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ozzy
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Hi guys,

Bit of an odd one. The EFI boot stopped loading my Vega 56 in 10.14.4 for some reason. Thunderbolt enclosure shows as attached, but graphics card isn't loaded or shown at all in System Report. I've got purge_nvda on, so it's not a black screen issue. It's just not loading it.

I tried to re-install automate-EFI by re-formatting USB drive and it still doesn't work. I then tried to use @mac_editors installation script and got this message

>> Automate eGPU EFI 1.0.5 Installer

> Phase 1: Disk Management

/dev/fd/63: line 22: .disks.plist: Permission denied

Print: Entry, ":WholeDisks", Does Not Exist

No external disks detected. Please connect an external disk.

Internal disks are not supported for safety reasons.

 

rm: .disks.plist: No such file or directory

Nicholass-MacBook-Pro-2:Volumes nick$ 

 

I then tried to just install purge_wrangler from the script and just got a "Permission denied" message.

Any idea what might be going on?

2012 15" Macbook Pro Retina GT650M + [email protected] (AKiTiO Node via TB3->TB2 adapter) + macOS10.13 & Win10


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mac_editor
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@ozzy Indeed quite odd. For purge-wrangler the fix should be easy: just run the large install command in the README docs. Not sure what changed your permissions suddenly though.

Try changing directory to the Desktop in Terminal and then trying the EFI script. Not sure what happened there but essentially the script was denied the privilege to create a file (.disks.plist) which it uses to enumerate disks.

Edit: I see. Looking at your Terminal output it says you are in the Volumes directory. Switch to Desktop or default home directory before running the suggested commands.

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purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
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Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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ozzy
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@mac_editor Whoops - good catch 😳  I made that change and was able to get your script to work to re-install Automate-EGPU and now am back to the eGPU working in 10.14.4. Thanks!

2012 15" Macbook Pro Retina GT650M + [email protected] (AKiTiO Node via TB3->TB2 adapter) + macOS10.13 & Win10


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abzz_a
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Hi All,

I recently purchased a Radeon RX Vega 64 Graphics card and paired it with the Razer Core X. I downloaded the EFI file to a USB and booted up with the EFI file, on the start up screen it said eGPU not detected, I loaded up OS anyway. Upon logging in I plugged in the eGPU, and entered "sudo pmset -a gpuswitch 2" and pressed enter, I was then asked to enter my password which I did and then entered "sudo pmset -a gpuswitch 0", I then logged out and logged back in. However the eGPU icon isn't showing in my toolbar? I'm connected via a thunderbolt 1/2 cable with a TB3 adapter at the eGPU end.

This is my first time ever trying anything like this so would appreciate any help/advice whatsoever. Using a mid 2012 Macbook Pro 13inch  with 10.14.4 Mojave. Really hope I'm just making a mistake and it can still work! Otherwise I've just wasted £650 🙁
Also to mention I'm not using an external display (not sure if that makes any difference)

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Enzual
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Hallo guys,

at first I want to thank you for your work. In 2017, it was a dream to have a EGPU with my MBP 17. Two years later with a new setup, I'm stuck with a Mac Mini 2014 at Mojave and it became a true nightmare. I took the opportunity to buy a 970gtx from a friend and a used Akitio Thunder2 from Ebay. I paired it with the Dell DA2 in order to make it work. And here it is, not working at all.
Yes, I read a lot in this forum, but at some point I just wanna throw everything into the bin.
At first I started with the purge-wrangler skript, but I just forced OSX into reboots and never saw it running. Then I thought Mojave ruins everything and downgraded OSX to High Sierra. There it was the same. Clean installation, I disabled SIP, installed purge-wrangler and TI82, but in the end I never saw the Nvidia card in the system information. Pulling all back to Mojave with a clean installation, I thought about selling it on eBay. But I ended up with a last try, the eGPU EFI. I read the article, installed the EFI with the terminal to avoid any mistakes, rebooted into EFI and the screen stays black. And it doesn't matter if I plug-in the AKiTiO Thunder2. It just stays black. SIP is turned off. Does anyone has any idea where my fucking fault is?

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itsage
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Do you see the AKiTiO Thunder2 enclosure in the Thunderbolt tree of macOS System Information? Which Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter and Thunderbolt 2 cable are you using? How's the GTX 970 getting power is it confirmed to be operational?

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Enzual
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Posted by: itsage

Do you see the AKiTiO Thunder2 enclosure in the Thunderbolt tree of macOS System Information? Which Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter and Thunderbolt 2 cable are you using? How's the GTX 970 getting power is it confirmed to be operational?

