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2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RTX 2060 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [adonalsium]  

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(@adonalsium)
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Hey everyone! Really excited to be able to post a working build. I hope it helps some people! 🙂
macOS 10.14.6 is loaded but cannot drive the eGPU as Apple-Nvidia have no RTX Nvidia drivers.

 

System Specs:

  1. Late 2018 Mac mini – i5-8500B/UHD Graphics 630 iGPU/20GB RAM/128GB SSD
  2. Philips 246E (Screen: 23.6in., Native resolution: 1920x1080, Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Refresh Rate: 60Hz, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub (VGA), 3.5mm output jack)

OS: (bootcamp) Windows 10 Home - version 1809, build 17763.864

eGPU Hardware: Razer Core X + MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Super Ventus OC. I use the TB3 cable included with the RCX.

Images:

  1. My setup

  2. Display Adapter Screenshot: https://imgur.com/a/iiWEZHK
  3. NVIDIA Control Panel Screenshot: https://imgur.com/a/4NzRN14

Installation:

  1. eGPU + GeForce 2060 Super Ventus OC plugged into power strip, but power switch set to off, TB3 cable plugged into eGPU but unplugged from far left TB3 port on Mac Mini
  2. Mac Mini is off, connected to monitor via HDMI.
  3. Power on Mac Mini, boot to Win10.
  4. Once logged in, turn on eGPU power switch.
  5. Plug TB3 cable into far left TB3 port.
  6. eGPU fans come on strong then back off.
  7. Some drivers install. Go to device manager to ensure eGPU is recognized under Display Adapters.
  8. Download/run NVIDIA GeForce Experience and NVIDIA Control Panel, download latest drivers.

Benchmark:

Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0

  • FPS: 79.7
  • Score: 3333
  • Min. FPS: 23.8
  • Max FPS: 155.7
  • Settings:
    • Render: Direct3D11
    • Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen
    • Preset: Extreme HD

Unigine Superposition Benchmark 1 - High

Unigine Superposition Benchmark 2 - Medium

 

  • CUDA-Z
     

    • Memory Information
      Total Global 8192 MiB
      Bus Width 256 bits
      Clock Rate 7001 MHz
      Error Correction No
      L2 Cache Size 48 KiB
      Shared Per Block 48 KiB
      Pitch 2048 MiB
      Total Constant 64 KiB
      Texture Alignment 512 B
      Texture 1D Size 131072
      Texture 2D Size 131072 x 65536
      Texture 3D Size 16384 x 16384 x 16384
      GPU Overlap Yes
      Map Host Memory Yes
      Unified Addressing Yes
      Async Engine No
    • Performance Information
      Memory Copy
      Host Pinned to Device 2194.86 MiB/s
      Host Pageable to Device 1714.74 MiB/s
      Device to Host Pinned 2719.19 MiB/s
      Device to Host Pageable 2105.47 MiB/s
      Device to Device 167.542 GiB/s
      GPU Core Performance
      Single-precision Float 7825.3 Gflop/s
      Double-precision Float 266.628 Gflop/s
      64-bit Integer 2022.57 Giop/s
      32-bit Integer 7865.06 Giop/s
      24-bit Integer 7634.73 Giop/s

Metro Exodus Benchmarks

Comments:

I am blown away by what the eGPU has brought to gaming. I appear to be fortunate that things worked seemingly "out of the box".

I'll say that what I have to do each time I shut down the Mac Mini and reboot into Win10 is:

  • completely unplug the eGPU from the Mac Mini,
  • make sure the power switch is off,
  • make sure the HDMI cable is connected to the Mac Mini.
  • I then log in to Win10,
  • turn the eGPU power switch on,
  • then plug the TB3 into the far left TB3 port on the Mac Mini

This seems to work consistently. Thanks for letting me post this build, I really hope it comes in handy for people! 

 

 

This topic was modified 2 weeks ago

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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Great to hear about things working simply, guess with all the talk about AND recently people have kinda forgot Nvidia cards are often way easier to set up in windows. 
I hoped Navi cards would be similar but that doesn’t appear to be true. 
wouls be great to see some gaming benchmarks. 

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(@adonalsium)
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@eightarmedpet

Hey there! Yep, I'm really pleased. It's shame to hear about the Navi cards :/

I'd be happy to get some gaming benchmarks. I'll try to do it before Thanksgiving! 

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


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(@adonalsium)
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@eightarmedpet

Metro Exodus benchmarks have been added! I'm new to this entire scene, so let me know if more info would be helpful. 

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


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Markus2801A
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Posted by: @eightarmedpet

I hoped Navi cards would be similar but that doesn’t appear to be true. 

Unfortunately that's true! I tried to setup Sapphire Nitro+ 5700XT with Razer Core X under Bootcamp on my mac mini, but had no luck!

Mac mini (2018) 3,2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
LG Electronics 32UD89-W
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT
Razor Core X


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