Product requests for DIY users

I’ve been working on a DIY mod for the mainboard, putting it inside a mechanical keyboard with eGPU etc, and I’ve come across a few things I wish I had to make my job a little easier/make my result a little more interesting.

Consider this a wishlist, I imagine it wouldn’t be too hard to make these and sell them at a decent markup, even if there isn’t a huge demand for volume.

  • Breakout board for keyboard connector
    • power button
    • USB connection on this port
  • Breakout for eDP connector
    • Micro HDMI output.
    • Controls for a monitor on pins?
  • 3D Models of the framework mainboard and accessories components.
  • BIOS option to disable vPro.
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How do you fit an eGPU inside a mech keyboard? :open_mouth:

hahaha the GPU is external to the main structure, the framework is in the keyboard, and thus rather portable (all you need is a monitor, but that might be the next step lol).

Ah, that makes better sense. Though for your instance, I wonder if you could repurpose a Steam Deck insides to do that.

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The SteamDeck is actually a really decent option in any form. I have a framework, though xD

The power of the framework (and future revisions) is important to me, as this operates as my desktop computer (lightroom, solidworks, games, chrome etc) and it mostly serves as a docked compute unit. I LOVE having quad TB4, and lots and lots of RAM.

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I was actually wondering if we could fit the mainboard of the Steam Deck into the Framework instead. :stuck_out_tongue:

Then we kinda have a pseudo Framework Gaming Laptop.

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Biggest issue I see is that the Steam Deck’s display connector is MIPI DSI. eDP is on the board, but there’s a chip to convert it to CSI, so you’d need to hard mod the board or use DP alt mode off the single USB-C. Either result would be a bodge, not a product.

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I like the idea of mechanical keyboard on one side, steam deck on the other.

I think the steamdeck internal graphics outperforms the Framework, so I don’t know how the performance would be on serious games (even at low resolutions). I’m running an 11th gen, so perhaps performance would improve on 12th or 13.

If my memory serves, Steam Deck uses a Zen 2 processor with RDNA2 graphics which will be soon featured in Zen 4 desktop. That’s loads more powerful than the Iris XE LPG Framework is having (for 11, 12, 13th gens), which is comparable with AMD’s old VEGA graphics.

So I believe the the Framework Intel 12th gen CPU is faster but GPU performance would be lacking. Maybe one day we can get Intel ARC mobile graphics instead.

This already exists:

It will be easier to find USB-C to HDMI board.

I was able to print the mainboard using this model:

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I recommend you to check this list of various DIY projects:

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ajtakrajta Thank you for the links! I’ve already purchased a few breakouts from you; I have a few of the connectors on my desk and was dreading soldering them down to a breakout.

I am interested in the eDP breakout because it’s there, I think. If I don’t have to use one of the USBC for a monitor, I don’t want to. At the end of the day, though, you’re probably right.