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2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10 [OliverB]  

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OliverB
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System specs

-MacBook Pro 15 inch 2018, i7-8850 6-core, 32GB Ram, 1TB SSD
-iGpu Intel UHD Graphics 630
-dGpu AMD Radeon Pro 560X
-External Monitor Samsung 2560x1440
-Mac OSX 10.13.6
-Windows 10 Build 1803 Bootcamp

 

eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)

Aorus Gaming Box, nVidia Geforce GTX 1080

Hardware pictures

AorusGamingBoxGTX1080

Because of USB-Ports and sufficient Power-Supply over TB3 just one cable is necessary. Others boxes don't provide this, lacking either power or ports. (There is another notebook on the table in case you wonder).

Installation steps

Windows:
1) Install Windows 10 Build 1803 on Bootcamp
2) Boot into Repair Mode (like interrupting the boot process two or three times)
3) Select "Safe Mode with Network".
4) Uninstall anything you find unter "Display Adapters" -> Windows will install its nasty "Basic Device Adapter"
5) Shutdown
6) Plugin eGPU
7) Start Once -> Windows recognise some second "alien" graphic device
8) Reboot => Windows installs nVidia driver. Anything runs smoothly.
9) (Optional) => install latest nVidia drivers for best performance.
(see https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/macbookpro-2018-15-with-egpu-it-is-much-easier-than-you-all-think/)

MacOSX:
Used https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/automate-egpu-efi-egpu-boot-manager-for-macos-and-windows/

You *must* switch off the automatic GPU switching because of the dGPU, if not your system will be unstable. I guess this problem is typical for MBP 15 inch. I first tried those large scripts, but didn't solve the problem. With goalque's solution it's quite easy and you don't have to compromise the System integrity.

All in all the installation was much easier than anticipated, especially for bootcamp.

Benchmarks

Tomb Raider 2013 High: 190,0
Tomb Raider 2013 Ultimate: 112,4
Tomb Raider 2013 Par/W3.18: 96,1
Rise of TR 2015 2560x1140 High: 82,1
Rise of TR 2015 2560x1140 Ultime: 81,7

Wine3.17Stg:
3dMark06: 19247 ( 8520, 8265, 5243)  (this may be invalid because of another process running)

Paralls13 Win10-6 Core:
3dMark06: 25623 ( 9874, 12605, 6836) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059192
3dMarkVantage08 21819 (21017, 24637)

Win 10:
3dMark06 36537 (13654, 17940, 10263) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059108
3dMarkVantage08 50571 (58455, 36371) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29798170
3dMarkFireStrke 14164 (18085, 11013, 6449)
3dMarkTimeSpy 6300 ( 6744, 4589) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29782860

U.Valley Extreme HD: 3990
U.Heaven High: 2494
U.Heaven High Wine3.18: 1665
U.Heaven High Mac: 1939

GfxMetal Aztech offscr: 9691(150.7)
GfxMetal Aztech extern: 3855(59.95)
GfxMetal Aztech intern: 2357(36.66)

(Screenshots see https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/macbookpro-2018-15-with-egpu-it-is-much-easier-than-you-all-think/)

Comments
The Gaming Box is very small but powerful. Only Problem: It's quite loud. It's not only load when under load, but when idling as well. That's the only big issue with it:
46.2-53.8 dBA

Pros:
-Small size
-Great performance
-Full Power Supply for MacBook Pro
-Good price
-USB-Ports
-integrated Power-Adapter
-It comes in a nice bag 🙂

Cons:
-Noisy
-It's not possible to change the GPU
-No On/Off Switch

 
This topic was modified 5 months ago

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jangoloti
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I managed to restart in Safe Mode following MS procedure, yours did not work:
Safe Mode
However I cannot find the Graphic Device section you mention, only a Generic PnP device I cannot remove, with setup incomplete.
Can you help?
EDIT: I found and removed it in Device Manager. Now it is the step 7 that does not work, the boot hangs up because the eGPU is plugged. I have to boot without it and then the pesky Basic Device Adapter is installed again.

Mac Mini 2012 and 2018 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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OliverB
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Posted by: jangoloti

I managed to restart in Safe Mode following MS procedure, yours did not work:
Safe Mode
However I cannot find the Graphic Device section you mention, only a Generic PnP device I cannot remove, with setup incomplete.
Can you help?
EDIT: I found and removed it in Device Manager. Now it is the step 7 that does not work, the boot hangs up because the eGPU is plugged. I have to boot without it and then the pesky Basic Device Adapter is installed again.

From your signature I read you have the 15-inch MBP 2016? Is this correct? If you you may have to hot-plug the eGPU, I can't really tell.
One "feature" of the 2018 MPB 15" is the fact that you can boot with the eGPU plugged in. This is not true for other models.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jangoloti
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Posted by: OliverB

From your signature I read you have the 15-inch MBP 2016? Is this correct? If you you may have to hot-plug the eGPU, I can't really tell.
One "feature" of the 2018 MPB 15" is the fact that you can boot with the eGPU plugged in. This is not true for other models.

Yes that is correct.
I have tried everything, hot-plugging included. Since the beginning, however, having the eGPU plugged while booting would hung the system.
I think I will try to flash the firmware tomorrow with a colleague’s HP Elitebook X2. Should that work? Are TB3 controllers easily recognised in Windows?

Mac Mini 2012 and 2018 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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OliverB
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Those who have a 13-inch 2015 share the same fate: It's not possible to boot having the eGPU plugged. The hot-plugging during boot is quite difficult, a matter of timing. Of course, if just want to use it for MacOSX, an Radeon eGPU could be a solution. Those work with TB3-MBP without any trouble.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jangoloti
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I just need to flash the firmware, I will probably use Bootcamp very little. On top of that I will be buying soon a Mac Mini 2018, for which I really bought the eGPU.

Mac Mini 2012 and 2018 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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What do you mean with "Graphic Device"? There is no such entry in the Device Manger of Windows 10.

MBP 2018 (i9 2.9 GHz, 32 GB, Radeon Pro 560X), Mojave / Windows 10, Razer Core X with Nvidia RTX 2080


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OK, I think "Graphic Devices" means "Display Adapters". So it works so far for me,

BUT:

With the next start, Windows says, the system is damaged and has to be repaired (screen with the 🙁 icon). Afterwards, the Nvidia card (eGPU) is yellow marked in the Device Manager and the properties window shows error 43.

This can be solved by uninstalling the eGPU device, let the manager look for new hardware, let windows install a new driver and restart.

Goto "BUT"

So in the end, it's an infinite loop of uninstalling and reinstalling the display drivers for the eGPU.

Are there any ideas how to break this loop? Thanks.

MBP 2018 (i9 2.9 GHz, 32 GB, Radeon Pro 560X), Mojave / Windows 10, Razer Core X with Nvidia RTX 2080


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mac_editor
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@oliverb the GPU and fans in the Aorus Boxes can be replaced. There’s a thread about this on the forum. Should help with noise.

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2018 MacBook Pro 15" RP560X + RX 5700 XT (Mantiz Venus)


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@oliverb. Confirming that GPU in the Aorus can be replaced. I swapped in a 1080 and put the 1070 in a mini-ITX build I’m working on.

2016 Macbook Pro TB Radeon 460 | Aorus 1070 | High Sierra 10.13.6 | Bootcamp Windows 1803


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OliverB
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@mac_editor, @casualslyce, thank you for your feedback. It's important to know that this is possible.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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