Late 2013 15" Macbook Pro Iris Pro + GTX1060@16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS&Win10 [enjoy]^ // Optimus Internal Display  

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March 9, 2017 10:19 am  

I just upgrade my Macbook Pro 15 (Retina mid-2012 with dGPU - Thunderbolt 1) to Macbook Pro 15 (Retina late-2013 with iGPU - Iris Only - Thunderbolt 2) and Thunderbolt 2 up my perfromance with +25% for 1680x1050 and +50% for 1920x1080

you can see my old thread here - 2012 15" MBPr GT650M + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [enjoy]^

NOW I HAVE:

+50% performance increase vs. my Thunderbolt 1 setup with my old 15' Macbook Retina (mid-2012) for 1920x1080

+25% performance increase vs. my Thunderbolt 1 setup with my old 15' Macbook Retina (mid-2012) for 1680x1050

-16% performance drop on External Display

-24% performance drop on my Internal Display (Optimus)

-4% performance drop if i run on External Display vs. Internal Display (Optimus)

-8%  performance drop  vs. Thunderbolt 3

+7 times better gaming performance vs. Iris Pro 5200 iGPU

 


15' MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013) / Windows 10 64 Bit (EFI) / Bootcamp

Intel Core i7 (I7-4750HQ) 2.0GHz quad-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)

8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Iris Pro 5200 (only) no dGPU

256GB SSD + 1TB WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition (Silver)


I. PARTS

1. Akitio Thunderbolt2 PCIe Expansion Box 290 EUR

2. 2 x Startech.com 6 inch PCI Express Power Splitter Cable 20 EUR

3. EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Super Clocked (1607 /1835)  GAMING 6GB  275 EUR

4. Dell 220W DA-2 35 EUR

5. DC Barrel 5.5mm x 2.5mm 1 EUR

6. HDMI to VGA adapter from Bulgaria 12 EUR - to play on the retina internal screen

TOTAL: 633 EUR


II. DELL 220W DA-2 SETUP: 


III. make Windows 10 from BIOS to EFI:

Right click of BOOTCAMP partition in WinClone - and click "Make EFI Bootable" or link if you don't have WinClone


IV. WINDOWS Setup

1. Shutdown your Macbook

2. Connect Thunderbolt 2 cable and start the Mac

3. Install latest drivers from NVIDIA website

4. Go to NVIDIA Control Panel and select: High-Performance NVIDIA processor (OPTIMUS)

5. From now if i want to play games i just start the Mac with Thunderbolt 2 cable IN, i can restart without problems etc...

DONE

I can play all games - 1920x1200 / 30-60 FPS (all to MAX + AA) on my Internal Reitna Display via Optimus

it's a dream comes true with my "new" Macbook

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 I also made a custom Windows 10 theme aka macOS Gaming 10.10.10 🙂


V. macOS Setup

Step #1. Click the  menu on your Mac and then select Restart.

Step #2. Next up, you have to hold down command+R to boot into the Recovery System.

Step #3. Now, you need to click on the Utilities menu and choose Terminal.

Step #4. Up next, you will have to type csrutil disable and press return.

Step #5. Close the Terminal app.

Step #6. You need to click the  menu and choose Shut Down.

Step #7. Plug your eGPU and press the Power button

Step #8. Open Terminal app in macOS (Launchpad -> Other folder -> Terminal)

Step #9. Put the goalque automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.0 script down below in the Terminal:

curl -o ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/goalque/automate-eGPU/master/automate-eGPU.sh    && chmod +x ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh && cd ~/Desktop && sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh

VIDEO: 

https://vimeo.com/215815187

DONE:

How to Run the Internal Display aka enjoy fake display mod in macOS thanks to Goalque’s instructions:

1. Download and run Spectacle

2. Download and run DisableMonitor

4. Plug the ghost (fake) display adapter in and set it as the primary display (or use your External Display /Monitor/)

5. Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor*

6. Launch an app such as Valley benchmark from the Dock (there you see its child window) /just put your mouse in the bottom of your Internal Display and the dock will appear/

7. Switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut (CONTROL + OPTION + COMMAND + LEFT or RIGHT ARROW).

* Spectacle switches apps between displays in both Windowed and Fullscreen mode. Matching the ghost display’s resolution with the internal display using DisableMonitor is therefore recommended.


