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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win10  

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Joe377
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System specs

2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U]

CPU: Intel i5-7267U

RAM: 8GB

iGPU: Intel Iris Plus 650 1.5GB

OS: Windows 10 Build 20H2 (Bootcamp)

Monitor: Dell U2414H

 

Note: Only the left side of laptop ports are full speed. (Confirmed running on x4 Bus in HWInfo)

 

eGPU hardware

Lenovo BoostStation Thunderbolt 3 eGPU with supplied RTX 2060 using supplied Thunderbolt 3 cable.

 

Hardware pictures

See this post for photos of the BoostStation.

 

Installation steps

  1. Booted in to Windows
  2. Turned on BoostStation
  3. Plugged in to a left-hand side port.
  4. Waited for Windows to detect and install
  5. Updated drivers via NVIDIA website

After installation it worked fine, however plugging it in while windows is running is no longer possible and if it is connected before the MacBook is turned on I get a black screen.

 

Connection steps

  1. Power on BoostStation
  2. Power on MacBook
  3. While booting in to Windows (as soon as the spinning circle appears) plug in BoostStation

To get the onboard sound working:

  1. Before launching any applications/games
  2. Open Device Manager
  3. Disable Onboard Sound
  4. Enable Onboard Sound
  5. Ensure that the Onboard sound is the default output device

 

Benchmarks

eGPU connected directly to an external monitor with the internal display disabled via windows.

CUDA-Z

2257.02 MiB/s on Host to Device

2693.95 MiB/s on Device to Host

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TimeSpy

iGPU (Intel Iris Plus 650)

Benchmark wouldn't work.

RTX 2060 - External 1920x1080 - 5100

Timespy RTX2060 External Display

RTX 2060 - Internal 2560x1600 - 4904

Timespy RTX2060 Internal Display 2560

RTX 2060 - Internal 1920x1080 - 4913

Timespy RTX2060 Internal Display 1920

Valley

Settings: High Quality, 8xAA, Fullscreen

  Internal
  1920 x 1080
Intel Iris Plus 650 8.3fps   /  345
RTX 2060 6GB 81.9fps / 3426

Comments

Works great with a huge difference when playing games. Just annoying that you have to plug in at the exact point and then mess around with the sound.

Having the ethernet in the eGPU is a nice bonus, this works in MacOS as well.

Haven't tried a hard drive inside it yet, with the problems getting it connected I don't want to risk damaging a hard drive at the moment. 

Update (Feb 2021): Tried the Lenovo optimisation software on my machine and it hasn’t made any noticeable difference to the benchmarks or fix any of the annoyances in the connection procedure I have to follow. Updated to Win10 20H2 too without any issues.

Update (Sep 2021): Added a quick Valley test.

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

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ZeroCarbon30
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Joined: 9 months ago
 

@joe377, sounds like a great setup. I’d be interested to know superposition ‘4K optimized’ test score. Have you tried Bluetooth with egpu connected? 

 

MBP 13" + 1080ti


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Joe377
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Joined: 9 months ago
 

@zerocarbon30, I've added some TimeSpy results to the original post with the hardware I have available. I have had no problems connecting bluetooth devices with the eGPU was connected.

 

2021 15" Dell XPS 15 9510 (RTX3050) [11th,8C,H] + RTX 2060 @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Lenovo BoostStation) + Win11 [build link]  

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ZeroCarbon30
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@joe377, good to know. Thank you.

 

MBP 13" + 1080ti


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