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ETA PRIME Tests OneXplayer X1 Mini with OnexGPU via OCuLink

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SFF is getting a bit weird these days and this ETA PRIME test shows one of the weirder setups that makes perfect sense when you think about it. In this instance, he takes the OneXPlayer X1 Mini and connects it to an external GPU in the form of the OnexGPU powered by the AMD Radeon 7600M XT via an OCuLink connection.This tablet meets SteamDeck Windows PC is powered by a Ryzen 8840U. This APU contains a Radeon 780M iGPU. This little embedded GPU has been all the rage lately as it has appeared in everything from handheld gaming PCs to micro SFF systems, and everyone has been extolling it’s impressive performance…

…which is roughly that of a Nvidia GTX 1060 Laptop GPU from 2016. Of course now you can have the power in a tiny form factor like you’ve never seen before except from companies like Zotac when it launched… in 2016.

 

Zotac EN1060 sub-3L PC from 2016.

 

But I digress..

ETA PRIME boosts the performance beyond that of an 8-year-old midrange laptop GPU to slightly below that of an Nvidia RTX 4060 in rasterization by using the OCuLink external GPU. Performance was pretty good with Hell Divers 2 pulling over 60 FPS at 1440P in Ultra with the CPU pulling 35 Watts and the eGPU pulling 120 Watts. Games such as Borderlands 3, Fallout 4,  and Forza Horizon 5 of course gave good performance as well, though some games choked on the OCuLink connection for unknown reasons. Check out the video below.

 

Image Credit – ETA PRIME
 
SFF is getting a bit weird these days and this ETA PRIME test shows one of the weirder setups that makes perfect sense when you think about it. In this instance, he takes the OneXPlayer X1 Mini and connects it to an external GPU in the form of the OnexGPU powered by the AMD Radeon 7600M XT via an OCuLink connection.This tablet meets SteamDeck Windows PC is powered by a Ryzen 8840U. This APU contains a Radeon 780M iGPU. This little embedded GPU has been all the rage lately as it has appeared in everything from handheld gaming PCs to micro SFF systems, and everyone has been extolling it’s impressive...

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SFFMunkee

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Re your preamble, I've been having this same conversation with my brother. I was super excited to show off my new 7840HS/780m system, until he showed me the performance from his Kaby Lake G system.

I still can't believe that in 2018 we had a multi chip module embedded device with that performance in a 100W envelope, yet here we are 6 years later getting excited to have the performance of a GTX 1060M. It blows my tiny little brain that AMD didn't capitalise on that technology and build their own mobile CPU plus tiny HBM2-backed dGPU on a single module.

Anyway... now that I'm playing with some eGPU madness again, it definitely makes me appreciate the ease of connecting USB4/TB3 eGPUs in comparison to OCuLink. So what I find really interesting in that review is that ETA Prime seems to connect the eGPU while Windows is running!??