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Devon Chan
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Thanks a lot for V.G. post, we've got similar settings with that I only got 2080 instead of 2080Ti.

I was planned to use macOS with an external eGPU, but yes I found that it was impossible after 1 day of failure trials. I also tried those recommendation of using DDU and EFI and I got another whole day failure, with flickering screens and black out after 2 minutes. Until I found V.G. post, this point is soooo important that I have to highlight it: "plugin the eGPU after the Windows logo and before the spinning dots"

System specs are:

13"  Macbook Pro  (mid-2017)

  • i7-7567U @ 3.5 GHz (dual-core)
  • 8GB memory
  • 500GB SSD (450 GB Windows, 50 GB MacOS)
  • Razer Core X to be connected on the left upper USB-C slot

eGPU Hardware:

Hardware Picture:

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No external monitor

All the USB devices are plugged into Razer Core X, the mouse, the LAN

Installation Steps:

  1. Boot - As my MBP got partition error 49187, I format the SSD with FAT32, then back to APFS
  2. Boot - Install latest MacOS (Big Sur now), no EFI files or the likes.
  3. MacOS - Download latest Win10 21H1
  4. MacOS - Classical Bootcamp install with 450GB partition on the internal drive for Windows 10 21H1
  5. Win10 - Complete Bootcamp setup, got all Windows Update, and restart several times as required
  6. Restart as Win10 - Hot-plugged the eGPU after the Windows logo and before the spinning dots
  7. Win10 - Login and Windows should recognized RTX 2080 as internal GPU
  8. Win10 - Installed  NVIDIA drivers
  9. SUCCESS!

Limitations I am aware of so far:

  • Plugin before computer start never works. MBP goes black screen and keep restarting.
  • Hot-plugging while on Windows Desktop never works. The Macbook screen goes garbled blue/white or green/white. Reset required
  • Hot-plug really needs to happen at the white dotted spinner, otherwise, this doesn't work

Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark Timespy GPU score 5921
  • 245095349 584567529636167 8226997001574765482 n

 

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