Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro + [email protected] (Gigabyte Gaming Box) + macOS10.13.4 & Win10 [theitsage]  

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theitsage
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May 14, 2018 3:14 pm  

System specs:

2016 15" MacBook Pro - i7-6700HQ/Radeon Pro 450 dGPU/HD Graphics 530 iGPU/16GB RAM/256GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box + .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

macOS 10.13.4 & 10.13.5 Beta - The RX 580 enjoys full support from Apple so nothing to report here.

Windows 10 1709 & 1803 - I performed the same procedure as detailed in my Boot Camp setup guide. In Windows 10 1709, you can disable PCI Express x8 Controller - 1905 to the left TB3 port and use the right TB3 port for eGPU connection with an external monitor. With the latest Spring Update 1803, the PCI Express x16 Controller - 1901 to the dGPU needs to be disabled in order to resolve error 12. 

The AORUS Gaming Engine is not working very well. If you encounter issues when launching it, try downloading older versions. One workaround is to copy the LED folder from Gigabyte Extreme Gaming Utility.

 

Benchmarks:

I ran these benchmarks in macOS through an external monitor. In Windows 10, AMD XConnect worked great in handling internal display acceleration and switching to the external monitor when it was connected.

RX 580 Gaming BoxmacOS External MonitorWindows Internal DisplayWindows External Monitor
Unigine Valley37.7 FPS49.6 FPS49.9 FPS
Unigine Heaven30.5 FPS48.2 FPS49.2 FPS
Tomb Raider 201354.0 FPS81.5 FPS87.8 FPS
Shadow of Mordor27.9 FPS66.5 FPS72.9 FPS
Hitman26.9 FPS65.7 FPS67.0 FPS
Dirt Rally40.1 FPS57.1 FPS61.0 FPS

 

Comments:

Apple's eGFX team has a lot of catching up to do. While better Bootcamp support would be nice I don't think it's a priority for them at all. We'd like to see a system-wide approach to internal display acceleration rather than assigning that responsibility to software developers. 

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TheOkeland
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October 1, 2018 1:40 pm  

Could you provide the settings you used for benchmarking?
e.g. Monitor-Resolutions

Soon I will add my system & eGPU details or a build link to this my signature to give context to my posts


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tsakal
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November 20, 2018 8:57 am  

On my setup mbp13 2018 + [email protected] (Gigabyte Gaming Box) + macOS10.14.1

I get +
55fps on Dirt Rally
41 fps on Heaven Min20 Max 82 , Mode 1920*1080/Quality High / Tess Normal

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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