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 TrDA
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Aug 18, 2017 11:59 am  

Hello everyone!

I’ve been enjoying this EGPU setup since May 2017, and thus wanted to share my configuration with the community.

 

eGPU hardware setup 

 

Notebook Hardware

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) -> for Home (work&game)

 

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2015) -> for Office (work&game)

  • CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • RAM: 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR
  • Storage #1: SSD 128GB PCIe-based flash storage (50/50 split for macOS H.Sierra and Windows 10 Bootcamp)
  • Storage #2: Micro SD 128gb (50/50 split for macOS and Windows) in SDXC card slot
  • iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • dGPU: -
  • Thunderbolt-2 port (up to 16 Gbps)

 

External Display

 

 Software

  • MBP 17" -> Windows 7 PRO Bootcamp + eGPU Setup 1.35 (all work, thank for your help -> Nando4)
  • MBP 17" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (all work, no errors)
  • MBP 17" -> macOS Sierra + automate-eGPU (all work, thank you very much -> goalque)

 

  • MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (all work, no errors)
  • MBA 13" -> macOS High Sierra  (Nvidia -> works)

 

The result exceeded my expectations. Thank you all.

 

 Update:

 

 MBP 17" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (external display FHD @60 MHz )

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  MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (internal display)

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MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (external display FHD @60 MHz )

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early-2015 13″ MBA + Akito Thunder 2 + GTX1050ti + external display 1080p + macOS10.13.3 & Win10
late - 2011 17″ MBP + Akito Thunder 2 + GTX1050ti + external display 1080p + macOS10.13.3 & Win10


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laserbyte
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Oct 9, 2017 4:42 pm  

Have you tried the MBP 17″ with macOS High Sierra yet?

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Nov 28, 2017 9:26 am  

Upgraded to macOS10.13

From [APP] NVIDIA eGPU support for High Sierra (NVIDIAEGPUSupport)

Posted by: TrDA

Thank you, YIFANLU!!!

Here are my results (for the Mac I could check at the moment):

13 "MBA early 2015 + Akito Thunder 2 + GTX1050ti + external HDMI C27F390 display 1080p = works without any problems.

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 From [APP] NVIDIA eGPU support for High Sierra (NVIDIAEGPUSupport)

 

Posted by: TrDA

Thank you, YIFANLU!!!

Here are my results (for the Mac I could check at the moment):

News:

17 "MBP late 2011 + Akito Thunder 2 + GTX1050ti + external HDMI C27F390 display 1080p = works without any problems.

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eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 M1000M + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10


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j.navarro
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Dec 4, 2017 6:46 pm  

Hi. I have similar setup that replicates your MacOS results:

17 “MBP early 2011 + MacOS 10.13.1 + + Akitio Thunder 3 with modified power supply + GTX960 + HDMI monitor.

The HDMI display works perfectly well via within MacOS, but the GTX960 does not seem to be visible as an OpenCL device, which is the only thing I really want it for… 

Do you have any ideas why OpenCL does not detect the GTX960? When I run clinfo and similar tools I only see the CPU and the integrated Radeon GPU as OpenCL devices.

% clinfo -l
Platform #0: Apple
+-- Device #0: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2720QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
`-- Device #1: ATI Radeon HD 6750M

 

Any advice would be extremely helpful.

 

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Dec 14, 2017 11:23 am  

Howdy,

Did you have any problems with error 43 when installing the GTX 1050 ti?

https://egpu.io/forums/expresscard-mpcie-m-2-adapters/FIXED-Nvidia-GTX1050Ti-error-43-on-mPCIe-or-M2-non-hotplug-eGPU-interfaces-applicable-to-GTX10xx/

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Dec 14, 2017 10:26 pm  
It's barely work with my MBP 2017 15" touchbar + aorus gaming box 1080

I installed nvidia web driver, and I installed NVDEGsupport
but I don't see NVDEGsupport.kext in extension.

however I put fitHeadlessHDMI and use internal MacBook screen as using mirror,
Unigine Valley benchmark shows that only got 30fps avg on 1920x1080x8AA ultra, Score about 2xxx, which is 40-50% dropped compare to regular windows computer that show on another review of gaming box 1080.

what can I do to boost performance of gaming box?

