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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [Kim_KJD]  

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Kim_KJD
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Setup is ridiculously easy with the Aorus Gaming Box. Only issue is figuring out the error 12 you get.

Specs

2016 Macbook Pro 13" (Non-Touchbar)
i7-6660U
16GB RAM
Intel 540 (integrated graphics)

Instructions

For this installation, I opted for a fresh install of Windows 10, just to ensure everything works correctly.

  1. Install Windows 10 via Bootcamp
  2. Update integrated graphics drivers (Intel 540)
  3. Visit NVIDIA and download drivers for GTX 1070
  4. Setup the Aorus Gaming Box and connect it to your Macbook
  5. Open device manager, wait until the GTX 1070 has been installed
  6. Run the exe you downloaded in step 3
  7. Once your in the setup, choose "Custom" setup and tick the remove existing drivers option
  8. When complete don't restart, your gaming box is installed with the correct drivers, however it will show an error 12 in device manager.
  9. Disable port #10 - 9D19 (Mobile 6th/7th Generation Intel(R) Processor Family I/O PCI Express Root Port #10 - 9D19) in device manager.
  10. Unplug your Gaming Box
  11. Restart
  12. When the Windows logo is displayed, plug your Gaming Box back into the port.

Installation is complete.

Note:

If I need to plug the Auros Gaming Box back into my Macbook at any time, I need to restart my Macbook and plug it in at the Windows splash screen.

I have attached my benchmark findings.

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Needless to say, anyone with a Macbook, will be very happy with the Aorus Gaming Box.

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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Azrael
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Thanks for the detailed benchmarks!

How loud do the fans of the Gaming Box appear to you?

It seems to me we are getting quite contradicting reports on the fan noise - but I guess everybody's perception is personal.

2017 14" Lenovo X1 Yoga Gen 2 [7th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [Azrael]_x000D_ [build link]  

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Kim_KJD
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Yes, there is fan noise. You can hear the fans for the PSU very faintly, mainly because the cord is so short you have to have the unit next to the laptop.

When you start using the card, note it only switches on when a program needs to use it, you'll hear the card fan spin.

So there is noise and under load it can be loud.

The positive is that when the card is under it heaviest load, we'll probably have headphones on anyway.

In my opinion, the Aorus Gaming Box would greatly benefit with a longer Thunderbolt 3 cable.
If it's going to make a lot of noise, get it far away.  

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 [build link]  

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makar1
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I bought the Belkin 2m Thunderbolt 3 cable for my Aorus Box which has been working fine. Passive 40Gbps cables are limited to 0.5m, so you need a more expensive active cable to maintain full bandwidth.

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sayunkim
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How was the setup in OSX?

Also, when you have it plugged in and charging from the Aorus, does OSX System Report show it as charging at 87w or 100w?

 

Thank you! Smile

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SirLothar
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I'm not found it to work at all I'm afraid.

  • I installed a clean version of windows 10 on bootcamp (via Mac Sierra)
  • Launched into windows and updated all the windows and apple software
  • Plugged in the aorus box and it appeared to be detecting it and installing something. 
  • Then restarted
  • Now whenever it's plugged in for boot or if I plug it in once windows loaded - it just crashes the machine.  Either I get a blue screen of death or just the windows logo is shown and it freezes on boot.

Any thoughts?

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Try turning off your macbook and disconnecting. Turn on your computer and only connect the Aorus when you see the windows logo appear during boot

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uchlee
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Hi Kim,

I'm wondering if you used thunderbolt3-to-2 adapter to connect it with your MBP?

iMac Retina 4K, 21", Late 2015, Mojave, iGPU 6200
MBP Retina, 13", Early 2015, Mojave, iGPU 6100
Aorus Gaming Box GTX1080


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uchlee
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Oh, it seems that your MBP has thunderbolt3 ports. If so, never mind.

iMac Retina 4K, 21", Late 2015, Mojave, iGPU 6200
MBP Retina, 13", Early 2015, Mojave, iGPU 6100
Aorus Gaming Box GTX1080


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Giuseppe G
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Hi KIM_KJD, Hi everyone

Thanks a lot for your guide. Any chance that this instructions will work on a late 2016 15" MBP? Since it looks like a clean implementation and adresses my needs perfectly, I would like to try it as soon as my Aorus Gaming Box arrives.

Best regards

Gigi

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