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Maximum-Ad-7119
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GAMING SETUP

This is my build for gaming in bootcamp, clamshell mode.

Play on steam. Run flawlessly between Mac and Windows, without any special "treatment"

 

Disclaimer :

  1. Not ideal for AAA Game, Geek Gamer, Enthusiast Level.
  2. Suitable for Beginner, Nerd, Casual Gamer, and Low-Intermediate Level
  3. Suitable for budget vs benefit buyer
  4. Power efficiency supporter

 

 

System specs (model inc screen size, CPU, iGPU, dGPU, operating system which eGPU is being used)

2020 13" MacBook Air

Intel Core i5-1030NG7 1.10Ghz 4C/8T CPU

8GB RAM

Windows 11 22H2

macOS 13.0.1

 

Dual boot Bootcamp Windows 11 Pro installed (build November 2022) plus setup (optional) :

ANKER bluetooth keyboard
Apple Mouse 2
Speaker
Headset
PS Controller
External storage SAMSUNG SSD 980 Pro 500 GB
Magnetic cooling 

 

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

Sonnet Breakaway Puck RX 5500 XT eGPU

Samsung Curved 24 inch monitor (no speaker)

AMD Adrenaline Driver version 22 (official compatible version AMD 5500 XT)

 

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 Gaming Setup :

Minimalist Setup :

https://imgur.com/YAv61V3.mp4  

 

Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)

Step :

1. Installed Windows 11 Pro via bootcamp

2. plug in your Monitor to Sonnet Puck

3. plug in your Sonnet Puck to Thunderbolt 3 (usb C interface in MBA)

4. Turn on MBA, then press “option” until Windows show up

5. Choose windows, and install AMD Adrenaline Driver

6. Restart and login to windows 11 DONE !

 

Known Issue :

1. NO recommendation to restart from Mac to Windows, with clamshell mode (sometime error), turn off instead.

2. DO NOT HOT PLUG in Windows--> BSOD

3. Please SAFELY REMOVE all your setup including eGPU

 4. Sometime, your fan full loud, using headset instead

 

Optimize your gaming :

1. Read and do this modification to your MBA i5 before gaming setup. Trouble solver for known Issue : Thermal Throttling in MBA i5 2020

https://fcracer.com/macbook-air-2020-performance-modification/

2. My setup add MEMO magnetic cooling(BlackShark or whatever magnetic cooling) to back-cover of Macbook ( advertise for phone, but i use this to my MBA, and place your MBA in stand position)

 3. Plug in all gaming stuff to eGPU  : PS controller via controller hub, external storage (if you choose installed Steam and gaming in external Storage)

  1. After install AMD Adrenaline Driver, turn off “auto update” and choose installed game to “Gaming Mode”. Other than that, leave setting as is
  2. Implement Best Setting for Samsung Curved monitor  , change refresh rate to 72 Hz, ALWAYS use external display for max experience in eGPU

 

Tips :

 

  1. Check and Do this step to get stable Windows without autoupdate etc, choose “Laptop” configuration https://christitus.com/debloat-windows-10-2020/
  2. How to update Bootcamp Windows 10 to 11 Check This https://www.lifewire.com/windows-11-does-not-support-processor-5498994
  3. And this https://github.com/coofcookie/Windows11Upgrade
  4. Install aldente app in Mac, charge limit between 60-80 % battery in “ Intel Mode”—> Prevent battery aging in bootcamp 

 

Benchmarks (Include a CUDA-Z or AIDA64 bandwidth pic. Optional: Valley, 3dmark, noting if it's on internal/external LCD )

All test using external monitor (Samsung Curved 24 Inch)

A. 3D MARK Test in Windows 11 Pro

1. Time Spy Stress Test 3D MARK Windows

2. Fire Strike Extreme https://www.3dmark.com/fs/29046527

3. Wild Life Extreme https://www.3dmark.com/wl/247894

 

B. GeekBench 5 Test both Win 11 and MacOs Ventura With internal (intel Iris Plus) and external GPU (AMD RX 5500 XT)

 

Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)

 This setup can be used as entertainment and office setup, although i choose MacOS for this purpose. After this setup installed properly on your desk, your gaming experience drastically increased. I have installed Persona 5 Royal, DOA 5, Street Fight V, Stray etc, all play smooth like butter, even though not perfect like dedicated PC Game :). You can play at 1080p, get 30-60 fps stable frame rate, CPU load 40-60%, and most important is you still got power efficiency under 80 W load most of times, so this is enough for me. Do not hesiTATE to share your experience or better setup. Thanks. Bootcamp Bo$$.

 

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2020 13" MacBook Air [10th,4C,G] + RX 5500 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway Puck) + macOS 13.0.1 & Win11 22H2 [build link]  


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augEhfe
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I'm interested in your Time Spy Graphics score, can you run Time Spy again?

3DMark with Radeon RX 6600 XT

 

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RX 6600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Titan) + macOS 13.0 & Win10 22H2 [build link]  


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Maximum-Ad-7119
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@augehfe, hope this answer your concern.

 

2020 13" MacBook Air [10th,4C,G] + RX 5500 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway Puck) + macOS 13.0.1 & Win11 22H2 [build link]  


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