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FlyingTexan
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It's asking me to select a file do you have any idea which one?

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FlyingTexan
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So I was able to get TB3 up and working. I went and completely uninstalled all drivers then used the Gigabyte file which had an older version of TB in it then that allowed me to update to the newest via Gigabytes folder.

My new problem is how to install drivers. I don't now how. I keep trying and it completely locks up my computer after about 30 seconds of installing.

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Mr.awe
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Im stucked at the 1st huddle. i installed the driver as itsage mentioned, but cant proceed.

my laptop is mbp 18 15".

is there anyone who is struggling with it?

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itsage
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@mr-awe I believe the Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers in the 2018 Macs require a newer Intel Thunderbolt Software. I have not tried this procedure on newer versions to comment unfortunately. Look for v17 on Intel website and give it a try.

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Mr.awe
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@itsage, i really appreciate your reply! i never expect that you will stop by here!
unfortunately, when i try with 17 version, system blocks by the weird message.

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it works almost perfect except for a couple of things which really annoys me...
if you happen to catch some time to try, please let me know how to bypass this issue!

thanks again!

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Mr.awe
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Posted by: itsage

@mr-awe I believe the Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers in the 2018 Macs require a newer Intel Thunderbolt Software. I have not tried this procedure on newer versions to comment unfortunately. Look for v17 on Intel website and give it a try.

Now, im encountered the bigger issue.
Gamingbox does not charge when i play the game. It seems like full-throttled GPU won`t charge a bit.
if i may be able to update the firmware, i would have tested, but still no lucks with all different versions of thunderbolt 3 drivers. SIGH!

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steve500
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I updated my Aorus box firmware using an older 2016 macbook pro 13" that does not have Titan Ridge thunderbolt hardware, my 2018 macbook pro wasn't having it and downgrading the thunderbolt driver was not an option on titan ridge.  I have already discussed with Gigabyte that their firmware updater tool is not compatible with Titan Ridge thunderbolt controllers and they need to update it. Gigabyte was not fun to talk with about that as they did not understand that at all. They kept telling me it's because I am trying to update the firmware using a macbook rather than a windows pc. I had to remind them that they themselves sell newer computers that feature the titan ridge thunderbolt controller and I am sure that those windows PC's are unable to utilize the egpu enclosure firmware update utilities because of that.

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I managed to update the firmware on my Aorus Rx580  box on TB2106 15" using the tb software  from dell . If you do not want to mess with  apple_set_os.efi  and just want a quick update please remember to set windows in Airplane  mode - because windows knows better and sets up your egpu/blackscreen if it has internet access. I really loooooove it when I am reminded why i switched to apple. 

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Hi itsage,

I have the thunderbolt software installed but still cannot pass Hurdle #1.
Any ideas?

The software version is 16.2.55.275

2018 15' MacBook Pro i7-8750H 16GB Radeon Pro 555X
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Hey,

I think I have the same problem as @peiran_liu. I have a 2018 15" Macbook Pro with an Aorus RX580 box. Is there any way to actually flash the firmware to improve performance?

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Try the latest thunderbolt driver for titan bridge. It works for me.

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itsage
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I tried flashing the eGPU firmware this weekend on an AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming Box [H2D firmware]. In Boot Camp things got easier in that you would only need Intel Thunderbolt Software [17.4.77.400] version. Once installed the FW Update Tool worked without issues. This was done on a 2018 Mac mini running Windows 10 1809.

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Posted by: itsage

I tried flashing the eGPU firmware this weekend on an AORUS RTX 2070 Gaming Box [H2D firmware]. In Boot Camp things got easier in that you would only need Intel Thunderbolt Software [17.4.77.400] version. Once installed the FW Update Tool worked without issues. This was done on a 2018 Mac mini running Windows 10 1809.

Hi , I still have an issue for running egpu on win10 bootcamp. i use imac latest 2017 with radeon pro 550 inside , and mantix with radeon vega installed. when i turn on my mantiz while the win10 running, i saw the computer management adding new driver radeon vega automaticly , but after that all goes black screen. is there anyway to solve this ? thank you.

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Yes same here.. I just got the egpu Aorus RTX 2070 gaming box
Thanks for this post 
Intel Thunderbolt Software [
17.4.77.400] version. Once installed the FW Update Tool worked without issues.
This was on macbook pro 13 2017 model

check bootcampdrivers.com is the best choice to run one set of drivers for both AMD dGPU & eGPU.

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I honestly don't even get it why bother installing the thunderbolt 3 driver? Is it just for plug and play? I just installed Windows on an external SSD via SATA port on my eGPU enclosure and, after installing the required graphics driver, am able to run the eGPU in Windows perfectly fine. I should note that I'm using an AMD RX 570, which supports AMD xConnect natively, and there is an icon in the system tray which allows me to disconnect my eGPU at any time, although I won't do that because everything is connected to my MacBook via one single TB3 cable.

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itsage
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@louis_zhou In order to flash the Thunderbolt 3 firmware of an enclosure, the system needs Intel Thunderbolt Software to communicate with the EEPROM chipset.

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Alec
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Is it even possible to get past #1 on a 2019 MacBook Pro 13"?

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itsage
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@alec 2019 13″ MacBook Pro uses Titan Ridge controllers so it should work similarly to the 2018 Mac mini in terms of Intel Thunderbolt Software. You don’t really need it unless you have to flash the enclosure’s firmware.

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soocoo
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I'm running Windows 10 Version 1903 (OS Build 18362.239) via Bootcamp on my 2018 MBP 15", with a Razer Core X Chroma eGPU enclosure housing a RTX 2080 Ti video card. After a fresh OS install I installed drivers through Windows Update, hot-plugging in the eGPU, then via GeForce Experience for my video card, rebooting as necessary.

