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2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RX Vega 56 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15 & Win10 1809 [jcp-123]  

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jcp-123
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1. System specs

  • Mac Pro 2013 / Intel 6-core Xeon E5-1650 @ 3.50Ghz / Dual AMD FirePro D500
  • 1TB SSD (Sabrent PCIe M.2 upgrade)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • Boot ROM 133.0.0.0.0
  • Bootcamp partition with Windows 10 Home version 1809 OS build 17763.1039
  • HP2210i (1080p) monitor on TB2 port 1

 2. eGPU hardware

3. Installation steps

3.a macOS eGPU setup

csrutil disable (or if required: csrutil enable)

Install and run Purge-wrangler - easy and works a dream

3.b Windows 10 eGPU setup

Step 0. Install Windows version 1809

Version 1903 cripples eGPU is some way. Therefore you will need to install or rollback to 1809

Download the 1809 ISO image from Microsoft download site (or wherever)

Step 1. Create a dsdt-modified.aml DSDT file with a 36-bit root bridge

#step1

Steps i, ii, iii then

Option 1: Intel Method i, ii, iii, iv

Note my own DSDT-modified.dsl compiled without error after one minor change so I did not need to use the pre-compiled one.

Step 2.  Load your dsdt-modified.aml as registry override or in-memory substitution

#step2

Option 1, steps: i, ii, iii

Step 3. Confirm success with a ‘Large Memory’ area in Device Manager

#step3

Success!

Note that the desktop now shows the following in the bottom right-hand corner:

Test Mode

Windows 10 Home

Build 17763.rs5_release.180914-1434

Step 4. Disable PCI Resources

I then had many hours of Error code 12 or Error code 43 issues. Progressively disable/enable PCI-to-PCI Bridges. Finally achieved success with four disabled:

  1. PCI slot 4 (PCI bus 21, device 5, function 0)

  2. PCI bus 17, device 10, function 0 

  3. PCI bus 21, device 0, function 0

  4. PCI bus 0, device 30, function 0

Step 5. Bootcampdrivers

Head over to bootcampdrivers.com and download and install the latest AMD driver.

It is only after these drivers have been applied will the eGPU and second monitor work.

4. Performance

Luxmark / macOS

2xD500 = 16,743

2xD500 + Vega 56 = 43,026

Luxmark / Win10

2xD500 = 17,983

2xD500 + Vega 56 = 46,620

5. Side Effects

Windows machine will not mount external hard drives

6. Comments

I play World of Tanks on this rig and am able to load the full HD version of the game. All settings are at 'Ultra' and I get >80 fps in most scenes.

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Mac Pro (2013) / Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter / Razer Core X / Saphire Vega 56 / Bootcamp: Windows10

 
2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RX Vega 56 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15 & Win10 1809 [build link]  


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itsage
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@jcp-123, Thank you for sharing this nice build!

 

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eaglewateek
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Finally trashcan got egpu in Windows! Great job!

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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barrycraig
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Hi @jcp-123 , forgive my ignorance but I'm very new to egpus and I'm looking to replicate this build for my own trashcan. Am I right in thinking that this is the same GPU you used: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sapphire-Radeon-RX-Vega-56-Pulse-GPU-8gb-HBM2-RAM-PCI-E-3-0-4K-3x-DP-1x-HDMI-2b/223946299608

 

Thanks! 

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Mac Pro 2013 + Razer Core X


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IndieFist Games And Music
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@jcp-123, I got razer core with amd 5700 xt but every time i plug the thunderbolt 2 to the case its restart after a few seconds, same happen in mac mini late 2014 and mac pro late 2013, any tip?

I downloaded purge sh and manuall try to install amd drivers but it restart again Y_Y

 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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jcp-123
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@barrycraig, apologies for delay in responding. I bought AMD's own brand version. Please see stock image picture of the card used...

 

Mac Pro (2013) / Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter / Razer Core X / Saphire Vega 56 / Bootcamp: Windows10

 
2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RX Vega 56 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15 & Win10 1809 [build link]  


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jcp-123
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@indiefist_games_and_music, your rig sounds very similar to mine so it should work. Only thing I can think of is I installed and ran Purge before connecting the eGPU. 

 

Mac Pro (2013) / Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter / Razer Core X / Saphire Vega 56 / Bootcamp: Windows10

 
2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RX Vega 56 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15 & Win10 1809 [build link]  


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IndieFist Games And Music
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@jcp-123, yes is working right now, but only get 5gb of speed so poor =(

 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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TheDarkPhoenix
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I have looked everywhere trying to find windows 10 build 1809. Pages upon pages in google just all say the same thing and all lead to the most recent build, 1909 version of windows 10. I just want to make this eGPU work with my trashcan Mac Pro 2013 in bootcamp. I've been following eGPU guide

 

Please please please ... Does anyone know where I can download a safe copy of Windows 10 Build 1809 and proper instructions / method on how to install it to override the version 1909 I have installed without erasing my stuff?

Who put a stop payment on my reality check


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TheDarkPhoenix
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I'm completely stuck on step 3b because my bootcamp is running win10 v 1909 and not 1809. Where can I get a copy of Win10 build 1809? I've check the MS website and they only offer the most recent. You'd think they'd have an archive allowing you to dl previous versions. 

Who put a stop payment on my reality check


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