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heng
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sadly, my computer is the mbp 2016,and the box is the gamingbox 1080....

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OliverB
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Posted by: heng

sadly, my computer is the mbp 2016,and the box is the gamingbox 1080....

Works well, but not with Mojave. If you want to use it with Mojave you have to change your eGPU. I wouldn't expect an nVidia Webdriver soon.

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 // Navi vs Radeon VII vs GTX 1080 Ti [build link]  


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Torstein Jakobsen
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Hey. I tested my MacPro 6.1 8/16 core 32GB Ram and Bizon box2 TB2 with AMD RX 580 8GB in MacOS Mojave (10.14.4)  and it works just fine. I have been using MacOs high Sierra because I have heard that TB2 is no go in Mojave??. I have installed purge-wrangler after recovery-boot and  csrutil disable in terminal-rebooted and voila.... it works. I have to say that I did a upgrade from my working MacOS high Sierra, so this is not a clean install.

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philw
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TB2 is fine in Mojave with AMD - just a no go for Nvidia due to lack of drivers 🙁

Given up on all my Macs...but successfully running: Gigabyte Designare Z390, Core i9-9900K, 64GB RAM, 2x Internal GTX 1080TI, 2x GTX 1070 eGPU (Sonnet eGFX)

 
2018 Gigabyte Z390 Designare (GTX1080TIx2) [9th,8C,K] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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OliverB
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Posted by: philw

TB2 is fine in Mojave with AMD - just a no go for Nvidia due to lack of drivers 🙁

Not entirely correct: nVidia card for Mojave

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 // Navi vs Radeon VII vs GTX 1080 Ti [build link]  


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Thomas Cordon
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Anyone know if 2015 MacBook Pro (with TB3 <-> TB2 adapter) + Razer Core X (eGPU) + 1660 ti can work? Namely, on windows bootcamp? I’ve been searching everywhere and can’t seem to find anything solid.

I’ve gotten windows to recognize the eGPU by plugging in at windows logo boot screen, but after logging in and trying any game windows is not stable and freezes. 

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OliverB
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Posted by: OliverB

Perhaps this may be interestaing: I have a table here of what is working and what is not working from personal experiences:

  Chip Native Mojave  High Sierra OpenCL
Radeon Vega 56 gfx900 ****      
Radeon RX 580 Ellesmere ****      
Radeon R9 Nano Fiji   ***    
Radeon HD 7870 Tahiti   ***    
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GP102     **  
GeForce GTX 1080 GP104     **  
GeForce GTX 1050 GP107     **  
GeForce GTX 980 Ti GM200     **  
GeForce GTX 780 GK110   ***    
GeForce GTX 770 GK104   ***    
GeForce GTX 680 GK104   ***    
GeForce GTX 660 GK104   ***    
GeForce GT 740 GK107   ***    
GeForce GTX 570 GF110       *
GeForce GTX 465 GF100       *
Quadro 4000 GF100       *
           
Does not work:          
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti TU102       ?
GeForce GT 640 Fermi GF116       ?
GeForce GTS 450 GF106       ?
GeForce GT 430 GF108       ?
GeForce GTX 285 GT200        
GeForce GTS 250 G92        
GeForce GT 240 GT215        
GeForce 310/Ion GT218        
GeForce 9500 GT G96        
GeForce 8500 GT G86        
Radeon R9 290 Hawaii        
Radeon HD 7770 Cape Verde      
Radeon HD 6950/6970 Cayman        
Radeon HD 5830/5850 Cypress        
Radeon HD 5670 Redwood        
FirePro 3800 Redwood        
Radeon HD 4850 RV770        

I have added some more cards to this list, but before overfilling it: Any Kepler card, including GTX Titan (Black), Quadro Kxxxx and Tesla work in mojave. It's just a matter of the chip.

Beware that there a some models of the 600er and 700er series that don't have a Kepler chip (all GT 610/620, some of GT630/640/730, all of GTX745/750/750Ti, Quadro K620,1200,2200). They won't work in Mojave.

Further: Most of the Kepler chips are "MacEFI-friendly", they won't have problems like the "POST Issue" on some models. This is again with exception, GK107 is not MacEFI-friendly for unknown reason. A 13-inch MBP 2015 will not boot with this eGPU attached. (Anyway it's the worst Kepler chip, GK208 is much better in terms of efficiency, all others (GK106, GK104, GK110) are much more powerful)

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Anyone know if 2015 MacBook Pro (with TB3 <-> TB2 adapter) + Razer Core X (eGPU) + 1660 ti can work? Namely, on windows bootcamp? I’ve been searching everywhere and can’t seem to find anything solid.

I’ve gotten windows to recognize the eGPU by plugging in at windows logo boot screen, but after logging in and trying any game windows is not stable and freezes. 

@thomas_cordon
I had this macbook working with an GTX1080Ti, but it's not a good combination. It's difficult to hot-plug the eGPU at the correct time, sleep won't work, you can't simply reboot and more issues.
Better use an AMD eGPU with this particular macbook, as it works directly out-of-the-box without any problems with AMD in Bootcamp.

I have create an "nVidia for Mojave"-Matrix which explains which nVidia card work with Mojave.
Any nVidia card that is not in this Matrix, won't work!

KeplerChip Mojave Mac-EFI   GT(X) Quadro Tesla Grid Other
                 
GK110 yes yes   780(Ti), Titan, Titan Black, Titan Z K5200, K6000 K20, K20X, K40    
GK104 yes yes   660(Ti), 670, 680, 690, 760(Ti), 770 K4200, K5000 K10 K2, K520  
GK106 yes yes   645, 650 Ti, 650 Ti Boost, 660 K4000      
GK107 yes no   630, 640, 650, 740 410, K420, K600, K2000(D)   K1, K340 Quadro NVS 510
GK208 yes yes   630, 640, 710, 720, 730        
GK210 ? ?       K80    
                 
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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 // Navi vs Radeon VII vs GTX 1080 Ti [build link]  


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Mark W
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I have “27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display”, which I purchased in June 2016. Not sure if this is classified as a late 2015 or early 2017.
I’m just wondering whether my Mac would benefit from a eGPU. I don’t have plans to game, rather I was wondering whether the eGPU would help run Unreal Engine, ZBrush, After Effects and other 3D applications?
Thanks

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Danou
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Hello! I have heat and fan noise issues (CPU heating?) with my GTX 1080/eGPU in Bootcamp with my 2019 MacBook Pro 15'' i9. What about you? Also noise and heat issues while playing? If not, did you change any configuration in Windows to avoid these issues? Thanks!

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ed_co
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Can we update this guide with the Radeon VII right now? Or is still not supported OOTB? I thought it was fully supported and OOTB as per barefeats comments being the most powerful graphics card in MacOS currently...
Thanks

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [build link]  

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