2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [konceptz] // Final Cut Pro eGPU fix
Hey how is this method still working ? I just received my 1060 GTX , only waiting for the Node now. I wanna try this method first, because i rather not modify anything if i dont have too. As a side note, my macbook pro monitor is never on, I have it docket, using a LG34UX98.
Method is working perfectly still.
Thank you so much for this! I'd spent hours working on other methods to no avail.
Because the fan is annoying and I only want the external screen to support the graphics card I have a Belkin Wemo plug so I can turn the Akitio Node and monitor along with attached USB mouse without having to go under the desk.
I feel like I may be missing out on some performance though with it being attached to pcie8 rather than pcie16. Have you found a work around for that?
For reference At 3440 x 1440 on Battlefield 1 I'm getting 55 - 60 FPS on Ultra compared to 86 - 92 FPS when I had it inside a gaming rig 6600k OC'd to 4.6Ghz. It's a shame I can't test the same setup while keeping the same processor.
I just did a performance test with my friend's 1080TI. We did a heaven benchmark and he got 14 FPS average more than me, so a little over 10%.
The dramatic jump that you show may not be due to the gpu only. The processor above should be MUCH faster than the MacBook's i7.
Can you help me? I've got the Macbook Pro 15" with radeon Pro 460. I did a clean bootcamp install yesterday (Version 1703) but it doesnt detect the node nor the gpu in it (1080). Which thunderbolt drivers did you use? Seems like mine won't work.
exact same problem for me , the card (EVGA 1070) doesn't even appear on device manager , doesnt show up as hidden graphic card or under pci connection (actually only thunderbolt seems to awaken) , working great if i boot to mac , tried every single port...
setup worked great before but had to format bootcamp partition
firmware updated on the node this is really confusing
if anyone have an idea it would be great , cannot even use oculus rift anymore
thanks in advance
@Jenubis, please install the Intel Thunderbolt driver software linked at:
Thanks a lot nando for your quick support
i installed the driver you've mentioned , but Nothing changed
i took screenshot from hwinfo, and it seems that where the graphic card is supposed to appear , i see another thunderbolt controller
do you have an idea? i'm out of solution
thanks a lot in advance
Interested in going a similar route with my '17 15'' MBP.
How is the external monitor connected? From the Mac or from the eGPU? Any extra lag when gaming? Difficulty in getting Windows to install drivers?
Thank you so much for this! I spent countless hours getting my Node to work with my 2016 15 MBP. What I found though was that my Node only works when plugged into right side Thunderbolt furthest away from me (closer to the screen). I tested all 4 ports and this was the only one that works.
Note to others who can't get it to work, try every thunderbolt port to see if any other port works.
Hey all, I had the Akitio Node working with the configuration listed below, then something went wrong, and now Win 10 won't pick up the eGPU as a Display Adapter. It shows up at the bottom of the Device Manager as a "Thunderbolt(TM) Controller - 15D2". I'm a bit in panic mode here because I've been working on this setup for a while now and dropped big $ on a 1080ti and other items, now all of the sudden nothing works and I don't know what I did. If someone could help, I'd return the favor (literally).
I've also done quite a bit of research on this setup and since I had it working, I can help others who aren't having this specific issue.
