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incoghero
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Posted by: @itsage

@incoghero, Welcome aboard and thank you for testing this new eGPU enclosure out. At $300 it's actually the best value with the specs it claims. I have a rough idea of component placement and mainboard layout but want to wait until the production units get to people's hands before further discussion. Hope they're able to deliver the first round in the fall.

 

Posted by: @mac_editor

@incoghero, welcome! I'm sure the community would be happy to have you share your hands-on experience (and ask questions). I believe @ikir also ordered a unit and presume @itsage would grab one for a review as well. I for one am curious to see how this eGFX pans out in the long run, given how they started off.

Thank you! Glad to be of service Smile

Posted by: @ikir

Still not ordered because of customs and uncertainly about Apple Silicon support. I would love to order one, still thinking about it.

I happen to have an M1 Macbook Air as one of my machines and can test that as well. You're on your own for customs though...

 

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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mac_editor
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@ikir eGFX boxes don't really have anything to do with Apple M1 support. There are simply no AMD GPU drivers in macOS compiled for ARM. If the drivers are present, eGPUs would start working. The box itself will connect fine to M1 macs and you could probably run other supported PCIe devices instead of GPUs. If drivers become available, all existing eGFX will work fine too.

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Posted by: @mac_editor

@ikir eGFX boxes don't really have anything to do with Apple M1 support. There are simply no AMD GPU drivers in macOS compiled for ARM. If the drivers are present, eGPUs would start working. The box itself will connect fine to M1 macs and you could probably run other supported PCIe devices instead of GPUs. If drivers become available, all existing eGFX will work fine too.

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ikir
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New press release:


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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Tiago Borba
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@ikir I personally didn't appreciate much the once again very generic copy regarding certification and daisy chain and whatnot. We are still not getting any data regarding how this box is arranged internally and how the Thunderbolt hosts will see the bus arrangement or even a hint as to how the dual host thing is even supposed to behave.

I guess a lot of the appeal of pre-purchasing this box is the actual doubt around the novelty, but to me that doubt feels very discouraging in the purchase of such a product, given I've had to deal with 2 different eGPU enclosures ranging 3 different GPUs and 2 different host computers and OSs. I know for a fact this will be trouble, I just wanted to know how much trouble it could be from a glimpse at something resembling a block diagram but welp, no dice on that front.

But hey at least it's no longer a 3D-printed plastic box!

 

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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joevt
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Posted by: @ikir

tested by Apple and Intel

Apple does eGPU testing for third party manufacturers?

Posted by: @tiago_borba

generic copy regarding certification

Yes.

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@mac_editor I have a point of confusion on all of this. Apple claims Bootcamp support on M1 is up to Microsoft. But Microsoft supposedly already has Windows ARM available, which makes no sense as to why Bootcamp M1 doesn't work. It feels like Apple intentionally blames vendors and muddies the water on purpose when they kill their support for projects or well adopted standards so that their own practices aren't closely examined and their brand doesn't suffer.

 

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craftsman
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Posted by: @tsh3721

@mac_editor I have a point of confusion on all of this. Apple claims Bootcamp support on M1 is up to Microsoft. But Microsoft supposedly already has Windows ARM available, which makes no sense as to why Bootcamp M1 doesn't work. It feels like Apple intentionally blames vendors and muddies the water on purpose when they kill their support for projects or well adopted standards so that their own practices aren't closely examined and their brand doesn't suffer.

 

At the moment Windows ARM is only OEM. If they produce a retail version for purchase then there is incentive for Boot Camp support and producing drivers for the hardware.

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MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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itsage
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@ikir, I'm trying to make sense of those PCBs. JHL7440FC1 MB and JHL7440FC1-DB are clear to be joined as motherboard and daughterboard. Are we to assume the M.2 NVMe socket is on the backside of JHL7440FC2? 

 

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