[Solved] automate-eGPU EFI - eGPU boot manager for macOS and Windows
@ozzy For Windows, my experience on the 2014 was easy. But this guide states you might have some work to do (for AMD eGPU). Instead of the optional Clover recommendation there, you can use this EFI app to accomplish the same.
@mac_editor Yea, I saw both your and that build guide. My windows install is definitely in MBR not UEFI mode. I’m hopeful I won’t have to go through all of that and re-install Windows though, since I already have nando’s DIY eGPU 1.35 tool up and running. I’ve been using that for the last 2 years to get my nVidia 1070 to work in Windows. I’m hopeful I can keep using it as is but with the AMD eGPU. I emailed Nando to ask, but will also test it out once the new card comes in.
I’m also compiling a bunch of benchmarks at the moment since I think it will make for some interesting comparisons. Will be able to test 1070 vs. Vega 56 in Windows, 10.3.6, and 10.14.4 (Vega only). Will also be able to see the difference between the 2012 MBP 15” (thunderbolt 1) with the Vega 56 in 10.14.4 and the 2018 13” MBP (4 thunderbolt 3 ports) with he Vega 56 in 10.14.4
So I just got a GT710 to mess around with. It works in macOS using purge-wrangler just fine, but if I uninstall purge-wrangler and then try to use the EFI to get it working it crashes and restarts about halfway into booting. Has anyone else had an issue using the EFI to get these old Kepler cards working?
@nu_ninja In the config.plist, try deleting the parameter NvidiaWeb under SystemParameters. Let me know how it goes.
Turns out it was just my flash drive deciding to die today. Got it working now. No changes to the plist required
First of all thanks everybody for the great work here to make eGPUs working!
I have an issue booting my Windows 10 installation. Mac OS boots fine. However, one I choose the Windows option, it only flashes "Saving" on the bottom for a moment and then reverts to "Ready" and stays there. The activity LED of the thumb drive is flashing for some time after that, but it stops after 10-15 sec and nothing more is happening. My Windows installation is on a separated USB-C SSD and not on the internal drive. Could that be an issue?
Thanks in advance for any help.
Thanks for this!
After creating the EFI boot USB and doing all the steps, including plugging in the eGPU which lights up etc., installing NVIDIA web drivers (3220.127.116.11.124) the system seems to see the GPU but only as "NVIDIA Chip Model".
Am I missing something? Is the internal dGPU still throwing it off and needs purge-wrangler?
Thanks for any hints--Sascha
Got the AMD Vega 56 installed. I installed purge-nvda and then rebooted in 10.13.6 using the EFI boot USB stick and it worked perfectly right out of the gate. Did some benchmarking and now installing 10.14.4. Windows however I haven't been able to get anywhere yet - just blank internal and external screens with the eGPU connected. Can't even get the DIY eGPU tool to load. I emailed Nando to get his thoughts on it.
Benchmarks comparing 1070 to Vega 56 in 10.13.6 are quite interesting. I'll post the full details after I do much more in 10.14.4, with my 2018 13" MBP, etc. But for starters here are the results in the direct 10.13.6 comparisons on the same computer:
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Very High settings - Vega 56 60% faster than 1070 in both 1440p and 1080p (35.9 FPS in 1440p)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider Very High settings - Vega 56 38% faster than 1070 in both 1440p and 1080p (57.5 FPS in 1440p)
- Total War Warhammer 1 High settings - Vega 56 35% faster than 1070 in 1080p (my 1440p 1070 baseline was lost) (46.7 FPS in 1440p)
- Heaven benchmark Ultra settings - Vega 56 18% slower in 1440p and 21% slower in 1080p than 1070 (34.4 FPS in 1440p)
Seems like the drivers for AMD make a huge difference in 10.13.6. Will see how much faster they get in 10.14.4. Interestingly, at 1440p the 10.13.6 FPS numbers for the Vega 56 match or beat the Windows 10 FPS numbers with the 1070. Deus Ex is basically even and TW: Warhammer and RotTR the Vega OS 10.13.6 combo wins by a fairly substantial amount over Windows 10 with the 1070.
You are saying you cannot get it run in Bootcamp at all? Which MacBook model are you referring?
@ozzy A nice set of Metal API games! 🙂