Give me the best options - Unlimited budget
Need some advice. I'll make this short. I have the 16 in MacBook Pro and a Pro XDR display. I want to game at 6K. What eGPU should I buy and what graphics card? There is no cap on the budget.
For Windows gaming, the most powerful GPU currently is the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. It has a USB-C port so it should support the USB features of the display. Might be interesting to try to manually install the Boot Camp drivers for the display (presets and brightness control?).
For Mac gaming, 5700XT but those don't have a USB-C port so you'll be missing the USB features of the display.
When using an eGPU, I would not try loop back mode (where the display is connected directly to the MBP instead of the eGPU) because 6K is a lot of data and will slow FPS greatly if those pixels need to be moved from the eGPU to the dGPU. Instead the display should be connected to the eGPU.
The Blackmagic eGPU Pro supports a Thunderbolt connection to the display so all the features of the display will work but the Blackmagic eGPU is not supported well in Windows? Or might require a little more work than other eGPUs. Blackmagic eGPU Pro only has a Vega 56.
Thunderbolt 3 via Thunderbolt 3 add-in card (GC-ALPINE RIDGE or GC-TITAN RIDGE) won't give you anything extra because neither will give 6K (the GC-TITAN RIDGE could, but the firmware doesn't allow it) and there's no software currently to get you the USB functions of the display (by enabling PCIe tunnelling).
@akishore If budget is unlimited, I'd recommend getting 2x Vega II Duo MPX Modules. One minor issue is the eGPU enclosure for those two starts at $5,999. 😀
Not until the RX 5950 and RX 5800 are released. Waiting...waiting... 🙄
Seems like it will be quite hard to get to 6K
What's easier than eGPU + GPU?
I think the only issue is that only the W5700 has a USB-C port for full functionality. But any Navi card should allow 6K. In theory, the Huawei VR 2 Computer Connection Cable should allow 6K + USB. The quality or length or something limits it HBR2 speed (4K60) but with DSC, you only need HBR2 to get 6K. I think itsage had a problem where his cable stopped working (but that might be because he was using it to power a USB-C display?).
I wonder if the Wacom Link Plus can pass USB + HBR2 with DSC for 6K?
Or a Sunix UPD2018 in a Thunderbolt 3 expansion box?
@joevt That was a little over my head, but I'm trying to understand. So you're saying the W5700 Pro could handle the 6K? Also, what is DSC? And what eGPU enclosure do you suggest? And these expansion boxes are needed to go from DisplayPort to USB-C or something? Sorry if I sound like an idiot...pretty new to this stuff.
If you want ot game in 6K (slightly unrealistic expectation depending on game) you're best bet is to instal bootcamp and get an Nvidia card (2080ti).
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