2017 27" iMac 5k RP580 + [email protected] (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [Gregz0r] // VR gaming  

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Gregz0r
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May 16, 2018 7:21 am  

The included AMD Radeon Pro 580 - whilst pretty excellent for ‘flat’ gaming, hovers around the barely acceptable region for VR gaming.

After a lot of digging around, I updated the AKiTiO Node’s firmware here: https://www.akitio.com/firmware/node-firmware

Note: I’m only concerned here with using this in Windows, but this site has extensive tips to get it working in MacOS too.

Then I stumbled on the solution to get things working perfectly...

As well as the eGPU enclosure & card, you need an external monitor, as VR just won’t work properly without one(Oculus Home works, but not many games).

So, you’re in Windows, the eGPU box(via the TB3 connection) is fired up, your Rift/Vive is connected via HDMI directly into the eGPU card, and you have the external display also mirroring your iMac’s display, but VR *still* won’t work, when you fire up the games...

What you need to do, is go into the Display settings, scroll down to the ‘Multiple displays’ section and select the ‘Show only on 2’ option from the drop-down menu(which turns the iMac's display off), confirm the changes, and now, will VR(and non-VR) work properly, with the turbocharged GPU.

 

System specs

  • [System]: Apple iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
  • [OS]: Windows 10 (via Bootcamp)
  • [CPU]: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.3 GHz
  • [GPU]: AMD Radeon Pro 580 8GB
  • [RAM]: 24GB DDR4
  • [VR]: Oculus Rift CV1
  • [eGPU Box]: AKiTiO Node
  • [GPU]: EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Black Edition 11GB GDDR5X

 

Youtube video of it all working with VR

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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nando4
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May 16, 2018 7:34 am  

@gregz0r , thank you for your submission. Would you mind completing the build template for inclusion in the Builds area?

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/build-template/

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table    •    Several builds
2018 14" HP Elitebook 840 G5 i5-8350U 16GB 512GB + GTX 1080Ti @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT R43SG) + Win10


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Gregz0r
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May 16, 2018 8:18 am  

Yes I’ll do that later, when I get back from work.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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OliverB
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November 14, 2018 11:53 am  
Posted by: Gregz0r

Yes I’ll do that later, when I get back from work.

@gregz0r, what about your promise? I would like to see some benchmarks of your system. Unigine benchmarks are a must.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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woowah
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November 16, 2018 5:48 pm  

Hiya, im looking at building a similar set up. Do you have any problems with Akitios PSU not being powerful enough for the 1080TI?

Trying to set up - iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017) Radeon Pro 580 8 GB
With Sonnet Breakaway 650 & EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING


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