Okay, today I've discovered that external GPU housing is finally a thing, I remember thinking about it years ago myself, but I wasn't sure how complicated the idea would be to actually bring it to life. So I've discovered the Razer Blade Stealth, and I'm aware that Intel are starting to make some NUC's that are pretty beastly, if I'm not mistaken, I know that there are some with an i5 CPU, that woks alongside 16GB memory. I'm actually pretty sure you can even beat that these days, but last I remember seeing, you could get an i7 at best, with about 16GB of memory, and I wouldn't be totally amazed if they've made NUC's that are about twice as good now.
Now I don't know a great deal about these NUC's, but I assume that they're equipped with USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3, some of the more higher end systems. This now makes me think, could you actually have a gaming setup, using an Intel Nuc, and one of these external GPU housing devices?
I also appreciate that the NUC's, they don't have great storage, or at least, last time I checked they have very little, just enough to allow for an OS to boot from 'z' storage. But for gaming, I know the built in storage wouldn't be enough, so what if you used high performing NAS for storing the likes of games? Or could you even store games on an external storage drive, that's powered by Thunderbolt 3?
I mean in theory it's doable, but in practice, would it actually be a match for an old fashioned tower gaming rig? I saw a video of Linus building an insane system inside that DAN A4 SFX case, I was actually blown away by this case, it's the first case that I'm aware of where they've effectively used every inch they have. I just wanna know how small you can actually get gaming set ups these days, from what I've seen online, things are starting to look insane, in comparison to the last time I checked, and in comparison to when I first started getting into the whole "build a pc" thing.
So can you guys tell me if this would actually be doable, and if so, would it actually perform well? - I mean if it would perform super slow, then I wouldn't really class it as doable, it would just defeat the purpose of even trying it then.