What's your build recommendation for Bootcamp VR gaming with a 16" MacbookPro?
 
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What's your build recommendation for Bootcamp VR gaming with a 16" MacbookPro?  

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rmvz3
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I'm looking for the closure/GPU combination that causes less problems to use with a new MacbookPro 16" (i7, 16gb, Radeon 5500M 8Gb, Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C connector). MacOS compatibility is NOT important since I want to use Bootcamp to play VR games, so I don't mind to lose it if that makes easiest the Windows compatibility.

I guess a Razer Core + GTX1080 or better would be a reasonable rig but I just want to assure to get the one that causes me less headaches.

I've had an Akitio Thunderbolt 2 using a GTX1070OC with my old Macbook Pro (2013 Retina, GT650M) and it worked great… but I had A LOT of problems until it worked, including having to install a boot script, timing the boot process properly, etc.. I know it was due to having that MacBook model in particular since the discrete Nvidia card caused conflicts but I'd like to assure the most "plug and play" experience available with my new devices.

Thank you

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nando4
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There are currently 13 successful bootcamp builds with your 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro using 5 different enclosures and 8 different GPUs with the Razer Core X + RX 5700 XT being most popular. AMD cards being usable in macOS10.14+ being a bonus over Nvidia cards.

Please evaluate these builds to compare complexity of implementation:

https://egpu.io/best-external-graphics-card-builds/?table_filter =""2019 16-inch Macbook Pro" RP5...M Win10"

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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rmvz3
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@nando4, Thank you, I know an AMD card would be usable with macOS but I'm asking for the one that is easier to use with bootcamp.

macOS compatibility would be a plus indeed but I don't mind to lose it if I gain ease of use in Windows, so I wanted to read if someone has any "to go" recommendation for that use case.

 

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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Arizor
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@rmvz3, if you are solely focused on Windows for eGPU then any modern Nvidia card is a much safer bet than AMD.

 

2019 16-inch MacBook Pro Retina (2.3ghz Intel i9) // Radeon 5500M (8GB).
MacOS Catalina // Bootcamp Win10 1903 (18362.230).
Razer Core X // Vega 64 // 2m Active Thunderbolt cable.


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rmvz3
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@arizor, Thank you. It seems that Nvidia is mostly plug and play now. 

 

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AAE
 AAE
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My set up that I've had since I bought my MacBook in 2018 is the Sonnet Breakaway 650 with the Asus ROG Strix AMD RXVega 64. Aside from having to do the whole Windows 1903 dance, I'm playing Half Life: Alyx, for example, without any issues from my hardware. There is the occasionally frustration of the Steam bootstrap client freaking out with the Oculus app (I have the Oculus Quest with the official Oculus USB-C cable), but otherwise, it's buttah.

2018 MBP 15" 2.9 GHz/1TB/32GB + Sonnet Breakaway 650 + ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 8GB OC Edition


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rmvz3
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@aae, Thank you. I'm currently using Quest (using Shadow + Virtual Desktop) and looking forward to try Link but depending on the performance I get with this, maybe I'd go for an Index or Rift S.

 

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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