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No, THIS is the CLEANEST Setup.

Full-size desktops are great for playing the latest triple-a games at high frame rates or if you need the extra muscle for video editing 3d rendering or computer assisted design but if we’re being honest for most people a thin and light basic laptop is more than enough these days and comes with the extra benefits of portability and convenience that you simply don’t get with a desktop the real bummer is when you end up having to buy both a desktop for your gaming or your heavy work and a laptop for when you’re out in a boat I mean why bother having two full CPUs installed on two motherboards when you can only really use one at a time if only there is a solution we’re just by plugging one cable into that laptop you already own you could extend it with a full-sized desktop all the peripherals and expansion you could want and even a powerful graphics card and I mean while I’m dreaming what if wireless charging was simply built right into a desk oh wait it is and we did hold that stuff and we’re gonna show you exactly how it works after this message from our sponsor origin origin PC builds custom desktops like this one over here that we were actually using for a video earlier and laptops with free 24/7 lifetime tech support and high quality components like samsung’s 970 evo m2 SSD check them out at the link in the video description so step zero for making your very own one cable desk doc thing is having a compatible laptop you don’t get dual 4k monitors 10 gig file transfers and 85 watts of charging through a regular old micro USB port and cable no for this to work you need a laptop with at least one Thunderbolt 3 port and we would strongly recommend finding one that has a four by PCI Express Lane interface so Thunderbolt 3 looks like a normal USB type-c port except for this little lightning bolt emblem that isn’t even always there so the Thunderbolt 3 port on our 2018 razor blade stealth for example is totally unmarked if you need to double check your device you can always search for it on the Thunderbolt technology website now for step 1 plan your layout at a minimum your desk talk is going to need a Thunderbolt 3 hub for everything to run through luckily for us Cal digit was kind enough to send us their flagship PS 3 plus which can provide 85 watts of power that’s enough to charge a MacBook Pro and it’s got enough ports for your peripherals wired internet and a 10 gigabit external drive o also up to 2 4k monitors now you could just get a device like this and call it a day with no other parts necessary but to make our setup really special we wanted to add an external graphics card enclosure so that our desktop not only makes our laptop easier to use with a monitor and peripherals and you know lots of ports and all that but also substantially more powerful so that ended up making things a bit more complicated for starters while Thunderbolt 3 does support daisy chaining up to six devices off of a single port you can’t just plug your graphics card into your dock unless you’re a GPU is the first device in the chain you’ll get awful latency at best and at worst random crashes or total non functionality okay so we just switched the order then right laptop to eg PU eg PU tada Oh so at the time of writing the odds of your eg PU having two ports on it for daisy-chaining are pretty low the only options we’re aware of are the Blackmagic II GPU which only works with Max the acquittee oh no duo which is designed to hold two cards but at only half the bandwidth each and the Acadia node Pro which is exactly what we ended up using it solves our problems but it has a gotcha even though our ts3 + hub can deliver 85 watts of power your laptop only receives power from the device that it is directly connected to so in our case that’s the node pro whose Thunderbolt 3 ports can only deliver up to 60 watts of power so machines with higher power demands like the MacBook Pro could end up trickle charging fortunately for us that is not the case for my blade stealth so our journey continues step 2 then choose a suitable desk as you can see our finished desk dock is completely stealth meaning that even though it’s got integrated wireless charging and a freaking graphics card you can’t see either of those things when you’re sitting at the desk and that is only possible because of the planning that we did back in step 1 so we limited our options to ones with enough cabinet space and thickness to contain all of our devices and our cables with obvious cable management runs for bonus points this one fit the bill nicely and we’re mostly thrilled with how the finished product looks but we’re gonna stop short of a recommendation here because the desks build quality is a bit of a disappointment it’s basically IKEA level it even uses the same dowels and hardware but it was at least twice what you’d expect to pay at the blue-and-yellow store and it is full of little oversights like these holes here that aren’t even big enough to accommodate the screws that are included with the desk now it’s time for power tools three is to hide the e GPU inside the desk somehow our desk arrived before our EGP you did but the on paper specs indicated that it was just a bit smaller than the cabinet that is as long as the drawers weren’t in the way so we made room by shortening the drawers this created an empty space at the back of the cabinet while maintaining the original look and what’s really cool is that these drawers can still be used to hold a couple of pens or like a single banana when it actually arrived though we did find out that once you accounted for cables and drawer rails there really wasn’t enough room for the giant EG pu chassis fortunately we were able to extract the parts that matter and then prop them up on a Genki frame made out of scrap wood that did fit inside the hollowed cabinet one more thing we learned from our last desk project that cooling is super important so we used a hole saw to bore a four fan breezeway then used fan splitters to connect our fans to the single fan header that was already on the node pros PCB step three was installing an invisible wireless charger now the original plan here was to simply cut a charging pad sized hole in the top of the desk and then have the exposed pad kind of poking through but then we remembered hey we have a giant CNC router and an alux so he programmed a basic design including a cable channel and after a couple of test cuts to make sure that this low-quality