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animalblack
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Jun 20, 2018 7:36 pm  

Trda, could you please explain little bit more your windows 10 implementation? 
At the moment i have working eGPU under 10.13.5 (Late 2011 HD3000+6770m+Mantiz+RX580), some glicks but works.
As for windows 10 not working .... you mention that everything works on your side under Win10 without any adjustment, but best i could is Win10 uefi on second drive + error12. 

Maybe you did something in addition to make it working?

Macbook Pro 2017 (RP560) + Mantiz Venus + Vega64 Air


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Jun 21, 2018 7:45 am  

Try this. Power on and shutdown 2 times. At the third boot pay attenction to the Windows spinning wheel. It starts to spin from the bottom. When you see the first dot reach a quarter of a circle hot plug egpu. Try this method for both tb ports.

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animalblack
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Jun 21, 2018 1:53 pm  

Thaks for idea, will try later today. 
But i have assumtion, that i did something incorrect while disabling iGPU.
In this Guide by FSP said that iGPU should be named as "Unknown Device" under Unknown Devices section", but in my case it appera with name something like basic microsoft vga, but in Other device section). Want to change base win language, in order to be sure everything looks ok in eng.

Macbook Pro 2017 (RP560) + Mantiz Venus + Vega64 Air


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animalblack
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Jun 21, 2018 7:50 pm  

This magic way with 3 reboot not helped. If I see spinner, then I wount see eGPU in Device manager. Hot plug not working. And I have only one TB1 port)
If I leave eGPU connected while power up - error 12
If I plug eGPU on bootcamp menu - error 12

Current iGPU state:

Video Controller (VGA compatible)
The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
The installation of this device is forbidden by system policy. Contact your system administrator.
To find a driver for this device, click Update Driver.

, don't know how to force it to be unknown (if it needed at all).

As far as I can see few ways left - 
1) Update windows to 1803 (now it is 1709) - maybe, but not too optimistic. 
2) After 1) try DSDT fix for large memory.
3) Then, I assume DIY eGPU Setup and Windows 7/10. 

If any ideas will be appreciate. Of course I will continue tries, but it there is some reliable solution it could cut some time. 

PS MacBook MID 2014 with Gt750m started eGPU without any additional work (Win10 1803) - but cold plug. 

Macbook Pro 2017 (RP560) + Mantiz Venus + Vega64 Air


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longtea
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Sep 8, 2018 7:56 am  
Posted by: TrDA

Hello everyone!

I’ve been enjoying this EGPU setup since May 2017, and thus wanted to share my configuration with the community.

 

eGPU hardware setup 

 

Notebook Hardware

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) -> for Home (work&game)

 

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2015) -> for Office (work&game)

  • CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • RAM: 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR
  • Storage #1: SSD 128GB PCIe-based flash storage (50/50 split for macOS H.Sierra and Windows 10 Bootcamp)
  • Storage #2: Micro SD 128gb (50/50 split for macOS and Windows) in SDXC card slot
  • iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • dGPU: -
  • Thunderbolt-2 port (up to 16 Gbps)

 

External Display

 

 Software

  • MBP 17" -> Windows 7 PRO Bootcamp + eGPU Setup 1.35 (all work, thank for your help -> Nando4)
  • MBP 17" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (all work, no errors)
  • MBP 17" -> macOS Sierra + automate-eGPU (all work, thank you very much -> goalque)

 

  • MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (all work, no errors)
  • MBA 13" -> macOS High Sierra  (Nvidia -> works)

 

The result exceeded my expectations. Thank you all.

 

 Update:

 

 MBP 17" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (external display FHD @60 MHz )

111

  MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (internal display)

222

MBA 13" -> Windows 10 PRO Bootcamp (external display FHD @60 MHz )

333

444

Hi TrDa,

I have very similar setup like: late2011 17"MBP+akitio thunder2+ win10&macOS10.11

I want to use eGPU under win10, but I can't find a proper tutorial, can you give some good tips?

