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drax392
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Apple needs to fix the crippled TB drivers in Win 10 for the nMP, allow eGPUs to work in Boot Camp.  It's great that they're going to officially support some eGPUs in macOS, but blocking them in Win 10 sucks.

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Posted by: motoic

I was just going to mostly use it in Bootcamp Windows 10 for gaming.

Stick with the Node / 1070 then. 

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Posted by: motoic

but why would you be using your macbook pro's display for gaming? it's tiny and if you're shelling out for an egpu you should probably be using an external monitor.

For me, it's nice to have that option since my job takes me on extended trips where I won't have room for an external monitor

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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TPNxl
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I have a 480 and a 1070 at home in addition to a Razer Core so we'll see how that goes.

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Posted by: itsage

A quick glance through the release note seems Apple is right around the same stage as we are. The good news is Apple now has a team working on external graphics support for macOS.

The release notes that indicate the lack of certain features is indeed a positive indication that they are being worked on (or were/are under consideration) - so it seems that as support improves, we might have clamshell mode (no need for DisableMonitor - yay!), Hot-connect/disconnect, and some other features that we could only hope for haha. Nice job Apple.

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itsage
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RX 580 has PCI ID 67DF. Therefore RX 470, RX 480, and RX 570 will have native support in macOS 10.13.

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Additionally, with the iMac Pro equipped with AMD Vega (which means macOS 10.13.x support for the same), we could probably end up with higher-end AMD eGPU setups.

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motoic
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But EGPUs are huge. Almost the size of a desktop computer. You'd want to travel with that?

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nombrescreeno
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Posted by: motoic

But EGPUs are huge. Almost the size of a desktop computer. You'd want to travel with that?

Not all setups are, and I'm also not constantly traveling. If I'm going somewhere but staying for 1-3 months, all I have to do is get it over there once and get it home once, and even the largest eGPU enclosure is far easier to move than a monitor

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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I just asked for a quote for 500W Sonnet Box... looking forward to seeing it.

 

Meanwhile despite being unsupported I will give the public beta a spin (if eGPU support is already there) with my TB3 modified III-D + 480, and I would like to see how it would handle NVIDIA cards as well!

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