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eGangsterProcessingUnit
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Having been using my eGPU with a 2070 super and my 16" MacBook, I have simply not been impressed at all by the performance gains. I am now frustrated at how much time and money I have wasted on this setup and would advise anyone to be cautious on gaming in bootcamp on MacBooks. The performance sucks... it really does.

 

Getting underwhelming fps in many games such as Witcher 3 (90 fps on 1080p max setting) and absolutely terrible fps in warzone (40-85 fps on 1080p max setting), I have considered selling my Razer Core X enclosure. I am thinking of going all out on a PC tower and actually being able to make use of all that my graphics card has to offer. Having the same performance of a ~£300 graphic card on a £499 is extremely annoying. The only negative of this decision is that I actually have to spend even more money *sigh*. However, I will have a much more reliable PC with a higher level of performance and I won't have to worry about bootcamp being ditched due Apple launching ARM based Macs.

 

What do you guys think? I knew I was going to encounter many problems such as bottlenecks when I got myself into this. It is what it is. :<( 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5300M) [9th,6C,H] + RTX 2070 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Nutype
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If you dont need the portability, then a PC tower of course will give you better performance. 

Egpus are not great for high fps gaming so if you're looking for that you should get a tower. I used to game at 120hz/fps locked but needed to switch to an egpu setup for portability. To match with the egpu I also changed to a 75hz freesync monitor and I'm content with that.  

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eGangsterProcessingUnit
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@nutype

 

Yeah I'm gonna stick with the egpu setup for a bit longer and see how it goes. I might just get used to the performance and not get annoyed anymore by the bottlecaps. I am definitely going to build a PC tower in the near future.

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5300M) [9th,6C,H] + RTX 2070 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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Its odd you are getting such poor performance... your CPU wont be a bottleneck.

Rule of thumb is eGPU set ups are better at higher res, and not that great at pushing high FPS, so if you switch to 1440 you may only lose a couple of frames but things will look a lot nicer.

FWIW I am pretty underwhelmed with my current "Gaming PC" and its performance, there are so many variables that effect performance and I dont really have the knowledge or patience to learn (my ram may not have XMP enabled which can cause a big FPS hit in PUBG).

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eGangsterProcessingUnit
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@eightarmedpet

 

It seems that the majority of egpu users suffer from huge performance hits on certain games like warzone regardless of their specs being high. I have heard before that gaming at higher resolution is favourable when using egpus as it puts less load on the cpu however a higher resolution monitor with high refresh was out of my budget. It appears that even if you have a fairly powerful processor, good cooling and high ram you will still get roughly the same performance simply due to the tb3 bottleneck.

Switching to 1440 won't really solve anything for me as my monitor is 1080p so I will just get an even lower FPS without better detail unless I upgrade my monitor. I will try out 200% resolution on warzone so it forces my gpu to render 1440p resolution despite me only having a 1080p screen and see if the FPS is somewhat more stable (doesn't fluctuate like crazy and dip to 40).

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5300M) [9th,6C,H] + RTX 2070 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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