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2014 15" MacBook Pro [4th,4C,H] + RTX 3070 @16Gbps-TB2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 [mbp2014ftw]  

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mbp2014ftw
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System specs:

    • 2014 15" MacBook Pro 11,2 - i7-4770HQ 2.2Ghz/HD Graphics 5200 iGPU/16GB RAM/500GB SSD 

 

eGPU hardware:

  • ADT-Link R43SG 
  • ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC
  • Transcend TS480GJDM825 SSD Upgrade Kit as m2>tb2 enclosure
  • PSU Corsair SF600

 

Hardware pictures:

Installation steps:

  1. Connect PSU power to ADT-Link and GPU.
  2. Connect ADT-Link via m2 NGFF adapter to TB2 storage enclosure.
  3. Connect adapter to mac.
  4. Start machine / reboot.
  5. Install latest Nvidia drivers.
  6. Profit

Benchmarks:

TIME SPY: 5218 (3dmark for some reason can't make this result public)

https://www.userbenchmark.com/userrun/35259839

Comments:

Will try connecting to m2 directly next. Big thanks to egpu.io for being such an awesome resource.

I was browsing it for years before finally decided to build an eGPU. Also big thanks to @itsage for all the info about mbp m2 and adt-link!

2014 15" MacBook Pro [4th,4C,H] + RTX 3070 @16Gbps-TB2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 [build link]  

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itsage
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@mbp2014ftw, This is an excellent build! Where did you find the M.2 to Thunderbolt 2 enclosure? I was searching for one but failed to locate anything suitable. You'd get better performance through M.2 eGPU with the RTX 3070. Through NVMe interface, I don't think you need to do anything to boot Windows 10 off the enclosure, such a convenient adapter to switch between external boot drive or external eGPU. 

 

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mbp2014ftw
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Few years ago I bought https://www.amazon.com/Transcend-JetDrive-825-Thunderbolt-TS480GJDM825/dp/B078YKYGBS/  

To be clear, I am still using NGFF adapter with it. A perfect sandwich Smile  

I do wonder why am I getting only pci-e x2 in this configuration?

2014 15" MacBook Pro [4th,4C,H] + RTX 3070 @16Gbps-TB2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 [build link]  

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itsage
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@mbp2014ftw, Thank you for the link. The PCIe x2 is the limitation of the drive socket inside the 2014 MacBook Pro. 2015 15" MacBook Pro gets PCIe 3.0 x4.

 

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@itsage, you are right of course! I've missed that. In my head 2014 and 2015 were identical minus touchpad.

2014 15" MacBook Pro [4th,4C,H] + RTX 3070 @16Gbps-TB2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 [build link]  

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@mbp2014ftw, PCIe 3.0 x4 is a rare configuration on non-Thunderbolt 3 Macs. I've been keeping an eye out for a 2015 27" iMac which has the SSD socket with a good connection. It would make a fun M.2 eGPU build, storing the ADT-Link R43SG and eGPU in the back of the iMac leg.

 

external graphics card builds
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2020 15" HP Spectre X360 [11th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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@mbp2014ftw Nice build! I also have a 2014 15" MacBook Pro and am thinking of upgrading my current eGPU build to a PCIe solution like yours. How's the ADT R43SG going? any problems with it?

Also, have you tried to connect it directly to the internal ssd slot?

2014 15" MacBook Pro (2.8Ghz i7, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD, Geforce GT 750M)
eGPU: AKiTiO Thunder2 + GTX 1070


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