Running Linux from External Drive – Impact on eGPU Performance
I would like to get CUDA running which means that I necessarily need to run Linux (Pop!_OS) on my Macbook Pro next to macOS (which I also need).
As installing Linux on a partition of my internal drive seemed complicated, I thought about running Linux from an external Samsung T3 SSD which support USB 3.1 5Gbps.
I would be thankful for any comments on this plan of mine. In particular,
- Will running Linux from an external drive significantly limit CUDA performance?
- Will using the eGPU still be plug&play?
- Will running Linux from an external drive significantly limit gaming (Proton) performance?
Thank you in advance!
@roibosh, The eGPU has a max throughput of 22Gbps so there's room for other devices. Unless you're running a Tier 1 NVMe through TB3 for an external drive, it shouldn't be a worry on your 2016 MacBook Pro. If you have a 13-in version, make sure to use the left sided ports for eGPU.