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The local MicroCenter had the EVGA RTX 2060 in stock on launch day. I personally prefer the Founders Edition card but they’re no where to be found locally. Also to note is that all AIB RTX 2060 cards so far do not have the USB-C/VirtualLink port. I looked into Device Manager and HWiNFO64 and the USB-C controller was there but EVGA didn’t connect a physical port to it.

 

System specs:

Late 2018 Mac mini – i3-8100B/UHD Graphics 630 iGPU/32GB RAM/128GB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

AKiTiO Node Pro + GeForce RTX 2060 + .5m Thunderbolt 3 cable

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

There’s no Nvidia web drivers in macOS Mojave so Boot Camp is the only way to go. In Windows 10, there are a couple of options to get the RTX 2060 eGPU going. The simple method is to hot-plug the eGPU then install Nvidia drivers. Once this step is done, shut the system down and switch the monitor connection from the Mac mini to the eGPU. You won’t have boot screen because the RTX 2060 eGPU disables the iGPU during boot. I wanted to keep the iGPU activated so I’m using rEFInd as well as disablement of a couple PCIe components. These are the basic steps I took to get this setup going:

  • Boot into Recovery mode to disable SIP through Terminal. Open Startup Security Utility to set Secure Boot to No Security and External Boot to Allow booting from external media [in Option Boot]
  • Download and install Windows 10 ISO through Bootcamp Assistant [in macOS]
  • Select View by Connection in Device Manager then locate and disable PCIe Root Port #2 – A339 and PCIe Controller (x16) – 1901 [in Windows]
  • Complete Boot Camp driver installation then download and unpack Display Driver Uninstaller [in Windows]
  • Run DDU with Admin privileges to remove drivers for both AMD and Nvidia drivers [in Windows]
  • Download and install rEFInd then mount EFI partition to enable spoof_osx_version 10.9 [in macOS]
  • Shut Mac mini down then connect eGPU to Thunderbolt 3 port closest to the HDMI port
  • Boot into Windows via rEFInd Boot Manager [boot selection]
  • Confirm a new Microsoft Basic Display Adapter in Device Manager then install Nvidia drivers [in Windows]

A new feature in Nvidia driver version 417.71 is G-Sync Compatible for FreeSync monitors. I connected an LG 27″ 4K FreeSync monitor to run benchmarks at FHD, QHD, and UHD. After checking through these settings in Nvidia Control Panel, the RTX 2060 eGPU was able to support FreeSync in this monitor without issues.

 

Benchmarks:

I ran the RTX 2060 first through loopback mode by connecting the ASUS USB-C portable monitor through one of the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports in the back of the Mac mini. I installed all games on an external USB 3.0 SSD connected to the Mac mini‘s USB port. I also installed the new Port Royal raytracing benchmark.

2018 Mac mini i3RTX 2060 eGPU LoopbackRTX 2060 eGPU FHDRTX 2060 eGPU QHDRTX 2060 eGPU 4K
Unigine Valley3,5253,5592,204972
Unigine Heaven2,0432,1151,333580
Unigine Superposition12,57412,9538,6814,258
Tomb Raider 2013125.4 FPS146.6 FPS104.3 FPS53.4 FPS
Shadow of Mordor90.2 FPS97.0 FPS73.5 FPS44.3 FPS
Dirt Rally60.7 FPS97.0 FPS81.1 FPS55.2 FPS
Hitman81.4 FPS83.8 FPS83.1 FPS63.2 FPS
Forza Horizon 455 FPS56 FPS50 FPS38 FPS

 

Comments:

My first impression of the RTX 2060 is AMD needs to release Navi cards soon. The Radeon VII may compete with the RTX 2080 at $699 but at the $349 price, this RTX 2060 give  RX Vega cards a run for their money. Here’s my build using this Mac mini i3 with Razer Core + RX Vega 56 for reference (RX Vega 56 was flashed with RX Vega 64 vBIOS).

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Wow, the 2060 beats the Vega 56 by a good few points... have you tried tweaking your Vega in Wattman though? I got about a 20fps boost after following a video from a guy who calls himself “Joker”. 

Im not holding out much hope for Navi, I imagine 2-3 cards with 1060-2070 performance at best, prob not quite 2070. 

Lets see see what the Mac Pro brings this year too.

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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Damn you’re fast 🙂 just bought yesterday Fe and got shipping confirmation, like Fe build  for my collection and since my rtx now on Evga because suddenly died 😥 I think it’s nice to have spare;)
Btw that FPS on Port Royal almost half desktop result I believe, 7fps lol! Unfortunately Port Royal doesn’t show cpu performance, so we don’t know how it’s affected by different cpu. 
Maybe you should test with better cpu, i3 bottleneck it worse I believe, with 7500U Ray Tracing is unusable laggy unlike with 8750H.

