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OliverB
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Posted by: Blakeanator

I am also wondering about the AMD folder in the Bootcamp installation. With a fresh install of Windows and Bootcamp installed, step 1 (hotpug AMD eGPU) crashes windows.

This is strange, I do hot-plug at the moment quite a number of gpus, including some vintage AMDs. It never crushes when hot-plugging. Sometimes (very seldom) it crashes when hot-unplugging.

Which is your exact hardware? MPB, eGPU enclosure and GPU?

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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tsakal
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I have done so in safe mode but the and folder still stays in the bootcamp folder. As the mbp 13 does not have a dgpu is not going to affect anything unless it needs to restore them when exiting windows

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

B. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

C. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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tsakal
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@oliverb

On another matter are you happy with the Asus xg station ?
Did you have any compatibility issues. I am considering vs the Akitio node pro due to their size, Although I should be getting the breakaway box really. 
have you tried it with any amd cards ?

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

B. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

C. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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OliverB
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Posted by: tsakal

@oliverb

On another matter are you happy with the Asus xg station ?
Did you have any compatibility issues. I am considering vs the Akitio node pro due to their size, Although I should be getting the breakaway box really. 
have you tried it with any amd cards ?

Yes, I am. First I almost did not buy it, because it cannot charge a MPB, but now I don't care. Is a second cable really that bad? I use the enclosure with a second MPB (MagSafe2), too. I can't use profit from an eGPU power supply there anyway.
It's really quiet, you can open it easily and swap GPUs quickly. I find a the USB-C port better than a number of ports, too. I  have a USB-C Hub attached to it and change it very quickly.
There are no compatibility issues, but I haven't found those at no enclosure.

BTW: Now I have nasty Error 12 and can't get rid of it, the first some since using eGPUs for 4 months. It's no hardware issue, I corrupted my Windows and this is the only reason for it. I will restore the system from a backup and it will be gone.

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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OliverB
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There you go. It need 3 Minutes for restoring a sane windows from a self built 80$ external NVMe SSD. I can't believe that people are NOT having such a device which safes to much work and trouble.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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OliverB
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Posted by: Blakeanator

I am also wondering about the AMD folder in the Bootcamp installation. With a fresh install of Windows and Bootcamp installed, step 1 (hotpug AMD eGPU) crashes windows.

@blakeanator, It is possible that your Windows does not crash, only the internal screen goes black? If so, please read opening post Step 3 and 3a!

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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OliverB
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I have just installed an AMD card on a relative fresh Bootcamp installation. I works very well, even though I had the "black screen" on step 3. It doesn't matter at all. There is no Error 12, no fiddling, no hacks, no apple-efi, just old fashioned hot-plug-n-play.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Posted by: OliverB
Posted by: Blakeanator

I am also wondering about the AMD folder in the Bootcamp installation. With a fresh install of Windows and Bootcamp installed, step 1 (hotpug AMD eGPU) crashes windows.

This is strange, I do hot-plug at the moment quite a number of gpus, including some vintage AMDs. It never crushes when hot-plugging. Sometimes (very seldom) it crashes when hot-unplugging.

Which is your exact hardware? MPB, eGPU enclosure and GPU?

Hey OliverB, thanks for your reply. My hardware is a 2018 MBP 15 inch, 2.9 i9 CPU, 32 GB ram, Vega 20 dGPU, 4 TB SSD. I use a sonnet 550 box and a Vega 56 for the eGPU. I’ll crash windows again later tonight (when I’m at my computer) and see what the exact error is.

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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OliverB
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Posted by: Blakeanator

Hey OliverB, thanks for your reply. My hardware is a 2018 MBP 15 inch, 2.9 i9 CPU, 32 GB ram, Vega 20 dGPU, 4 TB SSD. I use a sonnet 550 box and a Vega 56 for the eGPU. I’ll crash windows again later tonight (when I’m at my computer) and see what the exact error is.

Hi... ok, you have a Vega 20. This may behave different than the Pro 560X. Please recheck.
Anyway, I would thank you a lot, if you could do this tests with your Vega, especially with the Vega56 (The Vega20 ist very very interesting, too): https://egpu.io/forums/pro-applications/easy-video-encoding-benchmark-test-your-gpu-within-seconds/#post-50048

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Blakeanator
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Ok, so after some extensive testing this is what I found. Your guide works for but there is a slight catch. In Notes section D you state that you can reinstall the dGPU drivers which will result in the internal display blacking out when you are connected to an external monitor (which is fine for me I don't use the internal display with my eGPU). However the internal screen will stay black and never works, even when disconnected from an eGPU. So, reinstalling the dGPU drivers actually breaks the internal screen entirely. The only way I have solved this is by reinstalling the default Bootcamp drivers. Somehow this fixes the dGPU to work correctly with the internal display. The only problem is it's a one time fix. Once I plug an eGPU into the MBP again the display internal display goes dark (which is expected) but from that point on the internal display will not work again unless A) you use DDU in safe mode to uninstall the dGPU drivers, effectively putting you back at B7 of your guide or B) reinstalling bootcamp drivers. So basically, for me to have a 2018 MBP that works with an AMD eGPU in Bootcamp I must completely disable the dGPU which honestly sucks because the computer thus has zero graphical performance when not connected to an eGPU. It's worth nothing my MBP uses a Vega 20 graphics card for its dGPU, not the usual Radeon Pro 560X found in most MBPs. I will do this test again with an Nvidia graphics card and post the results here.

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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