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Davide 445
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@boltoway, a pity considering the specs will be a perfect candidate for eGPU.

 

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oyvetting
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Hi.

 

I have an Dell Optiplex 7780 with an Intel Core i9 and 64 GB ram. It does not have a Thunderbolt connector, but a DP++ among others (see link and scroll down for all the connections). Is it possible to add an eGPU to this PC, so it is possible to play some games? I would really like an Enclosure (with an adaptor if needed) rather than building something from scratch.

 

All help is welcomed Smile

 

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Øystein

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Boltoway
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@oyvetting, Without a Thunderbolt port, the only way you could add an eGPU to your system would be via the internal M.2 SSD connector with something like an ADT-Link R43SG.

 

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Late 2015 27-inch retina 5k iMac, Core i5 8gb memory and a 1050ti that I want to mount externally. Don't care what the enclosure looks like, can diy. Unsure what's required for a set up like this. Running Mojave can switch to windows if necessary 

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Bryan Techguy
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Hey guys, I know some of you follow the setups and the technology a lot closer than I do, so I figured I'd reach out to the community.

I have a MacBook pro 2019/2020.  The relevant statistics are...

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9980HK CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
  • Intel 630UHD

I've successfully gotten a Razer Core X Chroma with a Radeon 6800 XT to work in both Mac and Windows, but there's a fair number of problems overall, and it takes a fair number of work arounds to make it happen on the Windows Side.  The Mac side even up to the latest beta is perfectly capable of using it as Plug'N'Play with only one minor disconnecting issue.

I also have a Mantiz Saturn Pro II.  I originally ordered both the Core X and the Mantiz in case I had compatibility problems.  My thoughts are to throw an NVIDIA card into the Mantiz and use it when I'm in windows.  

As I've read and think I understand, an external NVIDIA gpu is basically going to be Plug'N'Play in windows with very little issues.  Important question for that also is, will it accelerate my laptop screen with that setup, or will it require an external monitor?

Thanks in advance. 

2020 16" MacBook Pro (RP5600M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 6800 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win11 [build link]  

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Bryan Techguy
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Posted by: @bryan_techguy

Hey guys, I know some of you follow the setups and the technology a lot closer than I do, so I figured I'd reach out to the community.

I have a MacBook pro 2019/2020.  The relevant statistics are...

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9980HK CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5600M
  • Intel 630UHD

I've successfully gotten a Razer Core X Chroma with a Radeon 6800 XT to work in both Mac and Windows, but there's a fair number of problems overall, and it takes a fair number of work arounds to make it happen on the Windows Side.  The Mac side even up to the latest beta is perfectly capable of using it as Plug'N'Play with only one minor disconnecting issue.

I also have a Mantiz Saturn Pro II.  I originally ordered both the Core X and the Mantiz in case I had compatibility problems.  My thoughts are to throw an NVIDIA card into the Mantiz and use it when I'm in windows.  

As I've read and think I understand, an external NVIDIA gpu is basically going to be Plug'N'Play in windows with very little issues.  Important question for that also is, will it accelerate my laptop screen with that setup, or will it require an external monitor?

Thanks in advance. 

Looks like my post got moved in here.  Thank you mod's.  Smile

Any advice on this guys?  Still looking for a solid recomendation on picking up an NVIDIA card for use in Windows, and whether or not that will create / solve any problems?

 

2020 16" MacBook Pro (RP5600M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 6800 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win11 [build link]  

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itsage
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@bryan_techguy, Nvidia eGPU is easier to set up in Boot Camp mode, especially when your Mac has a dGPU. Same brand dGPU & eGPU is trickier to get working properly because of drivers conflicts. The best graphics card atm is unfortunately whichever card you can find available and within your budget.

 

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Posted by: @itsage

@bryan_techguy, Nvidia eGPU is easier to set up in Boot Camp mode, especially when your Mac has a dGPU. Same brand dGPU & eGPU is trickier to get working properly because of drivers conflicts. The best graphics card atm is unfortunately whichever card you can find available and within your budget.

 

Thanks for the reply.  I recently purchased the Radeon Pro 6800 XT to use in a new Razer Core X Chroma, and a Radeon 5700 to use in my Mantiz Saturn Pro II.  I'd like to replace the 5700 in the Saturn Pro with an NVIDIA Card.  Budget isn't an issue, card availability might be depending on how long the lead time is. 

My MBP has the Intel 630 and the dGPU Radeon 5600M.  Most of the guides I find mention that with an NVIDIA card (in Windows) you can plug it in, and it will probably just work.  AMD cards...proceed to try these 30 steps to get it working.  I've successfully gotten my 6800XT to work but it's fragile, and I was looking for something that required less workarounds, more out of the box support. 

You mention it's easier, especially with a different chipset than my dGPU.  How much easier are we talking?  Any advice is appreciated.  Not looking for any guarantees or anything, just the general overall workability of it all.

 

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2020 16" MacBook Pro (RP5600M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 6800 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win11 [build link]  

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itsage
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@bryan_techguy, If you're able to make Radeon cards to work with your MBP in Boot Camp, the Nvidia cards will be plug-and-play. Download the latest drivers is really all you'd need to do. Nvidia cards also work more predictable with hot-plug as well.

 

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Bryan Techguy
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@itsage, Exactly what I needed to know.  The second part of this question is:  Will they work just fine for accelerating the laptop LCD Screen, or be restricted to an external monitor?

The easiest setup with my Radeon and the least fragile, will only accelerate an external monitor (at least I think so, cause it will only display on one).  More complicated setups that are more fragile will accelerate the LCD of the MBP.  Is this what I can expect with the NVIDIA card as well?  

Primarily I want to accelerate the LCD of the MBP.

 

2020 16" MacBook Pro (RP5600M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 6800 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win11 [build link]  

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