Yes, I see the AKiTiO Thunder under the Thunderbolt tree.
I use it via Thunderbolt 2 Cable, the one which came with the AKiTiO Thunder2.
The 970 gets the power by a Dell DA-2. Modified the cable at the E-Lab at work 😉

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andyegoo
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Thank you. Macbook Air 13 2011 good work in efi bootcamp windows 10

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jean-luc
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Hi There

My setup is almost working but I can't use the apps I bough the egpu for...
I am running it on a mac pro 6,1 with macOS 10.13.6 (17G6030), 64Gb RAM, 12 core, 2x AMDfirepro D700
So I have a Razer X core with a EVGA 1080 ti SC2. I can use the USB EFI to boot and hot plug the egpu after logging in. It appears in the top bar menu and the CUDA driver is seeing it. It's listed in the system report right next to the  Firepro, all is well.
But if I launch Nuke (from the foundry), the mac crashes instantly, straight to a black screen. Nuke is not even set to use the the 1080 at this stage, the preferences are pointing to the Firepro for GPU acceleration. I started Houdini and only the Firepros were listed in the preferences for GPU. I had not added the Redshift plugin yet.
So I installed Redshift (the reason I got a 1080) to see if that would work better. Now houdini crashes the machine the same way that Nuke does. 
If I unplug the epgu, everything work fine.

Any suggestion about a reason for that crash? 

Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Mac pro 6,1
12 core
64Gb RAM
AMD Firepro D700 x2

I want to add a nvidia EGPU to use with Redshift on Houdini


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Riss
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Maybe a stupid question, but since I'm running out of USB3 ports on my mid 2014 MBP 15" (and don't have USB hub with me), is it safe to eject the EFI USB after macOS starts?

mid 2014 MBP 15" GT750m | Mac mini 2012 | Akitio Thunder 2 & 3 | GTX 780 3GB (flashed) | Quadro P2000 (stock)


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OliverB
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@jean-luc
for sure nVidia Webdriver are far from perfect. For professional work it may be wise to use either natively supported AMD or nVidia Kepler cards. With both you can switch to Mojave, too. You have a Razer Core X, so a Vega64 would be my choice.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jean-luc
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@oliverB 
I hear you and I agree with you! It is the first time I try to use something that it not supported out of the box on my machine. I'm way out of my depth in that area, but alas, Redshift is only available on Nvidia because it's using CUDA.
If I could use an AMD GPU I definitely would.

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Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Mac pro 6,1
12 core
64Gb RAM
AMD Firepro D700 x2

I want to add a nvidia EGPU to use with Redshift on Houdini


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OliverB
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Posted by: jean-luc

@oliverB 
I hear you and I agree with you! It is the first time I try to use something that it not supported out of the box on my machine. I'm way out of my depth in that area, but alas, Redshift is only available on Nvidia because it's using CUDA.
If I could use an AMD GPU I definitely would.

@jean-luc
nVidia cards with Kepler chips (most of GTX600, GTX700 Series, Quadro Kxxxx, GTX Titan and GTX Titan Black) are supported in Mojave and it works very good. I can't tell you though if a CUDA application may need nVidia Webdrivers, because there are no such drivers for Mojave. Kepler cards are natively supported in Mojave.

GTX780(Ti), Quadro K6000 and GTX Titan cards are quite powerful (Chip GK110), they play in the same league as a RX 570/580, so they are a really a good alternative for Mojave. I sold one here, I will soon sell another GTX Titan Black.

If you use the card only for computing, a GTX Titan Z may be the best card for you, because it has two GK 110 chips and lot of computing power.

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jean-luc
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@OliverB
That's interesting. Thanks for the suggestions!
I'd like to keep trying for little longer with the 1080 ti because I have it now. I have only tried the USB EFI approach because I wanted to keep my system clean. Modifying the OS is making me quite uncomfortable but I guess I can always restore a Time machine if things go horribly wrong!
I am now considering 2 options. The first is to install Bootcamp+windows and see if the 1080 ti works under windows. The other is to run the macOS-eGPU.sh from @fr34k and let it work its magic. I'm hesitant to try that because I have a newer os than the one listed in the requirements (I have 10.13.6 (17G6030) and it says 10.13.X ≤ 10.13.6 (17G65)).
I'm just shooting in the dark with ideas I get from other people's posts. I'm a pro user in the vfx business working from home, I have no IT/code experience! All this stuff was taken care of by the IT department of the companies where I worked before. 
My current setup is looking so close though, it's frustrating. The OS sees the card and it's mounted, but as soon as anything tries to connect to it, it crashes the machine. Listing the graphics cards with a Nuke command line crashes the machine. It's not even starting the app. 

