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2014 Mac Mini [4th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + Win10 [hans-st.]  

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hans-st.
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System specs

  • 2014 Mac mini
  • Dual Core i7-4578U CPU @ 3.00GHz
  • 16GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • Internal 1x 250GB SSD (Mojave 10.14.2), 1x 125GB SSD (Windows 10 / Bootcamp)
  • External in Akitio Storage SK2520 U3.1: 1x 1TB HDD (Data) & 1x 125GB SSD (High Sierra 10.13.6) in non raid configuration (single use)

Monitor

  • Dell P2415Q 3840x2160 16:9 24” Ultra HD 4K Monitor 185dpi

eGPU hardware

Comments

  • For modifying the Akitio Node Lite I followed this guideline
  • I use the eGPU mainly with Windows 10 / Bootcamp.
  • Although it works with OS 10.13.6 I feel there is almost no advantage using the eGPU, especially for gaming (Civilization 5 and Battle Worlds).
  • My monitors` DisplayPort (DP) is attached to the most left TB2 port of the Mac Mini
  • My monitors HDMI port is attached to the HDMI port of the GTX 1050Ti (inside the eGPU).
  • When I use Mojave (without eGPU support, because it does not support the GTX 1050Ti graphic card), the Monitor uses the DP. This is the standard set.
  • When I use Bootcamp / Windows 10, the Monitor uses the HDMI of the GTX 1050Ti.
  • I have to change the use of the required port manually in the monitor menu.
  • The eGPU itself is connected to the TB2 port right beside the HDMI port of the Mac Mini, via the Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter (Although it costs, take it – it works).
  • The Akitio Storage SK2520 U3.1 is connected to the Mac Mini via an USB C to USB 3 cable.

Foto’s

IMG 1660
IMG 1658
IMG 1655

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Installation steps - OS X 10.13.6

  • “Just” follow @mac_editors detailed purge-wrangler script documentation. It works.

Installation steps - Windows 10 / Bootcamp

  • “Just” run the Bootcamp Assistant and follow the installation steps for NVIDIA from @pythonwiz

Benchmarks

Benchmarking Win 10 HDMI
Benchmarking Win 10 DP
Benchmarking 101306 HDMI
Benchmarking 101306 DP
Benchmarking 10.14.3 DP

1. Windows 10 with eGPU support, 2. Windows 10 with internal graphic card. 3. OS 10.13.6 with eGPU support, 4. OS 10.13.6 with internal graphic card, 5. OS 10.14. with internal graphic card

Remarks

  • My monitor has the disadvantage of no automatic port detection, consequently I must change the needed port manually.
  • For selecting the required operating system during start-up (⌥), the monitor must set on DP
    • After choosing Bootcamp / Windows (with eGPU support) I must change to HDMI port in the monitor menu
  • Actually, do I only use two configurations: OS 10.14.2 without eGPU support or Windows 10 / Bootcamp with eGPU support
  • Finally I must admit it was – more or less, a one week try and error thing to make the system smoothly running. Actually, preparing a solid documentation how I did it, is in the aftermath, impossible for me. However, my impression is – if the system is not too fancy, you find all answeres to your questions in this forum. Some of the guys do really know what they are writing about.
  • My respect and many thank’s to all forum members who share their knowledge and support the ones who need it

Outlook

My next desired eGPU project is a Mac Mini 2018 with a VisionTek Thunderbolt™ 3 Mini eGFX Enclosure with a Razer Core V2 like @itsage introduced it here: VisionTek Unveils Thunderbolt 3 Mini eGFX External Graphics Enclosure at CES 2019

 

 
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Mac Mini 2014 + Apple TB2/TB3 adapter + AKiTiO Node Lite (modif) + EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB


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