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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 6800 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 12.2.1 & Win10 1903  

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I'll keep improving my post as I go along (still need to test more games etc).

System specifications 

  • 2020 13" MacBook Pro (10th gen 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-1068NG7, 32 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD)
  • MacOS Monterey 12.2.1 (21D62), also tested with the previous versions: Monterey 12.0.1 (21A559), Big Sur 11.6 (20G165), 11.5.2 (20G95) and 11.5.1 (20G80) 
  • Windows 10 (1903 V1)
  • 34-inch Ultra-Wide Quad HD (3440 x 1440 @ 100 Hz) MSI MAG341CQ
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Logitech MX Master 2S Mouse

 

eGPU hardware

 

Hardware pictures

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Installation eGPU on MacOS 11.5+

It works out of the box. Just plug and play. No further actions required.

 

Installation eGPU on Windows 10

I used this build guide from andygev35.

 

Windows 10 version required: 1903 V1 (version 21H1 at the time of writing did not work)

DDU version used: 18.0.4.2 (11 july 2021)

Radeon™ Software Adrenalin version used: 21.7.2 (27 july 2021)

Upgraded successfully (no DDU used) to Radeon™ Software Adrenalin version 22.2.1 (4 february 2022) after installation and a reboot.

 

Steps

  1. Download the required Windows (1903 V1) iso version and software (see above).
  2. Use the BootCamp Assistant to install Windows 10. I did not use an internet connecivity (wired or wireless) to ensure no updates were being installed.
  3. After the Windows 10 installation, finish the BootCamp installer which automatically pops up.
  4. Use gpedit.msc to Enable the group policy of Configure Windows Updates. See andygev35's manual for details. The only difference I noticed is that the option after enabling "Configure Windows Updates" is: "2 - Notify for download and auto install".
  5. Also disable Windows Updates through services.msc.
  6. Boot into Safe Mode of Windows 10 (when clicking restart, hold the Shift button).
  7. In Device Manager, disable the bottom 3 "PCI Express Root" ports, disable the iSight HD camera and disable the Iris Plus Graphics adapter.
  8. Run DDU to delete all NVIDIA and AMD drivers and to not allow Windows to install drivers. See andygev35's manual for details.
  9. Reboot and login to Windows 10. The display will feel a bit slow and sluggish due to the disabled Iris Plus Graphics adapter. Don't worry this is normal.
  10. Connect your eGPU and let Windows 10 do its magic.
  11. Install the Radeon™ Software Adrenalin with the additional option of factory reset (which required a restart).
  12. Restart when it asks for it (and don't touch your peripherals/eGPU).
  13. Login to Windows 10 again and let the installer finish.
  14. Your external display and eGPU should magically start to work (you can connect to the internet if you want).
  15. Set the monitor as primary display (my system hung, so I restarted and all was fine).
  16. Go into Safe Mode (shift+restart) and enable the Iris Plus Graphics in Device Manager.
  17. Reboot.
  18. Create a Windows Restore Point... which might be useful later.
  19. Connect wireless keyboard and mouse with bluetooth without issues.

Cold plug the eGPU and Windows 10 will start without issues and the display and eGPU always work as far as I have tried.

 

Additional comments

 

MacOS (12.2.1)

It looks like the text rendered through the eGPU on the external monitor is slightly worse than without an eGPU or directly connected to the MacBook Pro. As I only play games using the eGPU it is not a problem for me. However there is also a topic here regarding this issue.

Updated from the previous versions MacOS (12.0.1, 11.6, 11.5.2 and 11.5.1) went fine.

