2016 15" MBP / late-2015 13" MBP + GTX1080@32Gbps-TB3/16Gbps-TB2 (Aorus Gaming Box) + macOS10.12.6 & Win10 // 8k@60hz display working but for Win10  

 

mbp8k
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November 6, 2017 4:26 am  

I've been able to get the following combinations to work with the help of many other user implementation guides. I'm simply posting the configurations below since other user implementation guides may have used slightly different hardware or even software versions. So to remove all doubt, these configurations have worked:

  • 2015-late 13in macbook pro (macbookpro12,1) igpu intel iris 6100, no dgpu, osx 10.13.1, TB2->TB3 aorus gaming box 1080 w/ 1 or 2 DP1.4 connections to dell up3218k, 4k@60hz.
  • 2015-late 13in macbook pro (macbookpro12,1) igpu intel iris 6100, no dgpu, win10 1709, TB2->TB3 aorus gaming box 1080 w/ 2 DP1.4 connections to dell up3218k, 8k@60hz.
  • 2016 15in macbook pro (macbookpro13,3) igpu intel hd 530, dgpu amd radeon pro 455, osx 10.12.6, TB3 aorus gaming box 1080 w/ 1 or 2 DP1.4 connections to dell up3218k, 4k@60hz.
  • 2016 15in macbook pro (macbookpro13,3) igpu intel hd 530, dgpu amd radeon pro 455, win10 1709, TB3 aorus gaming box 1080 w/ 2 DP1.4 connectionsto dell up3218k, 8k@60hz.

If you want to run any of the configurations above, simply search for a similar configuration listed in the implementation guide already.

The 2016 macbook was pretty seamless, the 2015 requires hot plugging the TB cable right after osx password entry or right after selecting win10 in bootcamp and if the timing isnt exactly right you get to try again (in particular for win10). 

I have not attempted any games on these as of yet, primary goal has been to achieve 8k@60hz.

PS I'm suspecting the DP1.4 connections are really just DP1.3 connections. UP3218k claims to require DP1.4 but DP1.4 is really just DP1.3+compression feature, and because of DSC in wikipedia DP1.4 claims to support 8k@60hz on one cable which so far I haven't found anything to indicate that's possible with this monitor.

 

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EdwardZhang
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November 16, 2017 1:58 am  

Great! 

Followed your guide and my 1070 gaming box is doing well in win 10. 

Thanks a lot.


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November 20, 2017 1:53 pm  

After upgrading to the windows 10 1709, my setup failed and eGPU no longer detected. 

What's the firmware of your gaming box or the TB software?

Maybe it's a compatibility problem.  


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mbp8k
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November 21, 2017 6:48 pm  
Posted by: EdwardZhang

After upgrading to the windows 10 1709, my setup failed and eGPU no longer detected. 

What's the firmware of your gaming box or the TB software?

Maybe it's a compatibility problem.  

I currently dont have access do that system (2016 mbp) at the moment but it was using whatever the default firmware that the aorus gaming box 1080 uses. On the aorus website they do not list any firmwares available for the 1080 either, unlike the 1070 which lists 2 of them.

Where can you check the firmware version of the gaming box? Is it in the 'aorus graphics engine -> settings -> vga -> driver version? if so, mine reports: 22.19.128.1, this is the version as seen on my other system a macbook pro 2017 connected to the aorus gaming box 1080.

 

 


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MagicPi
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November 22, 2017 10:00 am  

Are you in High Sierra with 2016 15" MBP ?
so you manage to make it working in both MacOS and Win10 ?

I still waiting when the solution is stable ...

if my external monitor is connect to the DP port on the eGPU..
and if the eGPU is not working again in MacOS then I'll have to reconnect the monitor to macbook pro other then eGPU
thanks for the info

2016 Macbook pro 15" with Pro460 / Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box / ASUS ROG PG279Q / iphone X / iPad Pro 9.7


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November 22, 2017 6:36 pm  
Posted by: MagicPi

Are you in High Sierra with 2016 15" MBP ?
so you manage to make it working in both MacOS and Win10 ?

I still waiting when the solution is stable ...

if my external monitor is connect to the DP port on the eGPU..
and if the eGPU is not working again in MacOS then I'll have to reconnect the monitor to macbook pro other then eGPU
thanks for the info

No, I did not try high sierra (10.13.1) on the 2016 macbook pro, I was running 10.12.6 on that machine.

However, I have tried my other machine, a 2017 macbook pro, with high sierra and it works fine but requires the user to install that nvidia support package and driver listed elsewhere in this forum then when using the egpu, the user must plug-in the egpu tb3 cable after logging in, then, logout (do not reboot), then login-again. 

 

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MagicPi
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November 24, 2017 5:40 pm  

I have a 2016 15in macbook pro as well, and still in 10.12.6 as well

so... you manage to make it all working but inder Sierra it's not hot plug in right?

2016 Macbook pro 15" with Pro460 / Aorus GTX 1080 Gaming Box / ASUS ROG PG279Q / iphone X / iPad Pro 9.7


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mbp8k
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November 25, 2017 6:17 pm  

Yes thats right. No hot plugging hacks were required to make it work with 10.12.6 (sierra) on 2016 15min macbook pro. Simply connect the tb3 cable, power on the laptop, login, and the egpu / external display work.

Note that I never tried the macbook pro 2016 with high sierra (10.13.1).

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MagicPi
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November 28, 2017 7:27 am  

Thanks!  
So can it be like 
plug it in , then restart?

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