2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + ma...
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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.13.6 [esatamacmodular]  


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System specs

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

Benchmarks (Include a CUDA-Z or AIDA64 bandwidth pic. Optional: Valley, 3dmark, noting if it's on internal/external LCD )

Geekbench 4
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.

Totally disassembled node lite hardware to fit longer gfx cards with more than one fan. Didn’t want to bend/cut the node lite case as it looks so pretty for now.

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.

iMac 2013 10.14.1, Macbook Air 2013 10.11, MBP 2016 13" 10.13.6 , HP 4530s 10.11, node lite, DA-2 PSU w/mod, PE4L 2.1b expresscard34, GTX460,1050Ti,1060,1070/Ti RX470,560,580

2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.13.6 [build link]  

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