EGPU Build for thunderbolt 1  


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February 22, 2019 3:14 am  

Am I out of luck?  Just bought a mid 2012 macbook pro retina 15.  It has dual graphics.  I wanted something to boost it a bit.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts

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April 21, 2019 1:01 pm  

I have built setups for both my late2016 mbptb as well as a 2012 mbp unibody. With thunderbolt 1 I got the thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt apple adapter and built as follows

Akitio Node Pro with upgraded PSU  and fans 
GTX760 because that is the only card I had laying around besides the vega56 I have in my Core X.I partitioned the internal drive to allow for the copying automateegpuefi to its own partition and then installed refind to make it clean if you have a bootcamp or dualboot setup.Bootcamp setup is more model specific in my testing but many valuable guides and builds can be found on the site.For future proofing I would suggest to go with a TB3 enclosure. They work just fine with the adapter and TB1.

2016 MBP Touch: Razer Core X Vega 56-macOS 10.14.3 Windows 10 Eyefinity 2012 MBP: Akitio Node Pro SST-SX650 Noctura Fans GTX-760 Dual Boot 10.14.3 Windows 10

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April 21, 2019 5:41 pm  

I use an Akitio Node with an nVidia 1070 in both Windows and OS X on my 2012 15” Retina MBP. It works great, and Mac OS setup is super easy (Windows a bit harder). Build guide is in my signature. I’m about to replace it with a AMD Vega 56 so I can upgrade to 10.14 though.

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