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ikir
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If you read all the docs Metal, OpenCl and OpenGL will be supported, also they say only RX 580 will be supported, what they mean is they don't help with other config imho, since they also talk about eGPU size.


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OSXlifer
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Here's Apple's page on the eGPU dev kit if anyone's interested.

 

https://developer.apple.com/development-kit/external-graphics/

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nombrescreeno
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Reading the initial developer notes gives me hope:

•Mirroring to a display attached the the External Graphics Developer Kit is not yet supported; please use extended display mode.

Not yet supported - means it's a feature in progress.

 “Closed-Clamshell” mode is not yet supported. 

Again, seems to suggest it is in the works.

Same for things like sleep, AutoLogin, hot plugging, internal display, etc.

 

Very hopeful for the future!

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Parnaudfr
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Hi,

You have an Nvidia 1070!!! How did you do with the web drivers are they are not existing for High Sierra??

 

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jonwatso
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Posted by: nombrescreeno

Straight out of the box? As in, you didn't need to run any scripts on your update?

That is correct. After a fresh install of High Sierra, I plugged in the eGPU and it worked. I thought I would have do some sort of trickery to get it to work, but no it worked straight away. No mods or scripts needed. 

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Daelin
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Posted by: jonwatso

I've installed a fresh copy of High Sierra on my Mac and wow! This is amazing! eGPU works straight out the box on my Late 2013 MacBook Pro. Clamshell mode doesn't work, however the internal screen doesn't seem to slow down the internal one. 

does hotplug and unplug work with your setup?

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Posted by: Daelin

does hotplug and unplug work with your setup?

Yes! I don't need to have the eGPU plugged in at boot. After plugging the ogpu in, A little message will pop up advising me to log out and log in and thats it. Can't quite figure out how to unplug it without a reboot. 

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Posted by: jonwatso

I've installed a fresh copy of High Sierra on my Mac and wow! This is amazing! eGPU works straight out the box on my Late 2013 MacBook Pro. Clamshell mode doesn't work, however the internal screen doesn't seem to slow down the internal one. 

Could you go into About This Mac > Displays and see which GPU accelerates each of the displays? I presume the internal display is now accelerated using the internal GPU - also mentioned in the release notes.

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iaomw
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Hey guys, did anybody test it on Thunder 2? I am iOS developer but I only have one personal MacBook Pro, it's too risky to test.

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maketas
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I have installed macOS High Sierra on a 2014 Mac Mini with Thunderbolt 2, and i use an Asus ROG XG Station 2 with an RX 480, and it works fine. It hangs if you try to boot the Mac Mini with the external GPU connected, so you have to login normally, connect the eGPU to the Thunderbolt 2 (Thunderbolt 3-Thunderbolt 2 adapter and TB2 cable), wait for a notification of "you have connected an external GPU, please logout", logout, change the video cable to the eGPU, and login again. It's a beta, but a good start.

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