Macbook Pro with nVidia eGPU: Rocket League?  


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February 22, 2018 5:32 am  

Hi all,

Posting here to ask if anyone has had a similar experience with a Macbook Pro and un-supported nVidia eGPUs.

- Late 2016 15” Macbook Pro (Radeon Pro 455)
- Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 350
- ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

- nVidia driver 287...156
- @yifanlu’s NVIDIAEGPUSUPPORT package (v6), installed as per instructions

With this configuration, the eGPU works when hot-plugging after logging in (FileVault enabled), then doing the logout trick. I get good results on an external display (Samsung TV), with 60 fps at 1080p Ultra in Unigine Valley and Heaven benchmarks. My primary purpose is to test deep learning algorithms prior to deployment, and CUDA tests work well. CUDA-Z only shows ~1600 MB/s host to device speed though, which seems low. Any ideas about this?

And then Rocket League. I don’t intend to do any serious gaming but the one game I’d want to work is this one. Unfortunately, it’s unplayable at even the lowest quality settings at 1080p, whereas the Radeon 455 is capable of nearly smooth results at 1680x1050 with the highest quality. What gives? I can also run XPlane at a smooth 30 fps with default (high) quality settings. Has anyone had this same problem with Rocket League? I know I shouldn’t have high hopes but why is Rocket League only performing poorly?

Also, testing on Windows is not an option for me, unfortunately.

Thanks much.

2016 15" MBP (Radeon 455) + Sonnet Breakaway 350 + Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti

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February 22, 2018 7:38 am  

Gaming is so much easier and better in Windows (I'm a Mac only guy) I really would recommend even a small partition for gaming... I've just cheekily installed W10 on my work MBP (same model as yours) for when I'm stuck on trains/in boring meetings... (struggling with Nvidia driver instal atm but if I succeed in getting my eGPU working I will add it to my sig).

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February 22, 2018 8:39 pm  

Yeah, too bad. I still find it strange that only Rocket League has a problem.

I started trying to install Windows 10 on an external drive, but after some significant failures there and realizing all the steps required to get eGPU working on Boot Camp Windows I decided that was not the way to go. I’d rather not muck around with the EFI partition.

2016 15" MBP (Radeon 455) + Sonnet Breakaway 350 + Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti

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February 26, 2018 1:12 am  
Hi , i have the same issue , rocket league is stuttering as hell , but other games are fine (i play fortnite for exemple)
Here are my specs : 
Lenovo t430 w/ i5 3320m 4gb RAM 160Go SSD (Intel 520) and a Radeon R7 360 with a EXP GDC BEAST Expresscard (PCIe 1.1 x 1)

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts

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December 25, 2018 2:11 am  

I tried playing Rocket League on macOS recently. Even with a Vega 64 there's too many lag spikes at 1080p that it isn't funny. Exemplary poor optimization. Use Metal already.

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