2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1903 + macOS 10.15.5 // external storage included
System specs are:
13" Macbook Pro (mid-2017)
- i7-7567U @ 3.5 GHz (dual-core)
- 16GB memory
- 500GB SSD (100 GB Windows, 400 GB MacOS)
- Right side dual-TB connectors: USB-C to HDMI for direct MacOS dual-screen functionality & USB-C to SDCard/MicroSD Card Adapter with 3 further USB 3.0 ports, which then connects a 4 port Hub in my Asus monitor. (not pictured, as I just got it)
- external 1TB NVMe drive connected to my monitor USB Hub for Steam games storage
- external 1TB spinning storage for TimeCapsule backup connected to my monitor USB Hub while in MacOS (does not show in Windows obviously due to formatting)
- USB Keyboard + Mouse connected to Monitor USB Hub
- Razer Core X
- Asus Strix 2080 Super
- Newest NVIDIA drivers
- As Razer Core X only comes with a 2ft cable, using a TB3 certified, 4ft active 40Gbps cable from Amazon
Hardware Picture (Monitor has been replaced):
Please excuse the messy cables - I just got this up and running consistently
- Clean System on latest MacOS, no EFI files or the likes.
- Downloaded suggested base windows 10 1903 V1 as an ISO and the suggested Windows Update as an MSU file & latest NVIDIA drivers (stored drivers and MSU file on usb flash drive)
- Classic Bootcamp install with a 100GB partition on the internal drive for Windows 10 1903 v1
- Once in Windows 10, finished Bootcamp setup to install all apple related drivers
- Intstalled suggested Windows Updated via USB
- Disabled Windows Updated using services.msc, so that nothing gets updated anymore
- Connected to wifi at this point
- Ran Apple Update in Windows - updated to the latest Bootcamp and wifi driver (had to reboot the system once as requested after Wifi driver update)
- At this stage I hot-plugged the eGPU while on windows desktop.
- Installed NVIDIA drivers
- Disabled Webcam, as I won't need it.
- Rebooted and disconnected eGPU just as the screen went black for the reboot
- Ensured my dual-port hub had everything I needed already connected (power, 1TB external storage drive, mouse and my trusty 10 year old X3 Sidewinder keyboard)
- Hot-plugged eGPU as soon as white dotted spinner shows up on boot underneath the blue windows logo.
Limitations I am aware of so far (UPDATED AFTER SOME USE):
My Apple touch bar is not working in this state (as you can see in the picture - it is blank) Sometimes my Mac Keyboard is not working in this state
- Hot-plugging while on Windows Desktop never works. The Macbook screen goes garbled blue/white or green/white. Reset required
You cannot disconnect/connect any devices at this stage - it will crash the system with the same garbled screen
- Hot-plug really needs to happen at the white dotted spinner, otherwise, this doesn't work
At times, if I hot-plug at the right moment, Windows asks to reboot for the GPU, so you repeat the unplug, reboot, hot-plug procedure and you are good to go.
- 3DMark Timespy GPU score 9974 (vs. around 11500 for an internal 2080 Super setup = 15% performance difference) (note, overall system score is not comparable, but in that regard it does best an RTX 2060 based Gaming Laptop according to 3DMark)