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2017 13" Macbook Pro [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1660 [email protected] (VisionTek Mini eGFX) + Win10 1809 [itsage]  

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I wanted to use an Nvidia GPU in the VisionTek Mini eGFX review but couldn't find time for it. A mini-ITX GTX 1660 Ti seems like a perfect pairing so I got one to test. The 240W power adapter (150W max GPU) is sufficient to power this graphics card. Due to no drivers for macOS 10.14 it only works in Windows/Boot Camp atm.

 

System specs:

2017 13" MacBook Pro - i7-7567U/Iris Plus 650 iGPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

VisionTek Mini eGFX + Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti 6GB + 2m Thunderbolt 3 cable

 

Hardware pictures:

 

Installation steps:

Pairing an Nvidia eGPU in Boot Camp can be plug-and-play. On 2016 and 2017 13" MacBook Pro the right Thunderbolt 3 ports attach to a x2 PCIe connection so make sure to use the left TB3 ports for full bandwidth. I used @goalque's automate-eGPU EFI to have full control of iGPU when eGPU is connected prior to boot.

 

Benchmarks:

Here are Unigine benchmarks comparing internal display loopback mode vs external monitor mode at 1080, 1440, and 2160.

Internal Display External Monitor FHD External Monitor QHD External Monitor 4K

Here are 3DMark results through direct external monitor mode.

 

Comments:

This GTX 1660 Ti is a very good choice for those who want to game in Windows with an eGPU. The card runs cool and barely makes a noise. Its performance level is comparable to RX Vega 56. Maybe that's why AMD has been offering aggressive price cuts on the RX Vega cards.

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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

This performs similar to a Vega 56?! Impressive if so. I’m still planning to build a new mini eGPU using a Node Lite.

I was thinking all the time about building a mini eGPU with a Node Lite. This is a very neat solution, but only for 75 Watt cards. Unfortunately good 75 Watt cards are rare.
GTX 1050 Ti
Radeon WX5100
are probably the most powerful. This may change with the Navis.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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Posted by: OliverB
Posted by: Eightarmedpet

This performs similar to a Vega 56?! Impressive if so. I’m still planning to build a new mini eGPU using a Node Lite.

I was thinking all the time about building a mini eGPU with a Node Lite. This is a very neat solution, but only for 75 Watt cards. Unfortunately good 75 Watt cards are rare.
GTX 1050 Ti
Radeon WX5100
are probably the most powerful. This may change with the Navis.

Yep! I’ve actually got all the parts in the post. I’ve gone for an MSI RX560 which I know isn’t very powerful but I plan on linking it up to my TV and using it for casual couch gaming while I wait to be disappointed by Navi.

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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