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2015 13" MacBook Air [5th,2C,U] + GTX 1050 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [TrDA]  

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longtea
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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 )

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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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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?

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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piero
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Joined: 3 years ago
 

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

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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datura
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

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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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.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Dizharmony
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

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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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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