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Swisher Sweet
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Posted by: @ningauble77

It would be nice if their product/support pages explicitly stated that the Ethernet Port was unsupported in MacOS

Couldn't agree more. I flagged the product for Amazon review, hoping they will update the listing to accurately describe the limited macOS support. I've also asked Razer support to update their Amazon listing, but they said they don't handle that. Perhaps if others flagged the inaccurate product description on Amazon, they'd be pressured to pursue a stable macOS Ethernet driver.

2019 16" MacBook Pro
Blackmagic eGPU Pro (Vega 56)
27" LG Ultrafine Display

2012 Mac Pro Tower
NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super
Acer Predator X34


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BlueYon
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Mine also has the issue of the keyboard not working or network need to be set to 100mps. I found the thunderbolt chip set is an old one. I bought the akito node pro and it has the alpine ridge chipset which solved 99% of the issues. I had to lower my network settings so it was not using up to much bandwidth and also removed some dell stuff that encrypted data. I can tell you after playing a few games and recording the average FPS like the latest doom that the node pro is faster than the core x chroma.

One thing Im thinking of doing is replacing the thunderbolt 3 pci card in the  Choma with a Gigabyte Alpine Ridge card. Not sure it will work but lets see.

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cvk14
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@swisher-sweet

Thanks for bringing this to light. I thought i was going crazy... 

I moved from a Mantiz Venus to the Core X Chrome to support more wattage when charging the new 16" MacBook Pro which is normally paired to a 96W power supply. The Venus only supplies 87w. Really not a huge difference, but I didn't want to add cycles to the batteries unnecessarily. 

If your not running a 16" MacBook Pro (and even if you are) the Venus is quite a box. Its really designed for the MacBook eGPU community. I will say the build quality is a hair under the Razer Core X. I have a pretty early model which the GPU screws have untapped out of the metal chassis. 

As far as your concerns about double wide GPUs -- I have a Vega 64 in my Mantiz Venus. its a tight fit, but it works well. 

16" MacBook Pro 5550M/8GB - Mantiz Venus w/ Vega 64


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malba2366
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I am looking at this egpu as it has ethernet and usb hub built in.  The drivers on the Razer appear to be old.  Has anyone tried the newest drivers from the Asix (company that makes the USB/Ethernet controller) website?  Razer has the ones from January on their website, but there appears to be a new one from November for Catalina.

 

https://www.asix.com.tw/products.php?op=pItemdetail&PItemID=131;71;112

 

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frankle
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Looks like I'll test out the newer drivers tonight ... I'd rather not have to sell the Core X ...

MacBook Pro Retina 15” 2015, Catalina 10.15.1
Razer Core X Chroma, Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT


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Guido Rosso
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I'm trying to use a USB audio interface connected to my Razer Core X Chroma and audio playback constantly skips. Computer is a new Macbook Pro 16". I've been Googling and finally found this thread, which seems to confirm that the problem is indeed with the Razer Core X Chroma.

Has anybody had success in getting their USB ports to work with a USB audio interface for recording? The drivers on Razer's website seem to only be related to Ethernet.

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frankle
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Sorry, haven't plugged anything into the USB yet so can't help there ... 

The new drivers still disconnect so no improvement at gigabit speed. I did read in some other Windows forum that there were also issues on that OS and when you forced 100Mb instead of Gigabit it solved it ... so far so good, transferring FCPX dmg file around between my MiniServer and MacBook previously caused it to drop after 300Mb transferred, it's now just completed and I'm posting here so it works, just at 10% of the speed!

MacBook Pro Retina 15” 2015, Catalina 10.15.1
Razer Core X Chroma, Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT


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Greg Saiz
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I'm having the dreaded Ethernet drop. I tried the latest Asix drivers and that caused issues with the eGPU disconnecting that persisted until I removed the old ethernet drivers via the script and then installed V 2.15.

Switching the ethernet adapter to force 100mb seems to work and I wonder if forcing 1gb might also prevent the drop. I'll test that setting tomorrow. 

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Drew Curran
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Posted by: @swisher-sweet

Hi,

I can no longer deal with the inability to use the Ethernet adapter and constant USB drops with the Razer Core X Chroma on my MacBook Pro in macOS. I love the build quality, but didn't realize that macOS is poorly supported. I tried to get around using the built-in USB bus and Ethernet adapter by using a CalDigit TB3 dock, but in Windows boot, this consumes way too many resources, ultimately disabling the eGPU itself.

So I guess it's going on eBay as I missed the Amazon return window. 

Does anyone have any recommendations on an external GPU enclosure with:

  • MacBook Pro charging support (85 watts or better)
  • USB bus fully supported in macOS and Windows
  • Gb Ethernet fully supported in macOS and Windows
  • Support for large, double-width video cards

Thank you.

Yeah this is a pain alright. I noticed the USB dropouts with my Chroma X straight away after using it a few day’s. I’d replace it in a heartbeat if there was an alternative option with decent MacOS support. 

2018 MacBook Pro 15" & Razer Core X Chroma Vega 64


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ikir
 ikir
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Power delivery over 60w are quite useless. Since GPU and accessories are plugged into eGPU 60W is more than enough for charging a 15-16” at 100% load


MacBook Pro 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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