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Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 19, 2017 09:16PM
The promise can be seen using Windows and boot camp.

This is why TB3 is cool.

[9to5mac.com]
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Re: Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 19, 2017 09:25PM
Still too much focus on gaming. If that was a big part of your life, building a gaming rig would be easier.

[barefeats.com]



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Re: Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 19, 2017 09:43PM
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jdc
Still too much focus on gaming. If that was a big part of your life, building a gaming rig would be easier.

[barefeats.com]

Because I like the idea of a super-portable when I am mobile, and then a high-end machine when I've landed!

This link points out you could have TWO eGPUs attached to a 2016 MBP.

[barefeats.com]
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Re: Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 19, 2017 11:45PM
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sekker
This link points out you could have TWO eGPUs attached to a 2016 MBP.

[barefeats.com]

You mean $600 worth of boxes with $1400 worth of video cards = $2000, which could build you one badass PC gaming machine and a 4K screen...

And there are some other tests comparing how a faster GPU can effect the CPU (it doesnt) and how the eGPU box PCI connection is way slower than an old MPs 16X PCIe slot (although that doenst seem to matter either..)

lots more research to be done, but a few games getting FPS is not the end all be all... is all im sayin'



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Re: Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 20, 2017 06:17AM
jdc, you are being logical - and correct in what you say. But it is intriguing to me to separate the GPU. I think the idea of building it into the monitor to be a good one.
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Re: Hands-on with eGPU and new Mac (beta) drivers
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: April 20, 2017 12:22PM
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jdc
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sekker
This link points out you could have TWO eGPUs attached to a 2016 MBP.

[barefeats.com]

You mean $600 worth of boxes with $1400 worth of video cards = $2000, which could build you one badass PC gaming machine and a 4K screen...

And there are some other tests comparing how a faster GPU can effect the CPU (it doesnt) and how the eGPU box PCI connection is way slower than an old MPs 16X PCIe slot (although that doenst seem to matter either..)

lots more research to be done, but a few games getting FPS is not the end all be all... is all im sayin'

Sekker's original link at the top mentions that the eGPU box and video card can get you the best of both worlds in one and a half packages.

A single machine (2016 MacBook Pro) having all your things installed on it, with the benefits of a Mac OS for daily use for those who prefer it and Windows gaming for those who prefer that. Perhaps better money for that setup is buying the $300 Node and $200-400 for a 1060 or 1070 card. $500-700 more for a very good home gaming system on top of the $1500-2500 for the MacBook Pro seems to be a reasonable cost.

Now of course for $700 you can build a good entry level gaming PC with a 1060 but maybe the user doesn't want another full size box. Maybe they don't mind booting into Windows on the road on occasion with just the MacBook Pro's iGPU and dialing down the quality. Hard to do that with the gaming PC sitting at home.

Yes Barefeats setup is nuts but in fairness, they did that as a technical test. Nobody's actually going to do that unless they have $ just laying around.
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