- Model: 2014 15" MacBook
- CPU: i7-4770HQ 2.2Ghz
- iGPU: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
- dGPU: not applicable
- RAM: 16GB
- OS used for eGPU: Windows 10 (BootCamp)
- hunderbolt 2
- eGPU enclosure: Razer Core X
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
- Thunderbold cables:
- External display: Samsung C24F390FHI 23.5" 1920x1080, plugged into Razer Core X
There was a lot I have been doing before making it work, but the end it came down to just a few steps that mattered (verified when OS died):
- Run Windows Update, and update to latest version (required 2 reboots)
- set up a USB flash drive ( Goalque ‘s automate-eGPU EFI )
- Plug in Razer Core X (Core -> TB3 cable -> TB3 to TB2 adapter -> TB2 cabel -> Mac)
- Boot through the USB flash drive
- Install latest Nvidia drivers
The main difficulty I had was that hot plug did not work me (maybe I was not doing it right, but I tried many time).
DDU was not really required as well, probable because there is no dGPU.
(!) Only boot into Windows through USB flash if eGPU is plugged. Forgetting doing that resulted in Windows dying completely (I had no recovery point).
Sorry, no benchmarks, however this setups runs much better than my old Alienware m17x R3.
Hope it helps anyone.
@adun, hi, sorry, just got time to reply. Yeah, i did it with both automate-egpu and apple-set-os.efi. But, how do you even reach there? I mean, when I boot up my macbook pro, I should press “option” key right? To select the efi boot from usb. But if I plugged it and turn on the Razer Core X before boot, I cannot even reach the boot selection. Can you tell me in detail what exactly did u do to make it boot?
@so_handsome, this is strange and should not be the case. Your Windows is on BootCamp, right?
In my case, even Mac OS boots without problem with Razer Core X plugged in. And yes, boot menu is called with holding Options key right from the startup - also no issues getting to that menu.
Do you reach boot menu when TB is not plugged? If yes, and if you plug it then and select EFI boot - does it work?
@adun, I haven’t tried to boot Mac OS with it. But, I have tried hotplug after Mac OS reach the main screen. It detects Core X and the graphic card like “VGA Compatible Graphic Card” in the system information of Mac OS.
I have tried reaching the boot menu 1st then turn on Core X, then plugged it in. But after I plugged it in. It freezes instantly.
I also tried plugging in the Core X without the graphic card. It successfully boot into windows and windows detected Thunderbolt in the Device Manager. It only hangs if I put my graphic card in the Core X. I’m starting to wonder if my graphic card is not supported.
My current graphic card is EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC.
btw what version is your firmware?
@so_handsome, this is very strange.
I have actually sold the mac a month ago, so I cannot tell you the OS version. However I remember that there are some extra steps one needs to do starting from a certain version (I think Sierra), and it wasn't my case. Have you tried looking it up?
Also I am not sure if you have dGPU - there are some extra steps there as well, yet even if that's the case your problem seems to be different.
Overall, I am not sure, what to say... I didn't have this issue.