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2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega16) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Gaming Station) + macOS 10.15.3 & Win10 [daddddy]  

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daddddy
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Thanks to this whole community I finally decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Was worried about the recent AMD driver issues on boot camp but with the new Win10 insider previews there wasn't any issues!

 

System Specs:

2019 15" i9, 32GB Ram, Vega 16

 

eGPU Setup:

PowerColor Gaming Station + Sapphire RX 5700 XT Nitro+

I waited till I was able to get this open box / used and got lucky and was able to snag both at MicroCenter for $570. Was worried that it might not fit but was surprised at how easy it was to put it together, setup took maybe 10-15 minutes!


Installation / Setup on OS X:

Could NOT be any easier. Put the card into the box, plug in the box, connect monitor to card, connect laptop to box - boom, done!

Immediately recognized the card / monitor and I was off!


Installation / Setup on Bootcamp Win10:

I was really worried that I'd be in a world of hurting' trying to get this going and boy was I right.

Plugged in, booted into Windows, didn't recognize anything and external monitor wouldn't work.

Followed the DDU guides, installed the news Red drivers from bootcampdrivers, nada.

Restarted a bunch, tried to cold / hot plug, nada. Just got Error 12 every time.

Looked at the forums again and saw this thread by @nicholasdc that claimed that new Windows Insider Previews on the Fast Ring solve all issues. So I tried that and ... mid update install Windows all of a sudden recognized the eGPU and external monitor started working.

After restarted Windows 10 worked without any issues, I didn't reinstall the drivers or ran DDU again, everything just worked out the box!

I can now boot into Windows 10 and the eGPU / card just works, plug in play a la OS X. Phew!


OS X Unigine Valley with Vega 16: 

 

OS X Unigine Valley with RX 5700 XT:

 


Windows Unigine Valley with RX 5700XT:

 

Gaming (with the Default / Non OC settings):

Mainly a FPS gamer so you'll see more of it here, if you'd like some stats on a game let me know Smile

Dota 2: I've mainly tested it in Dota2 at 3440x1440. On Mac max all settings (only thing off is VSYNC) I am able to run it at 80-90 FPS, on Windows I have it pegged at 140-150FPS constant at 3440x1440.

Escape From Tarkov: Played a few hours of Escape From Tarkov at 3440x1440 on Medium and didn't see any noticeable drops below 60 FPS. FPS was mainly in the 70-90 range. Very happy with the performance there and the game looks great! If I had a 1080p gaming monitor I'm sure it would perform much better. Extremely playable.

Divinity: Original Sin 2: Everything on Ultra at 3440x1440, no issues on OS X.

Deep Rock Galactic: Windows, 3440x1440 on Ultra. Stays at 100-120 FPS (I have it capped at 120fps I believe), but had some rare drops as to as low as 50 FPS. Extremely playable at high graphics / high res.

 

 

Thanks to everybody on this board for putting together the info! If anybody is interested in any other specific tests, let me know.

 

2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega16) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Gaming Station) + macOS 10.15.3 & Win10 [build link]  

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stoffer88
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Hey man! thank you for this update! thanks to you I will try with the same setup. Can you talk more about Windows Insider and it's core function of helping you with this? 

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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daddddy
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Posted by: @stoffer88

Hey man! thank you for this update! thanks to you I will try with the same setup. Can you talk more about Windows Insider and it's core function of helping you with this? 

 

Couldn't get the eGPU to work on Windows 10 because of 'Error 12'. It would recognize it but wouldn't let me use it.

 

Enabled Window Insider to try to the beta builds as someone mentioned Microsoft has fixed the eGPU / AMD issue, and voila, everything worked without any other adjustments. I haven't had any hiccups so far in Windows with it, and have played at least 5-6 hours without any issues. Very happy with the eGPU so far.

2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega16) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Gaming Station) + macOS 10.15.3 & Win10 [build link]  

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steek
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So, it's more complicated than that. I have really similar setup: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-15-macbook-pro-vega-16-9th8ch-rx-5700-tx-32gbps-tb3-razer-core-x-macos-10-15-3-win10-19551-1005-latest-fast-ring-win-10/#post-80581

Whatever is fixed in Fast ring didn't make it to Win 10 2004 release, so don't waste your time, like I did, trying to move back. Absolutely no idea what's different with Fast ring. I even tried fresh 2004 build release setup, no fixes, only Bootcamp driver and it didn't work, only switching to Insider Fast does

2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega16) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.3 & Win10 19551 [build link]  

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