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Alec
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Is it possible to keep an eGPU always connected to a 13" MacBook Pro from 2019? My current method involves connecting the TB3 connector once Windows fully loads, but this is an annoying hassle and doesn't always work. Preferably, I'd like to be able to have the eGPU connected all the time without having to reconnect every time I reboot into Windows.

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP450) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core) + Win10 [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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Yes it is, dep on model the technique varies.
I have the 2017 and use rEFInd but I think there have been reports of issues with rEFInd and the 2019 models.
The EFI Bootloader may be an option for you but unsure if it works with your model.
What version of Windows are you using and what enclosure because they both make a difference. 
Be good if you added all your build details in your signature so folks know what ya got when they try to help.

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itsage
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@alec automate-eGPU EFI is the best solution for your use. The system may not boot into macOS partition through this boot loader is the only downside I'm experiencing. The eGPU works alongside iGPU every boot.

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Alec
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Posted by: @itsage

@alec automate-eGPU EFI is the best solution for your use. The system may not boot into macOS partition through this boot loader is the only downside I'm experiencing. The eGPU works alongside iGPU every boot.

What do you mean by not booting the macOS partition?

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itsage
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I would set automate-eGPU EFI as the default boot volume so that the EFI Boot Loader shows up every time. It works great this way booting into Windows with both iGPU and eGPU working. Booting into macOS through this Boot Loader doesn't not work for my 2019 13" MacBook Pro. When I want to go into macOS partition I hold OPTION key and use the native boot selector.

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chinsteig
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The solution I found for leaving the eGPU plugged in was to use a cheap Ikea smart plug to control the power state easily. When booting into macOS i just leave it off as i'm using an nvidia gpu, but for windows it's an easy click to turn it on as it's booting.

The set comes pre-paired so I don't think you need the hub for it (I have other products in the line so i do have the hub).
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/tradfri-control-outlet-kit-70364803/

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Posted by: @chinsteig

The solution I found for leaving the eGPU plugged in was to use a cheap Ikea smart plug to control the power state easily. When booting into macOS i just leave it off as i'm using an nvidia gpu, but for windows it's an easy click to turn it on as it's booting.

The set comes pre-paired so I don't think you need the hub for it (I have other products in the line so i do have the hub).
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/tradfri-control-outlet-kit-70364803/

Very cool solution, thanks.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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