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daqin9356
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Hi there,

I got a macbook pro retina which is MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), it only got the Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB and only comes with the thunderbolt 2. I was wondering if this guide can work on my computer since your mentioned "This explains the ease of eGPU implementation on iGPU-only hosts while dGPU + iGPU hosts such as the Thunderbolt 3 15″ MacBook Pro is harder to accomplish."

But since I know nothing about the "PCIe connection with thunderbolt" issue, which makes me really uncertain about purchasing a e-GPU set up ...

So, can you make the e-GPU working on the Macbook Pro retina with thunderbolt 2, and running it perfectly on its

internal display?

I am thinking about buying a Akitio Node with a GTX1060 to run some steam games.

Looking forward to your reply.

Best regards,

Frank from Australia.

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nando4
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@daqin9356, this guide is for TB3 Macbooks. Please find a guide for your Iris Pro 15" MBP in the Implementation Guides:

https://egpu.io/external-gpu-implementations-table/?table_filter ="15-in Macbook Iris -TB2 Win "

 

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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JonRoth
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I have an LG 5k Ultrafine display which needs to be connected via Thunderbolt 3. I wish to use this display as an external display, and don't want to use my internal 15" display on my Macbook pro. In order to have the eGPU drive the 5k display via thunderbolt 3 (connected to my macbook) would i disable the 1901 PCIe port? Or would I disable 1905? Or is it considered an external display even though it's connected via thunderbolt 3 and thus I don't have to do either?

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Eightarmedpet
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Not sure if it was you who messaged me (it appears to have vanished - this forum's software is buggy as hell IMO) but I'm afraid my experience isn't transferable. I use the 13inch model and dont need to disable anything. The LG 5K gets treated like an internal screen by the eGPU and comes with the same sort of performance loss.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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JonRoth
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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

Not sure if it was you who messaged me (it appears to have vanished - this forum's software is buggy as hell IMO) but I'm afraid my experience isn't transferable. I use the 13inch model and dont need to disable anything. The LG 5K gets treated like an internal screen by the eGPU and comes with the same sort of performance loss.

Gotcha. So in terms of setting up the eGPU, I need to set it up as if I don't even have this 5k monitor because it's being recognized as an internal display, correct? Futhermore, have you had any updates on possibilities of connecting the 5k to the graphics card?

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JonRoth
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Got my 1080ti in today and went about installing the card. Everything went buttery smooth. Still working out how to get it correctly working with my LG 5k monitor, but I have no errors, and the system recognize the 1080ti just fine.

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mklegend
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@itsage, I've just received my 1080 Ti, installed into a Mantiz Venus, connected via TB3 to 2016 15" MBP with R460, connected the card to an external monitor, followed the guide fully on macos H.S. & win 10, iGPU is working as expected, disabled both PCIe 16x 1901 and PCIe 8x 1905, and using the right side TB3.
still the 1080 Ti shows error 12 in device manager whatever I do, I restarted win many times, and in every time I'm activating the apple_set_os.efi and boot windows from rEFInd, then disable / enable both PCIe again, but with no luck!!!
do I miss anything here or it's macos H.S. prevents the setup from functioning? please advise...

Update: after being frustrated last night, today I updated macos on the same exact setup with the new supplemental update, and now with pessimistic trial, I decided to boot into windows (boot camp), I discovered that rEFInd is gone (may be due to a new firmware update in the supplemental update) so I decided to boot the usual way by holding the "option" key, without activating any apple_set.efi and without rEFInd at all.

And BOOOOOOOM... windows recognized my EVGA GTX 1080 Ti without code 12 (attached screenshot)

And even without disabling any of the PCIe controllers (attached screenshot)

Then I performed some benchmarks (attached screenshots) including CUDA-Z with the expected performance.

I restarted widows again to make sure everything will run smoothly as per the first boot, and yes... everything works just fine without any error.

Moreover, I'm connecting many peripherals to the Mantiz Venus, and to the left side TB3 using Belkin TB3 Express Dock Station, even windows 10 (bootcamp) is on an external TB3 raid SSD by Glyph

This is just amazing...

I do appreciate all support and help I found on this magnificent forum, and would like to thank all eGPU gurus for their priceless help to average users through this forum.

Unigene Valley Benchmark (Default) 1080 Ti
Unigene Heaven Benchmark 4.0 (Default) 1080 Ti
Superpostition 1080 Extreme 1080 Ti
3DMark TimeSpy Default 1080 Ti
Cuda Z 1080 Ti
GPU Z 1080 Ti
PCIe Controllers   Device Manager
Display Adapters   Device Manager

 

Best Regards,

Mohammad Katayen (mklegend)


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tbquixote
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Great write-up - which I am trying to follow. I am on High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta - 2017 13-inch i7 MBP no touchbar.
No problem in Windows 10 anniversary with GTX 1080, Akitio Node,- but when I tried to use an RX 580 in Windows (worked great with High Sierra) -problems problems problems.

Easily detected the AMD card in the Node...but - Error 12. I tried to disable and re-enable the RX580, the the camera, the thunderbolt ports and used refind with apple_set_os.efi, then after updating the intel and Radeon drivers (still have error 12) - I now have a flickering windows logo in the center of my screen at all times including before the apple logo on startup even into High Sierra, it persists floating and flickering in the middle of my High Sierra desktop. I have reinstalled the last two sets of intel drivers. used DDU to clear both intel and Radeon drivers to no avail. Unfortunately I did not make a "DDU safe" manual start point before this happened.

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tbquixote
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Since this is a new laptop (purchased 18 days ago)  and I have not made it my working one yet and I was online with apple support late into the night we did some pretty extreme things- wiped the SSD completely, reset the NVRAM  and reset the SMC several times.  We then went back and through the internet clean installed Sierra-no bootcamp and still the flickering windows logo remains in the center of the screen.  It's been there since shutdown after the Windows 10 Intel GPU driver update.  Does not effect external screens through thunderbolt hdmi adapters - only the laptop screen.

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Humanovation
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I've tried this twice now and, each time I disable the x16 PCIe controller – 1901 to the discrete Radeon Pro GPU, Windows locks up, cannot be restarted, and has to be wiped and reinstalled. I'm on a one day old 2017 MBP w/ Touch Bar and the bigger 560 dGPU. Any suggestions??? I would LOVE to be able to use the eGPU in Boot Camp

PS - Trying to use a Sonnet breakaway 350 with a Radeon RX 580 😉

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [build link]  

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