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MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
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@eightarmedpet I added the benchmark table to the OP. Check it out!

@joi_kansai I agree the FE has much nicer build quality. It was painful watching Port Royal ran on this setup. The Mac mini was heating up badly too. It may not be the CPU but rather its cooling system. I will pair this RTX 2060 to 2018 13″ MacBook Pro and we’ll see how it does in Port Royal.

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Posted by: itsage

@eightarmedpet I added the benchmark table to the OP. Check it out!

@joi_kansai I agree the FE has much nicer build quality. It was painful watching Port Royal ran on this setup. The Mac mini was heating up badly too. It may not be the CPU but rather its cooling system. I will pair this RTX 2060 to 2018 13" MacBook Pro and we'll see how it does in Port Royal.

From 3D Mark physical score I thought similar about temperature and wanted also saying that, but kind seam since before I mentioned  same thing to iMac and MacBook Pro results 😉 But good to know it probably cpu demanding, I saw recently here user mentioned on 2080ti setting Port Royal use high gpu, I think it was on dell xps 13, he got around 6000ish Port Royal, so i was expecting around 2000 with similar quad core CPU like MBP 13 2018, Desktop forgot the cpu I think standard 8700K was 3000 ish with 2060.
Yes it’ll be great testing on at least quad core.

Razer Blade 15 2018, i7 8750H 16gb ddr4 2666mhz 1tb 970Evo
Razer Blade Stealth 12,5 2016 i7 7500U 8gb ddr3 1866mhz 500gb 970Evo
MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

Wow, the 2060 beats the Vega 56 by a good few points... have you tried tweaking your Vega in Wattman though? I got about a 20fps boost after following a video from a guy who calls himself “Joker”. 

Im not holding out much hope for Navi, I imagine 2-3 cards with 1060-2070 performance at best, prob not quite 2070. 

Lets see see what the Mac Pro brings this year too

@Eightarmedpet, on some games it beats even Vega 64 when I’m not wrong, I’ll check the review link later if you’re interested I’m on go now. Best rtx card on price per performance and performance upgrade compared to last gen similar serial card. Damn before 2070, now 2060, maybe later it’ll be 2050 that has best performance for the bucks :mrgreen: 

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Razer Blade 15 2018, i7 8750H 16gb ddr4 2666mhz 1tb 970Evo
Razer Blade Stealth 12,5 2016 i7 7500U 8gb ddr3 1866mhz 500gb 970Evo
MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012 i5 3210M 12gb ddr3 1600mhz 500GB HDD
Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor


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Some impressive benchmarks on those vintage games 😉

I’m wondering if it’s worth buying a 2070 with my double bottleneck (tb3 and internal screen in a way). 

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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@joi_kansai I ran this AKiTiO Node Pro + RTX 2060 with my TB3 bench desktop just now (i7-5820K). Port Royal showed very similar results (1,662 at 7.7 FPS). This X99 desktop has direct Thunderbolt 3 to CPU at x4 PCIe lanes.

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Sorry was playing soccer 😆 
So @Eightarmedpet, this is benchmark I saw before, it can compete with Vega 64.
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2019-01-16-geforce-rtx-2060-benchmarks-7001
Hi @itsage, thanks for testing it on desktop setting, I saw this, yes apparently with powerful cpu, so cpu play a role as I thought...probably 😉 
https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/3d-mark-port-royal-raytracing-benchmarks-(geforce-rtx-series).html

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Razer Core V2 rtx 2070 Black 2040mhz Boost clock
Previous setting: rtx 2080ti Asus Turbo, rtx 2080 xc gaming, rtx 2080 Fe, Zotac Mini 1080ti, Evga 1080 FTW2 gaming.
Dual Monitor Predator XB241YU 165Hz 1440p, LG l24UD58 60Hz 4K
Portable Monitor Magedok 1440p HDR 60Hz usbA/C monitor


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 I might as well buy a 2070, amd obvs don’t make a competitive card. Jokers. 

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Updated: I found out Port Royal doesn’t run at full performance at first. I needed to run somethings else such as Fire Strike. Once this was done, the performance in Port Royal doubled. The OP is now updated.

I also re-ran Port Royal on my X99 Designare test bench. It behaved the same way. I needed to “warm up” the RTX 2060 eGPU prior to running Port Royal so that it doesn’t produce low performance. Here’s the score with X99 Designare i7-5820K + RTX 2060.

 

The system could manage all four Nvidia cards without issues.

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