My Current Configuration:
- Late 2016 MBP (Intel 530 i7, RP460) - Mac OS Sierra 10.12.5
- Akitio Node w/ MSI GTX 970, plugged into top left TB3 port (soon to be EVGA 1080ti)
- Windows 10 Pro (Version 10.0.14393 Build 14393)
My Setup Steps (that worked fine before):
- Install reFind from Mac side (Win boot EFI + spoof OSX Version to 10.9 hack)
- Bootcamp Windows 10 in UEFI
- Install Windows Support Software (that Bootcamp gives you)
- Uninstall Radeon drivers using DDU
- Disable the Radeon, its Audio Device & the PCIe x4 bus in Device Manager to free up resources
- Install Redistributables required by GPU-Switcher
- Run "Integrated.bat" using GPU Switcher
- Run the apple_set_os.efi to spoof OS, boot into Windows using reFind
- Install latest Intel 530 drivers
- Install nVidia drivers
- Install latest TB3 drivers to upgrade Akitio firmware
After I did all that (with some trial & error), I was able to do the following almost every time with success:
- Boot into Windows (reFind's EFI option in my case - my legacy option in reFind never has worked, though it doesn't seem I need it)
- Run "Integrated.bat"
- Run the apple_set_os.efi to spoof OS, boot into Windows using reFind
- Plug in eGPU (already powered on) ~2 seconds after Win logo + spinner appears
- Full acceleration of internal display works w/ automatic graphics card switching as long as you have the latest nVidia drivers
- Run "Dedicated.bat" if I plan on going back to the Mac side or not using the eGPU on next boot
I just purchased an nVidia GSYNC LCD and in trying to get all this working, I ended up with Windows no longer detecting my eGPU (as mentioned above). I was not able to get the external LCD working at all yet, but that's problem #2 I'll address after I fix this. This is what I recall doing to try to get the LCD to work, which in turn messed up something:
- As a last resort, I disabled the Intel 530 display adapter (stupidly while in Windows) and it crashed, but worked again on next boot. I re-enabled it, but now I have this no eGPU issue.
Things I've done to try to fix this so far (without success):
- Tried Restore Points (all failed to restore)
- Tried Startup Repair (failed)
- Did a Full PC Reset, keeping personal files and re-setup everything mentioned in "My Setup Steps" (did not fix the issue)
- Tried all TB ports (no success, shows up as a TB Controller on the left ports, not at all on right ports)
- Tried reverting Windows Updates that ran recently (no success)
- In looking at my Windows version to make this post, I realized that Windows is in UEFI mode, which may be correct, but I never thought to check when it was working. Should it say EFI, or is UEFI correct?
- I'm currently using the latest apple_set_os.efi). I've read elsewhere that reFind's OSX spoof stopped working around OSX 10.12.3/4.
- iGPU shows up and works fine after running integrated.bat before restart
- This all worked for me last night (7/13) and I've been running 10.12.5 since 7/9, so I have a feeling I messed something up at a boot level somehow by disabling the Intel 530 earlier.
- Everything works fine on the Mac side with External LCD, so Akitio is working
TL;DR - Problem Re-cap:
- eGPU won't show in Device Manager anymore - Shows up as "Thunderbolt(TM) Controller - 15D2" - Windows running in UEFI mode
- reFind's Win EFI + Spoof OSX Hack worked last night (7/13)
- In trying to get my external LCD to work today, I disabled the Intel 530, crash, restart, re-enable, realizing it didn't help
- reFind's Win EFI boot option still boots, iGPU shows up and works but System Info says Win is in UEFI mode, all seems well except eGPU issue
- * Assuming it had something to do with Item #3 directly above
If anyone has thoughts on this, please let me know. I'm in very deep now and need to get this working (even if it kills me lol). If I fix this before I get a reply, I will post my solution in case anyone else has this issue (like @Jenubis).
Side Note: I'm "very" passionate about getting this MBP + Akitio + Internal/External Display setup working, and eventually working as flawlessly as possible, and I am a web software developer, so I'm very open and interested in participating in this eGPU community as we progress, so if anyone can help me fix my screw-up, I will return the favor for sure.
UPDATE (7/14): After researching more to better understand UEFI, apple_set_os.efi, etc, I updated some of my lingo to be less confusing to those who understand it better than me. Still need help lol.
UPDATE (7/16): After installing the 1080ti and playing with eGPU hot-plugging timing, I was able to get the GPU working again. Strangely, I'm no longer able to hot-plug the eGPU ~1-2 seconds after the Windows Logo/Spinner. MY window is about ~.5-1 secs after I click on the Windows Bootloader option. The external LCD also works now w/ full G-SYNC support. Remaining challenges listed below if you guys have input.
- Passmark Graphics Mark score is only 8184, when I believe the average on a normal rig is ~13,400. GPU-Z states the 1080ti is running on PCIe x16 3.0 @ x4 1.1 and shows up under the x8 PCIe Controller in Device Manager. It seems to me that it's not properly running at x16. Does anyone know if this is true and how to fix it?