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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 Smile


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) 1440p 3DMark 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

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

 


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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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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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)
Akitio Thunder2
EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming


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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?

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

 
2014 15" MacBook Pro (GT750M) [4th,4C,H] + GTX 1060 @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [build link]  


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@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.

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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@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)
Akitio Thunder2
EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming


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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)

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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Need for Speed Rivals

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

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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Project CARS

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

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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FIFA 17

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

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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Battlefield 1 DX12

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

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

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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