2013 15" MacBook Pro (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + Radeon VII @ 10Gbps-TB1 (Razer Core X...
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2013 15" MacBook Pro (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + Radeon VII @ 10Gbps-TB1 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.2 [Adrian L] // LG 27UK850 @ 3840x2160/60Hz  


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System specs

Macbook Pro (15-inch Retina Early 2013), Intel HD Graphics 4000 iGPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650m dGPU, macOS Catalina 10.15.2


eGPU hardware

Razer Core X, ASUS AMD Radeon VII, TB 2 Cable + TB3-TB2 Adapter


Hardware pictures

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Installation steps

Install the followings:





Benchmarks (Connected to LG 27UK850 and running @ 3840x2160/60Hz)

Shadows of the Tomb Raider @ 4k settings 44-50fps

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Geekbench 5.0.4 OpenCL Score

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Geekbench 5.0.4 Metal Score

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For production software, if you use Sketch to open a file with hundreds of screens and use FCPX to render 4k/8k from raw footage (The built-in 650m can handle compressed 4k footage very well) then you will notice different with the eGPU

For gaming, playing AAA title in any resolution on such an old MBP with macOS was not possible but I did not want to spend ridiculous amount of money to purchase a new MBP with such a low spec. The new 2019 16 inches MBP based model has the same amount of ram and smaller SSD compare to my early 2013 15 inches MBP... the only difference is the new GPU which still can't play AAA title in 4k but only 1080p in 2019! So I decided to get an eGPU instead. The Radeon VII (ASUS) seems a better choice compare to the 5700XT because it's not only better support in macOS driver but AMD ROCm supports Radeon VII for machine learnings (not 5700XT)! 

The only issue that I have encountered is the TB1 port needs to be unplugged and plug a few times in order to get the external monitor working every time I restart my mac. 

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MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) + Razer Core X w/ ASUS AMD Radeon VII

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Hi Adrian.

I have a similar configuration like yours. I connected a RX 5700 graphics card inside a Razer Core X to use it with a MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2013 NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M dGPU which has macOS Catalina 10.15.2 installed.

I only just connected the eGPU to my Thunderbolt 2 port but only the Razer Core X fan is spinning, not the ones from the graphics card. Also the eGPU is not detected by macOS Catalina. Could you please tell me if that is normal?
I haven't installed any script (purge-wrangler, set-egpu or purge-nvda)
I tried also with my Boot Camp partition on Windows and the eGPU behavior is the same (the eGPU is not detected on Windows and graphics card fans don't spin).

Also, could you please tell me if you have any issues with macOS after installing the eGPU like lose screen brightness control or not be able to put it in sleep mode?
What could you suggest me to setup the eGPU for Windows?

Thanks for your time!

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts

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Hi @larami1oo,

Thanks for reaching out. First of all, you might want to check if you have connected the eGPU to your TB port through the Apple Tb3 to TB2 adapter which should be plugged into the Razer Core X TB3 connector, and then connect the adapter to your mac with an Apple TB2 to TB2 cable.

Perhaps you could try to install those 3 scripts on your mac first by disabling the SIP (System Integrity Protection) first and then reboot your system back to Catalina before installing'em to see if your eGPU enclosure and the card are working or if it's a hardware issue:

  1. Turn off your Mac (Apple > Shut Down).
  2. Hold down Command-R and press the Power button. Keep holding Command-R until the Apple logo appears.
  3. Wait for OS X to boot into the OS X Utilities window.
  4. Choose Utilities > Terminal.
  5. Enter csrutil disable.
  6. Enter reboot.

Hopefully, these steps would be helpful to you. 

This post was modified 4 months ago

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) + Razer Core X w/ ASUS AMD Radeon VII