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roibosh
(@roibosh)
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Hi,

 

I have the 2016 Macbook Pro with function keys, the Sonnet Breakaway Box 550, and an Nvidia GTX 1070.

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!

 

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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itsage
(@itsage)
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Joined: 5 years ago
 

@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.

 

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