BENCHMARKS: 

 

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL DISPLAY (Optimus) 1920x1080 (+50% for Thunderbolt 2):Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score EXTERNAL DISPLAY 1920x1080

for example on my old eGPU setup 2012 15" MBPr GT650M + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [enjoy]^:

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL RETINA DISPLAY (Fake Display) Windowed 1920x1080:

for example on my old eGPU setup 2012 15" MBPr GT650M + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [enjoy]^:

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score EXTERNAL DISPLAY 1920x1080

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL RETINA DISPLAY (Optimus) Windowed 1680x1050 (+25% for Thunderbolt 2):

for example on my old eGPU setup 2012 15" MBPr GT650M + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [enjoy]^:

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL RETINA DISPLAY (Fake Display) Windowed 1680x1050:

 

3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) INTERNAL DISPLAY (Optimus)3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) EXTERNAL DISPLAY (Monitor)
3DMark FireStrike Extreme 1.1 (basic test) INTERNAL DISPLAY (Optimus) 1440p3DMark FireStrike Ultra 1.1 (basic test) INTERNAL DISPLAY (Optimus) 4k

 


 PICTURES:

Akitio TB2 Case Mod + EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Super Clocked (1607 /1835)  GAMING 6GB

   

 


HOW TO CLOSE THE AKiTiO

1. I made by myself 90 degrees 6 pin i use one of my  Startech.com 6 inch PCI Express Power Splitter Cable to close the Akitio

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2. I buy 6-pin to 6+2-pin PCI-E power cable (you can use 6pin to 6 pin but i cant find here in Bulgaria), cut him and put him in the Akitio original hole close to Akitio Barell plug

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3. I remove the Akitio back panel (also help for the Air)

 


enjoy 🙂

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 9, 2017 10:30 am  

And how is your bootup process? Is it working reliably? 

early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch (CTO - Core i7, 3.1 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD)
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March 9, 2017 11:38 am  

This score is amazing @enjoy ! gtx 1060 with thunderbolt 2 : 1125!

Do you know if using the fake display trick or using optimus influence performances on a different way?

2014 15" Macbook Pro GT750M + GTX1060@16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10

Impact of Turboboost on performances and fan noise level (MacBook Pro)


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March 9, 2017 12:33 pm  

@Antharsious - I don't have time right now but soon i will make more benchmark in windowed mode and with fake display etc...

@samupetho - It's plug and play, i recovered my BOOTCAMP part with WinClone so on the Windows i have latest NVIDIA Driver, i connect the Thunderbolt 2 cable, and start the Mac, choose BOOTCAMP, at the first time nothing, wait 10 sec and my GTX 1060 was in Device Manager with no error without @nando4 Setup.

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 9, 2017 12:44 pm  

@enjoy and what is the deal with getting image from HDMI ? Once you see the GTX 1060, you just plug it in, or you just boot up with the HDMI plugged in, without any problems, and you would get the image as soon as the Windows is loaded?

early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch (CTO - Core i7, 3.1 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD)
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March 9, 2017 3:19 pm  

Thunderbolt 2 vs. Thunderbolt 1 = Thunderbolt 2 is 25% better:

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL RETINA DISPLAY (Optimus) Windowed 1680x1050 (+25% for Thunderbolt 2):

for example on my old eGPU setup 2012 15" MBPr GT650M + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [enjoy]^:

Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark Score INTERNAL RETINA DISPLAY (Fake Display) Windowed 1680x1050:


