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itsage
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"How is eGPU gaming with a Mac?" or "What does eGPU gaming look like?" are often asked questions. Thanks to one of our members, @gamesonmacbookpro who has been documenting his experience in the past year, we now have some very visual answers.

System specs:

  • MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2014 “MacBookPro11,3”
  • 2.5GHz Quad Core (I7-4870HQ) - with Turbo Boost 2.0 (up to 3.7 GHz for this model)
  • 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • GeForce GT 750M with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 SDRAM dGPU
  • Intel Iris Pro 5200 with 128 MB iGPU
  • 512GB SSD (Internal) / 500GB Samsung SSD (External)
  • Win 10, version 1909

eGPU hardware:

Sonnet Breakaway Box + RX 580 eGPU + Apple TB3 to Thunderbolt adapter + Thunderbolt cable

2014 15" MacBook Pro + Samsung 24" FHD monitor

Gameplay Recording setup/process:

  • Bandicam software to record gameplays
  • Youtube 1080p default settings

First thing you'd notice is his host computer, a mid 2014 15" MacBook Pro. Yes, the eGPU is running on a Thunderbolt 2 connection. No, it's not a terrible idea at all when playing through an external monitor. @Gamesonmacbookpro noted that running Bandicam to record gameplay robs the performance by 5~10 fps depending on the game. Overall the eGPU gaming performance is a significant improvement over the dGPU. Check these videos out!

 

Greedfall

Die Young

Man of Medan

Devil's Hunt

Sea of Solitude

Palmyra Orphanage

The Surge 2

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Intruders: Hide and Seek

CodeVein

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition

Rain of Reflections

Dual Blade: Battle of The Female Ninja

Sniper Elite 3: Afrika

The Technomancer

GRID

Trine 4 : The Nightmare Prince

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The Outer Worlds : Sneak and Sniper/Range build : Edgewater Quests - Part 1

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Borderlands 3

Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

This Land Is My Land

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Heavy Rain

Kings of Lorn: The Fall of Ebris

 

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Eightarmedpet
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Mini i5
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Very cool. Thanks for this. 👍

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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jangoloti
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Isn't there any similar resource on Mac OS games running on Macs with eGPU ? Is Mac gaming that far off the Windows world to really have to go to Bootcamp for any gaming at all ?

I know www.macgamerhq.com but I have not been able to compare resolutions and availability of titles between Mac and Windows. I do not need hundreds of titles, only enough choice to find a couple of games I like and have my new eGPU get some use. Does Steam provide enough of those ?

J

 

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Mac legacy
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If there are the tweaks on software side listed , it will be a better reference. I am using a similar machine

Thunderbolt2 MacBook Pro 11,5 (with r9m370x DGPU)
Successful with:
Sonnet Breakaway Box550 + MSI Rx580 + TB3->TB2 cable


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