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2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP450) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.2 [itsage]  

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Jan-12-2017>> can see this news article that summarizes findings of this thread:
Thunderbolt eGPU for Mac – 2017 Update – macOS Sierra

It’s past midnight here in MN. These are all I have atm – the Node works with both the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro.

 

 

 

Update 10-Jan-2017

I can confirm this AKiTiO Node now works with all three generations of Thunderbolt equipped Mac laptops. It’s working with a Late 2011 17″ MacBook Pro (Thunderbolt 1) and a 2015 11″ MacBook Air (Thunderbolt 2) via the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. The only step I did is automate-eGPU script by Goalque.

Of the four Mac laptops I’ve tried, the macOS versions are 10.12, 10.12.1, and 10.12.2. I will try 10.12.3 Beta in the coming days but I don’t anticipate issues.

 

 

 

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That's great news! How did you manage to do this?

How well does it work with the 13"?

Can you play 4k video on it on Quicktime/Photos without any issues?

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Have you posted how you did it with 2016 15" somewhere?

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Awesome congrats!

Can u use the internal display to benefit from the eGPU? Does things like Cuda/ OpenCL Acceleration work in Adobe Premiere and Others?

 

How did u get it working?

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This is great news!

 

PS: he commented on  https://egpu.io/akitio-node-review-the-state-of-thunderbolt-3-egpu/

1/10/17 Update: I was searching for additional documentation and firmware information on Texas Instrument TPS65983 controller and found a firmware update for the Node. The AKiTiO Node with its v1.0.0.3 B1-23+3.6.1 version is now working in macOS. I’ve tried it with the Late 2016 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro and they both work. The only modification is automate-eGPU script from Goalque. Here’s a quick video of the setup in action.

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Can anyone test this on an older Macbook with Tb3->Tb2 adapter?

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Posted by: YangZA

 

Can anyone test this on an older Macbook with Tb3->Tb2 adapter?

   

I will try the Node with a 2015 11″ MacBook Air (Thunderbolt 2 connection) and a 2011 17″ MacBook Pro (Thunderbolt connection) in the next few days and report back.

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That's what I'm looking for(Akitio Node ->Tb3->Tb2 adapter -> older MacBook with TB2). Please tell us results, I'll appreciate it.

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I was also looking forward to doing this myself but unfortunately the Node has been backordered and I've got an estimated shipping date in mid February! The waiting is going to be agonising!

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I can confirm this AKiTiO Node now works with all three generations of Thunderbolt equipped Mac laptops. It’s working with a Late 2011 17″ MacBook Pro (Thunderbolt 1) and a 2015 11″ MacBook Air (Thunderbolt 2) via the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. The only step I did is automate-eGPU script by Goalque.

Of the four Mac laptops I’ve tried, the macOS versions are 10.12, 10.12.1, and 10.12.2. I will try 10.12.3 Beta in the coming days but I don’t anticipate issues.

    

 

 

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That is awesome. It means people with TB2 Macs can use the self-contained Node for their eGPU needs without any additional modding. That is great news.

It is also damn ironic that it is easier to get a TB2 Mac to work with it than a TB3 Mac. What? 🙁

EDIT: I missed the point where it works with the 2016 as well. Ooops.

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That is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing this amazing information!

So Node works with Apple older TB2 devices in macOS, how about bootcamp? 2016 model with TB3 works well in bootcamp windows, maybe older devices as well?

I can't wait to use Node with MacBook Pro 2015.


 

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Posted by: mdr1a

 

That is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing this amazing information!

So Node works with Apple older TB2 devices in macOS, how about bootcamp? 2016 model with TB3 works well in bootcamp windows, maybe older devices as well?

I can’t wait to use Node with MacBook Pro 2015.   

I’ve been able to run the 2015 11″ MacBook Air in Windows 10 with the AKiTiO Thunder3 via the Apple TB3 <–> TB2 adapter. It should work the same way with the Node. Depending on your Mac and GPU, you may need to do DSDT Override to fix error 12.

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Hello,

 

is it possible to run the Node on internal Display ? MBPR 13 from 2013 ? Tb2- Tb3 Adapter

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Posted by: padax

 

Hello,

 

is it possible to run the Node on internal Display ? MBPR 13 from 2013 ? Tb2- Tb3 Adapter

   

Windows: YES, by using apple_set_os.efi to activate the iGPU needed for internal mode. See here.
macOS: YES, via fake external LCD. See here.

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Thank you nando4. Can this be applied to imac 21" TB2 with use in internal screen too?

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Posted by: padax

 

Thank you nando4. Can this be applied to imac 21″ TB2 with use in internal screen too?

   

For macOS, yes. For Windows, pls try it now and see if a Intel HD iGPU drives the internal LCD.  If yes, then NVidia Optimus can activate with a working eGPU.

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Okay I will report back as soon as I receive the Node. If I am going to buy the tbMBP do I have to apply the steps from above too or is it "plug n play" ?

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Have you tried playing 4k video on the 13"? Did you get any lags or horrible frame rates whatsoever?

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Sonnet III-D modified with Sonnet SE1 TB3 Upgrade Card and 600W PSU
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Posted by: Mark

 

Have you tried playing 4k video on the 13″? Did you get any lags or horrible frame rates whatsoever?

I will try this weekend. Do you have a particular source for 4K video? I prefer to download it first then play off the drive.

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A progress much needed in the Thunderbolt industry. Thanks for all your work for the community itsage. It doesn't end here though. We've only touched the surface by being allowed to release this firmware update. We're still working hard for the day it'll be compatible on all platforms.

