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Enky_bubu
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Hi EGPU Community

Im running a MBP2017 15", RTX2080 in a Razer Core X. 

Ive run out of space on my 1TB onboard, and while I need the majority of space for work, I do like using it to game. 

Whats the best option to put steam on an external? Ive been looking at some TB3 speed external SSDs, what would be the best bang for the buck for gaming speed external SSDs? 

 

Thanks!

-Macbook Pro mid 2017 15"
-Razer Core X
-RTX 2080 (MSI Gaming X Trio)
-ROG PG279Q

 
2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RTX 2080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  


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nando4
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A US$260 HP P800 512GB NVME Thunderbolt 3 SSDs is one of the best value external TB3 SSD options.

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OliverB
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You can also build yourself an external SSD:
Buy an NVMe USB3.1Gen2 enclosure (for about 30$) and then use a NVMe SSD of your choice. (e.g. Samsung 970).
Don't buy an external SATA SSD, this is old technology and slower, but you mostly find those in stores.

You can see my self-built SSD here:
https://egpu.io/forums/builds/early-2015-13-macbook-pro-gtx1080ti-11gb16gbps-tb2-asus-xg-station-pro-via-tb3-tb2-adapter-macos-10-13-6-oliverb/#post-47332

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

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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@oliverb I’m using a sata ssd in a caddy atm, would I honestly notice much difference if I switched to a nvme? Also what enclosures are tb3 speed rather than just usb c speed? Cheers!

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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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

@oliverb I’m using a sata ssd in a caddy atm, would I honestly notice much difference if I switched to a nvme? Also what enclosures are tb3 speed rather than just usb c speed? Cheers!

It's almost double speed (5/6Gbits -> 10Gbits) and you clearly notice the difference. For SSDs, between USB-C Gen 2 (10Gbits) and TB3 (40Gbits) Speed there is not that much difference, because most SSDs can about 10 GBits (not more than 15 GBits), so the TB3 does hardly improve. Moreover you stay compatible for USB-A, you can connect the SSD at any computer/TV/etc. you only need a second cable (USB-C <-> USB-A). I am not sure if a TB3 SSD can do this, too.

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

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Do you need that much speed for gaming? I'm running my Steam games of an external USB 3.0 SSD (old Samsung 830) and that works fine. Sure the load times are a bit longer than when running games from the internal SSD but It's not affecting the game performance at all.

MacBook Pro 13” nTB (2016) - Razer Core X - MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor 8GB
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Posted by: Sace

Do you need that much speed for gaming? I'm running my Steam games of an external USB 3.0 SSD (old Samsung 830) and that works fine. Sure the load times are a bit longer than when running games from the internal SSD but It's not affecting the game performance at all.

For gaming surely not necessary. I use my NVMe SSD for testing and backup purposes and there it is great. It is great that a Backup only needs little time, half the time a USB3.0 SSD would need.

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

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 & macOS 10.15.4 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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I’d be using mine for gaming... storing all my game files. Currently on a Samsung evo.

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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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Enky_bubu
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Thanks for the help, has refined my search alot. Ill be getting the HP P800 1TB TB3 PCIe NVMe SSD. 

I have larger datasets for some tensorflow tasks (machine learning) that seem to be bottlenecked by my current SATA SSD connection, having an extra TB of space may improve my workflow. The tasks are run on the RTX2080 eGPU. 

 

Thanks for the help!

-Macbook Pro mid 2017 15"
-Razer Core X
-RTX 2080 (MSI Gaming X Trio)
-ROG PG279Q

 
2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RTX 2080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  


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