 

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Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Mac pro 6,1
12 core
64Gb RAM
AMD Firepro D700 x2

I want to add a nvidia EGPU to use with Redshift on Houdini


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OliverB
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@jean-luc
The GTX 1080 Ti will work under windows very well. My "main card" is an EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 and it's the best card I ever had for Windows. But for MacOSX this is a completely different case.
For MacOSX Vega56/64, RX570/580/590 clearly are the best choice. Second choice is a good nVidia Kepler card. With newer nVidia cards, 900ies, 1000ies, you need Webdrivers and they won't work under Mojave at all.
 
For GTX 1080T Ti and MacOSX:
I would strongly suggest you use @mac_editor's purge-wrangler to enable it for MacOSX High Sierra and you will need nVidia Webdricers. You will have to disable SIP, this is quite a leap, but unfortuneakry necessary. It works with the newest version of MacOSX High Sierra. But if you don't want to alter you system (quite understandable), better use one of the official AMD cards.

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2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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jean-luc
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@OliverB

Fixed it! After installing purge-wrangler the same thing was happening so I started to think it had something to do with the card itself rather than the script. I checked it and I had one of the power connectors inside the enclosure wrongly connected. After plugging it back the right way, everything is working as expected.. Pheew...

Thanks for all the suggestions. All is well now 🙂

Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6
Mac pro 6,1
12 core
64Gb RAM
AMD Firepro D700 x2

I want to add a nvidia EGPU to use with Redshift on Houdini


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denis3312
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Hi All!
Can I use this solution on my MacPro 6.1 with Sonnet eGPU breakout box and Nvidia 1080 Ti?

Thanks in advance

MacPro6, 8-Core Intel Xeon E5, 3 GHz, 16 GB, Boot ROM Version: 129.0.0.0.0, SMC Version (system): 2.20f18


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Hello, I was trying to use the automate-eGPU by booting it through a USB. I got as far as plugging it after login and it did show that the eGPU was detected. Now, I'm lost at the next step on entering the sudo codes...how/where do I do that? Only option I have is q and it goes to the next 4 options.

Also, when I plugged in my eGPU...I get this...

IMG 0580

Any help would be greatly appreciated...I'm not that Mac tech savvy a little bit of detail would be awesome! Thank you much.

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dalroi
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I'm back to badly rendered 1080p again 🙁

I updated to 10.14.5 yesterday evening and now my eGPU (Sonnet Breakaway) with AMD RX560 no longer works. I can't seem to get it recognized, although the thunderbolt enclosure does get recognised. The eGPU icon in the menu-bar is visible for a short moment again - that was working before.

I heard rumours Apple dropped support for the RX560, but I can't find anything but rumours... Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Anything else I could try to get the eGPU working again?

Mac Mini 2012 + Sonnet Breakaway Box (up to 300W) + Asus Arez Radeon RX560 2GB


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dalroi
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Just noticed that the RX 560 is not listed as a supported card, except with a specific Sonnet box where it comes built-in. I ordered an Asus ROG RX 570 4GB, they're not that expensive and I can probably still get about €100 for the 560. Let's hope that helps!

Mac Mini 2012 + Sonnet Breakaway Box (up to 300W) + Asus Arez Radeon RX560 2GB


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@dalroi I have a 560, I'll be able to test if it still works tomo if you want to hold off on your 570 order?

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GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
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@eightarmedpet: Much appreciated, although the new card is expected to arrive within 24h. With the 570, I might be able to pull off a little gaming even, the 560 was a bit eager to reach 100% GPU load (according to Apple's GPU meter at least), so I don't mind so much throwing a bit of money at the problem.

Let's hope you don't brick your eGPU as well!

Mac Mini 2012 + Sonnet Breakaway Box (up to 300W) + Asus Arez Radeon RX560 2GB


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Posted by: dalroi

I'm back to badly rendered 1080p again 🙁

I updated to 10.14.5 yesterday evening and now my eGPU (Sonnet Breakaway) with AMD RX560 no longer works. I can't seem to get it recognized, although the thunderbolt enclosure does get recognised. The eGPU icon in the menu-bar is visible for a short moment again - that was working before.

I heard rumours Apple dropped support for the RX560, but I can't find anything but rumours... Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Anything else I could try to get the eGPU working again?

The 0x67ef (RX 460) is natively supported on 10.14.5 and TB3 host, even though not listed on Apple's web site. I just confirmed.

The 0x67ff (RX 560) is also supported according to kext definitions.

