What is the Definitive 16" MacBook Pro BootCamp eGPU Setup Process for nVidia?
 
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freshpots
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Hello, 

I've tried my best to research this topic but I suppose since the 16" MBP is so new, that there's not too much information about it. I was hoping to buy a eGPU, either a 2080 or 2080Ti, and have been reading through this thread: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-16-macbook-pro-rp500m-9th8ch-rtx-2080-fe-32gbps-tb3-razer-core-x-chroma-win-10-1909-radeon-vii-32gbps-tb3-razer-core-v2-macos-10-15-1/

According to these users, with the latest 1909 Win 10 build, using an nVidia GPU on the new 16" MacBook Pro with the 5500m/i9 config seems relatively plug and play? Connect eGPU via TB3, connect external display via DP/HDMI to eGPU enclosure, remove current AMD drivers via DDU (courtesy of bootcampdrivers.com), install the latest nVidia drivers for the respective card you have, and it should work?

I have a 2019 16" MBP, 5500M 8GB, i9 9980HK, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD if it makes a difference. Is there a particular enclosure that's needed for this machine? Does it matter between a 2080 FE/Super or 2080Ti?

Sorry if this has been discussed. New to this forum and tried my best to research beforehand. Found a lot of issues with the 15" version, but so far I'm seeing that the 16" might be much more straightforward. 

 

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro | i9 2.4 | 5500M 8GB | 32GB | 2TB |


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TheJizel
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You shouldn't even need to uninstall AMD drivers. That is only an issue when using an AMD card for the eGPU.

The only other potential problem I could think of is the pci.sys thing.

2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10 1803 [build link]  

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Ningauble77
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My RTX 2080 + Razer Core X Chroma were plug and play.  Only hitch is bluetooth usually (but not always) stops working after I plug in the egpu, it takes longer than my previous laptops (2016 15" and 2018 13")  to initialize the egpu, and you can't boot with an RTX card plugged in or the Macbook will hang on the boot screen.

2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
Core X Chroma + RTX 2080 Windows 10 1909
Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3, Ryzen 5 3400G + Core v2 + Radeon VII Win10 1909

 
2019 ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 [R3K,4C,G] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V2) + Win10 1909 [build link]  


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freshpots
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Posted by: @thejizel

You shouldn't even need to uninstall AMD drivers. That is only an issue when using an AMD card for the eGPU.

The only other potential problem I could think of is the pci.sys thing.

Oh? That's good to know. Right now I have the AMD drivers installed from bootcampdrivers.com, and it's been pretty good all things considered. I'll just download the nVidia drivers and install them without uninstalling the AMD drivers and see how that goes

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freshpots
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Posted by: @ningauble77

My RTX 2080 + Razer Core X Chroma were plug and play.  Only hitch is bluetooth usually (but not always) stops working after I plug in the egpu, it takes longer than my previous laptops (2016 15" and 2018 13")  to initialize the egpu, and you can't boot with an RTX card plugged in or the Macbook will hang on the boot screen.

That's great to know. I'm hoping the 2080Ti is plug and play as well.. As for booting, I don't think it would be too much of an issue. The eGPU will permanently be on my TV stand, next to a stand for the MBP.. Will just be plugging in via TB3 for games, that's pretty much all I'm using it for. Super happy to know that I can just plug it in and install the drivers and have it work. I know that if the external display is set as primary, I don't need to change any graphics settings, but on the built in display I have to change the graphics properties for each application. Is this still true?

2019 16" MacBook Pro | i9 2.4 | 5500M 8GB | 32GB | 2TB |


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freshpots
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Booted into Windows this morning, login screen popped up, I hit enter, screen froze, fans went from 0 to 100% for about half a second, BSOD. 

"Page Fault in non paged Area" was the error. Will not boot, I even went into safe mode and removed the Adrenalin drivers for my 5500M (Bootcampdrivers.com) and it still won't boot. This has nothing to do with eGPUs but, does anyone have a clue? Really don't want to re-install windows and applications if I don't have to.. 

2019 16" MacBook Pro | i9 2.4 | 5500M 8GB | 32GB | 2TB |


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Romanluk
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@freshpots

download drivers from here: https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/apple-boot-camp

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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freshpots
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Bump - just ordered a Razer Core X Chroma with an ASUS ROG 2080Ti, should arrive tomorrow. I'm going to simply install the NVidia drivers, then hot-plug the GPU enclosure to my laptop while it's connected to my TV via HDMI. I'm hoping that's all I need to do.

One thing to take note, correct me if I'm wrong, is to never try and boot the computer up while the eGPU is plugged in. I wanted to ask if this kind of set up makes sense:

I use Mac OS mainly for photo and video editing. In our office upstairs I have a HDD/TB3 Dock combo that has all my peripherals, speakers, monitor etc. Laptop is up here most of the time, but I want to keep the eGPU+2080ti in our TV stand. I was hoping to just keep it connected to the TV permanently. If I want to play some games, I can just boot into Windows, hot plug the GPU and I'm good right? Would I have any issues booting into Windows while Nvidia drivers are installed, when the 2080 isn't connected?

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2019 16" MacBook Pro | i9 2.4 | 5500M 8GB | 32GB | 2TB |


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deanorth
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at any rate keep us posted, this look like a powerfull combo, I'm struggling with my MBP16 setup and I begin to think my razer core X is faulty, so razer X chroma might be my next step:(

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freshpots
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Posted by: @deanorth

at any rate keep us posted, this look like a powerfull combo, I'm struggling with my MBP16 setup and I begin to think my razer core X is faulty, so razer X chroma might be my next step:(

Yeah I'll definitely keep this updated, super excited to have a "docking station" for better gaming on the TV. 

2019 16" MacBook Pro | i9 2.4 | 5500M 8GB | 32GB | 2TB |


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