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Mandril420
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August 28, 2018 5:03 pm  

I finally got it working by doing a clean install of the Nvidia drivers (along w geforce experience) downloaded from their website. Initially I just let windows get the drivers and even though windows said they were the latest I wasn’t able to select the 1080Ti as the high performance GPU. Now everything works fine and I’m playing Overwatch on Ultra on my internal display. Thank you so much for everything fellas!!

ps: does anybody know how to enable 1440x900? It’s missing closest I get is 1680x1050 plz help!

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September 13, 2018 9:03 pm  

Hi there-- I have the same set up I think. My Mac (in Windows 10) recognizes the 1080 and I have the latest drivers installed. However, I don't know how to switch from the Radeon Pro 560 to the 1080-- where do I do that? When I do to graphics settings, the 1080 is there as the High Performance GPU... I just don't know how to have the MAC use it. I set Steam to use the High Performance GPU (1080), but it does not use it. Any tips appreciated. I'm wondering if I need to disable PCI resources or something to get it to work?

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September 22, 2018 5:33 pm  

i reach the step with integrated.bat, but when i run the bat and reboot, my integrated screen flickers and goes black. my external screen does not work either. i dont need the macbook screen, so if i can use my external screen with egpu without running integrated.bat that would work.
also, i have the new fw with «large memory» do i still need to disable both 1901 and 1905 to run a vega 64?

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September 22, 2018 6:07 pm  

also, what are these steps for? the egpu works on a new windows install, by just plugging it in, however i dont get the performance i expected

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September 23, 2018 10:09 am  

when i open a game, it runs smooth for 10 seconds, then everything goes black and windows crashes

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October 4, 2018 12:15 am  

I have a mid 2017 MBP 13 w Touch Bar and Gigabyte Gaming Box GTX 1070. I have activated iGPU with rEFInd, but when I check the Device Manager, I still only have one Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. What should I do?

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mac_editor
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November 25, 2018 6:28 pm  

I think the guide needs to be restructured, especially for 2017+ Macs. First step should always be to try the eGPU without any hacks, because usually for the 2017-18 Macs (exception: AMD on 2018 15" MBP needs bootcampdrivers.com drivers), that is enough, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't do much harm.

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gary1999
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November 28, 2018 9:13 am  

I followed the instructions but I am stuck when I plug in the eGPU and reboot. It will just won't start up. If I plug in the eGPU when it is in the rEFInd, the screen just freezes. How can I solve this? Thanks.

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FlyingTexan
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November 28, 2018 7:16 pm  

All of the links in the steps don't do anything. It says to "download file and copy into system" or whatever but I don't know what that means. It's like saying to disable SIP but doesn't say how to do that.

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FlyingTexan
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November 30, 2018 7:04 pm  

Every guide links to another guide that links to another guide. Why can't we just put it all in one place and keep it simple? It's confusing the way it is. If you're going to reference a post just put it in the guide because now you have to filter through half of another one to try and piece together what someone is trying to say.

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Eightarmedpet
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November 30, 2018 8:38 pm  

Would have to agree. Things are getting confusing. I’m almost tempted to write a beginners guide to the basics because I feel there is a level of assumed knowledge that many don’t have. Only prob is I prob don’t have the knowledge to write said guide. 

Anyone whos ever dabbled in hackintoshes must have come across Corpnewt, the way he wrote was a breath of fresh air to someone like myself.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touchbar + [email protected] (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10
2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + [email protected] (Sonnet Breakaway Box) + Win10

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070 (debating 2070 upgrade) @32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V1) + Win10

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + Vega 56 @32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V1) + Win10 & macOS 10.14+

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November 30, 2018 9:07 pm  

@flyingtexan Fair criticism. In general, the problem is multifaceted, with other problems such as guide discovery, new solutions popping up with their own guides, and more. In my opinion, the approach of having "guides" gets old real fast in the ever-changing and fast-paced tech. sphere. A clearly better approach could be something like a website where the user chooses his/her machine (easy for Mac-side, but difficult for general Windows), then selects their eGPU enclosure, then selects a GPU, and then the website spits out what the user needs to get things going. Such an approach eliminates the overhead of checking what's applicable and what isn't, at least. Finally, we need people willing to openly contribute to build these new approaches, and who have the spare time to do so.

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FlyingTexan
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November 30, 2018 9:24 pm  

When I run the integrated.bat as administrator, the exe file it downloaded, the cmd just flashes so quickly I can't see what's happened. Does that mean it has worked?

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FlyingTexan
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November 30, 2018 10:08 pm  

I'm sorry I've been a little confused. So we disable the PCI 8x because it gives the error 12 but if we have a 2017 15" MacBook pro we don't need to do this and can put the egpu on the left side to use the 8 lanes?

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mac_editor
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November 30, 2018 10:50 pm  
Posted by: Eightarmedpet

Can’t contribute any smarts but can do admin. 
Have some new files to send ya too champ.

Send 'em over anytime 🙂

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mac_editor
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December 1, 2018 12:46 am  
Posted by: FlyingTexan

I'm sorry I've been a little confused. So we disable the PCI 8x because it gives the error 12 but if we have a 2017 15" MacBook pro we don't need to do this and can put the egpu on the left side to use the 8 lanes?

You can't use 8 lanes over Thunderbolt 3 (it's 4 lanes). Using either side should be ok. The 2017 15" is hack-free in most cases.

