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Eightarmedpet
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August 23, 2017 7:13 am  

This is my second implementation, I wont waffle on as much as my first.

Long and the short of it I swapped out my 1050 for a 1060 and bought some crazy custom cables (pics coming) that uses a huge 220W Dell DA-2 PSU.

It was plug and play again in Windows after Windows self fixed an error 12 (also had one BSOD).

I had the 1050 working in macOS (10.12.6) using the script but for some reason the 1060 isn't working (going to try Rastafabi's eGPU enabler later). I plan on upgrading to High Sierra once its released and am hunting out a mini RX 570 which I hope with the new kext edits will be plug and play in macOS (will update).

(thanks to Nando for the formatting help!)

In the meantime I will be testing games and posting results...

Above right:  Very fragile custom low-profile PCIe power cables... work fine though...

 


First up, my go to, DayZ... my aim for all these tests is hitting 60fps, which was pretty easy in DayZ. 1920x1200 res.

 

 


A lot of folks have been interested in PUBG recently, it runs like shit, on most hardware. To get 60fps I had to set it to medium (haven't looked into best custom settings for performance + visuals). Again, 1920x 1200 60fps.

 


Fallout 4, Ultra setting, a few dips but never below 45, mostly hovering at around 60fps, 1920x 1200.

 

Update No. 1: 

Been using this set up for a bit now, spent an eve gaming, PUBG mainly. All running well, no crashes, very stable, temps fine. Only tricky bit now is getting both eGPU and LG 5K working, solution is to shut down from macOS and then boot with eGPU disconnected, hold Option, get to boot disc options, then plug in eGPU select windows and boot... I'm getting the performance of an internal screen so PUBG is on medium/low mix to get 60FPS and most other games on Medium/High @1440.

Still want to get my 570 working really...

 

Update No. 2: 

The usual Noctura fan was too think for my combo, no chance of it fitting so I found a fan with the same dimensions as the stock but better quality. It also came with the correct 2 pin connection.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00261743M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

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theitsage
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August 23, 2017 12:32 pm  

Nice work! The only RX 570 I found so far to fit these smaller enclosures is the Sapphire RX 570 Pulse ITX. Once the mining rush is over, prices should become reasonable again. This particular card was rather popular for miners because it takes up less room. There's an RX 480 option. HP built small tower with an ITX size GPU. If you search for "HP OEM RX 480 4GB" you'll find them on eBay.

I looked but didn't see the PSU you're using for this build. The RX 570 may require a beefier one.

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August 23, 2017 12:37 pm  

Thanks! Forgot to mention power supply, its the massive 220W Dell DA-2 one which requires the funny connector, hence all the custom cables... I would think the 570 uses about the same as the 1060 (I will look that up) and yep, thats the exact card I am trying to hunt down! It was prob you who mentioned it would fit somewhere else on the forum.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touchbar + [email protected] (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10
2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + [email protected] (Sonnet Breakaway Box) + Win10

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070 (debating 2070 upgrade) @32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V1) + Win10
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August 23, 2017 12:42 pm  

I was trying to locate a small enough RX 470/480 GPU for the Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box to test in macOS. Due to marked-up price, I ended up buying a custom passive cooler for a reference cooler RX 470 that I already have. 

Dell DA-2 220W should work. I built an RX 470 + Thunder2 eGPU with the same PSU.

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October 5, 2017 10:21 pm  

@Eightarmedpet Where did you get that custom low-profile PCIe power cable from? I'm searching for a way to run my Zotac 1060 6GB Mini in closed thunder3 enclosure.


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November 3, 2017 8:22 am  

How did you manage to power the case and the card with the da 2 power supply? Did you have to like drill a hole on the enclsure?


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