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2013 13" MacBook Pro [4th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.1 [vonthing]  

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vonthing
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System specs

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)

2.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5

4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB

Crucial 1TB SSD NVMExpress @ x4 link width


eGPU hardware

Razer Core X -- bone stock

Apple TB3 to TB2 Adapter

Apple TB2 Cable


Hardware pictures

The card in question:

Did literally nothing except pop the card in. Done.


Installation steps

Literally popped the card in and it's done, 5 minute install.

(edit) After the install boot to recovery, disable System Integrity Protection (type csrutil disable in Terminal) then boot back to OSX and install purge-wrangler (then plug the GPU in when purge-wrangler asks you to).

Due to the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter my bandwidth is capped at 20 Gbps instead of the 32 Gbps you expect with this enclosure


Benchmarks

Running at 20 Gbps 


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Replaced my Radeon Vega 64 with this one as soon as Catalina started supporting it and before my Amazon prime return window ended.

Simple no effort install. Plug and play

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itsage
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@vonthing Nice build! Please make sure to mention both hardware and software installation steps so that it doesn’t confuse readers. Thunderbolt 2 Macs don’t have eGPU support in macOS Catalina. Unless you installed Purge-Wrangler script or boot into macOS with automate-eGPU EFI, the RX 5700 XT eGPU wouldn’t be plug-and-play.

 

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Hello! I use the same configuration as you, but the system does not recognize me the graphics card (AMD RX570) The icon above appears for a moment, but disappears and the graph is not detected. Any solution? Thank you

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itsage
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@aobreroes As stated in my reply to the OP, Thunderbolt 1 & 2 Macs do not have native eGPU support in macOS Catalina. You’d need to install either Purge-Wrangler or use automate-eGPU EFI boot loader.

 

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Yes @itsage is correct, I installed purge-wrangler, forgot about that sorry 🙂 Adding it now.

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@vonthing @itsage Thank you very much for the help! Finally that problem was solved. But I requested a replacement for my Razer Core X, I had a problem with the power supply and did not turn on the next day ... 🙁 waiting for the new article

 

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