2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.13.6 [esatamacmodular]
Macbook Pro 2016 w/TB 13” 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 , Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB, 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3, MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6
eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)
Node lite with firmware upgrade done on a windows TB3 laptop (special thanks to forum member Hugo Lannes Gonçalves in Chicago). Dell Da-2 power w/mod (no soldering version)
evga 1050 Ti / asus 1060 6gb OC / evga 1070 sc black 8gb / evga 1070 Ti sc 8gb
Hardware pictures (note: require 5+ posts for "attach files" button to appear. Or can link from say http://imgur.com )
coming soon. thx.
Installation steps (what did you do to get it all going?)
clean system with no prior eGPU implementation (nothing to uninstall)
updated MacOS 10.12 to 10.13.6 (note High Sierra is harder to find a direct download from Apple as they push Mojave)
after 10.13 is installed you need to do the incremental updates to 10.13.6
disabled SIP using terminal in recovery mode reboot holding down option+R
Fr34k's MacOS-eGPU.sh script and guide. note: plug in eGPU for first time when it says to in guide.
use ghost monitor plug technique for internal screen acceleration
Asus 1060 6gb OC compute OpenCL score 103740 running on internal screen (with ghost plug) ...RAW about 6 Gpixels/sec
Evga 1070 SC Black compute Open CL score about 132000 running on internal screen... RAW about 9 Gpixels/sec
Evga 1070 Ti SC compute Open CL score 140,400 running on internal screen ... RAW about 11 Gpixels/sec
Comments (eg: how has the eGPU improved your workflow or gaming)
Special thanks to eGPU.io members!
Originally installed with an evga 1050 Ti as it fits in case nicely.
First tried Valley benchmark on medium settings and evga 1050 Ti all in the enclosure. Saw it hit 72 FPS 8 seconds into test and then kernel panic. Probably not enough airflow.
In my few OpenCL benchmarks I haven't seen fans come on. Probably because I haven't hit a certain temperature yet. Is there an software like afterburner for mac so I can set the fan curves?
I will come back and add some photos and other relevant info as soon as I can. I have several cards to test.
@tristan_forbes, I haven't used my eGPU lately since I have been busy but I was happy with how it worked. I recently tried to get it going again and it seems as though one of the high sierra updates messed with my Nvidia web driver and the card is no longer recognized. I'm sure I could get it going again following my own steps above, but I have to do some backups first. The best part is getting the extra heat out of the laptop ... you can do a lot more with the system once the cooling on the macbook pro is under control. Also the 1070 Ti was a bit overkill but the 1060 6GB and 1070 paired nicely with the 13" MBP.