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deanorth
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When you have your rig installed, could you check in Win10, with HWinfo64, what is the status of your PCI express line where the Razer Chroma is connected? Mine says max bandwith is 8 GT/s, which should be enough to run anything, but still curious to compare:)

Macbook Pro 16" I7 and Razer Core X+ EVGA FTW3 1080TI


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motoic
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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:

Not necessarily. It does no damage to try to boot in different ways. I have a GTX 1070 on a 2018 MBP and it's very much plug and play. I've never had to mess with a single community solution. It just worked the second I plugged it in. Sometimes it doesn't like it when I try to start with it plugged in so I'll plug it in at the login screen. But it doesn't hurt anything to try.

2018 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 560x
Nvidia GTX 1070
Akitio Node
32" LG 32UD99-W at 4k
macOS Mojave, Bootcamp Windows 10

 
2015 15" MacBook Pro (R9 M370X) [4th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 // PERST# delay use may apply to other MacBooks [build link]  


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Posted by: @tsh3721

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:

Not necessarily. It does no damage to try to boot in different ways. I have a GTX 1070 on a 2018 MBP and it's very much plug and play. I've never had to mess with a single community solution. It just worked the second I plugged it in. Sometimes it doesn't like it when I try to start with it plugged in so I'll plug it in at the login screen. But it doesn't hurt anything to try.

Good to know, I’m hoping I have the same experience. The Core X Chroma literally just showed up at my door, and I’m just doing a fresh install of bootcamp after resetting the NVRAM and SCM in Mac OS. I’m just going to try and install the NVIDIA drivers straight from g-force experience and not bother uninstalling any default bootcamp drivers and see if that works. I don’t want to have to run DDU if I don’t need to

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


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freshpots
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Posted by: @deanorth

When you have your rig installed, could you check in Win10, with HWinfo64, what is the status of your PCI express line where the Razer Chroma is connected? Mine says max bandwith is 8 GT/s, which should be enough to run anything, but still curious to compare:)

What's this for? Are you concerned about the performance hit that you're taking by using an eGPU vs a desktop setup?

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


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deanorth
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@freshpots

I was just curious if you had the same reading as I am.

Frankly I'm going nuts, I have tried everything, old drivers, regsitry edit etc etc. My 1080ti produce driver crash with heavy gaming at 1440P 🙁 I'm going to move to a Radeon I think, seems simplier.

Macbook Pro 16" I7 and Razer Core X+ EVGA FTW3 1080TI


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freshpots
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Well I got that stupid BSOD again and Windows repaired my computer back to factory settings. Starting to just give up on this, there has to be something physically wrong with my laptop.

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


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Sam Durston
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@freshpots

Any update with your setup ? I have a 16" MBP as well as a 1080 Ti (in my gaming rig) and I'm seriously considering just selling my gaming rig and popping the 1080 Ti into an eGPU enclosure and running everything off of my MBP.

16” MBP: 2.6 GHz i7 || 16GB RAM ||| 5500M 4GB || 512 GB SSD


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freshpots
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Don't do it if you already have a PC set up, you lose a good amount of performance with the enclosures. My 2080Ti ran pretty good with the MacBook (until it just shit the bed on me for the 3rd time and I gave up and returned everything), but the 2080Ti in our old PC with a 4th gen i5 ran so much better. Could play AAA titles in 4k no problem. 1080 and 1440 caused the CPU to bottleneck performance - understandably.

Don't sell your rig especially if you bought it new. Custom built PCs depreciate so fast and it's financially moronic to do anything but keep it for as long as humanly possible.

My next course of action is probably to keep our old PC as a dedicated gaming computer and put a 5700XT into the enclosure. This way I can use the enclosure for Mac whenever we edit videos, and the occasional time I'd like to game on the PC I can just swap the 5700 out into the desktop.. 

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


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Sam Durston
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@freshpots

Thanks for the info. On your advice I am going to stay with my gaming desktop + MBP. My current PC is a 3600X with the 1080 Ti so it runs games beautifully. My dream is the single laptop + eGPU solution, but reading your experiences it seems like that isn't ready for prime time yet.

16” MBP: 2.6 GHz i7 || 16GB RAM ||| 5500M 4GB || 512 GB SSD


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freshpots
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Yeah man that sounds like the way to go if you really enjoy your PC games, which by the sounds of your hardware I would assume you do. I would say the MBP+eGPU solution is basically ready for the casual gamer. But if you're like me and you really want to utilize your hardware to the fullest potential, you're gonna want to stick to the PC. 

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


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