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Robert S
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Just got one of the refreshed MacBook Pros with the quad core processor. I followed the instructions here to install rEFInd but I can't get the boot menu to show when I restart. I disabled SIP and turned off the secure boot options. Is there something else I'm missing?

MacBook Pro 13" 2019


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itsage
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@robert_s The 2019 13" MacBook Pro is relatively easy to set up eGPU in Boot Camp. Install Windows 10 1903 and you can hot-plug the eGPU. Here's my recent build that I paired my 2019 13" MBP with three different AMD eGPUs, all worked through hot-plugging in Windows Desktop.

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Robert S
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@itsage

What was your install process for rEFInd? Once I install it, the only way I can get it to show on boot is if I enable spoofing. However once spoofing is enabled, I am unable to boot back into OS X as the only option available is something with “Preboot”. 

MacBook Pro 13" 2019


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itsage
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There might be changes in the 2019 MBP that don't play well with rEFInd. I have not used it on this year MBP. You don't need it if you run Windows 10 1903 and hot-plug the eGPU.

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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Robert S
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@itsage

I have windows 10 installed on an external drive. Is there an alternative to rEFInd I can use?

MacBook Pro 13" 2019


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Sebastian
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Glad to ear I'm not alone with this new macbook model. I installed Win10 1903 via bootcamp, tried to hot-plug my eGPU but nothing happened.

I tested with the 2 TB3 ports located on the left...which one is the best for the eGPU? I will keep trying to make this work...the good news is that unlike my previous setup (MBP 2017 no-touch) haven't had any issue starting windows with the eGPU connected.
Can anyone give me any clue of how to make this thing work? I'm using a MBP 2019 touchbar with the i5-8279U + Omen Accelerator + RX 580

HP Omen Accelerator + RX 580 + Macbook Pro 13" 2017 no-touchbar 128gb
HP Omen Accelerator + RX Vega 56 + Macbook Pro 13" 2019 i5-8279U

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (HP OMEN Accelerator) + macOS 10.14.5 & Win10 [build link]  


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Sebastian
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Well...looks like the TB3 port located at the bottom of the right side is the one which worked for me. As theitsage told us...Windows installed the drivers automatically after connecting the eGPU to the right TB3 port...the thing is...I thought I'd be able to boot windows with the eGPU connected but couldn't....it gets stuck because of that iGPU issue

I tested with the RX 580 today, tomorrow will try updating the drivers and installing the vega 56.

HP Omen Accelerator + RX 580 + Macbook Pro 13" 2017 no-touchbar 128gb
HP Omen Accelerator + RX Vega 56 + Macbook Pro 13" 2019 i5-8279U

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (HP OMEN Accelerator) + macOS 10.14.5 & Win10 [build link]  


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Robert S
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Still haven't been able to boot into OS X or Windows via external drive. The only fix is to reinstall OS X each time. Feels like it might be a rEFInd configuration problem but I haven't figured it out yet.

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Sebastian
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@robert_s I had a macbook pro 2017 with 128gb, bought an external drive because I wanted to do the same thing you're trying to do...but then I read it was a bad idea...so, in the internal ssd I created a ~80mb partition for storing that uEFI boot, created another 45gb partition for Bootcamp...and used the external drive only for installing games there...it worked quite stable, the only inconvenience was that I had to select bootcamp as the startup disk.

With the MBP 2019 model I was not able to boot into windows using the uEFI partition...which probably means I cannot start windows with the eGPU connected, I have to disconnect it...start windows and then plug it in. I also though there was a problem with the TB3 ports because tried connecting the eGPU in different ports and not always worked...but this is also happening to me on macOS (although doesn't work so bad)...it didn't happen with the 2017 model...so I'm not sure what's the problem...I'm a bit lost with this setup...will keep experimenting.

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HP Omen Accelerator + RX 580 + Macbook Pro 13" 2017 no-touchbar 128gb
HP Omen Accelerator + RX Vega 56 + Macbook Pro 13" 2019 i5-8279U

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (HP OMEN Accelerator) + macOS 10.14.5 & Win10 [build link]  


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Robert S
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@sebastian_stawecki

I have a late 2016 MacBook pro connected to a Mantiz Venus eGPU enclosure. It has an SSD with Windows 10 on it and my MacBook can boot (using rEFInd) into Windows or OS X with the eGPU connected without any problems. On the 2019 MacBook, I can't even boot back into OS X using rEFInd. It sounds like you're able to boot just fine though. Are you using rEFInd? 

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