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Thunderbolt 3 eGPU

Question asked by David Lewis on Dec 3, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 25, 2018 by Matt K

I run Solidworks 2018 via VMWare Fusion 10 on a maxed out 13" MBP w/touch bar. I have Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 integrated graphics, and it's a mixed bag - I unchecked "Accelerate 3D Graphics" in VMWare, and it runs better this way. It's a Bootcamp partition, so I can boot natively too, but I generally go through Fusion - mainly because I can't get my mouse to work in Windows.


I am intrigued by the Thunderbolt 3 eGPU idea, but researching compatibility is proving futile since it is an intersection of several different topics, between hardware, virtualization, software & drivers. Simply, I have never seen anyone inquire about this combination except for myself, and exactly no one answered my previous question.


Has anyone tried a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU on a MBP virtualizing Windows 10 using VMWare Fusion 10 and an external display?


I'd love to try it myself, except I don't know anything about GPUs in general, and I wouldn't know if I needed Windows drivers or Mac drivers. Which machine would use the eGPU, the W10 WM and Solidworks or the Mac?