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2012 15" MacBook Pro Retina (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + GTX 980 Ti @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.2 & Win10 [Mitch] // compared to Nvidia build  

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Mitch
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As an early adopter i am very happy, that the first retina Macbook pro with 16GB RAM is still fulfilling my needs as a power user. Only the GPU is the downside but with a new one it can still serve for a few years.

So I decided to go for a Gtx 980ti that is supported in MacOS for the Creative Suite and in Windows for 3D Modelling and Rendering (GPU Rendering with CUDA would benefit the most).

I chose the akitio Node because of the thunderbolt 3 (which makes it future proof for a new laptop) and the ready to plug power supply and bought a thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt adapter.

 

With goalque's (thanks for that!) automate-eGPU script i immediately got a third GPU in MacOS. When i use the Gtx 980ti on the internal screen it is jerky, i guess because of the thunderbolt 1 connection. The only issue is that i have two Nvidia GPUs in parallel and programs choose one of those in unexpected ways - which leads me to my problem concerning Windows in Bootcamp Mode. 

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When i first booted Windows 10 with the Node plugged in the device manager showed a "Microsoft Display Driver" with a "!". Then I installed Nvidia Gameplay Driver and since then it shows the correct Gtx 980ti with a "!" error 35. At this point don't install intel thunderbolt driver because this destroyed the boot sector somehow and i had to reinstall Windows. 

Device Manager

 

So i gues for both operating systems it would be beneficial to disable the dedicated GPU when the eGPU is connected. I read many posts and i installed refind but apart from a different start menu i got nothing. I am completely new to UEFI and i am also an unexperienced programmer. I used the apple_set_os.efi on an usb stick, but it was ment for laptop without discrete GPU. So I wanted to manipulate it. When i open an .efi file with a code editor it just shows strange signs. I don't know how to program an .efi boot file. I wish there was some more user friendly way to disable a GPU.

 

Thanks for helping me! 

2012 15" MacBook Pro Retina (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + GTX 980 Ti @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.2 & Win10 [build link]  

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nakronne
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Good day to all,

I've exactly the same configuration of Mitch (MacBook Pro mid 2012 tb1 + node + evga 980ti  sc with Sierra 10.12.2). Yesterday I've tried to install the node and the graphic card in windows I've the same problem of Mitch: 

"When i first booted Windows 10 with the Node plugged in the device manager showed a “Microsoft Display Driver” with a “!”. Then I installed Nvidia Gameplay Driver and since then it shows the correct Gtx 980ti with a “!” "

Now, I'm happy to know that with Goalque's automate-egpu script the node and the cards will work on mac, I will try this afternoon to apply.

Can someone help us on the Windows side?

Thanks you!

 

 

 

MacBook Pro (mid 2018, i9, 32gb, Radeon Pro 560X) + Akitio Node + Nvidia GTX980TI


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nakronne
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a little update: After the test i confirm that my configuration is now working on OsX side (thank you a lot goalque for the script). Windows side is  still not working.

MacBook Pro (mid 2018, i9, 32gb, Radeon Pro 560X) + Akitio Node + Nvidia GTX980TI


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Mitch
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somehow we have a similar problem like the macbook pro 2014:

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/macbook-pro-2014-15-gt750m-not-detecting-akitio-node-in-windows-10/

but i couldn't work it out to disable the dedicated GPU

2012 15" MacBook Pro Retina (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + GTX 980 Ti @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.2 & Win10 [build link]  

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nakronne
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Update: I've disabled the 650m but now windows does not recognize none of the graphic cards (the iris one integrated card it's not founded). In the end... now windows side is not working at all (the screen freezes at the os selection).

I think that I will have to install again windows os. Now I will await for some news before proceeding

 

MacBook Pro (mid 2018, i9, 32gb, Radeon Pro 560X) + Akitio Node + Nvidia GTX980TI


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nakronne
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Hi!

maybe this can help us  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2012-15-mbpr-gt650m-gtx106010gbps-tb1-akitio-thunder2-win10-enjoy/

the @nando4's DIY eGPU setup 1.35 maybe can be the solution for windows side for our config

I've asked directly to Nando by mail and very gently he reply that

eGPU Setup 1.35 has been used successfully on a GT650M 2012 Macbook Pro to resolve error 12/35.

I want try (when I will have some time)

 

 

MacBook Pro (mid 2018, i9, 32gb, Radeon Pro 560X) + Akitio Node + Nvidia GTX980TI


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Mitch
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Great news - that gives hope! I am currently travelling without my macbook and would appreciate GPU power for upcoming projects. 

2012 15" MacBook Pro Retina (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + GTX 980 Ti @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.2 & Win10 [build link]  

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ed_co
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Posted by: nakronne

 

Hi!

maybe this can help us  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2012-15-mbpr-gt650m-gtx106010gbps-tb1-akitio-thunder2-win10-enjoy/

the @nando4's DIY eGPU setup 1.35 maybe can be the solution for windows side for our config

I've asked directly to Nando by mail and very gently he reply that

eGPU Setup 1.35 has been used successfully on a GT650M 2012 Macbook Pro to resolve error 12/35.

I want try (when I will have some time)

 

 

   

This could be nice news!! Can someone confirm?? nakronne, Mitch?? Should be great to know if this could solve the problem...

I have a Macbook pro retina 15" early 2013 with GT650M and I preordered Mantiz Venus, and I would like to use it with 1070/1080... and should be great to know before I purchase the graphics card...

Cheers!!

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [build link]  

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nakronne
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Hi to all, good news.

The nando4's DIY eGPU setup 1.35 has worked for me in Windows 10 side. My config is MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) + GT650M + akitio Node + adapter TB3-TB2+ Evga GTX 980ti 6GB+ bootcamp WINDOWS 10. I was blocked at error (code 35).

Now the error is finally solved, the 980ti is well recognized in win10:

IMG 9470

I've purchased by @nando4 the DIY eGPU setup 1.35, on eBay (15 $, here the link)

I've followed the instruction the Nando sent me for my specific configuration (good and quick communication with him by mail)

You have to install the program, reboot and follow the fews instructions, in a menu based boot menu like this: 

IMG 9459

reboot in wind 10 (following the instruction). Thats'all!

All is worked well

I hope that this can help you.

At the end I really want to say thanks to @goalque and @nando4 for their work.

 

 

 

MacBook Pro (mid 2018, i9, 32gb, Radeon Pro 560X) + Akitio Node + Nvidia GTX980TI


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ed_co
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Awesome!!

And you need to do it, anytime that you boot in windows, or just once?

Thanks

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [build link]  

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