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2019 15" MacBook Pro (RP555X) [9th,6C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1903 [Othyn] // Vive VR  

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Othyn
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System Specs

  • 2019 15" MacBook Pro
    • Intel Core i7 9750H 6C/12T @ 2.6GHz (Turbo 4.5GHz)
    • Intel UHD Graphics 630 1.5GB
    • Radeon Pro 555X 4GB
    • 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    • 1TB Apple SSD AP1024M
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.1 (19B88)
  • Windows 10 Education 1903 18362.356 (Education sits between Enterprise and Pro)
  • HTC Vive

eGPU Hardware

Everything kept stock. I parted off and sold my old i7 6850K custom build (sad times) and U3415W as I no longer required it, keeping only the SSD's for external enclosures/home lab servers and the GPU with the intention of pairing it up with my 2014 15" MBP over TB2. I should point out I loved playing with my Vive on that machine. That was a year ago, and a lot happened imbetween to slow my plans. I have since got a new 2019 15" MBP (the one listed) and decided its time to pull the trigger and get the 980Ti roaring back into life for a VR session with my Vive once again.


Hardware Pictures

Razer Core X GTX 980 Ti Installation

 

Laptop Setup (Temporary) VR Setup


Installation

So, as I was using an NVIDIA card with Catalina, macOS is out of the window. Thanks for that, corporate greed.

Strangely enough, this was a breeze with Windows though. I was setting myself up for all sorts of things reading on here, but it was all plug and play.

  • Setup the Razer Core X with the GTX 980Ti, which was a doddle if you've ever worked with computers before or not.
  • Then setup bootcamp, letting it do its thing and installing. Adding it to the local AD that I run with the home lab (a little HP G8 Micro) using my old desktops Edu key.
  • Once in bootcamp with everything setup how I like it, thank you Ninite as always, I plugged in the Razer Core X and installed the NVIDIA drivers, reboot.
  • Done! Everything just worked, using an accelerated internal display, as I sold my U3415W (again, sad times).

I was quite suprised. Beyond setting games to run on the 'High Power' GPU under windows Graphics Settings for Classic Apps, it was completely plug and play.

One thing of note, the eGPU HAS to be plugged in after the windows boot screen has passed, otherwise its infinite black screens for you!

The only game I am having trouble with is Minecraft. There was a post on Jira that I would love to reference, but I cannot for the life of me find it again. It states that Minecraft will only ever run on GPU 0 and its a known bug, although little has been done to fix it. And, as I don't have an external monitor, I cannot access the NVIDIA control panel to enable the context menu for forcing it to run on the NVIDIA GPU. No amount of setting the java binaries within the minecraft folder under Windows Graphics Settings will make it run on the eGPU.

All other games are working fine, plethora of normal games; CS:GO, Cube World, Factorio, etc. VR Games; Beatsabre, Audioshield, VR Home, etc.


Benchmarks

Apologies for the non-screenshots.

Before After

 

Configuration Setting the correct GPU Trying native resolution

Comments

Overall a seemless and good experience. Allows me to game and play VR just like my old custom build, in a much smaller, more cost effective and enjoyable format. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to do something similar!

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2019 15" MacBook Pro (RP555X) [9th,6C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1903 [build link]  

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@othyn Welcome aboard and excellent build guide! Nvidia cards typically have a much easier setup in Boot Camp. 

 

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@othyn

Updated title of build to remove macOS since eGPU cannot be set up with that version (could confuse others when searching for builds in the table, since this is added automatically).

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@othyn

Hi othyn, looks like we have a similar setup. Do you ever have trouble getting Windows to recognize the eGPU? Have you ever gotten the "Error 43" in device manager, or had bluetooth deactivate itself?

I'm trying to run an RTX 2060 Super through my Razer Core X. If you have any insight on these issues, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Laptop:
MacBook Pro 15" 2019; Processor: 2.4 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9; Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4; iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB; dGPU: Radeon Pro Vega 20

OS:
macOS Catalina 10.15.1; Windows 10 Home1909 (BootCamp)

eGPU:
Razer Core X; Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super; Nekteck Active Thunderbolt 3 cable

VR:
Oculus Quest with Oculus Link (Beta)


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Posted by: @thismachinewill

@othyn

Hi othyn, looks like we have a similar setup. Do you ever have trouble getting Windows to recognize the eGPU? Have you ever gotten the "Error 43" in device manager, or had bluetooth deactivate itself?

I'm trying to run an RTX 2060 Super through my Razer Core X. If you have any insight on these issues, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Unfortunately I've not experienced any of those issues!

I did have a fair few issues getting the Vive to run consistently, which I ended up solving by just doing a new fresh install of 1909 (which had just been released that day) and getting a small fake-display adaptor to stick in the display port. Things still aren't 100%, but it works more often than not! Although I only use the internal display, so your experience may vary.

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Posted by: @othyn
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@othyn

Hi othyn, looks like we have a similar setup. Do you ever have trouble getting Windows to recognize the eGPU? Have you ever gotten the "Error 43" in device manager, or had bluetooth deactivate itself?

I'm trying to run an RTX 2060 Super through my Razer Core X. If you have any insight on these issues, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Unfortunately I've not experienced any of those issues!

I did have a fair few issues getting the Vive to run consistently, which I ended up solving by just doing a new fresh install of 1909 (which had just been released that day) and getting a small fake-display adaptor to stick in the display port. Things still aren't 100%, but it works more often than not! Although I only use the internal display, so your experience may vary.

Interesting. Thanks for the response.  Just a couple more questions if you don't mind: Do you still have updates turned on for Windows? Also, is there a particular TB3 port you use to connect the eGPU?  Lastly, do you still experience the infinite black screen when booting up the MPB with the Core connected and powered on? I ask this because I see the same behavior in my setup, however I've had people tell me that they always have the Core connected and powered on when they start up their MPB.

Thanks again!

Laptop:
MacBook Pro 15" 2019; Processor: 2.4 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9; Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4; iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB; dGPU: Radeon Pro Vega 20

OS:
macOS Catalina 10.15.1; Windows 10 Home1909 (BootCamp)

eGPU:
Razer Core X; Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super; Nekteck Active Thunderbolt 3 cable

VR:
Oculus Quest with Oculus Link (Beta)


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Not at all! Here goes:

Do you still have updates turned on for Windows?

Yes. I know people have recommended not to leave them on, but I'm yet to have noticable issues.

Also, is there a particular TB3 port you use to connect the eGPU?

I have noticed that there actually seems to be an impact with this one. External drives ONLY work if they are plugged in on the right hand side 2 ports. The eGPU I've noticed works better if its also plugged in on the right hand side 2 ports. I usually go with top right.

Lastly, do you still experience the infinite black screen when booting up the MPB with the Core connected and powered on? I ask this because I see the same behavior in my setup, however I've had people tell me that they always have the Core connected and powered on when they start up their MPB.

Yeah, I have to leave it unplugged, otherwise it black screens. Although oddly, I've always heard the opposite. From what I read, the blackscreen is usual behaviour and you have to leave it unplugged, and plugin it in at the earliest of the Windows login screen. Although for me, this causes tremendous slow downs. So I wait until fully booted and logged in, then hotplug the GPU in. That seems to work best for me!

No problem!

Enjoyed some Halo Reach and AoE DE last night at 2880 x 1800 at a solid 60FPS, ooooooooo, good to be back!

2019 15" MacBook Pro (RP555X) [9th,6C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1903 [build link]  

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