Bang-for-Buck 2020 MacBook Pro eGPU Setup
Hello, eGPU community!
My parents and I just bought a 2020 MacBook Pro 13". I plan to hook up a RX 5500 XT in a Sonnet eGFX 550w enclosure, and use macOS – not Bootcamp. I'm going to experiment with video editing, animation, 3D design, games, and some photo editing.
Also, I'm going to put the enclosure and my MacBook in a cubby in my desk (and then use an external keyboard and monitor). Is that going to cause thermal problems?
Thank you all very much!
TheMisterMcC, eGPU Newbie.
@themistermcc, Welcome aboard! I would recommend the PowerColor mini eGFX with the RX 570. It's sub $500 and has all of the features you're looking for. The performance is slightly less than the RX 5500 XT but given driver optimization in macOS for older cards, the difference is negligible.
One more thing. Do you know if the Powercolor Mini Pro is still being produced? Amazon says they only have one in stock. If it's not available in a few months what else do you recommend?
Thank you again!
@themistermcc, Another option is an empty Gigabyte/AORUS Gaming Box for sub $200 then pair it up with ITX-sized RX 5500XT. The Sonnet Breakaway Puck 570 would also work but it does have an expansion ports.