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1st e-GPU on a MacBook Pro Retina 13" Early 2015 on El-Capitan 10.11.6
 

1st e-GPU on a MacBook Pro Retina 13" Early 2015 on El-Capitan 10.11.6  

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(@adrien_chatton)
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Hello everyone,

I have found some interesting ressources wrt. to my setup:
_ https://medium.com/@janne.spijkervet/accelerated-deep-learning-on-a-macbook-with-pytorch-the-egpu-nvidia-titan-xp-3eb380548d91
_ https://egpu.io/forums/builds/mid-2015-15-macbook-pro-m370x-gtx1080ti-16gbps-tb2-akitio-node-via-tb3-tb-adapter-macoswin10/
and since there is an awesome community here, I am going towards my 1st e-GPU trial !

But before investing I would like to ask about compatibility with my system.
I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13" Early 2015 running on El-Capitan 10.11.6.
I could update to High Sierra for instance, but I also need some old softwares so if possible I prefer staying on El Capitan and not risk an update now.

I am considering a Razer Core X case and would put inside an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (I don't have the card yet, so it could also be a GTX 1070 Ti too for example). And connect with Thunderbolt 3 to 2.
Regarding the graphic card, how does it matter to use the versions distributed from Nvidia or MSI, ASUS etc. ?

Regarding e-GPU compatibility, I see that:
https://github.com/goalque/automate-eGPU

About CUDA installation, google found that:
http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/archives/nov16/112516.html
so it seems that I should be able to install CUDA8 ... however, what about CUDA9 and cuDNN ?
(I use CUDA 9 x PyTorch on servers to train my models)

So before investing, please, I would like to ask for double-checking that all should be well compatible.
I never setup an e-GPU, these guides seem to be rather straight-forward so I am enthusiastic but I would be very thankful for your confirmation !

Also it's my 1st post so a bit about me and my use case .. I do some deep learning experiments for my PhD, applied to sound synthesis and audio effects. I mainly use Python and PyTorch. But I'd like to have an eGPU for running models in realtime, as PureData externals for instance with MIDI mapping.

Thanks in advance

This topic was modified 4 months ago

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


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