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2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + GT 310 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10 [OliverB]  

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OliverB
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System specs

-MacBook Pro 15 inch 2018, i7-8850 6-core, 32GB Ram, 1TB SSD
-iGpu Intel UHD Graphics 630
-dGpu AMD Radeon Pro 560X
-External Monitor Samsung 2560x1440
-Mac OSX 10.13.6
-Windows 10 Build 1803 Bootcamp

 

eGPU hardware

Asus XG Station Pro

Nvidia Geforce 310 (GT218)


Hardware pictures

HardWare

It's a small gpu with a small, yet loud fan.


Installation steps

MacOSX:

Booting with @goalgque EFI-Loader that eGPU is immediately recognied by the system:

DisplayMacOSX

Unfortunately without the correct driver the external display stayed black. It's not possible to install the on High Sierra:

nVidiaWebDriverNotCompatible

which means, there was no way to get it running on MacOSX.

Windows:
Typically for nVidia cards the Windows installation can be successfull. Just boot into Bootcamp, hotplug the eGPU during the loading and find "Microsoft Display Adapter" under Device Manager. Install the correct nVidia drivers, reboot and everything is working fine:

DeviceManager

After the installation of the driver the hotplugging is only necessary if you want to have your internal display with the Radeon Pro 560X working.

 

Benchmarks

 

  dGPU dGPU -> eGPU  eGPU
Unigine Heaven
Preset Extreme
900p
Heaven Extreme RP560X

Heaven Extreme RP560X externalThroughGeforce310

Heaven Extreme Geforce310

Tomb Raider 2013
Preset Low
720p
TR2013 720pLow RadeonRP560X

TR2013 720pLow RadeonRP560X externalThroughGeforce310

TR2013 720pLow Geforce310

Luxmark 3.1
Ball
LuxMarkdGPU

LuxMarkdGPUdGPU Geforce310

LuxMarkeGPU Geforce310


The middle column contains the benchmarks of a kind of "collaboration" between the dGPU and eGPU. For Heaven and Tombraider this means streaming the pictures though the eGPU onto the external monitor. For Luxmark, it's a classic combining.

Comments

I am planning to elaborate more, only brief for now: This is a test if the system works with low performance gpus, too and how it behaves. There have been some very interesting aspects, e.g. it's possible to accelerate

-  from dGPU to the external monitor through the eGPU

This is exactly vice versa than to accelerate

- from eGOU to the internal monitor though the dGPU/iGPU.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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