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(@aaron_lim)
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I want to use an apple thunderbolt display connecting with the display port on the egpu enclosure (gigabyte gaming box 1070) by using DP port to thunderbolt adaptor. Will it work without any performance drops?

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Yukikaze
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Thunderbolt displays need to be connected to a Thunderbolt port. Connecting them to a DisplayPort will not work, adapter or no adapter.

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Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

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(@aaron_lim)
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I got it. Thanks for replying

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Eightarmedpet
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You need to use a TB3 add in card in another enclosure (or powered in some way), Alpine Ridge from Gigabyte. I have one and tested it in both macOS and W10 and it worked for me, but was too many boxes and cables so went back to directly connecting the TB3 display to my Macbook.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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motoic
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My Apple LED Cinema display worked with a Mini DP to DP adapter. However this workaround probably will not work with an Apple Thunderbolt Display. Note that between these two displays they're almost identical: QHD, same enclosure, etc. The latter had Thunderbolt though and mine didn't.

2018 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 560x
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(@scott_brookes)
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@eightarmedpet, Can you explain to me how you were able to power the eGPU and the Thunderbolt Display (with mouse and keyboard) without running into issues.... My machine froze when trying to do it

im running windows 10 1909 with a Razer Core X GTX 1070

 

2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega20) [9th,8C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  

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Eightarmedpet
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@scott_brookes, what laptop are you using?

I ran the display from a right hand side port and the eGPU from the left. Windows is a terrible os so hard to say why yours is having issues. 

Are you using the efi bootloader or anything similar?

 

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 560 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 [build link]  


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(@scott_brookes)
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@eightarmedpet, Actually just asking the question of how made me think of a way to try my set up

I got the display working now.  only issue I see is that the display appears to be dimmer then I would expect.

If I play a game on my TV HDMI its bright.... on the TB Display its definitely darker

 

2019 15" MacBook Pro (Vega20) [9th,8C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  

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