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Eightarmedpet
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Just another quick build post before selling this card on to get a non blower model for quieter operation.
 
I'm paired my MBP with quite a few different GPUs in the last 3 years, AMD used to be a nightmare but since @goalque's automate-eGPU EFI was created things got a lot easier.
 
I did a quick set of to see how things were working before selling this card out of pure curiosity and it was super straight forward.
 

System specs
2017 13" Macbook Pro. i5, 16GB 512SSD. macOS 10.5.5 and W10 2004.
 

eGPU hardware
 

Hardware pictures
See end of post.
 

Installation steps
  1. Make sure SIP is disabled, and you can boot from external media.

  2. Downloaded the latest windows ISO from Microsoft (2004).

  3. Installed via Bootcamp installer, ran all updates for both W10 and Apple drivers - new bootcamp updates mean I can reboot into macOS properly now - I couldn't before.

  4. Created automate-eGPU EFI bootloader on external USB plugged into Mantiz Venus.

  5. Restarted holding down alt to initiated Bootloader.

  6. Select Windows.

  7. Download and instal AMD Drivers.

  8. Restart Windows through boot loader.

  9. Play PUBG.

The eGPU was plugged in at all times, which for me is important as I got bored having to hot plug my old Nvidia set up.
 

Benchmarks
Just PUBG FPS, sorry...
FPS fluctuated a bit, going down to 45 at times, but also went over 100, this was at 1200px.

 

IMG 3195
Screenshot 2020 06 19 at 10.58.53

 

Edit: Attached a benchmark, which after chatting to a chap on reddit who has two similar MacBooks I've found out its below an RX 5600XT connected to an external monitor so Navi cards in Loopback are still pretty sub par. Le sigh. 

 
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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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itsage
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@eightarmedpet, Loopback performance has been terrible with Navi cards since release. This is both in macOS and Windows. For gaming with Windows, Nvidia cards perform much better through internal display. They are much easier to set up too. 

 

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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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@itsage, aye, my plan is to retire the SFFPC after its whole 6 months of use to a living room HTPC and get either next gen Nvidia or pick up a deal on a 2070s. I do still love the reference cards.

 

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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egpu_freak
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@eightarmedpet, your result of unigine heaven seems not desirable....

Screenshot 2020 06 25 at 5.34.28 PM

Attached my test result with macbook pro with GTX1060 in Razer Core X . Seems like something wrong with your set up? or it is due to the bottleneck of the CPU?

 

2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 & Linux [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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@egpu_freak, you’re quite correct! The issue is loopback performance of Navi cards as itsage mentioned. My next eGPU will be an rtx card. 

 

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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