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0x5051
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@nusu

I had the exact same issue ( https://egpu.io/forums/postid/92158/ )

Try powering the enclosure on and off with tb cable attached until GPU fans start spinning. Might take a few minutes before you get it started.

 

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Nusu
 Nusu
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@0x5051, If this wil work... oh man ! 😀 

I'll try tomorrow.  Thank you for advice!

 

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Mini i5
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@davit_mrelashvili

Here’s what Nvidia has to say: 

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/news/rtx-30-series-hdmi-2-1/

 

 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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Marc Schwarz
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Hey guys n girls,

I've just gone off and ordered that Gigabyte water cooled AORUS RTX 3080 Gaming Box (quick google search) and immediately noticed it doesn't support OSX. So thought I'd tap in to the knowledge base here and see if I'm on the right track or could look at something else before taking delivery. Basically I'm just looking for the top of the line, no budget (within reason) setup.

I run bootcamp for most of what I'd use the eGPU for anyway but an OSX option would be nice if they exist without compromise. I'm running a standard 2017 13" macbook pro, with thoughts of upgrading to the new 13" MBP next year if the next M1 chip is decent. 

I'd like to use the GPU(s) for crypto mining but only so far as to perhaps cover their cost and moreso for occasional gaming. My electricity is included in my rent (for the mining purposes) so just outright power is the goal. I'm only thinking one GPU to start with but if mining proves worthwhile, the option to add another card or two or simply upgrade cards in future might be nice.

Do yas think I should stick with the ordered gigabyte rig or would I be better served with buying the RTX 3090 and a case like the Razer X Chroma (or other) separately?

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Mini i5
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@marc_schwarz

No high end graphics cards run on MacOS. This isn’t a crypto-mining site, but you can read user comments from 3080 Gaming Box owners in the Builds guide database. 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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cnon297
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Hi @marc_schwarz,  while I can’t answer all your questions, pls be aware that M1 Macs do not support eGPUs.  Apple isn’t very forthcoming about this.  But you can find out by searching Apple Support for eGPU.  The most recent eGPU article (Nov 17, 2020) starts with “To use an eGPU, a Mac with an Intel processor is required.”

 

Since you also mentioned an OSX option you’d need to use an eGPU with an AMD graphics card.  Currently macOS supports AMD cards up to the RX 5700 XT in 10.15 or later.  There were rumors last fall of RX 6000 series support for Big Sur / macOS 11.  But nothing so far…

 

Since you own a 2017 13” MacBook Pro you have more OSX options than newer Macs.  However, that still limits you to RX 5700 XT for macOS 10.15+.  If you need to run 32bit apps you can install a macOS 10.14 partition and use up to a Radeon VII eGPU.  You can also install a macOS 10.13 partition for Nvidia support up to 1080Ti and Radeon support up to Vega 56/64.  Note that Apple blocks macOS versions older than what originally shipped with your Mac.  

 

FWIW I run both macOS 10.13 & 10.14 to support my 1080Ti, Vega 56 and legacy 32bit apps.  But for max graphics card compatibility you can always setup a Boot Camp / Windows partition and run most anything you want.  In some ways it’s become a sad state of affairs for macOS and graphics cards these last few years 🙁 

2012 15" MBPro High Res TB1 4-core 2.7GHz i7 + Akitio Node + Vega56
2009 Mac Pro 5,1 3.46 6-core Xeon + Apple-Nvidia GT120 + MSI 1080TI Gaming X

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + HD 7970 @32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 1903 [build link]  


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JackintheBOX
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I have a HP Elite X2 G8. Have confirmed Thunderbolt 3.0 has eGPU support. Would like to add egfx but also need to add storage for gaming (i.e. MSFT FS2020) as internal drive is almost full and I haven't installed yet. 

What would be best route to add egfx and external storage that can carry flight simulator? 

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Jacob Gulick
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Hello, I have a Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 laptop with 16 gb of ram and i7 10th gen cpu. I want to get a eGPU so that I can run most modern games on my little notebook. It has a thunderbolt 3 port so I am looking at the Razer Core X. However, I would also have to buy a gpu to go in the Razer so that would cost me $500+ for the Razer and the gpu. I want to try and keep this whole project under $300.

Any suggestions for other options?

Any help is appreciated.

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Mini i5
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@jacob_gulick

GPU prices are insane. The market is pretty much bare of $300 products useful for gaming. 

https://www.sonnetstore.com/collections/egpu-enclosures/products/egfx-breakaway-puck-560

Better to pay up for a $399 console. 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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chynk
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I want to have a macbook to use as I prefer the OS but like the rest of us want to game via bootcamp

I have a 2015  Macbook Pro  with dGPU m370x trying to run with an AMD gpu and the more I try to get it to work the more discouraged I get to complete the setup

It's feeling as if this is one of the most difficult setups to get working the more I learn of it

Looking into it I'm beginning to regret my purchase of my  5700xt  after reading more and only now knowing that Nvidia may be more beneficial for my needs (I don't care to run an eGPU for Mac OS)

So this leads me to wanting to almost start fresh with a better foundation

 

What Macbook Pros are easiest to work with? From what I've read of other threads is those without T2 security along with not having a dGPU

I believe that only leaves me with Late 2016 and Mid 2017 models - 13" correct me if I'm wrong?

And to compliment that, any Nvidia card will do?

I currently have a  Razer Core X  but I imagine that makes no difference in this scenario

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