Thunderbolt 2 (2013 15" Macbook Pro Iris Pro + GTX1060@16Gbps-TB2)  vs. Thunderbolt 3 (late-2016 13" Macbook Pro TB + GTX1060@32Gbps-TB3) = (+14% for Thunderbolt 3):

Thunderbolt 2:

Thunderbolt 3:


the same video card EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC in Desktop PC (PCIe slot 126Gbps)


with this setup i have:

  • -20% performance drop on External Display
  • -33% performance drop on my Internal Display (Optimus)
  • -13% perfromance drop if i run on External Display vs. Internal Display (Optimus)
  • -14%  performance drop  vs. Thunderbolt 3
  • +25% performance increase vs. my Thunderbolt 1 setup with my old 15' Macbook Retina (mid-2012)

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 14, 2017 10:38 pm  

Need for Speed Rivals

60 FPS with 2880x1800 (Retina Resolution) on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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Project CARS

60 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 15, 2017 10:23 am  

FIFA 17

60 FPS with 2880x1800 (Retina Resolution) on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 15, 2017 1:15 pm  

Battlefield 1 DX12

40-60 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA (stable 60FPS with all to HIGH)

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 15, 2017 1:51 pm  

GTA V

40-50 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA + MSAA x4

 

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 15, 2017 6:32 pm  

Crysis 3

30-40 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Display - all to the max VERY HIGH + MSAA x8

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 15, 2017 11:08 pm  

DIRT Rally

30-40 FPS with 2880x1800 (Retina Resolution) on my Internal Display - all to the max ULTRA + MSAA x8

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 16, 2017 3:33 pm  

Guys i Manage to score 1258 Score (only 24% performance drop vs. Desktop PC) on my Internal Retina Display with Optimus  - this is amazing results for Thunderbolt 2 - i used Mac Fan Control and set the Fans of the Macbook to 4500RPM - the noise is not a problem because i use headphones so maybe the CPU is colder and the results is amazing:


the same video card EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC in Desktop PC (PCIe slot 126Gbps)

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 18, 2017 9:25 pm  

Another amazing benchmark result 3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (INTERNAL DISPLAY - Optimus):

for example you can see Razer Blade with GTX 1060 6GB results (7 947) with better CPU (Intel Core i7-6700HQ) and 16GB Ram -  http://www.3dmark.com/fs/11544477

UPDATE: 

Another example this user have GTX 1070 8GB in Razer Core with late-2016 13' Macbook Pro TB with Thunderbolt 3 and I'am so close to his score, i will not update my eGPU soon for sure:

 

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 20, 2017 3:55 pm  

Homefront: The Revolution DX12

30-40 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Display - all to the max VERY HIGH + MSAA x2 - amazing graphics

 

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 20, 2017 4:55 pm  

Hitman (2016) DX12

30-40 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Retina Display - all to the max ULTRA + MSAA x2 - amazing game

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 21, 2017 1:08 am  

Assassin's Creed Rogue

60 FPS with 2880x1800 (Retina Resolution) on my Internal Display - all to the max VERY HIGH + FXAA x16

 

 

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 21, 2017 1:28 am  

GTA IV (2008)

30-40 FPS with 2880x1800 (Retina Resolution) on my Internal Display - all to the max Very High +SMAA with ENB mod and textures mods + car mods

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 23, 2017 3:03 pm  

Metal Gear Solid V - The Phantom Pain

35-45 FPS with 1920x1200 on my Internal Retina Display - all to the max EXTRA HIGH

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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March 27, 2017 10:03 pm  

Does this also work on osx or just windows bootcamp?


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March 28, 2017 3:09 pm  

@scroef

Only bootcamp, as there are no 10X0 driver yet for macOS.

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April 11, 2017 10:43 am  

+ macOS 🙂 

https://vimeo.com/215815187

V. macOS Setup

Step #1. Click the  menu on your Mac and then select Restart.

