Advice on Mac Mini Late 2012 and a Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box with a replaced Geforce 650 GPU
I'm new to the egpu scene so please be gentle with my newbness.
Just got auros gaming box. I have a mac mini late 2012 with Thunderbolt 1 in a dual boot setup of Mac High Sierra and Windows 10 with all the latest software updates. I managed to get a working Geforce 650, as my Geforce 960 is too long to fit in the enclosure. I did a crash course on egpus and saw that I needed a TB3 to TB2 adapter. I have everything except the TB3 to TB2 cable which should be coming tomorrow. I have the 650 in the enclosure with the 6 pin cable connected. I am primarily wanting to get this running on Windows 10.
Even though no one has responded, I'm posting anyway. At the very least someone on an internet search may find this helpful if they're in a similar situation. A complete clean install of both Mac OS High Sierra and Windows 10 rs3 cleared up the bulk of my problems. It's possible the issues were tied to a a EFI/EUFI installation of Windows vs a BIOS based install. The egpu works well with the Apple Thunderbolt driver 126.96.36.199 (02/23/2015). Other drivers were installed with bootcamp and Snappy Driver Installer Origin. Pretty much every game has played that I have thrown at it, including previously mentioned ones. If the system goes to sleep, there can be issues with flickering screen after waking from that, if it even works at all. A reboot usually fixes it though. Just don't use sleep or hibernate features. It also works in Mac OS High Sierra with web drivers and script.I did notice that left 4 dead 2 in Mac OS had some sporadic hitching, but that may be due to either not as efficient drivers or an issue with the game.
@wookiestick , did you want to submit a build guide giving the 2012 Mac Mini + your GTX650-equipped Aorus Gaming Box? Would just require a few pictures & some more comments. This is a low cost build, small footprint build deserving of one.
I just snagged a 3 GB 1060 on craigslist for $140! It actually fits and works for the enclosure! However, I am concerned that the limitations of the bandwidth of TB1 may be a bottleneck. Could any experts chime in? Is there going to be a performance gain?
Geforce 650 1 GB
Geforce 1060 3 GB
Edit: I ended up putting the 1060 in my main box (i7 4790) because it benchmarked roughly %40-70 better fps than my 960 4 GB.
Thank you for sharing all this info @wookiestick. I am so envious that you got this to work in Bootcamp! Can I ask when do you plug in the eGPU in the boot sequence etc? Windows dots? I must be doing something wrong! I've got the UEFI Win 10 now, not legacy so on the right track!
Once everything is golden, I leave it plugged in 24/7. If for some odd reason I do have to unplug it, I sometimes have to boot to Mac OS first with it plugged it, and then reboot into Windows for it to "wake up". Just make sure not to use Mac OS 10.13.4 unless you're prepared for murky waters as egpu support is really spotty atm (I'm on 10.13.3).