 

Games:

  • When there is no external monitor attached while trying to startup Diablo 3, I've gotten a black screen ingame with only a mouse cursor. The only fix for this was to use an external monitor. The FPS was around 70-120.
  • Total War: SHOGUN 2 (Steam install) ran flawlessly on an average of 110 FPS on Ultra (max) settings and on max resolution (3440x1440) of the external monitor. The MacBook Pro ran in clamshell mode.
  • Also ran Company of Heroes 2 (Steam install) on max resolution (3440x1440) of the MSI monitor on MacOS. The FPS was between 60-80 at max settings. It's ported by Feral Interactive from PC to MacOS, due to being a port, probably why it has less FPS than on Windows. The MacBook Pro ran in clamshell mode.

 

Windows 10 (1903 V1)

Connected a HyperDrive VIPER 10-in-2 (offtopic: not recommending this for usage with Microsoft Teams or Zoom, due to Ethernet disconnects on MacOS due to Realtek driver issues) while using the eGPU for Ethernet and an external USB SSD drive. My experience is to best cold plug this before you start up Windows 10. I had no disconnects while using this setup whatsoever.

 

Games:

  • Company of Heroes 2 (Steam install) ran beautifully on max resolution (3440x1440) of the MSI monitor. The FPS was between 77-100 at max settings. The RX 6800 was used with a load of 98%.

 

I'd like to thank @itsage, @andygev35 and @nando4 for making this possible. I wasn't too sure of this but with some experience with Hackintoshes, these guides and this site I was pleased with the result. So thank you all.

This topic was modified 6 months ago

Also having a Mac Mini 2018 i5 32GB 256GB.

 
2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 6800 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 12.2.1 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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@step, Thank you for sharing this build! The 2020 13-in Ice Lake MacBook Pro is one of the more challenging host laptops in Boot Camp but it's well worth the trouble. Enjoy your eGPU!

 

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Wow, I mean, it's rarely to see new Build Guide for MacBook Pro 2020 version recently.

I'd like to try this guide again but I have sold out my old 5700XT in an insane price a half year ago due to all kinds of encrypted currency. I'm stiil waiting for new graphic card like 6800 XT or 6900 XT go down to a normal price so I can buy it back. I don't know if your situation is consistent with mine.

Thanks for the tutorial again!

2020 MacBook Pro 13" (4 Thunderbolts)
2.3 GHz Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM
Razer Core X, XFX 5700 XT 8GB


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@itsage, Not sure if you still have this MacBook Pro. Curious to know if the newest Windows 11 works with this MBP or not. Might try it myself after a while but I'm not really fond of changing EFI or use some kind of patcher on my vanilla MBP to make it work. I noticed Windows 10 21H2 is out as well, could try that one later too if I have the time.

Unless you have any information why it's best not to go for it with this challenging build.

Also having a Mac Mini 2018 i5 32GB 256GB.

 
2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 6800 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 12.2.1 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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@step, This Ice Lake 13-in MacBook Pro will be part of my Mac collection for many years to come. I have not upgraded the OS beyond Windows 10 1903 V1 on it unfortunately. Windows 11 was promising with eGPU during dev builds and Surface Laptop Studio / Pro 8 release, but I have noticed the same back-and-forth struggle with each update.

 

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best laptops for external GPU
eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2021 Gigabyte Z590i Vision D [11th,6C] + RTX 3060 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (Gigabyte Gaming Box) + Win11 [build link]  


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Not much of a Windows Updates expert, is it still possible to update the latest security patches on 1903 v1 without upgrading the entire OS version?

Also having a Mac Mini 2018 i5 32GB 256GB.

 
2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 6800 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 12.2.1 & Win10 1903 [build link]  


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Thank you very much - used your Build and everything worked like a charm. Tried all other Win Versions as well - nothing worked except 1901 v1... 

my Setup is:

2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 6800 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + macOS 12.5 & Win10 1903 v1

Mac - easy, no issues - sometime disconnect from the eGPU doesn't work due to some Software that doesn't want to close...

Win - followed your guide (thx) - only issue the CPU is the limiting factor... PUBG on 4K and Ultra - GPU 75% and CPU 100% on all 4 Cores... Going down to mid settings is better but CPU still at 100%...

 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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