2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RTX 2070 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [coldfuser]
System specs (model inc screen size, CPU, iGPU, dGPU, operating system which eGPU is being used)
2019 Macbook Pro 16-inch
eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)
TBD, desk is not photo friendly
Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
First off, the computer will not boot if plugged in. This is quite annoying. I found that if you set windows as the default OS, it will boot to Windows then hang before login. Unplugging the eGPU has resolved most issues with booting. Be sure to have it unplugged before booting OS X.
Bootcamp install went well to install AMD drivers in Windows. I plugged in the Nvidia card and it prompted a series of dialogues for what looked like mobile nvidia drivers, these did not work. Go to Nvidia and download the desktop drivers and uninstall the drivers that Windows attempted to auto-install for you.
The experience in Windows is a far cry from the excellent experience in OS X. I thought this was an issue with the quality of touchpads on Windows laptops, but it appears that Windows has not yet figured out touchpads. Performance has been great. Will update with benchmarks, but want to save the post before I fat finger another Windows key shortcut.
Random USB-C cable (Worked with 4k monitor on TB3 Dock, severely impacted memory read speed)
Caldigit 0.5m passive cable
Chained eGPU through Caldigit Dock. The differences are within margin of error, feel free to chain a TB3 dock with your eGPU
Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)
The new cooling fans for 16inch are great. They are also much louder than the 2019 15inch.
I’m consider a 2070 Super eGPU setup for my 16” MBP as well. I don’t really game much but the AMD GPU is really limiting my choices for 3D renderers and plugins. I’ll be out of the country for a couple of months so I may wait until I get back in case the 3070 is released.
I’m curious as to how much the Thunderbolt 3 interface (output going to external monitor) impedes performance vs internal PCI-E. Any thoughts?