Best video card for eGPU plugged into MacBook Pro?

1 year 5 months ago #707981 by Sandy Smith Photos
I've decided I need to get a eGPU, and was told Macs can only run AMD powered video cards.  Why is that?

Second, that being the case, which is the best card for heavy lifting?

Thank you.

Sandy


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1 year 5 months ago #708000 by Thelgord
Hello Sandy, 

It isn't that Mac ONLY works with AMD. This isn't true. Apple has worked with AMD directly to develop drivers to guarantee proper performance. However, nVidia has really stepped up and their cards work quite well, you just need to install the drivers manually. Not an uncomplicated process. It can require running a complier to build drivers locally on your machine. Once you get nVidia working, it is solid. But honestly for most people sticking with AMD is the plug-n-play solution, and it is the one I would recommend. AMD and Apple have a relationship that goes back a long time. 

Apple eGPU page:  support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544

Having said that, if you plan to upgrade to the newer machines with Apple Silicon, you may want to wait as those do not yet support eGPU's. 


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