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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5500 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 11.5 & Win10 // Win10 on external USB  

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Fernando P. Birra
(@fernando_p_birra)
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System specs (model inc screen size, CPU, iGPU, dGPU, operating system which eGPU is being used)

2017 Macbook Pro 13" 16GB RAM, 512Gb SSD
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7267U CPU @ 3.10GHz, 3001 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Apple Inc. 429.140.8.0.0, 13/06/2021
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 16.0 GB
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Education
Version 10.0.19043 Build 19043
iGPU Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics 650
eGPU Name Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB DDR6

 

eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party  TB3 cable , any custom mods)

Razer Core X
Saphire Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB DDR6
Original (came with Razer Core X) TB3
Windows Booting from External 500 GB SSD (Used Win2USB)
rEFInd bootmanager installed with MacOS Spoof setting enabled 

 

 

Hardware pictures

Device Manager Picture:

Display 1 connected to iGPU:

Display 2 connected to eGPU:

 

Installation steps 

Took me a lot of time to get this working but now I am sure I could do it again

  • On Big Sur 11.5
  1. Download latest windows (21H1 at the time of writing)
  2. Install VMWare Fusion 12 Pro and activate 30 day trial
  3. Install Windows on a new VM
  4. Launch Bootcamp Assistant and download Windows Support files
  5. Start Windows 10 Virtual Machine
  6. Install rEFInd boot manager to the ESP partition
  7. Edit refind.conf and uncomment Mac OS Spoof Line, save file
  • On Windows 10 install in VMWare
  1. Download Win2USB, install it
  2. Download Bootcamp drivers for Radeon (Used the Blue version)
  3. Attach external SSD Drive
  4. Mount Windows ISO in VMWare and connect DVD virtual drive to Windows
  5. Run Win2USB and install Windows from the mapped virtual drive to the external physical drive
  6. Copy Apple Bootcamp Windows Support files to root of external Drive

 

  1. Shutdown Macbook and power on Macbook  (Restart didn't bring rEFInd)
  2. Choose Windows EFI Boot option in REFIND
  3. Let Windows boot, configure, and update all drivers
  4. Install Bootcamp support
  5. When everything is working, and there are no more updates, shutdown the system
  6. Power ON
  7. Choose Windows EFI boot option from WIN2USB
  8. Connect eGPU
  9. Install Bootcamp Radeon Drivers
  10. Reboot with eGPU connected
  11. Enjoy!

 

Benchmarks

Valley (1920x1080, High settings, no Antialiasing) on eGPU

  • External display only:
     (strange result)

     

     

     

  • Internal display only:
  • Both displays on, running in windowed mode on the external display:
    • Take 1:
    • Take 2:

 

Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)

Not planning to run games on Windows but I really wanted to know if I could!

I work totally on MacOS and I am happy that my mac runs cooler and snappier with the external card. Being able to use it in Windows was a bonus.

 

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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5500 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 11.5 & Win10 // Win10 on external USB [build link]  

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