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2015 15" MacBook Pro [4th,4C,H] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-M.2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + macOS 10.15.1 & Win10 1903 [itsage]  

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ian812
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Congrats for the amazing build, @itsage! You're really tech savvy! Now, I wonder if you could help me...

I have the same MacBook Pro you used here – Mid 2015, 15", iGPU, 2.2Hz, 256GB SSD and 16GB (plus an RX 5700 XT + Razer Core X, fully operational on both OSX and Win10/Bootcamp).

I want to upgrade the current 256GB SSD to an 1TB one (using a Sintech adapter). But I don't know if the eGPU is going to work properly on Windows 10 via Bootcamp using third-party SSDs. I've read over the internet some issues when installing and using Win10 in this context.

Although your build is different from mine – I intend to just replace the current SSD with the new one, instead of putting it externally as you did – it's the closest I've found. So I was hoping if you had any idea if your successful setup is a sign the plan of upgrading my SSD may work alongside Win10. Any help is appreciated!

P.s.: I haven't choose the NVMe SSD yet, maybe a WD SN550, Samsung 970 EVO Plus or Crucial P2.

Mid 2015 15.4" MacBook Pro (2,2Ghz, 256GB SSD, iGPU, 16GB DDR3)
Razer Core X
Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT
Samsung UR55 4K External monitor
OSX + Windows 10 via Bootcamp


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itsage
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@ian812, I actually installed a Samsung 960 EVO NVMe drive in this 2015 15-in MacBook Pro. It's been working great in both macOS and Windows as well as with eGPU (via Thunderbolt 2 port). I used the stock 256GB drive for this build because the drive was already in the external adapter.

 

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ian812
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@itsage, so you're using both SSDs at the same time? Amazing.

Now I'm considering buying a Samsung NVMe SSD, after your successful build 🙂 (maybe they're safer because Samsung also manufactured the stock SSD?). However, I read here that Samsung NVMe SSDs have higher power consumption than similar models from other brands. As I never disconnect my MBP off the charger due to the eGPU, I don't know if this is an issue at all. What do you think? Thanks for the help!

Mid 2015 15.4" MacBook Pro (2,2Ghz, 256GB SSD, iGPU, 16GB DDR3)
Razer Core X
Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT
Samsung UR55 4K External monitor
OSX + Windows 10 via Bootcamp


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itsage
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@ian812, I have the Samsung 960 Evo installed in the internal drive socket and use the laptop that way most of the time. The original 256GB drive is in the external drive enclosure come to use when I need to open the laptop for M.2 eGPU.

From memory, I formatted the NVMe drive then did clean install of macOS (through a USB installer). Once that was done I proceed to install Windows through Boot Camp Assistant. I have not noticed any reduction in battery run time with the Samsung drive.

 

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pixxelpusher
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@itsage I mentioned on your other build I was going to try a similar setup to you with my 2014 MacBook Pro. I've put it all together but am having trouble getting the Mac to start.

I've put a post up here: https://egpu.io/forums/postid/93041/  if you have a moment do you think you could take a look and see if you have any suggestions?

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2014 15" MacBook Pro (2.8Ghz i7, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD, Geforce GT 750M)
eGPU: AKiTiO Thunder2 + GTX 1070


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@itsage, thank you very much for your post. I'm currently trying to install Nvidia Quadro K6000 as egpu using ADT-Link R43SU-TU on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015, 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7), yet my MacBook Pro did not recognise the K6000 egpu at all.

The installation steps i did are as below:

Installation steps:

  1. Connect PSU power to ADT-Link and GPU.
  2. Insert ADT-Link + m2 NGFF adapter into the internal ssd slot.
  3. Put ssd into TB2 enclosure (LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt 2 Enclosure ) and connect it to mac.
  4. Start machine without switching on the eGPU
  5. Then restart machine with option button pressed, and switch on the eGPU before apple logo loads.
  6. Select the macOS startup disk
  7. Install latest Nvidia drivers .

I've tried these steps with macOS 10.11.6 (build 15G31), macOS 10.13.6 (build 17G6030) & macOS 10.14.6 (build 18G103). 

Yet none of them manage to show that the eGPU was connected in about this mac > system report > graphics/displays or neither PCI column

 

I found that the MacBook will hang and display black screen during booting if i switch on the ATX power first (which is connected to the eGPU) before starting up the Macbook.

Did i missed out anything or any steps?

Thank you in advance if anyone had an idea of what's going wrong!

 

Cheers,

 

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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Wolfrain
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I only need to use eGPU with Macos. So is following things correct?

1. I just need to plug&play cable into NVME slot. No more modify step.

2. SSD storage have to change into external connection, such as usb or thunderbolt port? If that case, loading speed will be slow down alot?

3. I can use any graphics cards shipped after 2015 (as mentioned in buyer's site). And the performance is 100% (no throttling because of transmit spec) as original.

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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