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[GS] Civ and eGPUs

Discussion in 'Civ6 - Macintosh' started by dogeconomics, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. dogeconomics

    dogeconomics Chieftain

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    So this is probably something that only affects a small number of us, but it seems that Aspyr doesn't support eGPUs for Civ. The previous update pushed Civ beyond what my old Mac's weak GPU can handle. I purchased a nice eGPU that runs everything else perfectly, but not Civ. I've put thousands of hours in this game and am super sad that I can no longer play it. Say what you will about Macs, but my old machine is still in excellent shape aside from the GPU. So I'm hoping against hope that there is a plan to make eGPUs supportable.

    Thank you!
     
  2. leif erikson

    leif erikson Game of the Month Fanatic Administrator Supporter GOTM Staff

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  3. Hogarth

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    Well it doesn't look good for us who don't want to spend thousands to upgrade computer to accommodate a better graphics card to play a strategy game!
     
  4. Boris Gudenuf

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    I'm afraid expecting major support from Aspyr is a lost cause - relabel us Mac players all "Roanoke" and watch us fade away.

    On the other hand, I have been using two alternatives ever since the Metal fiasco of the last Update, and they both work for me:

    1. Set up a Bootcamp partition and play on Windows. From what I can see so far, there is no degradation of graphics quality, and you also get access to all the Mods that don't work well on Mac because they were originally coded for the Windows version.
    2. Join NVIDIA's GeForce NOW program. I'm not even certain this is still open, because I joined over six months ago, but basically they stream the game to you and you are actually playing on a big mother server. If, like me, your actual streaming/download speeds vary with other traffic, playing on a Saturday or Friday night can get very spotty, but at other times I get top-of-the-line graphics and access to games I normally wouldn't even be able to play.

    I hate having to abandon the Mac system, because I have used it lovingly for almost 30 years and despise the crankiness of Windows, but when it comes to gaming, I'm afraid the Mac is just not getting the support.
     
  5. Ondolindë

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    Absolutely agree. I am doing the same since Rise & Fall. NVIDIA's GeForce NOW program is awesome too. Aspyr is no longer caring of their customers. No response since September 18 on their Steam thread. I’m seriously considering a PC for gaming! :dunno:
     
  6. Boris Gudenuf

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    Up until about 8 years ago I had a separate PC just for gaming (if you are going that way, I recommend CyberPower for a good source of 'custom' PCs for gaming: over about 10 years I had 3 computers built by them, and never had a any cause to complain) but gave it up because the extra cost of upgrading a second computer every 2 - 3 years got to be too much.
    I still have GeForce NOW installed but had to go to a BootCamp installation because I found a couple of games that were not supported by GeForce. Except for that (probably very rare) occurrence, I would recommend either BootCamp or GeForce as far superior alternatives to putting up with Aspyr's mediocre rendition of Civ.
     
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