[HELP] Mac Mini 2014 + Boot Camp + Razer Case X + RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
 
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MadMac
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Hi,

I'm planning to use my Mac mini (Late 2014) as gaming rig. I read all possible related threads and posts regarding my issue. But no luck 🙁 So now my only hope is you guys.

System spec:

  • Mac Mini 7,1 (late 2014)
  • Core i7-4578U, Dual Core @ 3.0GHz, Turbo Boost to 3.5GHz
  • 16GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • Apple SSD 256GB
  • 34" Ultra wide @ Asus ROG PG348Q Gaming (3440x1440)

 

eGPU hardware:

Razer Case X to fit (3x Slot Smile Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti

  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING, 11GB DDR6
  • Apple Thunderbolt 3 -> Thunderbolt 2 adapter
  • Apple TB2 cable

 

Software:

  • macOS Catalina 10.15.5
  • BootCamp in to Windows 10 Pro (updated to latest from build 2004)
  • In Win10: All drivers are updated and all Mac mini hardware is recognised (without eGPU connected)
  • Apple Boot Camp updated

 

My current status:

  1. Mac mini is connected to monitor over HDMI. Booted in Win10.
  2. Mac mini <-> (TB2->TB3) <-> (TB3) Razer Case X (RTX 2080 Ti in side) -> Display port (ROG PG348Q)
  3. I turn on Razer Case X.
  4. I got "Display port no signal" but I do hear chim sound from Win10 and I can see new PCI Express is recognised in device manager.
  5. Video card is not spinning 🙁 but I can see Razer Case is working
  6. Display manager do not showing new card and Windows is not asking for any new driver installation.

 

Question 🙁

Should I buy bigger power supply?

Should I first install Nvidia drivers?

What should I do..?

I spend so much cash and everything was working great until moment I want to finally try eGPU rig, my "Nvidia monster" is not spinning and monitor is (Display port no signal)

 

Thanks in advance.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
MacMini (late 2014) i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD | Razer Case X
macOS 10.15.5 | BootCamp - Windows 10 Pro (build 2004)


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itsage
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Joined: 4 years ago
 

@madmac, You may have to cold-plug or timed hot-plug the eGPU in order for it to work in Boot Camp. Follow the instructions in OP and you should be able to get it working.

 

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MadMac
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@itsage, I follow steps from OP:

  1. Plug display into the HDMI port at the back of the  Mac mini . Do not have the eGPU plugged into the  Mac mini  at this point.
  2. Install Windows 10 in Bootcamp.
  3. Run updates.
  4. Download  Nvidia drivers . (GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for Windows 10 x64)
  5. Plug the eGPU into the  Mac mini , do not plug tv into eGPU yet.
  6. Run driver installer.

Installation was stopped with error:

NVIDIA Installer cannot continue

This NVIDIA driver is not compatible with this version of Windows.

This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware.

Can you, please, post the steps for the "cold-plug" and "timed hot-plug the eGPU"..?

 

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
MacMini (late 2014) i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD | Razer Case X
macOS 10.15.5 | BootCamp - Windows 10 Pro (build 2004)


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itsage
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@madmac, Check to see if you need the DCH drivers or standard drivers. Cold-plug is the process of connecting the eGPU prior to booting the computer into Windows. Time hot-plug is the process of connecting the eGPU right when you see the Windows logo with spinning circles.

 

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eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (VisionTek mini eGFX) + macOS 11 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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MadMac
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First, @itsage, thank you for helping me do this.

I downloaded DHC drivers. I try with both Standard and DCH drivers in both user cases.

Cold-plug

  1. Mac is powered off. TB cable is unplugged. Case is powered on. Case is not connected to monitor, only mac over HDMI.
  2. Start the mac and hold Option key
  3. Plug the TB cable in case.
  4. Choose to Boot in Windows.
  5. Windows detected Case.. Device Manager shows additional PCI slots, but no discovered graphic card.
  6. Started DCH & Standard driver installation.
  7. Same error with both driver.

NVIDIA Installer cannot continue

This  NVIDIA driver  is not compatible with this version of Windows.

This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware.

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Time hot-plug (this I try several time, just in case)

  1. Mac is powered off. TB cable is unplugged. Case is powered on. Case is not connected to monitor, only mac over HDMI.
  2. Start the mac
  3. When Windows logo is shown. Quickly plug TB cable just as first white dot, in first circle loop is on top position.
  4. On login screen windows made same sound as always when recognising Case PCIe.
  5. Login
  6. Windows detected Case
  7. Started DCH & Standard driver installation.
  8. Same error as above.

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I suspect maybe is Graphic card.. I will try it in regular PC case. But it should be ok.. it's brand new 1300€ graphic card. Razer Case X is also brand new.

 

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
MacMini (late 2014) i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD | Razer Case X
macOS 10.15.5 | BootCamp - Windows 10 Pro (build 2004)


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MadMac
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@itsage, I tested EVGA GeForce  RTX 2080 Ti  FTW3 ULTRA GAMING on regular PC and I confirm it's working perfectly.

Next, I used RTX 2060 Super in Razer Case X and it WORKED out of the box.

So it must be something with Razer Case X and the RTX 2080 Ti.. I don't think its PSU cos case have 650W Razer PSU.

What could be the problem?

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
MacMini (late 2014) i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD | Razer Case X
macOS 10.15.5 | BootCamp - Windows 10 Pro (build 2004)


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MadMac
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UPDATE:

I confirm my configuration is working... I will update the first post with benchmark screenshots.

Now I'm looking the way when booting to Windows, to automatically have Display port active and Nvidia to run as default graphic card. Also I'm looking the performance impact if I use second TB2 port for external SSD disk.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q | EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
MacMini (late 2014) i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD | Razer Case X
macOS 10.15.5 | BootCamp - Windows 10 Pro (build 2004)


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