2018 15" MacBook Pro RP560X + [email protected] (Aorus Gaming Box) + macOS 10.13.6 & Win10  

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OliverB
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October 27, 2018 4:42 pm  

System specs

-MacBook Pro 15 inch 2018, i7-8850 6-core, 32GB Ram, 1TB SSD
-iGpu Intel UHD Graphics 630
-dGpu AMD Radeon Pro 560X
-External Monitor Samsung 2560x1440
-Mac OSX 10.13.6
-Windows 10 Build 1803 Bootcamp

 

eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)

Aorus Gaming Box, nVidia Geforce GTX 1080

Hardware pictures

Because of USB-Ports and sufficient Power-Supply over TB3 just one cable is necessary. Others boxes don't provide this, lacking either power or ports. (There is another notebook on the table in case you wonder).

Installation steps

Windows:
1) Install Windows 10 Build 1803 on Bootcamp
2) Boot into Repair Mode (like interrupting the boot process two or three times)
3) Select "Safe Mode with Network".
4) Uninstall anything you find unter "Graphic Device" -> Windows will install its nasty "Basic Device Adapter"
5) Shutdown
6) Plugin eGPU
7) Start Once -> Windows recognise some second "alien" graphic device
8) Reboot => Windows installs nVidia driver. Anything runs smoothly.
9) (Optional) => install latest nVidia drivers for best performance.
(see https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/macbookpro-2018-15-with-egpu-it-is-much-easier-than-you-all-think/)

MacOSX:
Used https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/automate-egpu-efi-egpu-boot-manager-for-macos-and-windows/

You *must* switch off the automatic GPU switching because of the dGPU, if not your system will be unstable. I guess this problem is typical for MBP 15 inch. I first tried those large scripts, but didn't solve the problem. With goalque's solution it's quite easy and you don't have to compromise the System integrity.

All in all the installation was much easier than anticipated, especially for bootcamp.

Benchmarks

Tomb Raider 2013 High: 190,0
Tomb Raider 2013 Ultimate: 112,4
Tomb Raider 2013 Par/W3.18: 96,1
Rise of TR 2015 2560x1140 High: 82,1
Rise of TR 2015 2560x1140 Ultime: 81,7

Wine3.17Stg:
3dMark06: 19247 ( 8520, 8265, 5243)  (this may be invalid because of another process running)

Paralls13 Win10-6 Core:
3dMark06: 25623 ( 9874, 12605, 6836) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059192
3dMarkVantage08 21819 (21017, 24637)

Win 10:
3dMark06 36537 (13654, 17940, 10263) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18059108
3dMarkVantage08 50571 (58455, 36371) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29798170
3dMarkFireStrke 14164 (18085, 11013, 6449)
3dMarkTimeSpy 6300 ( 6744, 4589) https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/29782860

U.Valley Extreme HD: 3990
U.Heaven High: 2494
U.Heaven High Wine3.18: 1665
U.Heaven High Mac: 1939

GfxMetal Aztech offscr: 9691(150.7)
GfxMetal Aztech extern: 3855(59.95)
GfxMetal Aztech intern: 2357(36.66)

(Screenshots see https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/macbookpro-2018-15-with-egpu-it-is-much-easier-than-you-all-think/)

Comments
The Gaming Box is very small but powerful. Only Problem: It's quite loud. It's not only load when under load, but when idling as well. That's the only big issue with it:
46.2-53.8 dBA

Pros:
-Small size
-Great performance
-Full Power Supply for MacBook Pro
-Good price
-USB-Ports
-integrated Power-Adapter
-It comes in a nice bag 🙂

Cons:
-Noisy
-It's not possible to change the GPU
-No On/Off Switch

 

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jangoloti
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November 18, 2018 3:06 pm  

I managed to restart in Safe Mode following MS procedure, yours did not work:
Safe Mode
However I cannot find the Graphic Device section you mention, only a Generic PnP device I cannot remove, with setup incomplete.
Can you help?
EDIT: I found and removed it in Device Manager. Now it is the step 7 that does not work, the boot hangs up because the eGPU is plugged. I have to boot without it and then the pesky Basic Device Adapter is installed again.

Mac Mini 2012 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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OliverB
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November 18, 2018 5:36 pm  
Posted by: jangoloti

I managed to restart in Safe Mode following MS procedure, yours did not work:
Safe Mode
However I cannot find the Graphic Device section you mention, only a Generic PnP device I cannot remove, with setup incomplete.
Can you help?
EDIT: I found and removed it in Device Manager. Now it is the step 7 that does not work, the boot hangs up because the eGPU is plugged. I have to boot without it and then the pesky Basic Device Adapter is installed again.

From your signature I read you have the 15-inch MBP 2016? Is this correct? If you you may have to hot-plug the eGPU, I can't really tell.
One "feature" of the 2018 MPB 15" is the fact that you can boot with the eGPU plugged in. This is not true for other models.

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jangoloti
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November 18, 2018 5:42 pm  
Posted by: OliverB

From your signature I read you have the 15-inch MBP 2016? Is this correct? If you you may have to hot-plug the eGPU, I can't really tell.
One "feature" of the 2018 MPB 15" is the fact that you can boot with the eGPU plugged in. This is not true for other models.

Yes that is correct.
I have tried everything, hot-plugging included. Since the beginning, however, having the eGPU plugged while booting would hung the system.
I think I will try to flash the firmware tomorrow with a colleague’s HP Elitebook X2. Should that work? Are TB3 controllers easily recognised in Windows?

Mac Mini 2012 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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OliverB
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November 18, 2018 6:46 pm  

Those who have a 13-inch 2015 share the same fate: It's not possible to boot having the eGPU plugged. The hot-plugging during boot is quite difficult, a matter of timing. Of course, if just want to use it for MacOSX, an Radeon eGPU could be a solution. Those work with TB3-MBP without any trouble.

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jangoloti
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November 18, 2018 7:26 pm  

I just need to flash the firmware, I will probably use Bootcamp very little. On top of that I will be buying soon a Mac Mini 2018, for which I really bought the eGPU.

Mac Mini 2012 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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