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Razer Core Compatibility

fyun89

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Can someone with 2016 Macbook Pro test if the Razer Core works with the Macbooks?
If you know of any websites that have performed this please post a link. Thank you!


Added: YES IT WORKS!!!! in Bootcamp at least.. Source: Threads between 31-33
 
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fyun89

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Do you mean benchmarks? Check out geekbench
No, Razer Core is external PC GPU connector that you can connect to your laptop using Thunderbolt 3 cable. It basically allows you to use external GPU with your laptop for higher performance.

I want to know if I can use it since it doesn't work with some laptops.
 
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No, Razer Core is external PC GPU connector that you can connect to your laptop using Thunderbolt 3 cable. It basically allows you to use external GPU with your laptop for higher performance.

I want to know if I can use it since it doesn't work with some laptops.

No.
Not so far, it does NOT.
System info shows it under Thunderbolt Devices, as the name, "Core", followed by the (sad) phrase: "unsupported hardware".
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Can someone with 2016 Macbook Pro test if the Razer Core works with the Macbooks?
If you know of any websites that have performed this please post a link. Thank you!

http://m.imgur.com/hTrMsKY

Sorry. =/
 
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fyun89

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No.
Not so far, it does NOT.
System info shows it under Thunderbolt Devices, as the name, "Core", followed by the (sad) phrase: "unsupported hardware".
[doublepost=1477911905][/doublepost]

http://m.imgur.com/hTrMsKY

Sorry. =/

Whoa...Thats fast.. You used the 2016 Macbook Pro, correct? I heard the 13 inch versions have different bandwidth on the right side port with left. Did you try both ports??

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Wait..it might work with BootCamp tho..?
 
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Whoa...Thats fast.. You used the 2016 Macbook Pro, correct? I heard the 13 inch versions have different bandwidth on the right side port with left. Did you try both ports??

That is from a base model late 2016 13" MacBook Pro without the TouchBar.
It only has two ports. Both are the full speed.

It just simply doesn't seem to be supported yet.
I'm sure drivers, software, or some type of workaround will emerge!
This has got to be a RIDICULOUSLY ripe & lucrative market for such a solution.
 
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Afaik it will never run just "plug and play". Odds are will work on boot camp with some configuration required. Can't wait to see a single main post on this (and other eGPU)
 
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fyun89

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That is from a base model late 2016 13" MacBook Pro without the TouchBar.
It only has two ports. Both are the full speed.

It just simply doesn't seem to be supported yet.
I'm sure drivers, software, or some type of workaround will emerge!
This has got to be a RIDICULOUSLY ripe & lucrative market for such a solution.

Afaik it will never run just "plug and play". Odds are will work on boot camp with some configuration required. Can't wait to see a single main post on this (and other eGPU)

I was really hoping for this for upgrade possibility for macbook pro.. IF this actually works, I might be able to get more than 6 years out of the new laptop..
 
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Lou-X

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That actually could lead to infinite possibilities, real gpu power out of macbooks. I think it's just matter of time, people is working on this long time. We'll see..
 
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That actually could lead to infinite possibilities, real gpu power out of macbooks. I think it's just matter of time, people is working on this long time. We'll see..

Doubt Apple likes this though, as people could just opt for the lowest spec mac (unless you need every bit of that higher spec CPU) and get a Core.. If they intentionally blocked this, I wouldn't be surprised.
 
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Lou-X

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Doubt Apple likes this though, as people could just opt for the lowest spec mac (unless you need every bit of that higher spec CPU) and get a Core.. If they intentionally blocked this, I wouldn't be surprised.
Those new MacBooks pro looks like are already low specs, also the maxed out 15". How the f.. Are we supposed to run VR? This is ridiculous.. I will buy a new mb only if I will be able to use tb3 with egpu in a good dock station. Akitio, razer core or whatever.
 
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There are some videos, and Bizon 2 seems to work the best with Mac so far.
Razor is limited to Razor products, i see youtube vids where ppl just can't get it to work under windows, and simply say 'wont work on macs'
The asus one is pretty new still, but asus seems to be locking it in to asus only devices, and wont support macs.

eGPU that you plug into a macbook pro 15" late 2016 model? Probably very limited support. Even if it does work, it's probably limited to only the software going "oh there it is, on that port, ok, lets render out now.. IF you use these CLI commands" dont expect it to just run with games, etc.
 
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No.
Not so far, it does NOT.
System info shows it under Thunderbolt Devices, as the name, "Core", followed by the (sad) phrase: "unsupported hardware".
[doublepost=1477911905][/doublepost]

http://m.imgur.com/hTrMsKY

Sorry. =/
I wonder if this would work under bootcamp with Windows 10 and the Core driver installed. I have seen several pictures where people have been able to get the core work work with non-razer laptops. Question is if it is a hardware/firmware limitation of the mac not supporting Intel external graphics (eGFX) or just a driver since AMD xConncet is available with latest GPU drivers.
 
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What about in Windows?

Unknown at this point.
From the Reddit user that shared this info- boot camp 1st wouldn't allow access to the force touch mouse, then when he tried again using a different mouse, there were no Windows 10 drivers for that SSD card yet. He was going to try again using an external drive as well, but (obviously) that is a sub-optimal set up.
 
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I think the tell tale sign is if the picture in the link below is shown under a Windows 10 bootcamp install on a new TB3 Macbook/pro. That would most likely mean the Akitio Node would work as an eGPU.

https://www.akitio.com/information-center/node-gpu-compatibility

What product by Akihito though???
From what I've seen, all their products are underpowered. Razer Core & PowerColor Devil Box both support up to 375 watt video cards. I thought theirs were more around 75ish watts...

Edit: holy crap! I checked it out... they support up to 390 watts!

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What about in Windows?

YES!!!!!!
Success in Windows 10 BootCamp.
 
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Whoa...Thats fast.. You used the 2016 Macbook Pro, correct? I heard the 13 inch versions have different bandwidth on the right side port with left. Did you try both ports??

Edit**
Wait..it might work with BootCamp tho..?
The 13" mb2014 works with the razor core in win10 so I see no reason why the new mbp's should have an issue doing the same. Well when the boot camp drivers are available for the new mbp to run windows that is lol

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The 12" mb works with the razor core in win10 so I see no reason why the new mbp's should have an issue doing the same. Well when the boot camp drivers are available for the new mbp to run windows that is lol

Main issue is macOS not Windows AFAIK. So if you are boot camping you will probably be able to run ti.
 
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The 12" mb works with the razor core in win10 so I see no reason why the new mbp's should have an issue doing the same. Well when the boot camp drivers are available for the new mbp to run windows that is lol

There's no chance a 12" MacBook works with any ThunderBolt enclosure.
 
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