chipboard didn’t just explode on contact with the blade we were able to carve out a recess for the charging pad to nest into from the bottom leaving the surface of the desk intact but as thin as possible to maximize the charging pads effectiveness then we added these classy dots to show you where the heck thing is cool right step four was mounting the Thunderbolt three hub so the ts3 plus has i/o on the front that we wanted to be able to access so we used velcro tape on the top to mount it to the underside of the desk this gives us both a discreet slick looking finish and the ability to pull the device off easily instead of contorting our spines in the that we need to plug something into the back step 5 cable management our desk did come with cable management holes in the middle but we added a few more of our own so that we could route all of the cables from the inside of the desk and the cabinet as one low key umbilical cord behind the table leg once you’re done then the only loose cable that you should ever have to interact with is the Thunderbolt 3 cable that you plug into your machine and this is cool it can actually go on either side of this divider down here thanks to the hole that we drilled at the back that means that it doesn’t matter which side of your device your Thunderbolt 3 port is on so that’s how we did it but let me show you guys how it works so first I have to configure my laptop to not go to sleep when I close the lid now obviously I could have set up the desk so that the laptop goes here and then it just stays open and I could use it as a second monitor or whatever else but we were going for the cleanest setup so once it’s powered I can go ahead and close the lid and it’s not going to go to sleep you can just kind of tuck it in there now we give it like somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds and our monitor should come to life our peripherals should come on baby start working there we go and check this out if I hop over to device manager we might even be able to catch it showing up here no it’s already there GeForce GTX 1080 Ti so because this is a quad core ultrabook that means that we are actually in a position where we can play triple-a level games on our ultra book just with this one cable so I’m gonna go ahead and fire up rise at the Tomb Raider one other really cool thing that I don’t actually have set up here is that with some of the other high-speed USB ports on the back of this Cal digit device you could also do something like have a high speed either SSD or hard drive that you’ve got pre attached and then just like I don’t know taped to the top or even just hanging out back there like plugged into something like this and then what would happen is even if you didn’t have a ton of storage on your laptop you could plug it in and boom your steam library with you know hundreds of gigabytes of games would automatically be remapped and then accessible to you that’s something that actually already works fairly well so let’s go ahead and continue our getting here so this is rise of the Tomb Raider running at mostly high I’ve got motion blur disabled and a couple of other things that I just kind of prefer but this is that mostly high details running at 75 70 to 75 frames per second and the coolest thing about it is actually something that probably won’t be obvious to you guys watching right now and that’s this so my microphones right here it’s basically silent so for peace of mind next time around I’d probably put an 80 millimeter fan in the back and just have it draw some air across the laptop but honestly we left it running for over an hour yesterday in a game and our CPU never hit about 65 degrees so it was chilly in our warehouse but basically at room temperature you’d never see above about 75 and then our GPU stayed downright frosty with all those cooling fans circulating air in the cabinet honestly the loudest fan in this thing is the one in the included power supply from the Akio node Pro so to do it again I’d do the cooling fan and then probably swap out that power supply silverstone has some really great options for semi silent units they’ve got like an 800 watt that I think the fan only turns on if you draw over like 2 or 300 watts of power so something like that would make this whole setup not just stealthy to the eye but also still think to the ear all right so now because we kind of have to let’s fire up fortnight and have a look at what it thinks will be the ideal settings for our system here 50% off what do I have to pay for that you got to be kidding me what is this so it has defaulted us to our I don’t know why there’s a framerate limit you know what I’m just gonna do this myself motion blur off No I want that alright not bad so we’re running in the neighborhood of 70 to 80 FPS I’ve seen dips down to 55 or 60 let’s go ahead and jump out of the battle bus here yep so around 50 at the lowest as we’re falling so I could probably improve that by dropping a couple things down to medium but overall very playable and remember this is at 38 40 by 1600 resolution running off of a laptop CPU super-impressed good I mean I could take his plane right yeah bye loser I’m definitely getting a little bit of chop that I wouldn’t be expecting I think there’s a little bit more tuning required to get this running as smoothly as I would expect for the FPS that we’re getting we got to get out of here we gotta get out of here oh damn so maybe a couple more things to tweak here now that I’ve seen this fall down once some kind of reinforcements so it stays in place better probably a good idea also using a mouse directly on a desk surface is not something I’d recommend if we had thought for certain that there was no way we were gonna damage the table what we would have really wanted to do was route out exactly the shape of a mousepad and then have it recessed in the table that’s something we’d probably want to do on a v2 but I mean other than that I’m super proud of the result here I gave James the task of creating the cleanest set up Bar None and as far as I’m concerned mission accomplished I think the only thing left now is maybe to do like an updated version for our you know MacBook user viewers with maybe a couple of the tweaks that we’ve talked about but we’ll see let us know in the comments if you’d like to see a follow up and now I want to thank our sponsor for today’s video mass drop they collaborated with costs to bring their original 1984 design and 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