External Graphical Processor Unit (eGPU)

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  1. aikicodesurfer

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    Hello All,

    I've been searching the forums and I cant' seem to find anything so I thought I would start a thread focussed more on the local experiences. I have a couple of questions:

    For the housings

    1. Where can you get them here in Manila? (locally or what will deliver within the Metro)

    2. We all know the world faves (eg. Sonnet eGFX, Razer Core X, Aktio, etc.) , are there any local alternatives or clones which are cheaper, but almost as good?

    What do you have and your experiences setting them up with your MBPs?

    Feel free to share!

    for those new to the subject:
     
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    eGPU support is not limited to Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs. With this unofficial script it allows all Macs with Thunderbolt to have it. Although Thunderbolt 1 and 2 would bottleneck the eGPU from hitting its potential.

    https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/sc...script-all-solutions-fully-automated/paged/1/

    Thunderbolt-equipped Macs

    Thunderbolt 1 10Gbps (Mini DisplayPort connector)

    Macbook Pro early 2011 to early 2013
    iMac mid-2011 to mid-2014
    Macbook Air mid-2011 to early 2014
    Mac mini mid-2011 & late 2012

    Thunderbolt 2 20Gbps (Mini DisplayPort connector)

    Macbook Pro late 2013 to mid 2015
    iMac late 2014 to late 2015
    Macbook Air early 2015 to 2017
    Mac mini late 2014
    Mac Pro late 2013

    Thunderbolt 3 40Gbps (USB-C connector)

    Macbook Pro late 2016 to mid-2017
    iMac mid-2017
    iMac Pro late 2017

    No Mid-2018 Macs have been announced as of this posting.

    No Early 2011 to Mid 2018 Macbook ever received Thunderbolt 1, 2 or 3 as of this posting.

    Looking at how frequently Macs get update it appears that notebooks sell more than desktops. Macbook Pros sells the most notebooks and the the iMac sells the most desktops.

    I hope they still sell desktops by early 2023.
     
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    Will post my findings once my amazon order is landed here in the ph.

    Ordered:
    1. Razer Core X - $299
    2. ASUS ROG-STRIX-RX580-O8G-GAMINGOC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card - $$368.90
    3. 6 Ft. Powered Thunderbolt 3 Cable from CableCreations. (Since the included one on the razer core x is just .2m - $52.90

    Hope to get my hands on these by 2nd week of july ;) hihi
     
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    Great info!!!, Didn't know that this is possible.

     
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    Couldn't find thunderbolt 3 eGPUs on our local market. I opted for the amazon > shippingcart route.

    I think the cheapest thunderbolt 3 supported is from Akitio. but the size and customisability of the razer core x won me over.

     
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    nice!

    take note it only supports up to 87watts. rules out higher powered windows laptops that draws more than that. but for the macbook pro 15 2017. should be enough power already. :)

    great find! didn't even know owc had this.haha.
     
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    Would love to hear your experiences guys :) So little local info on eGPU now...

    Lets keep this thread going. Methinks eGPU will start catching on here pretty soon :)
     
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    Any news?
     
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    Will be here, maybe next week. I opted for sea cargo! since the razer core x is really heavy, to save on shipping.

    Shipping History:
    Date/Time Activity
    08/07/2018 00:05:00 ESTIMATED VESSEL ARRIVAL / Manila MICP / 2018-08-07
    07/26/2018 00:07:00 ACTUAL VESSEL ARRIVAL / Taiwan Port / 2018-07-26
    07/12/2018 01:04:53 Your package has already left our U.S. Warehouse and is on its way to your doorstep.
    07/26/2018 00:05:00 ESTIMATED VESSEL ARRIVAL / Taiwan Port / 2018-07-26
    07/03/2018 00:01:00 CONTAINER STUFFING / -- / 2018-07-03
    06/30/2018 09:41:25 ACCEPTED AT: Office 199
     
  11. aikicodesurfer

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    Thanks for the update guys ! would love to hear your updates. As Apple has pretty much declared that this will be the way to go for all MBPs into the near future, I think it would be great to compare and contrast our experiences. Especially if someone can get their hands on the new BlackMagic eGPU , would love to hear how it performs :)
     
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    Its here! Setup was a breeze, up and running in about 5 minutes. What I love about the core x is its build. exceptional quality! now my setup is just single cable.

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    Much Cleaner setup

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    Nice build! How's the performance? Is it way faster than the internal GPU?
     
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    60fps @144hz on fortnite! compared to the discrete graphics that only goes for 15-20fps @120hz. also, I am not having issues with wake up from sleep using multiple monitors. since its a single cable to wake up. the problem with usb c in multiple monitor and usb c to hdmi/dp when waking up is a long standing issue for macbooks. that has been resolved by an external gpu, couldn't be any happier.
     
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    oh wow... both use cases you shared are my recent main gripes w my 15 inch mbp. What I'm worried about tho is thermal throttling on the CPU side. Does the eGPU help w that in your experience? I can't even run fortnite on my 1080p monitor in low settings at a stable 60fps lol.
     
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    Definitely! my monitors are both 1080p 144hz. fortnite runs 60fps on medium settings. much higher if you play using windows on bootcamp. but havent tried yet.
     

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