Razer Core X Chroma / MacOS / Ethernet
Hello eGPU.io community!
My new eGPU is all set up and I am exploring the potential benefits in MacOS. I am running a Vega 64 in a Razer Core X Chroma enclosure. I chose the Chroma over the standard Core X because of the I/O. Right now, USB seems to be functioning on a rudimentary level. Stress tests to come.
Trying to connect to my home network over Ethernet has been a fail, however. Does anyone out there have any advice on using Gigabit Ethernet / Core X Chroma and MacOS? I am running Catalina 10.15.5
I'm sorry if this thread is redundant and this has been discussed elsewhere!
Thanks a ton!
@mo_oi, is it working for you?
I tried the driver from Razer dated July 2019 and as soon as I plug in an ethernet cable, my mac can't connect to anything; pings to the default gateway throw a "host is down" or "request timeout" - I tried downloading the updated driver version from ASIX, and it was able to connect to the 'net, but only for about a minute before dropping out.
I'd be interested to hear if you had more luck!
Sorry, I don’t use the Ethernet port on Mac.
My conclusion is nothing solves that problem now, sorry.
I googled some sites and many people complained about the same problem.
One Japanese blog mentioned about the same problem in detail.
He says ASIX new driver 2.16.0 (30/01/2020) make things a bit better, but large file transfer causes errors.
I have the similar setup. The large file transfer issue seems more related to the Catalina OS itself rather than the ethernet port on the Razer Core X.
Have a read on the below.
Quick update on mac ethernet on the core x chroma, ASIX has posted beta drivers for big sur using driverkit instead of a kernel extension. I haven't tried it, and it looks like it requires disabling SIP for now. On Razer's support page for the Core X Chroma, They no longer have a link to the (non-working) driver, but a vague statement about contacting support for a "repair". I was curious what this meant so I contacted Razer support via chat today. It took the rep a while to figure out what I was talking about and his answer was basically that razer was still working on a solution and to check back later.
Asix released an official driver. It's current version is 1.2 which came out a couple days ago. It still interrupts the internet connection all the time and once it does, the only way to get it back is to disable & reenable the network device in System Preferences or unplug & plug it back in. Did anyone find a way around this?
As a side-note, I had given up trying to make the ASIX ethernet work under MacOS, but I had recently Installed Symless Synergy to share my mouse and keyboard between my Razer Stealth and MacBook. Using wifi for this was unacceptable with the mouse periodically stuttering or even stopping responding for a few seconds at a time (primarily due to how macOS allows apps to probe wifi connections, temporarily disrupting network traffic). The ASIX ethernet works fine in windows on my razer so I decided to use a USB adapter. I initially used the Belkin USB-c gigabit ethernet adapter I had gotten from the apple store years ago, and had no issues, but I usually keep that adapter in my bag for onsite use, so I ordered a Plugable USBC-E2500 2.5gig adapter, based on price and the reviews stating MacOS had native drivers built in.
Anyway plugging the USBC-E2500 into the razer core v2 worked initially, but soon would stop transmitting and receiving data just like the built in ASIX. In fact when it stopped working it would cause the RBR50 Orbi router I was using to stop working, necessitating a router restart with the plugable adapter disconnected. When plugged directly into the macbook's thunderbolt port the adapter worked fine, so there may be something going on with the USB hubs built into the Core v2 and Core X Chrome which interfere with ethernet chipsets when running under MacOS, more than just the built in ASIX.
At any rate my solution was to buy another Belkin adapter, which so far works fine plugged into the Core v2 so far for several days of normal operation.
On August 25th, Asix released a new driver update for macOS 11.3+: v1.3.0. This did not fix the issue for me; however, it appears to last longer between resets. I would still suggest anyone still experiencing an issue on macOS 11.3+ to update the driver which you can download from Asix directly.