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[US] FS:US$4900 OBO - MacBook Pro 15 inch 2018, i7, 32GB, 4TB, AppleCare. Possibly a trade?  

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DrEGPU
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I have a nice like-new MBP15 2018 with hexacore i7, 32GB RAM, 4TB SSD(!!!), RP555X that still has applecare plus until sometime in 2021. It has had dBrand skin on the lid and bottom (bamboo color/pattern) almost since I got it. Confirmed that 2x eGPU can work on this in High sierra (see my build link below). It's currently running Mojave, but I'm fairly confident I can revert it back to High Sierra if you want me to. You know, for nVidia webdriver capability. I can also peel off the dBrand skin if you really want me to. The only reason I'm selling is because there's no support for modern nVidia GPU's and Linux. Otherwise, I'd keep this thing because it's magnificent. The closest machine to this in the Apple refurb store has 16GB of RAM:
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/G0V13LL/A/Refurbished-154-inch-MacBook-Pro-26GHz-6-core-Intel-Core-i7-with-Retina-display-Space-Gray?fnode=59184d497e79260a001412450584d21f1a2929ab2963b5d05e2be5b336ff41ead963cc523278792bc73fd745258a9c57cf11b56300116051a1a66e8e6bf6ee27b9b114657366875082b53a501bc11497

I was briefly excited about Microsoft's announcement of the Windows subsystem for Linux, but despite using a legit linux kernel, it looks like GPU support in WSL2 will not appear (cue: sad trombone). Therefore, I am selling my nearly top of the line MBP for something that can run linux on its internal SSD. I'm quite sad to have to do this and have held on to it trying to come with a solution for my needs. WSL2 was my last hope (Win 10 bootcamp --> WSL2). Don't bother linking to that omgubuntu article. I've seen it and am very aware you can disable security features. It's a driver issue that prevents linux from being installed. In the 2018 versions, Apple did something with the SMC, T2, and SSD controller so until someone reverse engineers a driver, linux isn't happening on these machine anytime soon. 

My build link:
https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-15-macbook-pro-rp555x-2x-aorus-gaming-box-1080-32gbps-macos-10-13-6-dregpu/

Would also take a 15" 2017 Macbook Pro + some money in a trade. Those models have drivers that more or less work for linux. 

MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018
2.2GHz i7, 6 cores
32GB RAM
4TB HDD
AMD Radeon 555X
Box and charger
AppleCare+ until 2021
HooToo travel thunderbolt adapter/dock (3x USB-A, HDMI, ethernet, 100W PD passthrough). 
I'll include a generic (ie, not Apple) USB-c to USB-A adapter for times when you don't want to use the HooToo TB3 adapter. 
If buying outright, I'll send you a couple of cases. If trade, then I'll keep them. 

Looking for ConUSA/Lower48 trade or sell, if anyone has the $. 😆 

MBP 2018 15 inch + 2X Aorus gaming box 1080 in BootCamp and MacOS 10.13.6
2011 13-inch MacBook Pro + Razer Core X@10Gbps-TB1 (Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp) + Ubuntu 18.04


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OliverB
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@dregpu
very interesting. 4TB SSD, but "only" the Radeon 555X version?
So you give in expecting for a Mac RTX support?
2017 works better for Linux? Why wouldn't they work for the 2018 model? Because of T2? Even if "Secure Boot" is switched off?

There are lot of questions, your offer raises it 🙂

This post was modified 4 months ago

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


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DrEGPU
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At the time of purchase my choices were the 555x or the 560, so I thought I’d save a little since they’re both underpowered for my needs. Going from the 2017 —> 2018, Apple apparently moved some functions into the T2 chip in the name of security. While you can disable some of the security features, it still requires a new driver, especially for the SSD or SSD controller.

Yes, I’m giving up on RTX support in macOS. Tired of waiting!

MBP 2018 15 inch + 2X Aorus gaming box 1080 in BootCamp and MacOS 10.13.6
2011 13-inch MacBook Pro + Razer Core X@10Gbps-TB1 (Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp) + Ubuntu 18.04


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OliverB
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Posted by: DrEGPU

Yes, I’m giving up on RTX support in macOS. Tired of waiting!

I said it in another thread: This is a win/win/win situation for Apple/AMD/nVidia. The only sore loser is the consumer. I think this is called "free market", which is good. If you don't like it, don't buy it.

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


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OliverB
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On the other hand.. You buy a MacBook and you were never warned that "Beware: This macbook does not support nVidia cards since Maxwell and never will" .
Is this free market or is this fraud? Discuss!

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


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DrEGPU
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@OliverB I think it's reprehensible and probably wandering into anti-trust territory that they don't allow CUDA/nVidia on Macs. It's slightly more forgivable for 2018/2019 machines, but for the older machines that ACTUALLY CAME WITH NVIDIA GPU's, they really should've left in CUDA support. 

Also, there are reports that security update 3 for High Sierra kills CUDA support. Now I'm REALLY angry and Apple!

MBP 2018 15 inch + 2X Aorus gaming box 1080 in BootCamp and MacOS 10.13.6
2011 13-inch MacBook Pro + Razer Core X@10Gbps-TB1 (Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp) + Ubuntu 18.04


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DrEGPU
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Also, goodbye CUDA support for Adobe Premiere!

Thanks for nothing, Apple! Literally!

MBP 2018 15 inch + 2X Aorus gaming box 1080 in BootCamp and MacOS 10.13.6
2011 13-inch MacBook Pro + Razer Core X@10Gbps-TB1 (Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Amp) + Ubuntu 18.04


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OliverB
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@drepu,
Apple only supports Metal in Mojave. Consumers have the right to be angry because Apple is constantly removing features.

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


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