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harkonnen
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I am not new to this, just rusty. After some years of using a desktop just because Apple did not released 13" inch 4 core 8 threads laptop, now I noticed they have! I want it, but also I got used to my 3 x [email protected] monitor setup powered by a Vega64 on a desktop.

Is there any possibility to build/buy an eGPU that can be hooked to my 3 monitors and deliver 4k @60Hz with an 13" MacBook Pro? One of the monitors can still be powered from the MacBook directly if necessarily/possible...

The eGpu can be DYI or bought as it is. Money is not a problem. GPUs are not a problem - I have several lying around.

So.. You masters of eGPU will you help me?

Thank you!

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late-2016 13" Macbook Pro + [email protected] (TB3 to TB2 adapter) (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12.3
late-2016 13" MBP + Quadro M2000/FirePro WX5100/GTX750-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.3
(Custom Thunder cables)


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itsage
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@mehenn Good to see you back! The 2019 13″ MacBook Pro is a great host for eGPU. With 10th gen U-CPU laptops already out, I would say to wait a bit longer for a 6-core i7-10710U MacBook Pro. You can easily power 3x [email protected] monitors with all recent Radeon graphics cards (3x DisplayPort outputs). Here’s a build I paired the 2019 13″ MBP with RX 480, RX Vega 56, and RX 5700.

 

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harkonnen
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Thank you Mr ITSage!

My main concern is that the tb3 connection won't be able to pair the pcie bandwidth needed for GPU. I remember having a tb2 setup with dual [email protected] so I suspect I will be good. 

I've read other posts and I remember the sleep bug vaguely. Is that stil around?

What si your opinion on the Black magic Pro?

late-2016 13" Macbook Pro + [email protected] (TB3 to TB2 adapter) (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12.3
late-2016 13" MBP + Quadro M2000/FirePro WX5100/GTX750-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.3
(Custom Thunder cables)


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itsage
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@mehenn The Blackmagic eGPU/Pro is not something I’d recommend. Not so much because it’s overpriced but rather the non-upgradable approach. It completely defeats the appeal of external graphics. I have ran multiple tests with 3 or more monitors with eGPU. In one build I had the 2018 Mac mini + R9 Nano running 2x 4K monitors and 1x 5K monitor as well as 1x FHD display through the iGPU. Another build was with the 2018 MacBook Pro + RX Vega 56 running the same set of external monitors. DisplayPort is the best connection to ensure good output with full resolutions. HDMI connection would sometimes work at lower refresh rates.

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itsage
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@mehenn Apple should be offering a 6-core U processor in their next refresh of the 13″ MacBook Pro. It may not come in the base model but an option for higher BTO is expected.

 

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