2017 MacBook Pro 15" + [email protected] (Razer Core X) + Win10 [conscience]  

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conscience
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June 26, 2018 9:31 pm  

System specs

Model: MacBook Pro 2017 15" (Touchbar)
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ @ 2.8 GHz
iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 630
dGPU: Radeon Pro 555
OS: Windows 10 Home

 

eGPU hardware

eGPU enclosure: Razer Core X
Video Card: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G

 

Hardware pictures

 

Installation steps

I just plugged the Razer Core X into my Mac, preferably on the top right usbc port, and installed the nvidia driver once booted into windows (bootcamp). Restart. And it worked! 

 

Benchmarks - all external LCD

 

Comments

The Performance improvement is awesome! Gaming and productivity is very near my old desktop, where I salvaged the graphics card from.
I find this setup very interessting because I managed to transform my daily work driver, the MacBook Pro, into an allrounder with the small blue box, a Samsung T5 512 GB external SSD, as my windows 10 bootdrive and a desktop graphics card in the Razer Core X I can now game reasonably well on it and it is a pleasure to work in the Unreal Engine 4 Editor.
Because of the external ssd the setup feels quite exotic, but I was impressed how it performs and works out of the box.
Since I don't have a AMD desktop card to plug into the Razer Core X, I haven't tried to get the eGPU run under MacOS.

 

Conclusion

Should you aim for such a build? I would say now. Considering the cost for a MacBook Pro 15" 2017 model with touchbar, the external ssd (cause buying more storage from apple is freaking expensive), the enclosure and the graphics card, it is way to expensive. I tried this setup because I'm currently running the MacBook as a my day-to-day work machine and I had the graphics card sitting unused in my old desktop pc. The idea is fun: You have a mobile and okay'ish powerful portable laptop and can ramp up the power stationary at home if you need to. Just my 2 cents to the topic 🙂

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts


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AkulaThaJaeger
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June 30, 2018 6:06 pm  

I think i want to attempt this build despite the smallish trade off power for portability but i must ask does hot plugging work for you on the Windows side of the things?

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August 4, 2018 5:45 am  

Since this article doesn't recommend booting from external drive, how was your experience booting from your external SSD?

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