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Lee Davies
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Hi All - I have a 2018 15" rMBP i7-8850H 32GB and have a  Razer Core X  on the way in which I only paid 125 EUR for (brand new but damaged box).

Got Bootcamp all setup and been spending lots of time with Intel ETU and  Throttlestop  trying to prevent those fans ramping up when just watching YouTube videos. Still not completely sure on the best settings for my CPU but completely disabling Turbo boost makes it run silent while watching 4K videos but probably not good for gaming.

Anway I am about to buy the GPU and was thinking about the MSI SGX  RTX 2070 Super  or the MSI SGX  RX 5700 XT  due to the construction and noise levels.

I am correct or incorrected in saying that  RTX 2070 Super  is a bit too much GPU for an eGPU with my laptop due to the TB3 and CPU bottlenecks? Also the  5700 XT  is 162 EUR cheaper right now.

I dont plan on using it with MacOS (just Bootcamp).  Are NVidia cards less hassle to setup in Bootcamp?

Would even be prepared to drop down to a 1660 Super (for 1080p gaming at max settings) if the above GPUs with my laptop combo does not meet my expectations. I am looking for a solid 60fps 1440p gaming experience with my Dell USB-C Ultrawide display. Cannot be doing with any of that pausing and stuttering.

Many thanks.

15" rMBP i7-8850H - Bootcamp W10 2004 - Razer Core X - GTX 1660 Super


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Mini i5
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@lee_davies

Game performance always varies from title to title, but these members' builds with a 5700 XT and 2070 Super have a lot of good info.

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-15-macbook-pro-rp560x-8th6ch-radeon-5700-xt-32gbps-tb3-razer-core-x-macos-10-15-5-win10/

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2018-15-macbook-pro-rp560x-8th6ch-rtx-2070-super-32gbps-tb3-asus-xg-station-2-macos-10-15-win10-suwit/

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Lee Davies
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@mini-i5, Thanks for the reply.  I read through some of the members builds and as you said it varies from game to game so I guess I am just going to have to try and test myself.

Im just not impressed with the thermals on the 2018 rMBP.  I also have a 7th Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon prepped and ready to go and I will see if I can get hold of the more powerful ThinkPads such as the P1.

It would be nice to know if Nvidia is the way to go for Bootcamp / Windows 10.  5700 XT is definitely a more bang for buck card than the 2070 Super.

 

15" rMBP i7-8850H - Bootcamp W10 2004 - Razer Core X - GTX 1660 Super


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Mini i5
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@lee_davies

It might not be long before 2070 Super prices drop.

The 3070 should be announced next month.

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Lee Davies
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That's good to know.  How much do they normally drop in price?

My Core X arrived today and I tested it with a NVidia GT 1030 in which I use for my bar-top arcade.  Managed to get 1280x1024 @ 60 fps on Ultra settings with Tekken 7 (same as on the desktop).

Everything went simple and pretty much worked out of the box.  Also CPU usage was super low as well as noise levels.  This was tested with my 7th Gen X1 Carbon.  Now time to test with Bootcamp.

 

15" rMBP i7-8850H - Bootcamp W10 2004 - Razer Core X - GTX 1660 Super


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Mini i5
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@lee_davies

They will likely re-price it low enough to hurt AMD. So it could fall close to the current price range of the 5700 XT.

 

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Mini i5
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@lee_davies

An update to say I’ve noticed the in-store stock of the RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super cards is running out, or is sold-out, at my local retailers here in the States. 

So prices might not ever drop on these cards. Manufacturers might simply be EOL’ing them now. 

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Lee Davies
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Thanks for the update.  I am keeping a close eye on Amazon and they are all selling out and the prices are not dropping.

15" rMBP i7-8850H - Bootcamp W10 2004 - Razer Core X - GTX 1660 Super


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