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

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

  1. NoFlame macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    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:

    Akito Thunder2 PCIe Box:

    500w Power Unit:

    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


    Feb 5, 2016
    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


    Jul 4, 2015
    You have to ask @theitsage. He tests this stuff really thoroughly.
  4. NoFlame thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    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


    Feb 5, 2016

    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

    Dec 30, 2014
    Thanks for the build I might actually end up building it!
  7. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    The Thunder2 is OK for 75W cards (replacing charger and fan), but something beefier should require a major mod.

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