RX 480 eGPU for Late 2013 15' MBPr worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NoFlame, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. NoFlame macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about buying an eGPU for laptop and it'd run me about $500ish going with this setup:

    AMD RX 480 w/ 8 GB vRam:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GX5Z4EM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Akito Thunder2 PCIe Box:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LTAUTHE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2B2EQQRH8KKBW

    500w Power Unit:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H33SFJU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    My main uses are light-medium gaming and music production.

    It's either do this eGPU setup or part ways with mac (mainly macOS). What do you think, worth it to purchase this or should I just jump ship to Windows (been eyeing that Alienware 15 and some Clevo Laptops)?
     
  2. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think music production relies on heavy usage from your GPU? So this setup would only be useful for your light-medium usage of gaming? That's really up to you and how you want to spend your money.

    Do you like your Macbook Pro for everything else besides gaming? I can come up with a few computer builds (Minus the peripherals) for around $500-700.
     
  3. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    You have to ask @theitsage. He tests this stuff really thoroughly.
     
  4. NoFlame thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup, it'd be mainly for the gaming. Currently, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around $500 solely for gaming. But yes, I thoroughly enjoy my Macbook Pro for everything besides gaming.

    I'd get a desktop but I typically like to keep everything on one machine, which I know is bad for security, but overall more convenient for me.
     
  5. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a

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    http://pcpartpicker.com/list/m3nH8K

    Here's a $550 build that I came u, with the GTX 1060. I think you can purchase 480's for a little bit less, so you can maybe squeeze a 120/250GB SSD in there. But I would just look into using this computer as sort of a gaming console (A standalone device).
     
  6. NoFlame thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the build I might actually end up building it!
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    The Thunder2 is OK for 75W cards (replacing charger and fan), but something beefier should require a major mod.
     

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