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fraannk
(@fraannk)
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Greetings everyone. 

First of all, great forum, great people. Really enjoying seeing your builds! More pics please! 😀

I have been lurking around this forum for a while now, as I'm getting more and more tempted to buy an eGPU setup. 

I currently own a Mac Pro 5,1 with an NVIDIA 980 Ti in it, meaning that I'm stuck on High Sierra. I also own a 13" MacBook Pro from 2016. 

 

So here's what holding me from pulling the trigger. 

I don't like the fact that I have two computers, as I constantly need to sync my work and apps across the machines. I sometimes need the power of the Mac Pro and sometimes the power of portability. I'm also very much into gaming, but I don't want to build a seperate gaming system even though that would be the cheapest, easiest and the best performing, I know.  

My current plan is to buy either a 16" MacBook Pro when it gets updated with 10th gen processors, or the upcoming 14", and then a Razer Core X Chroma with an maybe-upcoming 5900 XT GPU. Then I would of course sell the Mac Pro and the current MacBook Pro

I like the portability of the 13"/14" but I am willing to sacrifice that only if the 16" gives me a lot of benefits/more power. 

Which Mac would give me the best performance gaming wise? I will game on external monitors. 

Would there be a lot of difference in the gaming performance when choosing the 15/25W processor in the 13"/14" over the 45W in the 16" (assuming the new 16" gets 10th gen with integrated Thunderbolt)

Looking forward, would the 8-core in the 16" be more future proof both in gaming as games start to use more threads, as well as daily work? 

 

Looking forward to your answers. 

 

//fraannk

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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ikir
 ikir
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Joined: 4 years ago
 

Hi, welcome! A Mac mini could be a solution if you doesn't need portability. Mac mini 8gen i7 will probably be faster than upcoming MacBook Pro 13/14".

Otherwise if you need a notebook, the new 13/14" will be super handy, light to bring with you, great CPU and thanks to eGPU also great graphics performance at home/office.

 

I don't know when Radeon 5800/5900 will be out due to Covid-19.

I don't think you will notice so much difference between 13/14" and 16" with eGPU, speaking  about video/graphics performance.


MacBook Pro 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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fraannk
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@ikir, thank you! 

I definitely need it to be in a notebook form factor, since I have to take it with me. But I would make the sacrifice of the extra bulkness of the 16" vs. the 13"/14" if it'd had a lot more oomph in gaming with eGPU. Smile

Do you know how the fan noise would be with 13"/14" compared to 16"? Since there might be some more headroom in the 16" 

 

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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nando4
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@fraannk , 10th gen H CPUs like may be in an upcoming 16" MBP continue with the 14nm lithography.  There's some minor clock increases. Main change is the 8-core 10th gen H CPU is now in the lower cost i7 range. Needed to get an i9 in the 9th gen H range to get an 8-core .

 

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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hans-st.
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@fraannk

I agree to ikir's suggestion. I know the Mac Mini and the Razer Core X, both good machines.

However: In my opinion the combination Mac Mini & Razer Core X Chroma is for sure a "misdemeanor",  maybe more ;-).

It seems to me, the search for an ultimate gaming setup, even limited to Macs, is rather tricky. I am looking forward to see other suggestions.

Success

 

Now:    2018 Mac Mini (8th,6C,B) + RX 570 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Mini Pro) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 1909
Before: 2014 Mac Mini (4th,2C,U) + GTX 1050 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + Win10

 
2014 Mac Mini [4th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (PowerColor Mini Pro) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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itsage
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@fraannk, I'm convinced now more than ever that the ultimate eGPU host is an ultrabook. When the 13/14-in MacBook Pro comes with Ice Lake CPU later this year, it's the one to get. The 16-in MacBook Pro is a more capable laptop. It's great for use around the house and stationary docking but it's larger than I'd like to travel with. As seen below in my work-from-home setup, the two left Thunderbolt 3 ports are hosting RX 580 Gaming Box eGPU and UA Arrow interface. The right TB3 ports through a separate bus can be used if needed for more expansion.

external graphics card builds
best laptops for external GPU
eGPU enclosure buyer's guide

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (VisionTek mini eGFX) + macOS 11 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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fraannk
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Thank you for your comments. I guess I will wait and see what Apple offers in (hopefully) a couple of months. Gotta search for some benchmarks in games with H-series vs. U-series 😀 

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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fraannk
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Alright, 10th gen 13" Pro's released. Unfortunately not a 14"... Probably still in the works 🙁 But it seems it's using a 28W i7-1068NG7 in the beefiest model, so still excited to see some benchmarks.

Guess I will have to wait for a 16" 10th gen refresh as well 😉 

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 2004 [build link]  

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