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piero
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Nov 14, 2018 8:45 am  

Hi TrDA and thanks for the informations.
I have the same MacBook Pro 17" and I'm testing some eGPU configuration before post my build.
Until now I test it only in OS X because in Win 10 the computer doesn't recognize the thunderbolt port.

Now my only test is in OS X with Heaven (akitio node, adapter TB3-TB1 and gtx 1060): the fps that I reach with external display is near 60, only 22 in the internal one (with HDMI ghost).
I hope to test my Mac in external display with Windows but I don't understand what doesn't work with thunderbolt port.
Can you give me any suggestions please?
thanks again, have a nice day.
Piero

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datura
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Nov 18, 2018 1:03 pm  

I've same laptop with a Radeon RX 580; I think I've a problem with apple_set_os.efi. I've rEFInd boot manager installed as well and at the boot time when I choose the EFI partition to activate it; it just shows me an error saying:

"rEFInd -Booting OS
Starting apple_set_os.efi
Using load options ' '
apple_set_os_started
Could not locate the apple set os protocol.
Error: Not Found returned from apple_set_os.efi

* Hit any key to continue *"

I think because of this error I get another error after booting into Windows 10 and then try to run gpu-switch. My iGPU still turned off as I understand. I used DDU successfully in safe mode and booted many times via rEFInd without success.

I really wonder how to use apple_set_os.efi in this situation. My Windows 10 Bootcamp drive's BIOS details shows that it's in "Legacy" mode. Should it be "UEFI" instead? If so, is it possible to have it on Macbook Pro 2011 which doesn't compatible with UEFI as I know? Because I'm considering to convert it from Legacy to UEFI if I can. Any other ideas? There should be a solution as I understood many eGPU users somehow successfully installed everything needed on Bootcamp with eGPU on Macbook Pro 2011 without problems.

Macbook Pro 2011 17", 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Mac OS 10.13.6 High Sierra installed), 750GB HDD (Windows 10 installed via Bootcamp), Akitio Node Pro eGPU enclosure with Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX580 8GB graphics card.


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piero
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Nov 19, 2018 11:09 am  

Sorry if I ask this here but I haven't found any correspondence in the other posts: how can I install the correct Windows 10 drivers for a Macbook pro 2011 (17 " - i7 2.4 - 6770M) in order to use thunderbolt connection?

I find only one in Intel web site but doesn't't work and last bootcamp apple doesn't support my computer.

Thanks for all, have a nice day.

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Dizharmony
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Dec 24, 2018 7:01 pm  

Hello @trda ! Sorry for bothering, but I am a new here and could not send Direct Messages to the users.
I want to ask about your expirience with macbook pro 17 with egpu.
Is there major difference in perfomance with egpu+internal monitor and with build in graphics in gaming?
I travel a lot and can`t take an external monitor with me, but some times really want to play some games and relax.
P.S. Sorry for bad english. 

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piero
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Jan 9, 2019 8:16 am  

Hi Dizharmony
I have the same Macbook 17 and untill now i can test egpu only in macOS (not in Windows because I’m not able to fix a Thunderbolt issue).
In OS X i test only Worldofwarcraft with the internal display (with ghost HDMI) and an external one.
Lose some pixel (up and down band) when using the internal display because the aspect is different but nice fps with one 1060 6GB.
Consider that Warcraft can’t run with 6770M of my MacBook Pro because now the game need more 3d acceleration power.
If you need to move the only solution is one Akitio node lite with one 1050ti (half size), the only solution that doesn’t need big case and big power supplie (or wait for 2050).
The alternative is the sonnet box with the rx570; very small, compact and powefoul but expensive.
The 1050ti have 459% more power than 6770M; it’s not possibile use all of thai power but is not bad.
have a nice day.
if some one can help me to fix the Thunderbolt driver in Windows 10 it will ne fantastic. 😉

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