I am able to fully utilize the eGPU by hot-plugging after boot. Everything runs extremely well. However, then introducing an external SSD into the setup via another USB-C connection to my laptop causes BSOD "Video TDR failure." The same happens when plugging any other peripheral to the laptop, regardless of relative port placement. Additionally, doing the reverse and plugging in my SSD before eGPU renders the SSD unrecognized and the eGPU non-operational. In the meantime I've been plugging the SSD into the USB-C port on my video card intended for VR, which takes away bandwidth and reduces performance.

Is it possible I would benefit from installing Intel Thunderbolt Software? I'm not seeing Titan Ridge Thunderbolt controllers anywhere in Device Manager  whether devices are connected or not. Below is a screenshot of Device Manager when just the (operational) eGPU is connected.

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itsage
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@soocoo Near the bottom of “System devices” is where you’d be able to spot “Thunderbolt(TM) Controller”. You can right-click and update the drivers manually to DCH version in order to run Thunderbolt Control Center. I’m not sure that would help with the issue you’re facing however.

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mac_editor
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@itsage

Tried updating firmware on the Venus today but does not seem to work. Installed 17.4.77.400 thunderbolt drivers, which went fine, and enclosure is detected as expected. The provided firmware updater from mantiz throws an error 0x211  SDK_UNKNOWN_CHIP which probably means it could not detect the Venus appropriately. Any tips?

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itsage
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@mac_editor Have you tried the .BIN file through a standalone FWUpdateTool?

 

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@itsage

I haven't. What firmware tool should I use? Any one from the Intel website for the NUCs?

Edit: Tried a FWUpdateTool with the bin: got a general error saying it could not read I2C. Guess I probably need to follow the Mantiz guide to the letter to make this happen.

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Hi,

I'm just lucky to update my XG STATION 2 firmware from 21.1 to 25.1 and I would like to show whom that still has a pain of this device. It took me 23 hr without breaking with very bad support from ASUS and APPLE.

 

First of all, here's my device list.

1. MBP 15-inch 2018 (with RP560X) - Catalina 10.15

2. ASUS ROG XG STATION 2 (come with firmware version: 21.1)

3. SAPPHIRE NITRO RX580 8G

 

Before we start, DO NOT HOUSE ANY GRAPHICS CARD IN THE "XG STATION 2" WHILE CONNECTED TO BOOTCAMP WINDOW OR YOU WILL GOT BLACK SCREEN OF THE DEAD!!!!!!!!"

 

This guide will only take about how to update your XG Station 2 firmware with MBP 2018 15-inch!!! That I used to make it worked and I will not respond to any damage to your device.

 

Let's make it step by step.

1. Download "Windows 10 X64 1809" from the Microsoft download site here. (I surf it through Thailand site but Global or any country should be fine with it got same hash)

2. Lets Boot Camp Assistant helps you prepare an installation. (Boot Camp Driver version is 7071)

3. Finish an installation through Microsoft Windows 10 install process. (I disconnect the internet until next process.)

4. When the system bootup, lets Bootcamp do their duty. (Still disconnected)

5. After reboot, I'm connecting to the internet and looking for Thunderbolt 3 driver provided by Intel here. (version 17.4.77.400) and here. (version 1.41.645.0)

6. I'm also looking for the Thunderbolt 3 firmware updater here. (Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller Firmware Update Tool for NUC8i7HNK, NUC8i7HVK version 33) because the software that Asus provides will not let you flash the device!!.

7. Next, go to Asus official site and grab for "ASUS-ROG-XG-STATION-2_V25" and "XG-STATION Hot Plug Tool\ XG-STATION Hot Plug Tool ver0.0.3.0" here.

8. Install "Thunderbolt 3 driver" (version 17.4.77.400) after that install "XG-STATION Hot Plug Tool" then make a restart.

9. Connect the XG STATION 2 through MBP Thunderbolt 3 port on the left of the screen (near to you) the system should be starting to set up the new device.

10. Open up the Thunderbolt 3 software, and you will find that XG STATION 2 isn't recognized.

11. Open device manager, looking for Thunderbolt Controller (in the bottom) and update the driver to 1.41.645.0 then its will ask you to uninstall the part Thunderbolt 3 software, do it and make a restart with XG STATION plugged.

12. Install "Thunderbolt 3 driver" (version 17.4.77.400) again and try to flash the firmware with Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller Firmware Update Tool, If it recognized XG Station 2 in Thunderbolt 3's port then do flash with ASUS ROG XG STATION 2 Firmware 25, If not then do next step.

13. Uninstall Thunderbolt 3 driver version 17.4.77.400 through app & feature and go to the device manager and uninstall + delete drive for Thunderbolt 3 Controller and then install version 17.4.77.400 through device manager.

14. Install "Thunderbolt 3 driver" (version 17.4.77.400) and try to flash the firmware with Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller Firmware Update Tool (Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller Firmware Update Tool for NUC8i7HNK, NUC8i7HVK version 33 not ASUS)

Now it should recognize you XG STATION 2 under port 1, MAKE SURE THAT YOU SELECT .BIN FILE FROM ASUS.

After that you will finished flashing your device then make a restart and back to macOS to check your device firmware.

 

 

Hope this will find whom that also stuck in flashing as well.

2018 15″ MacBook Pro i7-8850H/Radeon Pro 560X dGPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD; RTX 2070 Super & ROG XG STATION 2


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Fred_erick
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Hi,

 

ich have a 13" Macbook Pro (mid 2018) and a Omen Accelerator with a Vega 56.

Bootcamp Driver for the Vega is installed but I need the Thunderbolt Bus Driver for Windows 10, because the little Thunderbolt icon dont show up in the task bar. But I cant find a driver.

Hope you can help

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