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Posted by: Mark

 

Have you tried playing 4k video on the 13″? Did you get any lags or horrible frame rates whatsoever?

   

By the Intel Thunderbolt documentation here “uncompressed 4K @60hz consumes nearly 15 Gbps”.

The 2016 13″ MBP has a 32Gbps-TB3 port, so can easily accomodate this 15Gbps.  In theory anyway. Need to ensure have the proper TB3 cable that runs at full TB3 speed. If it was the incorrect cable and saw the link downgrade to TB2 16Gbps, then I’d expect sub optimal results.

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Posted by: itsage

 

Posted by: Mark

 

Have you tried playing 4k video on the 13"? Did you get any lags or horrible frame rates whatsoever?

I will try this weekend. Do you have a particular source for 4K video? I prefer to download it first then play off the drive.

   

http://4ksamples.com


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Posted by: itsage

 

Posted by: Mark

 

Have you tried playing 4k video on the 13"? Did you get any lags or horrible frame rates whatsoever?

I will try this weekend. Do you have a particular source for 4K video? I prefer to download it first then play off the drive.

   

The link @ikir has sent you is a great source for video. I was having issues with playing from Quicktime and Photos on a TB2 eGPU which I didn't have before on my 2013 15"!

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Excuse me! Can you hot plug and unplug egpu with tb2 macbook pro? I have a macbook pro 13 2015 and I really want to enhance its graphic card, but I usually don't shutdown macbook just like lots of mac users. 

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Posted by: hyker27

 

Excuse me! Can you hot plug and unplug egpu with tb2 macbook pro? I have a macbook pro 13 2015 and I really want to enhance its graphic card, but I usually don't shutdown macbook just like lots of mac users. 

   

Sadly no, macOS is not made to have removable GPU... yet. You can technically hotplug TB2 or TB3 but if system is running on eGPU it will crash the system.


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Any updates on the 4k video testing? Thanks

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Thank for your quick reply!

I guess I'll wait for the day mac support hot plug and unplug  egpu.

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Thanks for your work itsage, this has been a very interesting thread to read 🙂

I have an early 2013 MBP 15" - if I understood you correctly this should work with the AKiTiO Node if I buy (in addition to the node) this adapter and this cable (to connect the adapter to a Thunderbolt port on my MBP).

  • Is that correct?
  • Will the external GPU then be able to drive graphics on both the internal and an (optional) external display or is an external display (connected via the Node?) required for it to work?
  • What is the procedure like after having installed the scripts when connecting and disconnecting? Does one need to first connect the node and then reboot the MBP for it to recognise the new card? Same procedure when disconnecting?

Thanks again.

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This is a big news!! Thank you! Just ordered my Akitio Node from B&H (249$ available from 21st February) in order to connect to my MacBook Pro 13" Touch late 2016! This is one of the reason why I have changed my MacBook Pro.. usb-c for eGPU! 

 

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Posted by: Highsmoker

 

Thanks for your work itsage, this has been a very interesting thread to read 🙂

I have an early 2013 MBP 15″ – if I understood you correctly this should work with the AKiTiO Node if I buy (in addition to the node) this adapter and this cable (to connect the adapter to a Thunderbolt port on my MBP).

  • Is that correct?
  • Will the external GPU then be able to drive graphics on both the internal and an (optional) external display or is an external display (connected via the Node?) required for it to work?
  • What is the procedure like after having installed the scripts when connecting and disconnecting? Does one need to first connect the node and then reboot the MBP for it to recognise the new card? Same procedure when disconnecting?

Thanks again.

   

Those are the exact cable and adapter I used for these tests. Your 2013 15″ MacBook Pro should have similar success with the AKiTiO Node. Nvidia GPUs (Maxwell or older) are easier to get going than AMD in both macOS and Windows atm.

For use in macOS, external display is a requirement. You can try enjoy’s workaround to get eGPU accelerated internal display.

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Will the external GPU then be able to drive graphics on both the internal and an (optional) external display or is an external display (connected via the Node?) required for it to work?Thanks again.   

Highsmoker, further to itsage‘s comments, there is a headerless ghost HDMI socket plugin that can provide a fake external LCD. Then can start your *windowed* apps on there and drag the window to the internal LCD to have it eGPU accelerated. See details at https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/guide-accelerated-internal-lcd-on-non-optimus-systems-enjoy/#post-1085

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Thank you. I have one of these laying our from when I built a dogecoin mining rig... yes, I do silly things 😀 

Would that work do you think? I guess it's old enough that there should be drivers available, but I haven't seen a full list anywhere of compatible cards? Should still be a huge step up from the built-in 650M I think.

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Nando4: That's an amazingly clever trick - I'll have to try it out 🙂

 

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Thanks so much for the great work and generous info on this new option. I've been wondering for some time what my next step is in Macs since the new appliances were released. Soldered on drives as well? Gimme a break. 

I'm quite happy with my maxed out late 2011 17", except for the screen, but there seems to be an option now. Can these eGPUs run a 5K, or even one or two 4K screens with my 17" mbp, and if so, what's the cheapest combo (GPU + Node)? I'm only interested in photo processing with Lightroom, etc and video editing, not games, but sharing heavy work with the eGPU would be advantageous and I don't think I need acceleration for the native screen. 

I obviously know next to nothing about actual implementation of these hacks, other than some hardware combos discussed on these forums, so any help would be gratefully received. It also appears that running Sierra is mandatory unfortunately. 

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