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Eightarmedpet
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System specs
2017 13inch Macbook Pro, MSI RX 560, Akitio Node Lite (unmodded).

eGPU hardware
I have loved the Akitio Thunder 2/3's for years and have been boring the pants of folks with "why is there not a high end mini eGPU solution for equally as long. The Node Lite is a beautiful piece of kit which matches the space grey Macbooks perfectly and when I found one on eBay for cheap I couldnt resist grabbing it, despite having no real need/use for it (although it did work for a proof of concept for housing a TB3 add in card to power my LG Ultrafine 5K directly).
As much as I like my usual set up (in sig) I liked the idea of a more casual gaming expereince on the couch so with some spare Amazon vouchers I was lucky enough to have I grabbed an RX 560 and popped it in the Node Lite.

Hardware pictures 
The Node Lite is in the built in cupboard (which I still need to paint) with only the TB3 cable poking out from a specially made cable slot at the back.

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Installation steps

macOS: Worked plug and play obviously.
W10: Forget the build I was on but also worked, until it corrupted the whole partition

I used rEFINd to get things working in W10, instructions and resources are elsewhere but will link my up latest custom load screen later.


Benchmarks

Mad Max plays like crap on macOS, 30 fps. Boarderlands felt smooth. GTA SA is no longer available on the Mac store which is annoying, will add real life gaming benchmarks as I test things out.

Gaming results:

This is my macSO library, willl be updating this as I test with findings - remember the goal here is smooth couch gaming, no less than 45fps really and Xbox one X controller via bluetooth (now natively supported).

7 Days to die -
Ark: Survival evolved -
Bioshock Remasatered - 
Bioshock 2 -
Bioshock infinite -
Company of Heros 2 -
C0unter-Strike: Global offensive -
Cuphead - Plays fine with iGPU (60fps)
Dead Island - 
Dying Light - Sub 30fps
Left 4 Dead 2 -
Mad max - Controller is perfect, FPS is 30 with drops
Mafie III - 
Metro 2033 Redux - Issues with both Xbox One X and PS4 controllers
Metro Last night Redux - Issues with both Xbox One X and PS4 controllers
Mount & Blade Warband -
Portal -
Road Redemption - Controller buttons dont work in non big picture, bugged in big picture, when you join game as a single player it thinks 2 players have hit join, what a piece of crap. Also closes steam on exit as do the Metro games.
Rocket League -
Spec Ops: The Line - Controller not recognised at all?!
Tomb Raider 2013 - Plays decently, 45fps + Xbox One X controller works perfectly.

New WIP table:
https://www.notion.so/eightarmedpet/7460661cce3e4cc3b98fd2e24abe35f2?v=b97d67731f95457aa21d6d2f0deea233

Comments (eg: Somehow this set up corrupted my Windows partition to the extent I had to nuke it and start again, kinda frustrating. rEFInd is also currentlyy not getting round Error 12 for me (well, eGPU is not being detected when connected at boot) but the woinderful EFI Bootloader is working when I hotplug.

I'm going to stick to macOS gaming to try and keep things simpler while I wait for Navi. 

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Looking forward to seeing the end results. I make a habit of storing all Steam/Uplay games on an external drive. That way it's quick to switch from using with one computer to another. Also applicable for scenarios Boot Camp volume needs a full reset.

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@itsage cheers! My plan is to keep games on local storage actually to minimise peripheral replugging, although I may try an external on the second tb3 port on the Node Lite

Game wise l plan on playing casual and light games, Cuphead, maybe Metro, Road Redemption and the like. Also looking at Metal supported games for best performance- might get tomb raider after giving you stick for still testing what I called an old game!

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Hahaha no worries. I use those old games because they have macOS version. Is the custom-framed TV going on top of fireplace next?

external graphics card builds
best laptops for external GPU
eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2020 15" HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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@itsage its not actually a custom frame! Its a standard (ish) Samsung model - The Serif. I like its legs too much to mount it on a shelf (although they do look great and I did have it on a cabinet in my last place).

Next move is to rewire a plug socket into the cabinet to get rid of some more wires. I hate wires. 

Going to hunt out some Metal games too....

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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@eightarmedpet, What a great build! I love the idea of pairing the AkiTio Lite with a 75W GPU!

For your Info:  I have installed most games on a NAS (Synology) and can start them from there. They may need a little more time to load, but TerraBytes of data provided and due to Raid 5, it's quite safe.

For the games: Before discovering eGPU I had all games in Wine-Bottles only for MacOSX, never bothered with Windows. Unfortunately, now, when I have the GPU Power, this is not very interesting anymore ./

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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 cheers! Its a little lack lustre... but I found I had GTA SA in my Apps somehow so going to give it a go.
Fortnite crashed the whole set up, as did Dying light - Possible power spikes? Also downloading the Metro games to test.

Games tested so far.

Fortnite: Crash (binned off, can't be dealing with that plus the 40GB size of the game!)
Dying Light: 20fps (unplayable)
RocketLeague: 50fps(which is actually pretty bad considering how light the game is)

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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@eightarmedpet Your numbers are really not convincing. Perhaps you change the resolution and settings?1 Perhaps 1920x1080p Medium Details? A RX560 is supposed to be able to handle this...

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 do you mean convincing as in you think they may be wrong or as in they are not very good.
I used a resolution control app for the TV to make sure it was running at 1080 @1x and tweaked settings so they were low/medium.

I'm expecting this to perform around the same as a 15inch with 560/560x as while the desktop 560 is stronger its TB3 and my CPU is quad core so should even out (could be wrong?).

anyone know how do I prevent the imgs from being so small in post?

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

---

LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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@eightarmedpet The FPS are not very high.

I would expect a similar performance like a Pro 560X dGPU, even a little better. I am working now, but if you want we can do later some comparing, because I have a Pro 560X. Perhapse I post some benchies here, which I already have.

Here Valley (Extreme HD) and Tomb Raider 2013 (1080p Settings High)

ValleyRP560XDX11
TR 1080pHigh

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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