If it doesn't work, you did something wrong or these workarounds for TB1/TB2 Macs no longer work on macOS 10.14.5. I can't test at the moment.

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dalroi
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Hmm... that doesn't bode well for TB1/TB2 support, but I'll await the results of other RX 560 users.

Mac Mini 2012 + Sonnet Breakaway Box (up to 300W) + Asus Arez Radeon RX560 2GB


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Posted by: dalroi

The eGPU icon in the menu-bar is visible for a short moment again - that was working before.

I see that you're using @mac_editor's installer and its TB1/TB2 patch. Does it work with my original config.plist file? (the eGPU icon not visible). If not, this is much larger problem. Be aware that Apple's security updates can easily break this EFI workaround.

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The patch is fine it seems: https://www.reddit.com/r/eGPU/comments/bob4qt/help_with_radeon_vii_razer_core_x_macos_10145/

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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Posted by: goalque
Posted by: dalroi

The eGPU icon in the menu-bar is visible for a short moment again - that was working before.

I see that you're using @mac_editor's installer and its TB1/TB2 patch. Does it work with my original config.plist file? (the eGPU icon not visible). If not, this is much larger problem. Be aware that Apple's security updates can easily break this EFI workaround.

I can confirm that a RX570 works very well with 10.14.5 in a TB2 System. Of course, a patch to enable TB2-eGPU in MacOSX is needed, either @mac_editor's or @goalque's solution will work.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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My RX 560 has continued working fine over TB1 on 10.14.5

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.14+Win10
+ Linux Mint 19.1


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Posted by: nu_ninja

My RX 560 has continued working fine over TB1 on 10.14.5

I think it's safe to say, Apple won't drop Polaris support.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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Ah good, rebuilding kernel caches seems to have done the trick! Thanks.

Mac Mini 2012 + Sonnet Breakaway Box (up to 300W) + Asus Arez Radeon RX560 2GB


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Did a bunch of lurking but couldn't seem to figure out what my issue is. I'm ultimately trying to run Dota 2 on a Thunderbolt display (the kind that connects through TB2). Here's my build:

macOS Mojave (10.14.3)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
dGPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048MB
iGPU: Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

eGPU Enclosure: Razer Core X, connected to my computer via an official Apple TB2 cable with an Apple TB3/TB2 adapter
eGPU: AMD Radeon HD Tahiti XD Prototype (7970, I believe)

I followed the instructions to boot from EFI, and I see that the GPU shows up in my Activity monitor, however, even with "prefer External GPU" ticked for certain apps, I only seem to see activity on the NVIDIA card. And I don't see the little icon in my top bar that is supposed to be there.

I also tried using purge-wrangler with Legacy AMD card support to no avail. (And actually this seems to have messed up my trackpad - it moves super slow now, and setting the slider doesn't change the speed...)

Any tips? Thank you in advance! Super excited to get this working, and thanks for all the great work.

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@hsdvo https://egpu.io/forums/builds/mid-2014-macbook-pro-gt750m-r9-fury16gbps-tb2-sonnet-breakaway-egfx-macos-10-14-windows-10/

There are more documented builds for that machine. Older GPUs may not always work as expected.

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purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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Posted by: hsdvo

Did a bunch of lurking but couldn't seem to figure out what my issue is. I'm ultimately trying to run Dota 2 on a Thunderbolt display (the kind that connects through TB2). Here's my build:

macOS Mojave (10.14.3)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
dGPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048MB
iGPU: Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

eGPU Enclosure: Razer Core X, connected to my computer via an official Apple TB2 cable with an Apple TB3/TB2 adapter
eGPU: AMD Radeon HD Tahiti XD Prototype (7970, I believe)

I followed the instructions to boot from EFI, and I see that the GPU shows up in my Activity monitor, however, even with "prefer External GPU" ticked for certain apps, I only seem to see activity on the NVIDIA card. And I don't see the little icon in my top bar that is supposed to be there.

I also tried using purge-wrangler with Legacy AMD card support to no avail. (And actually this seems to have messed up my trackpad - it moves super slow now, and setting the slider doesn't change the speed...)

Any tips? Thank you in advance! Super excited to get this working, and thanks for all the great work.

@hsdvo

I have a bunch of AMD cards, the HD 7970 as well and can confirm that it works perfectly with the generic AMD frame buffer. It is one of the best supported cards by Apple. If I recall correct, the nMP should even provide EFI boot screen via the mDP port of the eGPU.

The icon is visible on my 2018 13" MBP. Your problem is likely the 750M dGPU, the app itself, or kernel caches are not up to date. "Prefer external GPU" with Valley bench works for me and shows 100% bars in GPU History.

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