2014 15" MacBook Pro (GT750M) [4th,4C,H] + RX 580 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [GamesOnMacBookPro]
- MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2014 “MacBookPro11,3”
- 2.5GHz Quad Core (I7-4870HQ) - with Turbo Boost 2.0 (up to 3.7 GHz for this model)
- 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz
- GeForce GT 750M with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM dGPU
- Intel Iris Pro 5200 with 128 MB iGPU
- 512GB SSD (Internal) / 500GB Samsung SSD (External)
- Win 10, version 1909
- eGFX Breakaway Box (GPU-350W-TB3Z)
- MSI AMD RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC 8 GB GDDR5
- Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
- StarTech Thunderbolt Cable (1.0 m)
- 24" Samsung SF4F350 monitor (connected with HDMI cable)
Installation steps Windows 10 (bootcamp):
- Boot into Windows 10
- Download and install latest AMD drivers
- Plug in eGPU into power supply, external monitor, and into the MBP
- It is all plug-and-play
Gameplay Recording setup/process:
- Using Bandicam software to record gameplays
- Youtube 1080p default settings used.
- Please note that I lost 5~10 fps while recording depends on the game.
Comments / Issues:
- I have CPU over-heating problem. While playing games + recording, my CPU temp hits 100C.
Hey I see that you're using an external SSD. Are you using that to boot windows to it? I just recently changed my SSD to an SSD NVME and learned that I am unable to bootcamp because of that. I just wanted to see if it was still fast booting windows and playing games with an external SSD.
No, My bootcamp windows is still running on internal SSD. I am using external SSD for just installing games etc.
What did you do in terms of disabling your dGPU in Windows 10? I am planning to do a similar build but I only want to take advantage of the eGPU in Win10, and use the MacBook (with dGPU) normally in MacOS. In MacOS I will not need to connect the eGPU.
Is there a way to get what I described above without comprosing anything on MacOS?
First of all thanks a lot for your posts. You really convinced me to buy and install an egpu and I don't regret it.
I have the exact same macbook pro and since I work in video editing (and i'm a casual gamer) my new egpu is giving my mac the extra power it needed.
I bought an Razer X enclosure and an RX580 Saphire Pulse 8go, and it's working great under Mac os 10.14.6 with Purge Wrangler and Purge Nvda and also under Win10.
I notice in your videos and in your post that you have and overheating issue with your mac, and since I had the very same issues, I may propose you a few hardware and software tweaks.
First, if you have a pentalobe screwdriver, opening the bottom panel and remove the dust regularly is a must do. I do it 2 or there times a year and it takes me 5 to 10 min.
Then if you don't balk at dissaembling (a little bit) your mac, you can change the thermal compound of your CPU and GPU.
An other hardware tweak that I experimented is this :
1 - Add thermal pads directly on the heatpipes to transfer the heat to the aluminium case.
2 - Put your mac on a big aluminium cooler (with a big fan beneath) to cool the case.
It's working great for me, really helps my mac to remain cooler during intense working/gaming sessions.
And there is also software tweaks for Macos and Win10
- Undervolting and limit power for the cpu, with Volta for mac and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for Win10.
My mac works great at -50mv with both OS.
- Control fan speed with Smc Fan control on Macos and Mac fan control on Win10.
I haven't made any before/after benchmarks, but with all these tweaks my mac is way cooler and quieter. There is less cpu throttling and in game the cpu stays around 75 celsius.
I think i'll make a post one day with some pictures if someone is interested by theses modifications.
Have a great day, cheers !