Buying Egpu for Mac, Got lost PLEASE HELP
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Buying Egpu for Mac, Got lost PLEASE HELP  


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Joined: 10 months ago

Hello, I have a macbook 13 pro(new model) with a intel i7, 16 ram ddr3, and 250 ssd. I want to buy an eGPU because my macs gpu does not work. I want the eGPU for mostly gaming(Fortnite, Warzone, etc) and all video editing. But I have a budget of 400( I know it's not a lot but I have to get something). I was seeing the rebuild like the power color mini rx570 8gb, and the gigabyte rx580 8gb. But they are out of stock, I want to get the best that  can get with 400( it's okay if it passes a few bucks). So please help me so I can do something in this quarantine. Also I want to connect via ethernet cable and also run bootcamp via a portable ssd. So please help thanks. 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.


Eminent Member
Joined: 4 years ago

Sounds like my budget setup. 

Sonnet eGFX breakaway box $250 new (but I scored mine $190 used), an RX 570 (I too was cheap), and a Nekteck USB-C to USB-A/Ethernet hub.

If you must have a single-cable setup I guess you could try a PowerColor Gaming Station (also $250 on amazon) but the reviews on that one have been mixed (and sharing bandwidth between the eGPU and internet/SSD can impact performance).

The PowerColor Mini is mostly for people who value small form factors above price/performance.

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2011 iMac w/ Sierra, 2015 MacBook Air w/ HS, 2018 Mac Mini w/ Mojave
eGPU #1: AKiTiO Thunder 2 w/ RX 460-2GB + 120W PSU
eGPU #2: Sonnet Breakaway Box 350 + RX 570-4GB

2015 13" MacBook Air [5th,2C,U] + RX 460 @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.13 // eGPU linked straight to laptop's screen through a screen input board [build link]  

Noble Member Admin
Joined: 4 years ago

Lowest cost TB3 eGPU would be a:

1. ADT-Link R43SG-TB3 or equivalent made up of ADT-Link R43SG + ( Wavlink UTE02 or JEYI Leidian ). Benefits explained here.

2. 220W Dell DA-2 PSU to drive it

3. video card for < $250 to all fit within your budget, eg: RX 580

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 // compares M.2 vs TB3 performance inc unoptimized H-CPU BIOS [build link]