Worth getting 2015 Macbook Pro instead of 2013 Macbook Pro for eGPU setup?
 
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Worth getting 2015 Macbook Pro instead of 2013 Macbook Pro for eGPU setup?  

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reptilianbrain
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I really prefer the form factor of the 2013-2015 MBP to the later ones.

 

I am contemplating getting the 15" 2015 without dGPU instead of 2013 with dGPU for eGPU-centric setup.

I read that 2015 has 4x PCIe I wonder if that would make the upgrade worthwile?

 

Also I am tired of dealing with Bootcamp etc shenanigans because of the 750GTM in the MBP2013

 

Any advice?

MBP 2013 750M + Akitio [email protected]RX570 (OSX) & GTX1080 (Bootcamp)


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mac_editor
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@reptilianbrain

While the 2014-15 models are awesome, I do think that the 2019 16-inch model makes a convincing case. In your position, I would just wait it out until a 2020 model with WiFi 6 comes out. I just see little value in moving from a 2013 to 2015 model overall - unless you are absolutely dead set on getting a 5-year old system to replace your 6/7-year old model. That being said, value is subjective anyway. Do what you feel is best. Community support is here either way.

 

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reptilianbrain
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Thank you! I mean is there any benefit in terms of PCIe for eGPU in Bootcamp / OSX? 

 

 

MBP 2013 750M + Akitio [email protected]RX570 (OSX) & GTX1080 (Bootcamp)


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mac_editor
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@reptilianbrain

The only PCIe difference between the 2015 MBP vs. the 2013/14 models is that the 2015 model has PCIe 3.0 x4 lanes for SSD, while the older ones have PCIe 2.0 x4. The limitation is Apple's SSD, which was restricted to 2 PCIe lanes if I recall correctly. All of this has nothing to do with eGPU unless you plan to run it like this: https://egpu.io/forums/bootcamp/mid-2015-15-inch-macbook-pro-egpu-master-thread/

 

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Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance
2018 MacBook Pro 15" RP560X + RX 5700 XT (Mantiz Venus)

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro


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