Step #2. Next up, you have to hold down command+R to boot into the Recovery System.

Step #3. Now, you need to click on the Utilities menu and choose Terminal.

Step #4. Up next, you will have to type csrutil disable and press return.

Step #5. Close the Terminal app.

Step #6. You need to click the  menu and choose Shut Down.

Step #7. Plug your eGPU and press the Power button

Step #8. Open Terminal app in macOS (Launchpad -> Other folder -> Terminal)

Step #9. Put the automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.1 script down below in the Terminal:

curl -o ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/goalque/automate-eGPU/master/automate-eGPU.sh    && chmod +x ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh && cd ~/Desktop && sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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April 11, 2017 11:37 am  

@enjoy

Oh boy, let's get on the hypetrain! Are the pascal drivers out now finally, or why is it working? 🙂

Can't wait to get home, and confirm it too 🙂

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April 12, 2017 8:19 am  

@samupetho - yes works great, i will not use macOS but i want to test that it work with "just" 11 steps 🙂

eGPU is growing 🙂

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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April 12, 2017 9:20 am  

@enjoy

Those 11 steps are just fine! I have one question tho? When do you plug in the egpu? Because I did the steps, and as far as I know, you plug it in when you run the script, right? Do you need to restart? because after running the script, the EGPU did not showed up, I ran the -a mode too, restarted with egpu plugged in, but got a blacksreen issue.

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April 12, 2017 10:31 am  

@samupetho: After you reboot, your monitor should flicker and a few seconds later it will boot.

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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April 15, 2017 11:33 am  

@enjoy love your instructions and your setup!!

two questions for you please

first) would this also work if I install windows 10 on an external ssd (with bootcamp drivers of course) instead of the usual way installing it on a windows partition part of the internal drive. I'm wondering if this would cause a problem with the step where you change the BIOS to EFI

 

second) would you mind listing the download link(s) to the "macOS Gaming 10.10.10" theme you use on windows 10? including all the plugins you used to get it working and looking awesome like you did?

 

thanks!!!


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April 18, 2017 10:54 am  

Finally i have time to test the External Display:

Internal Display result show us ONLY 10% performance drop vs. External Display:

for example the Alienware 13 R3  ($1,866.85) that comes equipped with an Intel quad-core i7-7700QH Kaby Lake CPU and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card score is:

for another example and the Razer Blade 14 ($2,099.99) that comes equipped with an Intel quad-core i7-6700HQ CPU and a discrete Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card score is:

So with my eGPU i have the same performance (only 10-13% slower) as top brands gaming laptops like Alienware R3 and Razer Blade with discrete Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB inside... and my laptop is not even hot - nice ahhh 🙂


I also run 3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test)

3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) EXTERNAL DISPLAY (Monitor)

3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) INTERNAL DISPLAY (Optimus)

 


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ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
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April 23, 2017 9:38 pm  

I thought to update my 1060 with 1070 mini later this year but this results i found online shut down that option for me...

My results: 3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) EXTERNAL DISPLAY (Monitor)

MacBook Pro (Retina 15-inch, Mid 2015) with dGPU (AMD Radeon R9 M370X)

Akitio Thunder2 PCIe with ZOTAC Geforce GTX 1070 AMP Edition

3DMark FireStrike 1.1 (basic test) EXTERNAL DISPLAY (Monitor)

Because.... Yes I will have better performance (+15) but not big difference at all, so i will wait for next-gen GPU from NVIDIA (VOLTA GTX 2060) that is small like 1060 and have more power than 1070 ...

We recently reported Volta IDs had been uncovered in the some of the latest Nvidia drivers and now it seems the new GeForce graphics architecture might be coming sooner than expected this year.

A Chinese site, MyDrivers.com, has stated they expect new Volta GPUs to arrive in the third quarter of this year. That’s a lot earlier than anyone thought and the speculation is Nvidia are being pushed to accelerate the Volta graphics card release because of increased competition from AMD making the graphics market a much tougher place.

