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2012 15" MacBook Pro (GT650M) [3rd,4C,Q] + RX 580 @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (Gigabyte Gaming Box) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [clarketus]  

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xLOOSIDx
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@clarketus, I'm trying to game with a monitor that has Free Sync Premium Pro So that means it would be slower with my Macbook Pro Mid 2012? Sorry my English is bad.

 

 

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MBP2012Gamer
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@torete

I recently bought a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 550W (GPU-550W-TB3) with an rx580, and I have been using this set up since. I don't know have experience with other egpu cases. This was my first box

A set up my gaming rig using this thread's guide. I didn't update windows or the AMD drivers (Although I would like to update windows and the drivers since Clarketus mentioned that it worked for him (Maybe it might improve my fps who knows) , but I don't currently have time to trial and error updating windows since I started working in September and I am now constricted with my time. I used the drivers and windows version suggested in this thread. It has been going well. sometimes windows would force update  the AMD  without my knowledge (which was a little frustrating ) to which I would only found out the drivers were updated whenever I got a blue screen (The reason for my frustration). I just had to manually re install the old and drivers manually every few days, and around 3 weeks ago I stopped since.

I used the case and gpu to play for leisure and it has been working fine, although the fans don't run (they would only run in MacOS). I do however, get some errors that pop as windows. I just close it and ignore and continue gaming without a problem. Also, I would like to know if anyone has tried overcooking their GPU to get a few more FPS.

I would say it's a very sound temporary investment for non-competitive gaming. I don't think it makes sense to buy a gaming computer if you're a non competitive gamer since the EGPU gives u decent graphic power for games and mobility.

 

 

 

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dolphinkickme
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Does anyone know the gmux i/o port range for a MacBookPro9,1 Mid-2012 non-retina?

 

I'm trying to use https://tim.palpant.us/sysadmin/macos/2018/09/09/nvda-gpu-wake-handler/ NVDAGPUWakeHandler to allow for sleeping my Mac.

The port range in that code is for a retina version. 

The below (2011 non-retina) also does not seem to work:

menuentry "macOS" {
  outb 0x728 1
  outb 0x710 2
  outb 0x740 2
  outb 0x750 0
}

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cidolfas
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I have the same MBP as Clarketus (9,1 2.6 GHz) and followed this guide beautifully for Mojave and Win 10 installs with no missteps or errors. THANK YOU!

A few differences: I am on Windows 10 20H2's latest build, as well as using the latest stable/stock Radeon drivers 20.11.2. The rest of my kit is a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 550W, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580, and Asus VG249Q 1080p IPS 144HZ monitor. Error 12 was not present at first, but after a couple reboots, I did have to disable a single PCI-to-PCI bridge (the same recommended by Clarketus).

I'm shocked at the the Windows performance. It completely extended the life on this MBP for what I use it for. Temps are consistently cool enough under heavy load. Previously even under a light load, it ran very hot when using the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M dGPU in Windows. In Mojave temps are never an issue. But I find the ability to control display output under Windows (and to enable clamshell mode to work properly) to offer much more flexibility.

One remaining question for the pros: I'm hesitant to use Clover for booting. But I really want to remove test sign mode! I have Windows installed on UEFI (you have to for this MBP). On boot, holding down ALT, I only have EFI and OSX as login options (selecting EFI boots Windows). They are installed on separate internal SSDs. Would that pose any potential risk with Clover? Or would I be safe to remove OSX SSD and install Clover for Windows?

Thanks again!

Cid

 

 

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nu_ninja
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@cidolfas

Glad it's working for you. I use a 2012 13" MBP (very similar setup) and I haven't had any problems with clover when I used it. But if you really want to stay away from clover, you might want to take a look at my OpenCore config for loading the DSDT. In that case, you would have a third option when booting, the OpenCore EFI that loads the dsdt and could turn off test signing then.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.15+Win10 + Linux Mint 19.1

 
2012 13" MacBook Pro [3rd,2C,M] + RX 460 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.14.4 [build link]  


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cidolfas
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@nu_ninja, Thank you sir! I will check it out.

 

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cidolfas
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Posted by: @dolphinkickme

Does anyone know the gmux i/o port range for a MacBookPro9,1 Mid-2012 non-retina?

 

I'm trying to use https://tim.palpant.us/sysadmin/macos/2018/09/09/nvda-gpu-wake-handler/ NVDAGPUWakeHandler to allow for sleeping my Mac.

The port range in that code is for a retina version. 

The below (2011 non-retina) also does not seem to work:

menuentry "macOS" {
  outb 0x728 1
  outb 0x710 2
  outb 0x740 2
  outb 0x750 0
}

I too would like to know the answer to this! It seems like @clarketus had it working before upgrading to Catalina. If you could be so kind as to provide which port range you used, as we all have the same non-retina MBP mid-2012 model (9,1). Thank you!

 

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thatPickleMan
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I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this "fool proof" guide!!

Almost everything works for my setup.

I use Windows 10 only. But I kept the MacOS Partition (latest Catalina) "just in case".

  • Macbook Pro 15 Retina early 2013
  • i7 3740QM 2.7GHz
  • dGPU NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
  • 16GB Ram
  • 256 SSD
  • No aftermarked upgrades btw.
  • Razer Core X
  • XFX RX 580 GTS
  • Latest Windows updates

I still have some small issues, which I will try to fix in the upcoming days.

  • Cant change screen brightness
  • Cant use the eGPU with internal screen. Internal screen always uses my dGPU.
  • Cant put the macbook to sleep without messing it up. Restart fixes it.

But still. I am very happy with it so far. Thank you again!!

 

Macbook Pro 15 Retina early 2013 - i7 3740QM 2.7GHz - 256GB - 16GB - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - Razer Core X - XFX RX 580 GTS


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thatPickleMan
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As I mentioned above, I use Windows 10 as my main OS and almost everything works fine for me. But since I only have a 256GB SSD I might run out of space pretty quickly. I still have my MacOS partition which uses around 40 GB.

Can I remove the MacOS partition without messing up my eGPU setup? Can anyone confirm?

Thanks in advance!

Macbook Pro 15 Retina early 2013 - i7 3740QM 2.7GHz - 256GB - 16GB - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - Razer Core X - XFX RX 580 GTS


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thatPickleMan
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Posted by: @thatpickleman

As I mentioned above, I use Windows 10 as my main OS and almost everything works fine for me. But since I only have a 256GB SSD I might run out of space pretty quickly. I still have my MacOS partition which uses around 40 GB.

Can I remove the MacOS partition without messing up my eGPU setup? Can anyone confirm?

Thanks in advance!

Worked for me btw.

I run a clean Windows 10 installation now.

Macbook Pro 15 Retina early 2013 - i7 3740QM 2.7GHz - 256GB - 16GB - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M - Razer Core X - XFX RX 580 GTS


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