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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core) + Win10 1803 [Eightarmedpet]  

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Eightarmedpet
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Short and sweet, just adding to the build table really...

 

System specs Upgraded 2017 13inch MBP, i5, 500GB SSD. LG Ultrafine 5k (bane of my life, but I do love it), Samsung EVO 500GB SSD in caddy.

 

 

eGPU hardware Razer Core V1, EVGA 1070 SSC Black 

 

 

 

Installation steps This was just an enclosure swap really but all I ever have to do is plug in straight after selecting OS in boot screen (Mac native - nothing custom). edit: booting has been oddly inconsistent - it felt a bit easier to get the hot plug timing right with the core rather than the Sonnet but yesterday I couldn't get it working at all so have switched to using the EFI Bootmanager which gets round the need to hot plug.

 

 

Benchmarks See previous builds for gaming benchmarks.

 

 

Comments I finally bought a core as it is currently the best looking enclosure, I was worried abut the reported noise but I don't find it an issue personally. The ports on the core are next to worthless though as peripherals disconnect regularly. Playing PUBG with my moose plugged into the Core was impossible, as a result I only use the core's USB ports for charging various devices.

Side note: TB3 enabler worked perfectly in macOS and I had my 570 up and running in no time, but couldn't get past error 12 in W10 as per usual...

setup

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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jerry Kansai
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Yes Razer always put looking first before quality, like me playing soccer first fashion  😆

Razer Blade 15 2018, i7 8750H 16gb ddr4 2666mhz 1tb 970Evo
Razer Blade Stealth 12,5 2016 i7 7500U 8gb ddr3 1866mhz 500gb 970Evo
MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor


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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: Joikansai

Yes Razer always put looking first before quality, like me playing soccer first fashion  😆

I'd say its more form over function rather than quality as it feels a lot higher quality than my Sonnet.

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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Purichan
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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

System specs Upgraded 2017 13inch MBP, i5, 500GB SSD. LG Ultrafine 5k (bane of my life, but I do love it), Samsung EVO 500GB SSD in caddy.

Hey! First I wanted to say thanks very much for all of your build guides, they helped me stay hopeful when I found them halfway through my own. I've looked through some of your forum posts for more info on your experience with the LG 5k display but I had trouble finding anything that would get mine running too.

Here's what I've got:
2018 15" MBP
Razer Core v1
EVGA 1070
27" LG Ultrafine 5k

macOS: Mojave 10.14.5
Windows OS: WN10

I first tried :
* Connecting the monitor to the Core via an HDMI cable with an adapter on the monitor's end to convert TB3, monitor stays off
* Connecting the monitor to the Core via Display Port to USB C (click for cable), monitor stays off
* Connecting the monitor to the MBP directly via Thunderbolt 3, the monitor works with this config but I don't get an GPU power to anything

My setup works fine and well when I use a junky old monitor with an HDMI connection and connect it right to the HDMI port on the Core. GPU starts running for games on that old monitor and everything is great.

Based on one of your forum posts it sounds like you were (at least then) connecting your monitor to the MBP but still somehow getting GPU power to it. I thought this wasn't possible, then I found something that said it was possible but would have overhead. I can't seem to get it to work. If I attempt to setup that config the GPU just never starts running and I get like 10 FPS in games. This present in both macOS and bootcamp, although I truly only want to run the GPU in bootcamp for games, so I could care less about the Mac functionality.

I'll also add that I don't have any problems getting the devices detected anymore. The Core and GPU are detected every time I boot to Windows. It just seems that they really want something other than the LG to connect to.

Sidenote: I also struggle to get my LG monitor and internal macbook screen working at the same time. If I install bootcamp AMD drivers then the LG monitor works. If I uninstall the bootcamp AMD drivers then the LG monitor stops working but the internal macbook display starts working. *This is only a problem when the eGPU is connected. Without the eGPU both monitors work fine.

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Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Purichan
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Well, I gave up and replaced the 5k Ultrafine with the much-cheaper LG 27UL850-W. It's 4k, has freesync, and it accepts HDMI, DP, and this particular one has USB-C support too (which also charges the Macbook just like the Ultrafine did). I can see some minor quality differences (based on the specs and what I actually see) between this LG monitor and the Ultrafine; I think that's understandable given that this one is almost one-third of the price. Slightly smaller field of view, lower color range and less brightness (400nit vs 500nit) but it still looks very good. I don't require field of view range, the colors still look brilliant, and I never used max brightness on the Ultrafine or even this monitor.

This one also has built-in speakers (which can be tricky to find). The only thing it's missing is a mic and camera which is a bummer, but I keep the Macbook open and will just use it for that when needed.

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Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Eightarmedpet
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hi @purichan!

Sorry, I somehow missed your original post... sounds like you've been through everything I could have told you though.
As you discovered - the only way to power the Ultrafine is TB3 connected to the MBP (Or a TB3 port on PC) so the challenge is routing GPU power through the laptop, which does indeed have an overhead.
In macOS its as good as useless, my Vega 56 performs about the same as my RX560 (connected to a 4K TV) which iOS a crackers over head.
In W10 its much better and pass through isn't all that bad at all, I'm never 100% sure what I should be getting FPS but I get 60 in all the games I play in 1440 with my Vega 56.

To be honest, you've probably done the smartest thing, while I love my Ultrafine and would struggle to swap it for something else, it causes a lot of headaches and creates yet another performance loss.

Mic and camera I have no need for so the monitor you bought looks good to me! Would love to see some build pics when you post your guide.

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


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