There are no sources pointed to in the article, so it’s alll too possible it’s a purely speculative piece. The device IDs found in the recent drivers seem to reference the GV100 GPU which would be the large-scale professional-class processor and not any gaming/consumer-focused cards.

The worrisome part of the article for me though is where they suggest the GeForce 20-series of products will see re-planning of the prices and market positions which “will increase the price of single card to enhance profits.” My understanding of Chinese is pretty woeful (read: nonexistent) so I’m relying on Mr. Google Robot’s comprehension skills, so it’s possible there’s a misunderstanding born of the translation into English.

But if true, and the prices of single cards are being adjusted upwards, that would be the second generation in a row where Nvidia have pushed prices skywards. With the 10-series Pascal-based cards the GTX 1080 was released at an unprecedented level, especially when taking the reference/Founders Edition shenanigans into account.

If $699 is going to become the de facto standard for Nvidia’s high-end graphics cards, as shown with the GTX 1080 FE and GTX 1080 Ti cards, then these are worrying times. Unless you’re AMD and confident you can keep undercutting Nvidia’s GPUs with your own upcoming Vega graphics cards.

For our part we’d still be very surprised to see consumer-led Volta cards arriving this year. With the updated GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 cards arriving alongside the high-powered GTX 1080 Ti Nvidia have already made a strong start to 2017 and to release a high-end GTX 2080 competitor for the GTX 1080 Ti in six months time would seem like an odd move.

Personally I think it’s more likely for Nvidia to start talking about, and maybe showing off, Volta silicon at their upcoming Graphics Technology Conference. I can see Jen-Hsun on stage with a GV100 based part, built for the professional, super-computer market, with the trickle down following a similar pattern to the 2015 unveiling and 2016 release of the Pascal pro and consumer-class GPUs.

That would put prospective GTX 2080 and GTX 2070 graphics cards on shelves around March 2018. Now I'm the one being speculative...

 

 

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
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April 23, 2017 11:10 pm  

I think that I don't trust 3D Mark anymore. I am telling you that 1070 is FAR away better than 1060 at least in 3D VFX work computing (and I have seen in games in a friend's place). I don't understand.

I mean, I can't trust this synthetic benchmarks...

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April 24, 2017 10:07 pm  

Has anyone been able to do this on an iMac?

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April 24, 2017 10:17 pm  
Posted by: nkh004

 

Has anyone been able to do this on an iMac?

   

 

Do you try to use the ghost (fake) display adapter to run the Internal Display on macOS or to activate Iris in Windows?

 

Posted by: ed_co

 

I think that I don't trust 3D Mark anymore. I am telling you that 1070 is FAR away better than 1060 at least in 3D VFX work computing (and I have seen in games in a friend's place). I don't understand.

I mean, I can't trust this synthetic benchmarks...

   

I will just up the resolution in some games with GTX 1070 8GB from the benchmarks and users with 1070 i know... so not big improve at all, for now I'am very happy with my setup and the results shows that, i turn old 2013 MacBook with all ports (+ small touchpad) and with great battery life into a 2016 Gaming Laptop.... mission complete 🙂

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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April 24, 2017 10:26 pm  

@enjoy  I've got the external monitor on the windows side that seems to work pretty well. 

I'm wondering if your mac method would work as well. 

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April 24, 2017 10:43 pm  
Posted by: nkh004

 

@enjoy  I've got the external monitor on the windows side that seems to work pretty well. 

I'm wondering if your mac method would work as well. 

   

It must (will) work, pascal drivers are online so repeat my steps and also you can run the Internal Display too 🙂

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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April 29, 2017 5:20 pm  

Can't seem to get the internal screen going on my iMac. I have an external. What do I need to do to make that work?

 

Never mind, up and running. 

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