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Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
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Multiple Build Guides


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Eightarmedpet
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December 1, 2018 7:56 am  
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Can’t contribute any smarts but can do admin. 
Have some new files to send ya too champ.

Send 'em over anytime 🙂

I’ll hopefully get them to ya this coming week, I’ve moved house and have no internet so limited to my phone atm, it’s heart breaking...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touchbar + [email protected] (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10
2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1[email protected] (Sonnet Breakaway Box) + Win10

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070 (debating 2070 upgrade) @32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V1) + Win10

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OliverB
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January 21, 2019 12:10 am  
Posted by: mac_editor

I think the guide needs to be restructured, especially for 2017+ Macs. First step should always be to try the eGPU without any hacks, because usually for the 2017-18 Macs (exception: AMD on 2018 15" MBP needs bootcampdrivers.com drivers), that is enough, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't do much harm.

This real story might be interesting in this case:
The boss of a software company (having 13-inch MBP 2018) bought an BlackMagic eGPU in order to play games. This was the first time I heard about eGPU.
I asked him: "How is it?"
He said: "It's B*llSh*t. I won't work with bootcamp. You must use reFIND and lot of dirty hacks. Very tricky and dangerous stuff. I am not willing to do all this stuff and risk my installation. There is even petition at Apple to support bootcamp with eGPU", referring to this egpu.io.
So I said: "Let me try it."

I borrowed the eGPU, plugged it at my 15-inch MPB 2018, screen went black, couldn't see a thing. Fortunately, I was smart enough enough to reboot the system and voilá: External Display worked like charm, playing Tomb Raider with my wife. We had a great time.
Nothing else had to be done to get it to work.

I told him: "It works in bootcamp quite well. At least at my system."
He answers: "This is not possible, they all say it doesn't work". And he wouldn't dare until to today.

Real story, real life.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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January 21, 2019 12:43 am  

Every component in an eGPU setup matters. The intention of this guide was to get a Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro work in Boot Camp as close to a Windows laptop as possible. While the 2018 MacBook Pros have firmware with Large Memory allocation to resolve error 12, the 15" model can't power the internal display with its iGPU.

I have used every model of the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro (eight to date). All of them can either be plug-and-play or encounter error 12 depending on a lot of factors. I'd rather present all possible issues before someone decides to invest a good amount of money in an eGPU setup. If this guide scares them, that's for the best.

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OliverB
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January 21, 2019 1:07 am  

With all due respect, fear is not always the right choice of instrument.  I really like the suggestion of @mac_editor and have separate guides depending on the model. The  current "How-To-Bootcamp Guide" does not apply well to the 2018 MacBookPro models. Frankly, it causes more problems than necessary. There should at least be an advice not to use apple_set_os.efi with that particular model and so on. 13-inch 2015 MacBookPro doesn't fit either. There you have the POST issue with nVidia cards. This isn't mentioned at all in the guide. etc..etc.. I hope, it's clear what I mean.

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mac_editor
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January 21, 2019 1:20 am  

@oliverb it’s hard to make a one-size-fits-all guide. It is also equally difficult to make multiple guides for different scenarios (they become hard to find, confusing, etc.). I didn’t directly suggest having separate guides, and honestly I don’t have faith in guides because they quickly become outdated. @itsage’s guide was/is super helpful when it was published. A lot has changed. Hard to keep track of every little thing here and there (like problems with 750m, 2015 13” MBP, etc.). I am just grateful we have a place to connect with people and get/give help.

My “solution” is ditching guides and going for app-based suggestions (user can select system configuration and get desired results automatically - what hacks to use, etc.) - but all of this requires tremendous effort. It’s easy to program subpar software, and I certainly am not one of those willing to make subpar stuff. If I had the time, trust me, I would have built that app. Users like you provide a wealth of knowledge to others thanks to your build guides and extensive benchmarks - that in itself gives users confidence. End goal is to make eGPUs ubiquitous and get companies to support it, and thanks to everyone here I think  we are on the right track.

Also, on that fear point I would say to any user that if they feel it’s dangerous, untrustworthy, or not worth it - that’s fine isn’t it. It’s their choice - they may not want something that works today, but may not tomorrow. I for one love software, so getting it to work is the fun part for me haha. 

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January 21, 2019 10:00 am  

Hey @itsage, do you have any tips to connect the GTX1070 AGB to the 2018 15" Macbook Pro internal display? When I plug in the AGB too early, it will only run external displays. Plugging in too late or when windows is fully booted up, gives me a ks.sys error whereas I have to restart my PC.

I've tried disabling and enabling with the AGB connected, but still gave me ks.sys error..

Please help me. On the verge of selling the eGPU of this frustration

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madjase
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January 21, 2019 7:23 pm  

I'm in the same place with my 15" 2018 MacBook Pro, did you find any resolution or path forward?

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January 22, 2019 6:41 pm  

Now that the 13inc Touch Bar MacBooks have 4 full speed TB3 ports I should be able to use any of them with equal success, right?

For windows I am still not able to get the internal display to show anything but the windows logo... since there has already been so many changes, what do I still need to do to get my AMD RX480 to accelerate my internal display (or at least get it working powered by the cpu's "gpu")?

Thanks a lot!

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January 30, 2019 8:50 am  

Thank you so much for this article! By following it I was able to connect a Sonnet Technologies eGFX Breakaway Box 650 (with a mounted Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti) to my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) when using Windows 10.

Followed the steps one by one without any issue


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