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OliverB
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To answer this question the following matrix is of great help:

Operating System/MacBookPro MacOSX Windows
15-inch MBP 2018 AMD nVidia
Any other MBP AMD  AMD
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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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Can you elaborate? I have a 2018 15” MBP utilizing a Vega 64, works perfectly in both Mac OS and Windows. Why does your ultimate guide state for my 2018 15” MBP that an Nvidia card is better in Windows?

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OliverB
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Posted by: Brian McBride

Can you elaborate? I have a 2018 15” MBP utilizing a Vega 64, works perfectly in both Mac OS and Windows. Why does your ultimate guide state for my 2018 15” MBP that an Nvidia card is better in Windows?

In Bootcamp, the 2018 15" MBP with a Vega 64 loses it's internal display. There are some tricks to avoid it being black, but there is no way to use it with acceleration and there is no way you can use the dGPU (Radeon RP 560X). Moreover, there is no way to use the Vega 64 without external monitor.

If you found a way to solve this problem that you can have full internal display and a Vega 64 with 15-inch MBP 2018, you will be famous and many users will be thankful.

See also my Bootcamp Guide for 15-inch MBP 2018

With an nVidia card you don't have this problem. Internal display works fine. dGPU Radeon RP560X works fine. You can use Windows Hybrid Mode.
More advantages under Bootcamp which are not related to this specific MacBooPro model:
It's hot-pluggable as many times as you want (no Error 12). You can easily disconnect and connect it via software. The video codecs are much better. You can use it with Freesync AND G-Sync. etc..etc..etc..

Note: I am not an nVidia fan, I have actually more AMD cards, because I have two MacBookPros, those are facts.

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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Posted by: OliverB

In Bootcamp, the 2018 15" MBP with a Vega 64 loses it's internal display. There are some tricks to avoid it being black, but there is no way to use it with acceleration and there is no way you can use the dGPU (Radeon RP 560X). Moreover, there is no way to use the Vega 64 without external monitor.

Not true anymore as it is now possible:  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/guide-2018-15-macbook-pro-i9-32gb-1tb-amd-radeon-pro-560x-40gbps-550w-sonnet-breakaway-amd-radeon-rx-580-win-10-1803-chris/#post-53059

But not the most ideal solution.

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OliverB
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Posted by: mac_editor
Posted by: OliverB

In Bootcamp, the 2018 15" MBP with a Vega 64 loses it's internal display. There are some tricks to avoid it being black, but there is no way to use it with acceleration and there is no way you can use the dGPU (Radeon RP 560X). Moreover, there is no way to use the Vega 64 without external monitor.

Not true anymore as it is now possible:  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/guide-2018-15-macbook-pro-i9-32gb-1tb-amd-radeon-pro-560x-40gbps-550w-sonnet-breakaway-amd-radeon-rx-580-win-10-1803-chris/#post-53059

But not the most ideal solution.

Oh great, this is good news. Again my statements weren't precise enough, so instead of "there is no way" it should be "there is only a difficult and dark path with sacrifices"

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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