" lol. U can basically stream video through the internet using stock nvidia software from a gaming rig lol. There are 3rd party options too. For that money (present terms) you can buy a rig with 2080 2700x and a i5 8250u laptop. Not to mention a mini itx can fit inside that box.

  7. There have been mini PCIe eGPU enclosures which give you a full PCIe lane for over 10 years. There is a video of one being hooked up to a netbook.

  8. I made a mistake buying a surface pro 4, should've got this instead… Guess I'll wait a few years until it's price goes down to about $700

  9. HP tablets have thunderbolt 3. I use a HP elite x 1012 g2 with a i7 7600u a egpu oh and the screen comes off to upgrade m.2 and wireless. Super portable gaming but internal fan is loud.

  10. Now if they can promote Thunderbolt and External GPU Technology on the PS5 and Future XBOX Consoles, That'd be Dope as fuck. Imagine the Modding Possibilities! A 2080TI Powering a PS5 In a PC Case or in a PC Case made by a known 3rd Party Company.

  11. Bruh you can SLI this shit 😄

  12. I bought a laptop tablet convertible, and it stated on the site I bought it from that it had support for thunderbolt with 4 lanes of PCIE, though I got it and found out it was just regular old usb-c…. lolrip

  13. onling shoping for going to (

  14. I don't know why Asus stop making more of these or coming up with new ones. These looked such an amazing Alternative to Surface Pro which still till date doesn't have a Thunderbolt C port.

  15. What is it with a computer company do they think that everybody has $1,600 flowing out their ass that they can lay down for a computer think the computer companies need to get their greedy ass in gear and start giving us a bargains

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