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mac_editor
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Have added an Updates section which I shall update as I dive into macOS Catalina bit by bit. There may be some respite for patches yet.

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mar_kelp
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Has anyone found any changes to Bootcamp support in Catalina? Perhaps updated drivers at least?

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + RX 580 Gaming Box + macOS 10.14.3 and Windows 10 (BootCamp with rEFInd)

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Gigabyte Gaming Box) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [build link]  


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mac_editor
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@mar_kelp Improved wifi performance in Bootcamp for some newer Macs - only thing that Apple confirmed. eGPU support remains unchanged at this time.

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2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Travid
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I have a Razer Core X Chroma with a Radeon VII works perfectly in Mojave but in Catalina, the USB ports on the egpu stop working on bootup.  What I mean is they have power and work up until the login finishes then they stop working.  No lights on the keyboard or mouse.

MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9 / Razer Core X Chroma w/ Radeon VII 16 GB
macOS 10.14.5


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In Activity Monitor, tasks can now be viewed by graphics card in a new tab. 

As of a few versions of MacOS ago, GPU activity can be viewed in a graph (per card) using CMD + 4.

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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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@travid

I get the exact same issue.  Did you find a solution yet?

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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OliverB
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Posted by: @mac_editor

@eightarmedpet Yes, it does not launch on Catalina. I do remember seeing news of Steam being updated to 64-bit on macOS, well what happened to that (I think the main binary is 64-bit, but has 32-bit dependencies).

As I understood, a lot of Steam games are using Wine-wrappers and this is going to be a real issue when 32-Bit support is revoked. I have a lot of experience with Wine and there is one rule that applies very often:
32 bit Games will work mostly.
64 bit Games will never work.*

There is an information that tells this is because 64bit applications in Windows use Intel registers that can't be used on MacOSX, so this is and will be impossible.

*Actually I tried to Wine-wrap dozens of 64bit games and I got only one single one to work.

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Eightarmedpet
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@oliverb are you sure about that? I have no idea, but that seams a little crazy. I keep meaning to try wine actually, hoe does it cope with eGPUs? What notable games have you played via Wine?

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

 
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OliverB
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Posted by: @eightarmedpet

@oliverb are you sure about that? I have no idea, but that seams a little crazy. I keep meaning to try wine actually, hoe does it cope with eGPUs? What notable games have you played via Wine?

I cannot say exactly how many  games are using a Wine-wrapper nowadays, but it has been quite a lot before. I only used Wine and never had to boot my MacOSX, which was running for months.
For example. Tomb Raider 2013, L.A. Noire 2012 or Wolfenstein 2009 work very well with Wine. Of course, those games are 32bit and use DirectX9 and it works quite well with eGPUs.
Since 2013 the Wine-compatible games have been declining a lot.

EDIT (For MacOSX it's declining a lot, for Linux there is actually Vulkan and 64Bit support, which is not for Mac).

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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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Matt0987654321
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They should consider bringing back native eGPU support for Thunderbolt 2 Macs in Catalina. Bootcamp works flawlessly to me (plug-and-play) and the performance increase is more than significant. Do you think there are any valid reasons (expect for planned obsolesce :P) not to include it?

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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