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raebyagthefirst
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System specs

  • 2019 16" MacBook Pro w/ i9-9880HK, 32GB RAM, 5500M 8GB, 1TB SSD
  • dGPU: RP5500M 4 GB
  • iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630 
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.6
  • Windows 10 Pro 2004 (Build 19041.450)

 

eGPU hardware

  • Razer Core X
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro 8 GB
  • CalDigit 0.7m passive TB3 cable
  • Two external monitors (LG 27GL83A-B and Dell UP3017) connected via DP1.2 cables

 

Hardware pictures

 

 

Installation steps

macOS:

Plug & play, no setup required

 

Windows

  1. Install Windows 10 v 2004, wait for boot camp setup to complete, install all the windows updates (it should install service pack from 08/11/2020), verify your system version to be 19041.450
  2. Run DDU (either from safe mode or not), reboot.
  3. Plug in eGPU, install April drivers from bootcampdrivers.com
  4. You should see Error 12 for eGPU card
  5. Go back to macOS and setup custom EFI as described here https://egpu.io/forums/bootcamp/macbook-pro-16-windows-egpu-error-12-fix/
  6. After I complete EFI setup, to boot I plug TB3 cable to the left upper port, turn on the machine, select windows partition (via Opt key). When I see custom EFI loading page, I then press any button. When Windows starts to boot and I see spinner, I unplug TB3 cable. After boot completed and I see welcome screen, I plug cable back to the left upper port.
  7. Ta-da! It works. I close the laptop and put it on the stand, it works even in clamshell mode.

 

 

Benchmarks

AIDA64

 

Unigine Valley (Extreme preset)

RP5500M

RX 5700 XT

 

Unigine Superposition (Extreme preset)

RP5500M

 

RX 5700 XT

 

Unigine Heaven (custom preset: OpenGL, 8xAA, FHD, Ultra Q, Tesselation Extreme)

RP 5500M

 

RX 5700 XT

 

Comments

I'm super excited about benchmark results. As for gaming, I mostly play PUBG, got a great upgrade for FPS, settings are close to ultra on QHD resolution (though first time I ran it I got BSOD).

On a side note, I first made it running on Windows 10 v 1903, then updated to the most recent version of Win. I expected replacing pci.sys, but turned out it is not necessary anymore.

 

 

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2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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I like a lot about this post...

Great write up

Great set up pics

Under desk mounting to make it as neat as possible

and PUBG!

 

The only thing its missing is what FPS you get in PUBG...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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raebyagthefirst
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@eightarmedpet, I promise to do more “testing” of PUBG and then share my findings! 

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Antony Chan
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Love the clean setup! something i can aspire to haha.

is that a thunderbolt 3 dock? any issues with it when you boot into windows? been looking at getting one, but didn't know if it even worked in bootcamp... 

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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raebyagthefirst
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@antony_chan, thanks! Smile

I use CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock, works flawlessly.

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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raebyagthefirst
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@eightarmedpet, PUBG is running on average of 90 FPS. Some areas are move heavy, like some of Vikendi parts, so sometimes there may be a drop to 60-70 FPS, but rarely. Some areas are lightweight, so FPS can go up to 110.

Here are the settings I use

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 I slightly decreased shadows quality to high as they're normally most resource heavy and effects to high too as I think they aren't super important. Also post-processing lowered to medium to avoid some stupid effects of fog/glare.

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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raebyagthefirst
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Resident Evil 2 (2019)

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Running on average of 65-75 FPS, but I haven't tested the whole game, only first 20-30 minutes of gameplay for Leon (up to the safe room with photo room under stairs).

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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@raebyagthefirst, thanks for sharing, and thats really impressive and prob about the same, if not better than what I get with my gaming PC with a Ryzen 3600 and RX5700XT.

Some chap on reddit has a high end PC build (Ryzen and 2080ti) and the top end iMac (i9 and RX5700XT) and the iMac has benched higher and matched/surpassed FPS in game (I think) so based off that single post nad this one it looks like Macs are the best option for gaming atm if you want raw performance... LoL

 

Only thing I=d question is test period - as there are known thermal throttling issues with the MacBooks. 

 

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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raebyagthefirst
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@eightarmedpet, yeah, but there's a concern that Apple is moving to their own ARM chips, deprecating Intel. And rn it seems highly unlikely they're gonna support Windows, and even if they does, I doubt gaming will be the same. Maybe rn it's the best time to buy intel-based mac to be able to boot camp for the next 4-5 years with only little issues.

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.6 & Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Harsh Bhatt
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@raebyagthefirst, unfortunately I haven't successfully been able to get my setup running. But before I delve into the details, just wanted to say thanks for this guide and your follow up replies! Also wanted to thank @itsage and @aa15032261 for their contributions and guides. And in general for this responsive community!

I've spent a ton of time over the last  few days following various build guides with no luck and reading / trying as much as I can before posting this.

I finally ended up at your guide as a last resort as your build is 99% identical to mine (only our TB3 cable differ) and also one of the most recent build guides for this combination. I've also matched your software bundle, running 10.15.6 and Win 10 v2004 with latest windows update - build 19041.450

I followed your steps to the T but ultimately Windows wouldn't pickup the eGPU after the final log on, even though the EFI loading screen enumerated all 3 GPUs (i, d, e). Everything up until step 4 was as expected and I did get the error 12.

Could it be timing I'm getting wrong? After disconnecting the eGPU after custom EFI screen, I've tried reconnected at the log in screen, then proceeding to log in as well as connecting it after logging in. No  change.

Before following your guide, I've tried the following without luck:

Really not sure what I'm doing different/wrong thats preventing my setup to work. Any help would be appreciated! I'm happy to provide logs, screenshots, pictures, etc.

Thanks!

 

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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