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motoic
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Posted by: itsage

An enclosure with TI83 USB-C controller and DSL6540 Thunderbolt 3 controller should works the same way the Sonnet Breakaway Box does. The AMD Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 as well as RX 480 and RX 470 are recommended due to macOS native drivers.

Take a look at our eGPU buyer's guide for further details.

Buyer's guide mentions nothing about that. What am I looking for?

2018 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 560x
Nvidia GTX 1070
Akitio Node
32" LG 32UD99-W at 4k
macOS Mojave, Bootcamp Windows 10

 
2015 15" MacBook Pro (R9 M370X) [4th,4C,H] + GTX 1070 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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itsage
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The first important detail is USB-C controller TI83. Currently, the enclosures with this controller are AKiTiO Node, Asus ROG XG Station 2, Mantiz Venus, and Sonnet Breakaway Box. Some newer production of the PowerColor Devil Box also has TI83.

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uclatommy
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As some may be aware, in the 2016 lineup, the 15" pro models were the best candidates for egpu due to the faster TB3-CPU architecture. Do we know if Apple has implemented this architecture across all models?

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igerard
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I sent an email to Tim 😉

great news

MBP 2018, Touch Bar, i7 2.6 GHz, 32 GB RAM, 1T SSD, Radeon 560X... very nice!
eGPU : Akitio Node + RX 580 + GTX 980 Ti + Vega64


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Rycco
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Is' nice to see an eGPU setup on Apple's website. We were the bad guys hacking into macOS to make it work and now we're turning into the good guys who saw this coming and did it ahead of Apple. You guys deserve it.

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jonwatso
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I see that we have native support for thunderbolt 3. I wonder if there will be any added benefit for those of us using thunderbolt 2? Or will it be business as usual for us? Looking forward to see what people are able to do with High Sierra and eGPU's.

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Posted by: itsage

This is incredible news and timing for our eGPU community! My recent review of the RX 580 used the Sonnet Breakaway Box which is now part of Apple Metal 2 Developer Kit.

The refreshed iMac can be specced with an RX 580 which means once macOS 10.13 arrives, I won't have to update my RX 480 guide for Mac anymore. Thank you listening, Apple!

This is indeed the best news ever in eGPU land


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my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
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derFunkenstein
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I do kind of wonder if the RX 580 in the developer kit has a special firmware, like most other Mac graphics cards, or if off-the-shelf 580s will work with High Sierra in a TI83 enclosure like the Akitio Node.  I have to imagine it'll be the former. 

I also seemed to think Craig Federighi was saying that Metal apps will work with eGPUs but that other apps wouldn't. Maybe I misunderstood him. I'd be very happy to be wrong there.

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goalque
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From the release notes:

"The External Graphics Development Kit supports the AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card that is supplied with the kit. Other graphics cards are unsupported in the External Graphics Development Kit. "

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OCaptain12
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Posted by: goalque

From the release notes:

"The External Graphics Development Kit supports the AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card that is supplied with the kit. Other graphics cards are unsupported in the External Graphics Development Kit. "

I hope that's just a launch date limitation.

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