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2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1909 [khaliq]  

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khaliq
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I hope everyone is doing well here! Just wanted to share my second build with everyone here. I found this build much easier than my last: the new 2019 MacBook Pro's have made it dead simple to get started.

 

System specs:

2019 16" MacBook Pro

i9-9980H

Radeon Pro 5500M dGPU/32GB RAM/2TB SSD

 

eGPU hardware

Razer Core X + RTX 2080 Super + Included 0.5m Thunderbolt 3 Cable

 

Hardware pictures

(don't have enough post history yet to post pictures, but I'll come back and post it!)

 

Installation steps

I had a breeze this time around, here's what I did:

  • Install Windows 10 through Bootcamp Assistant [MacOS]
    • The latest copy, build 1909 works fine
  • Continue to install all Bootcamp drivers [Win]
  • Restart computer and wait for Windows to fully boot (desktop loaded) and plug in the eGPU [Win]
  • Download official Nvidia drivers  [Win]
  • After this point, I was ready to go. No yellow-banged icons and GPU acceleration right of the box. Honestly did not expect it to work "plug and play"

Boot instructions:

Follow the steps below every time you'd like to use the eGPU in Windows.

  •  Just boot to Windows desktop and plug in the eGPU [Win]

 

Benchmarks 

(I'll upload pictures as soon as my post history is above 5)

CUDA-Z Report (internal display)

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CUDA-Z Report
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Version: 0.10.251 64 bit http://cuda-z.sf.net/
OS Version: Windows x86 6.2.9200
Driver Version: 432.00
Driver Dll Version: 10.10 (26.21.14.3200)
Runtime Dll Version: 6.50
Core Information
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 Name: GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
 Compute Capability: 7.5
 Clock Rate: 1830 MHz
 PCI Location: 0:129:0
 Multiprocessors: 48
 Threads Per Multiproc.: 1024
 Warp Size: 32
 Regs Per Block: 65536
 Threads Per Block: 1024
 Threads Dimensions: 1024 x 1024 x 64
 Grid Dimensions: 2147483647 x 65535 x 65535
 Watchdog Enabled: Yes
 Integrated GPU: No
 Concurrent Kernels: Yes
 Compute Mode: Default
 Stream Priorities: Yes
Memory Information
------------------
 Total Global: 8192 MiB
 Bus Width: 256 bits
 Clock Rate: 7751 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: 2079.01 MiB/s
 Host Pageable to Device: 1800.38 MiB/s
 Device to Host Pinned: 2500.54 MiB/s
 Device to Host Pageable: 2150.43 MiB/s
 Device to Device: 169.043 GiB/s
GPU Core Performance
 Single-precision Float: 12.0323 Tflop/s
 Double-precision Float: 388.524 Gflop/s
 64-bit Integer: 2660.09 Giop/s
 32-bit Integer: 11.7983 Tiop/s
 24-bit Integer: 11.5779 Tiop/s
Generated: Mon Mar 09 17:49:50 2020
 

 

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Compared to my previous computer with a 6th generation i7, the new 9th generation i9 processor really allows the 2080 super to shine. I've had a great experience playing CPU heavy games such as Boneworks, which my previous device could not handle.

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1909 [build link]  

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itsage
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@khaliq, Thank you for sharing this excellent build! I see you like the first model year of a new product line :-D. Most of the time you end up with something like the 2016 15-in MacBook Pro which takes a tremendous effort to set up an eGPU. The 2019 16-in MacBook Pro has so far been a much better product. 

 

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khaliq
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@itsage, Yeah I guess I like shiny new things, even if it’s to my detriment! But honestly, this device is a significant upgrade from the 2016, the processor is easily twice as fast on general tasks, and with the improved cooling I’m constantly getting turbo boost without any thermal throttling.

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the setup was with the 2019.

Now for internal display acceleration I think you need to tinker around a little bit, but nothing as complicated as the 2016.

I’ll post some more info once I’ve tried some games with the internal display!

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1909 [build link]  

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Jake Castro
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So do you have to boot into Windows and then plug in the eGPU? Or can you cold plug?

Also, any idea how this setup would behave on MacOS?

 

Thanks Smile

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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nahtnam
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Posted by: @jake_castro

So do you have to boot into Windows and then plug in the eGPU? Or can you cold plug?

Also, any idea how this setup would behave on MacOS?

 

Thanks Smile

Same here, I am interested in knowing how this works in macos and if cold booting to macos and windows works

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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itsage
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@nahtnam, You'd need an EFI boot loader in order to cold boot and keep the dGPU functional in Windows. I'd recommend the modified apple_set_os v0.5 which works great on T2 Security Chip Macs.

 

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alexxxst
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@khaliq, could you please check do you have working bluetooth in windows? Mine just disappears from device list at all. Also eGPU and iGPU works great without any mumbo-jumbo.

 

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khaliq
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@alexxxst, My Bluetooth is working fine. If you have issues, try disabling it in device manager before your last shutdown and then enabling it once you got back up. 

I had some issues with it disappearing in the beginning, but have not had issues since disabling/enabling it in device manager once. 

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RTX 2080 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 1909 [build link]  

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Ningauble77
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I've not had any issues with Bluetooth recently either.  Hot plugging as soon as I get to the windows desktop seemed to help avoid issues, but now I think maybe a windows update may have made this work properly even if I don't.

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alexxxst
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@khaliq, heh, hot plug helped. Everything works!

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