2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ADT-Link R43SG * M.2-TB3) + macOS 10.15.1 & Win10 1903
Thanks @itsage I did also skim over your other build, but have just had a better read through it. I think I will get the R43SG in the current sales, has it held up well? any issues? I currently have a Thunderbolt 2 eGPU build, but the faster connection speed of this adapter would be nice.
A couple other questions if you don't mind, what length of cable did you get? I'm considering the 50cm one (if that doesn't cause issues?). I did think of using a R44SF extension cable to make the installation easier, but have now read it mentioned that causes problems.
I also I like the idea of running the Apple SSD in an external case like you have done, but don't see many around that are compatible (just learning Apple uses their own connection type). Does this one look like it would work in the 2014 Macbook Pro? AliExpress Generic Apple SSD Enclosure (sorry about the link but I don't see this kind anywhere else). I could also grab it in this weekends sales.
@pixxelpusher, I got a trebleet after seeing reviews by maxtech on YouTube . It is a thunderbolt exposure so very fast. It works fine great speeds. https://www.amazon.com/Thunderbolt-Enclosure-Thunderbolt3-NVME-Drive/dp/B07N67P39W/
A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1068NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, Samsung 49 1440p UltraWide C49RG
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295
@pixxelpusher, I have the 50cm cable version. It's been working great. As long as you don't force a bottom cover or any mounting tabs on top of the cable, there shouldn't be any issues. USB SSD enclosure is the most affordable solution to relocate the hard drive. There's one Thunderbolt 2 enclosure but it's rather expensive at $250+.
@itsage, That's great to hear! Think I'm about to pull the trigger today. I was thinking about that and think when I do the install I might put a thin bit of foam around the cable where it touches the MacBook Pro's cover to keep it protected.
Yes Thunderbolt 2 enclosure is out of the picture sadly. I'm trying to keep this build as cheap as possible as it's an end of life mac for me, looking to buy a new one by the end of next year. I have been looking at more USB enclosures and think this one may actually be better as it's USB 3.1 type C so might be faster than the other one I posted as that was listed as just 3.0 Generic USB 3.1 Apple SSD Enclosure I'm really not familiar with the Apple SSD connector versions so hoping the specs on it are correct for the 2014 MBP? The description of it seems to sound like it will work
@itsage, Have already purchased so will see how I go with it all when it all arrives, fingers crossed it all works. Thanks for the tips and I'll be following your builds so may have more questions at a later date. I'll try and post a build too when I get it all together.
I have looked at the T5's before but I just don't think I'd see any performance over a 2.5" SSD in a SATA to USB case on the 2014 MBP, the usb ports are pretty limiting and always going to bottleneck so would probably see <400mbps speeds. I have a few Samsung EVO SSD's laying around that get those kind of speeds externally so I could use one of them if I really needed. I was just hoping to use the Mac drive for now to make things simpler as I currently have Boot Camp already working on it and it would be easy to just boot to it external when using the eGPU and then put it back internal afterwards. Only really looking to use it for some gaming and VR when I have time on the weekends, so it should hopefully be good enough for that.
So I finally decided to purchase the kit for the DIY eGPU for my MBP.
Will it be a good idea to get the model by ORICO? Will the saving be worth it, or the WAVLINK is a better choice to go with?
@style, the Orico should work. It uses Alpine Ridge and is not backward compatible with USB-C so you don't have to worry about it trying to use the GPU as an NVMe device (I don't know if that problem exists - I expect a Titan Ridge device that could use an NVMe with USB-C won't do anything with a GPU and that the GPU should work when connected as Thunderbolt).