2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + RX 470 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.3 [kukkis] // sound-fix & chassis mod
Yes, TB2 enclosures do work.
On 10.12.3 as well. This weird AMD freeze issue occurs only via TB3-TB3 connection.
Ok, thank you for the info. Just realized that I would have to pay for Windows and I don't really need it that much.
Does anyone know is it possible to swap and connect Thunder2 PCB to Thunder3 inner metal closure or are the screw holes in the PCB's in different places? If they are similar one wouldn't have to mod another box at all, just use modded Thunder3 inner closure with Thunder2 PCB.
@kukkis - yes the Thunder2 and Thunder3 have the same motherboards, in future i will replace my Thunder2 with Thunder3 motherboard too i like the black and my mod, but i wait for better Macbook Pro Retina version, i don't like the latest one!
ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
✪ mini eGPU ● PCI Express vs. Thunderbolt ● Mac CAN game ● Gaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU
Finally got my Akitio Thunder2 and Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter and got the RX470 working. Unigine valley gives some nice benchmarks but Luxmark does not give more than above 2000 and Cinebench OpenCL score is also zero. Also FCPX crashes, tried to delete it and install again but install from App Store installs straight away the latest 10.3.2 version so no luck there.
I wonder what is still wrong with the following procedure with macOS 10.12.3?
1.Installed Akitio Thunder2 PCB to Thunder3 already modded inner closure, connected Dell Da2 with barrel plug to Thunder2 and with Pcie 6+2 to RX470 and RX470 with either HDMI or Displayport to HDMI cable to display.
3. Shutdown, unplugged the EGPU, rebooted, hot plugged and rerun sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh command
4. shutdown, plugged Apple USB-C to USB adapter, restarted and got the "swoosh" sound and metal was supported.
5. Run sudo ./enable-baffin-CUs.sh ellesmere 36 command, shutdown, restarted and again got the "swoosh" sound and metal acceleration.
6. Run on external display Unigine Valley and got score 1436, run Cinebench but some scores were zero, run Luxmark and got score over 2000 only.
7. Run sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh -a command, shutdown, restart and same results.
8. Tried FCPX but it crashed.
I wonder does anyone have FCPX 10.3.2 working with AMD via Thunder2 to MBP TB3 port on macOS 10.12.3? The next steps is probably to start building a hackintosh and sell Thunder2, Thunder3 and AMD or just sell Thunder2 and AMD and get Nvidia like @ikir and many others.
It’s better to try without the enable-baffin-CUs.sh. RX 470 has 32 CUs, not 36.
Thank you for the tip yet again @goalque. I tried without enable-baffin-CUs.sh by running automate-eGPU.sh -uninstall command and reinstalling it but it did not make any difference for OpenCL in Luxmark and Cinebench. Is there any harm using enable-baffin-CUs.sh even though RX 470 has four less CUs than enabled in the command?
@itsage have you tried the RX470 or some other AMD card in Akitio Thunder2, Thunder3 or Node connected to TB3 port in 2016 MBP with macOS10.12.3? It would be nice to know if someone has gotten also OpenCL to work with macOS 10.12.3.
The situation is not that bad any more as my eGPU and OpenGL are working every time and do not stuck in boot but of course OpenCL is what I am after.
Bad news... macOS 10.12.4 is a step back. My early tests indicate that USB-C device workaround doesn't work anymore. No acceleration with AMD card.
Thank you for the heads up @goalque. Does the Nvidia cards work still in 10.12.4? If yes then it is time to change AMD to Nvidia.
Just checked that both Asus Gtx 780 Ti DC II OC 3Gb and MSI Gtx 970 Gaming 4Gb could be had used a little bit under two hundred. I wonder is it possible to power either one of those still with Dell Da-2 or is a desktop PSU now a must?
@kukkis: Yes, GTX 780 already works in 10.12.4 (no web driver required).
Tried some steam games with Rx 470 and they work great though. If only Final cut worked also I would be very satisfied. You guys have really done a lot to make all this possible!
Was wondering how an R9 280x would behave?
@ikir: how has your experience with 780 ti been so far with Thunder3? That card really sounds tempting.
@kukkis: I don't use the TB3 enabler. I meant that AMD cards do not work in any enclosures, not even in TB2 if the other end is TB3. So TB3-to-TB2 adapter won't help with a TB3 Mac. You must use a direct TB2/TB1 connection. I am not yet sure about TB1/TB2 Mac + adapter + TB3 enclosure combination. My USB-C device workaround that is necessary to have acceleration on macOS 10.12.2/10.12.3 + AMDs, is no more workable on macOS 10.12.4 Beta. I am not saying it's impossible to find another workaround, but currently, there is no any.
@goalque: Ok, thank you for the detailed clarification yet again! Apple is indeed taking good care limiting TB3 potential😂
Good to know that older TB connectionts to older macs still work.