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Thunderbolt 2 Macbook with an Thunderbolt 3/2 eGPU - Setup help & recommendation...
 

Thunderbolt 2 Macbook with an Thunderbolt 3/2 eGPU - Setup help & recommendations.  

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(@marco_chiba)
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Hello, everyone. Recently, I got the Macbook Pro 13" (Late 2013) as a gift, and here are the specs:

* Quad-Core i7 2.8Ghz
* 16GB RAM
* 512GB SSD

It is all fine and dandy, boy, I love Macs now! But, here is the catch. It has only 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports, and I want to game, too. And the Iris graphics just won't cut it for me. So, here are my requirements:

* Native support. No modding, no bullshit. (This excludes TB3-TB2 cables, of course!)
* Easy to set up.
* Windows Bootcamp support.
* Powerful enough to drive the internal display.

That's all! I plan to get an RX 5700 / GTX 1660 Super. Super if it's worth it. (If not, please give me some recommendations! I am mostly worried about driver support and out of the box compatability.)

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Eightarmedpet
(@eightarmedpet)
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All the info you want is on the forum if you do a little research yourself... the build section is a good place to start. 
Your first requirement, native support, is never happening though, Apple have blocked eGPUs on tb1 and 2, you’ll need mods. 

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(@marco_chiba)
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Posted by: @eightarmedpet

Apple have blocked eGPUs on tb1 and 2, you’ll need mods. 

Yikes! What mods should I do?

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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joevt
(@joevt)
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

@marco_chiba

Check the builds guide for similar setups. Go to https://egpu.io/builds/ and enter "13-inch 2013 MacBook Pro". One of the results is this:
https://egpu.io/forums/builds/macbook-pro-13-retina-late-2013-i5-4258u-4th-gen-dual-core-msi-evoke-radeon-5700-xt-8gb-20-gb-s-razer-core-x-tb3-tb2-adapter-macos-catalina-10-15-1/

It says to use purge wrangler for macOS.
https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/script-enable-egpu-on-tb1-2-macs-on-macos-10-13-4/
https://github.com/mayankk2308/purge-wrangler/blob/master/README.md

But you'll want to try automate-eGPU first since it won't modify your macOS and works for both macOS and Windows:
https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/automate-egpu-efi-egpu-boot-manager-for-macos-and-windows/

An AMD card is better because it will work in macOS and Windows. Nvidia will only work in Windows unless it's a Pascal or Maxwell card and you're running High Sierra or it's an old Kepler card.

Here's another build with Windows information (but you might want to look at more recent builds - which may mean looking at different but similar mac models)
https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2013-late-MacBookpro-retina-rx-580-tb2-via-sonnet-350-using-external-display/

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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