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itsage
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If you have tried setting up an eGPU in Bootcamp with a Thunderbolt 3 15" MacBook Pro, you experienced first hand how painful this process is [link]. Updating the firmware of a TB3 enclosure with this MacBook Pro is a confusing and maddening adventure [link].

It doesn't have to be this way if Apple decides to help. We'd like to hear your opinions on ways Apple can improve eGPU support for Bootcamp. Please keep your feedback constructive and positive.

Update: @TiM has submitted a radar to Apple's bug reporting platform:  http://openradar.appspot.com/radar?id=5047804011479040 . If you're an Apple developer, please dupe and comment on his radar #32830264.

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mac_editor
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Apple has already taken a small step on the 2017 Macs as we know - with a DSDT override not required as a "Large Memory" is already present in some cases.

On the other hand, Apple should update Mac firmware to allow the use of integrated graphics and third-party graphics switching implementations to eliminate the need for spoofing a macOS boot to enable integrated GPU on non-macOS operating systems. This will also allow for internal acceleration via external graphics automatically. Finally, "Large Memory" should also be made a standard across all bootcamp installations (thus being somewhat like macOS - which has no issues allocating eGPUs if set up correctly), ensuring space for multiple addressable eGPUs.

Additionally, for Macs with discrete graphics, Apple should provide an option to use iGPU-only (like a Power Saver mode) that works by setting some value in the NVRAM permanently - which would allow for a discrete MBP to behave as one with iGPU-only graphics. Well, that's a bit much to ask for.

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Eightarmedpet
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Nothing positive or constructive to add really, just that I very much hope they do (maybe making this an actual petition could be a good idea so folks can sign?) so I can get my 570 working in both macOS and Windows.

And subbing, I always forget to tick the damn box...

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itsage
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Even if you don't have a constructive suggestion please post a response to tell Apple you need better eGPU support in Bootcamp.

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Eightarmedpet
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I guess my constructive suggestion was turning this into an online petition... but happy to pester Apple to if you can point me in the right direction?

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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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Rycco
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Every time macOS freezes because of the eGPU, when it reboots and ask you to send Apple a message about the crash, I say something like "Hey Apple plz enable Nvidia eGPU support on High Sierra"

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jefniro
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Uhm.. petitions never worked on internet...and it needs many years to reach a large number of members. 

I think that someone from Apple should discover this forum and think about the opportunity that Apple has to sell more MacBook Pro notebook, also because the portable market has been in decline for years. The Thunderbolt 3 enclosure is a new market and if Apple has understood this, it means that that's their new focus.

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Eightarmedpet
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Yep.

 

Also, glad you posted, your set up guide is prob going to be relevant to me trying to get my 570 working...

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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DrDubya
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^^^this

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 for one don't understand why there isn't more support, especially for NVIDIA cards. Please Apple, I'm a gamer! I beg you to let me game!

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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