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01Mike
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Hi everyone,
I've owned a Late 2016 15 inch MacBook Pro dgpu (460)...well since Late 2016. I've read that this is the toughest mac book to get working properly with an egpu setup in bootcamp. I'm an avid gamer and I'm looking to upgrade to a 240hz monitor to play Overwatch and other shooters. I would like some advice on what graphics card to buy that would best work with my situation.
Money being less of a barrier right now, It's between a 2080 or a Radeon VII. I'm looking at getting one of the beefiest cards to even possibly overkill, in order to hit a stable 240 fps. I've seen some users reporting no issues with Nvidia on Bootcamp, while others say stick with AMD as its supported on the MacOS side and easier to deal with on the bootcamp side. Other say Nvidia is impossible on bootcamp (not to mention doesn't work in MacOS). I would like more power, I am not necessarily needing MacOS support as I spend most of my time gaming on the bootcamp side regardless, but I wouldn't be opposed to having the option for future use cases.
I'm going to pick up a Razer Core X and a Monitor soon.
My second question involves the workarounds needed to install and get the egpu working properly in Bootcamp. Would it be possible to still use the dgpu without having to do advanced changes everytime I want to change? I still will game away from my home desk, and I'd like to set up a second egpu for my not tech savvy duo partner who also has the exact same laptop I do.
The setup instructions are clear and I will likely follow them to the T, but the advanced use cases are unclear.
I've read that booting back into macos can be tricky as you need to manually reenable the dgpu or something Like that but the instructions arent super clear on how to swap from egpu to dgpu or what steps are needed to safely boot into macos and back into windows with egpu support again.
someone please help me understand the caveats to swapping which card is being used, and help me pick out the right card!
thank you very much, I look forward to posting a successful build.
- Mike
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mac_editor
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@01mike Bootcamp setup on the 2016 15" MacBook Pro has improved since Windows 10 [1903] May 2019 update. I recommend referencing @itsage's builds: https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2016-15-MacBook-pro-rp460-6th4ch-rx-vega-5632gbps-tb3-netstor-hl23t-plus-win10-1903-itsage/

If you wish to have macOS support, stick with AMD. I wouldn't recommend the Radeon VII as the 5700 XT is clearly a better value GPU. Note that the 5700 XT is not supported on macOS as of now, but chances are it will be eventually.

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01Mike
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@mac_editor

Thanks for replying. Value aside, isn't the Radeon VII stronger than the 5700 XT?

Secondly, if I don't want/need MacOS support would you opt for an Nvidia card?

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Eightarmedpet
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Things have def got easier reg your model of Macbook - last time I set that model up I used a GTX 1070 and it was super simple although I messed something up and nuked the whole instal rather than fix.
Reg FPS, eGPU's are maybe not the best at achieving high fps from what I have read, functioning better at higher resolutions and less fps.
Reg VII vs 5700 xt - the current ref models of 5700 xt are roughly 10% behind in most games (compared to the VII) I think for about a 100% price increase, non reference models with higher clocks and better coolers might actually manage to match the VII so if you can wait a few weeks (when they are rumoured to be out) it might be the best option.

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mac_editor
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@01Mike in compute, the Radeon VII probably is better, gaming not as much. Consider looking at some benchmarks on YouTube.

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01Mike
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Thank you both for your input! I hope I don't have issues hitting the FPS I want, but I'm going to go with AMD and will update after a (hopefully) successful build for others who also are trying to hit high FPS.

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