ADVICE & HELP! For EGPU on macOS & Bootcamp Windows
 
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Sean Wu
(@sean_wu)
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

Hi guys, 

Been digging hard on this EGPU stuff these days, since I want to grab one to improve my gaming experience on BOOTCAMP. But I still don't know what to choose among the graphic cards & still don't really get the process. 

MY GOAL is to play games on bootcamp windows & edit 4k clips on macOS. Enabling HDR as well.

My current MacBook is 2019 16 inch i7 / 512ssd / RP5300m base model with BOOTCAMP, with a LG UL550 4K HDR Display.

I am looking to get a Razer Core X Chroma + (RX 5600XT or GTX1660) / (RX5700 or RTX 2060)

What've seen so far on forum: 
AMD
macOS- WORKS EASILY
Windows- v1903 build 180362 , install drivers, DDU etc... 

NVIDIA
macOS- DONT WORK
Windows- Install NVIDIA driver ---> WORKS EASILY

I really can't choose between AMD or NVIDIA after I researched in the forum, its either NVIDIA(BOOTCAMP) or AMD(macOS). Is there any card that can both work under BOOTCAMP & macOS?

Would appreciate if anyone can throw me some ideas. 

 

 

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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sabrefv
(@sabrefv)
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Joined: 1 year ago
 

@sean_wu, I am really no expert with Apple Devices. I did purchase An old 2015 13" Macbook air and installed Bootcamp and then ran a GTX 1060 in an Akitio Node (even though I had to use TB2 to TB3 converter for the 2015 Macbook air). This was about 6-9 months ago. The Bootcamp install was flawless and from what I can remember I was able to get it installed and working fine  running bootcampand then gave it to my son who loved it and used it. I never used it or gamed with it.

Then I started getting calls from him about the Os just hanging after about 1 hour of play. He sold it before I could take a look at what was going on. I researched and some MACs get very hot running Windows Bootcamp. One colleague of mine got a free Macbook from work to use but had to abandon using bootcamp because of the over heating issue.

 

I don't know if this will affect your decision or if anyone else on this forum who are much better Apple experts can confirm. I just want to make sure you look at that. If you go Mac OS then AMD is the way to go. If you go Bootcamp because you want to use Nvidia then you want to make sure your hw, configurations and environment can avoid thermal throttling and overheating. This may not be an issue with your latest up to date Mac.

 

Frank

 

Lenovo Yoga 730, Dell XPS 13
Akitio Node, Gigabyte Aorus 1070
Sapphire Nitro RX 580, Nvidia GE Force GTX 1070

 
2018 13" Lenovo Yoga 730 [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1050 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Lenovo TB3 GFX Dock) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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Sean Wu
(@sean_wu)
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

@sabrefv, thanks for the notes! I've reached apple experts regarding to the issue. They don't really know what they can do, and they throw everything to windows, gpu , egpu manufacturers... will try this again maybe in store. 

 

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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Mini i5
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Joined: 12 months ago
 

@sean_wu

Wait a couple weeks. Windows spring update 2004 might make it easier to use an AMD eGPU with Bootcamp. 

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Sean Wu
(@sean_wu)
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

@mini-i5, noted, thanks for the heads up

 

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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