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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + GTX 980 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Devil Box) + macOS 10.12.3 [goalque]  

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I was lucky that a courier dropped off a box which turned out to be from an older production line. The box is huge, has a text "manufactured by TUL Corporation". Their consumer products are more commonly known as PowerColor, which is TUL's brand name. The chassis itself is heavy, painted metal, and easily configurable with a screwdriver. For example, you can change its 12cm intake and 8cm exhaust fans if you want to reduce the noise level and improve GPU cooling. I was a bit afraid of the industrial PSU due to its 4cm fan which often produces annoying buzzing sound. I was surprised to see a label on top of the Seasonic SS-500 L1U: "This fan may not rotate if the loading is under 50%". It may blow your installation guide on the floor on startup, but then it's totally silent. Even on heavy load, it blows in pulses, and was not annoying at all.

Automate-eGPU.sh v1.0 script detected the device, even though it says "unsupported" under Thunderbolt device tree. KhaosT's TB3 enabler removed the "unsupported" string, and it was helpful if you want to hot-plug the device for eGPU detection, but it did not enable anything else. Alternatively, you can just remove the device detection part from automate-eGPU.sh or boot from the cold power state to get the card visible in the system registry.

As for Maxwell and Kepler card compatibility on macOS, my results were similar to Appleinsider's article:

http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/01/17/powercolors-thunderbolt-3-devil-box-is-the-easiest-way-to-get-an-external-gpu-on-the-macbook-pro

I tested both the EVGA GTX 780 6GB SC and reference Gigabyte GTX 980 on macOS 10.12.3 - they both worked out of the box. As expected, the older GTX 780 still blows away GTX 980 in OpenGL benchmark. Nvidia has optimized drivers for Kepler architecture:

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2015/08/31/mac-driver/

However, the difference was not big and I prefer GTX 980 because it's much more silent. Remember that Nvidia does not officially support Maxwell architecture on macOS and it is uncertain whether we will see Pascal support in the future.

Unfortunately, TUL's TB3 firmware 17,17 is not compatible with AMD drivers on macOS 10.12.3, but on the Windows 10 Boot Camp side, it's close to plug-and-play. Both Nvidia and AMD cards worked with a Late 2016 13" MBP (non-touch bar). The only thing you have to do is to apply apple_set_os.efi to activate the internal screen, and use Windows 10 version 10.0.10586.

I like the tower style, smaller footprint. I just need something better than styrofoam to elevate the bottom for cables, and longer TB3 cable Smile

 

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GTX 780 vs GTX 980. Preset: Extreme HD.

The original 500W PSU is sealed by a metal holder. If you can detach it, mounting a SFX PSU might be possible.

 

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Very interesting! Didn't know Kepler is faster than Maxwell on macOS.

 DEvilBox is very good reading this and AppleInsider's article, but really can't stand this design!


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could you post some more pics how you mounted the sfx psu? just ordered the corsair sf450
i had already a rough idea how to do it, but some input might be helpful Smile

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Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to remove the original PSU. You need to bend the metal holder around the PSU, and it will likely void your warranty.

The 8cm exhaust fan is noisy. I recommend 2 x 12cm Noctua fans if you want silence.

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That last photo is exactly what pisses me off about the Devil Box. Look at all that empty space under the GPU. Why is it there? What is it for? It is useless, and all it does is make the enclosure eat up more space. Argh.

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actually i removed the original psu already... (and ordered some new fans beside the psu as well)

i'm interested how you mounted the sfx psu exactly, the only picture you posted looks nice but does not show any details

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@Yukikaze: It is approximately Akitio Node’s height.

The empty space on the right is for external SSDs. I’ve removed the mounting bracket.

I don’t understand the empty space under the GPU. However, this enclosure is not designed to be portable. It’s a good docking station with 60W power delivery to charge your laptop via TB3 cable only.

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The Node is also pretty damn huge. I've seen one in the labs here at work and it is also way too big. These things should be just big enough to fit a large GPU and maybe have a single 2.5" drive slot (although they can also easily use a m.2 slot for a SSD on the opposite side of the PCB to save more space). The power-supply should be the smallest, thinnest, 300W unit they can find. Seriously, it is ridiculous how much extra space these things have. This isn't about portability, it is about desk space.

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@Yukikaze: Yep, I know what you mean:

https://www.dan-cases.com/dana4.php

@Daelin, I've not mounted the SFX PSU, the photo is just illustrative. Here's another:

Not sure why you would want to do that but good luck in your project! Smile

 

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