mid-2012 MacBook Air + GTX1060@10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS10.12.4 [enjoy]^ // Internal Display  

 

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April 13, 2017 10:13 pm  

With the new NVIDIA Driver for Pascal GPUs now online, I want to check my eGPU on my wife mid-2012 MacBook Air 🙂 

With GTX 1060 inside my eGPU this old but gold MacBook Air turn into BEAST and can provide more power than the new 2016 15' MacBook Pro with Radeon 455  for example .... just for example 🙂


MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) / macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Intel Core i5 (I5-3427U) 1.8GHz dual-core (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache

4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L

Intel HD Graphics 4000 (only) no dGPU

128GB flash storage


eGPU Setup

Step #1. Click the  menu on your Mac and then select Restart.

Step #2. Next up, you have to hold down command+R to boot into the Recovery System.

Step #3. Now, you need to click on the Utilities menu and choose Terminal.

Step #4. Up next, you will have to type csrutil disable and press return.

Step #5. Close the Terminal app.

Step #6. You need to click the  menu and choose Shut Down.

Step #7. Plug your eGPU and press the Power button

Step #8. Open Terminal app in macOS (Launchpad -> Other folder -> Terminal)

Step #9. Put the automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.1 script down below in the Terminal:

curl -o ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/goalque/automate-eGPU/master/automate-eGPU.sh    && chmod +x ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh && cd ~/Desktop && sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh

VIDEO: 

https://vimeo.com/215815187

DONE:


How to Run the Internal Display aka enjoy fake display mod in macOS thanks to Goalque’s instructions:

Step #1. Download and run Spectacle

Step #2. Download and run DisableMonitor

Step #3. Plug the ghost (fake) display adapter in and set it as the primary display

Step #4. Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor*

Step #5. Launch an app such as Valley benchmark from the Dock (there you see its child window) /just put your mouse in the bottom of your Internal Display and the dock will appear/

Step #6. Switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut (CONTROL + OPTION + COMMAND + LEFT or RIGHT ARROW).

* Spectacle switches apps between displays in both Windowed and Fullscreen mode. Matching the ghost display’s resolution with the internal display using DisableMonitor is therefore recommended.


... better than 2016 15" MacBook Pro Retina with 455 :))))

mid-2012 MacBook Air with EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Super Clocked (1607 /1835)  GAMING 6GB in eGPU:

2016 15" MacBook Pro Retina with 455:


enjoy 🙂

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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zachb
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April 13, 2017 11:09 pm  

Nice job! I have a GTX 1080 I am trying to setup -- same method but with a 2012 retina MBP. I'm using a sonnet express III-d, and while I'm close, inside my system report under "Graphics/Displays" it reads "Intel HD Graphics 4000", "NVIDIA Chip Model", "NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M" (dGPU). 

Can't seem to get the readout from Mac OS X to say anything different than "NVIDIA Chip Mode". Interestingly, the VRAM listed for the chip model reads: 256 MB -- which we know a GTX 1080 has roughly 8000 MBs of VRAM.

Strange. Let me know if you have any suggestions! I'm desperate! 🙂 Thanks! 


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April 14, 2017 12:17 am  

@zachb What is your macOS version, the new Pascal drivers works only on 10.12.4 ?

Also my first eGPU setup was with the same mid-2012 15" Macbook Pro Retina with 650M too you can view the thread here -  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2012-15-mbpr-gt650m-gtx106010gbps-tb1-akitio-thunder2-win10-enjoy/

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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May 2, 2017 11:41 am  

Curious about which version of macOS too - by the looks of the desktop El Capitan or Sierra?


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May 2, 2017 11:55 am  
Posted by: autr

 

Curious about which version of macOS too - by the looks of the desktop El Capitan or Sierra?

   

Pascal Drivers only works with macOS Sierra 10.12.4

ϟ AKiTiO Thunder2 + EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SC Gaming (macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and Windows 10)
 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU


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June 30, 2017 3:13 pm  

Hey,

I'm having similar problems. I've done the instructions exactly as said. I am running a macbook mid 2011, with akitio Thunder 2, and a zotac Geforce GTX 760 2gb Amp Edition.

I've loaded the script, I have everything powered on, gpu is spinning upon startup, in my system report, in the graphics section I'm only getting the original "HD Graphics 3000 288mb" and it's not seeing my new gpu. It is however identifying the akitio thunder2 in the thunderbolt section.

I am running the current nvidia web driver 378.05.05.15f01

I'm at a dead end, I don't understand where I'm going wrong. Any help would be much appreciated

Thanks,

C

I tried to install the driver again but I'm stuck in a "your computer restarted because of a problem........loop" not sure what to do

and only boots when I remove the thunderbolt/egpu


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June 30, 2017 3:49 pm  

I've tried uninstalling and starting again. Now when I attempt to put in the script I get the message "Thunderbolt device is connected, but no external gpus detected"

Should the Zotac Geforce GTX 760 2gb Amp Edition work?


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July 10, 2017 1:40 pm  

@enjoy Any advice?


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July 10, 2017 2:41 pm  

@chilla505

 

I'm experiencing the same issue as you... if you find a solution let me know, I'll be trying some different approaches myself and let you know if I find a solution.. I opened this thread (  https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/akitio-thunder2-gtx1050ti-4gb-16gbps-mbpr-late-2013-13/#post-14821 ) which basically is the same as you described above.. hope we can have an answer from someone, please check if you have the same attachment views.. (of course accordingly to your MBPr settings)

 


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