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Marc Kellerman
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Hey guys,

Is there a setup for a eGPU setup for my mbp that wouldn't require any mod or additional power? I'm just looking for basic gaming additional boost, since my mbp doesn't have any graphics.

I'm running macOS Mojave.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014): AKiTiO Thunder2 + RX 560


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mac_editor
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@marc_kellerman

You will require modifications on macOS for eGPU. Some RX 560 models only use PCIe power (IIRC the MSI Aero ITX does).

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Marc Kellerman
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Thanks for the quick reply.

Would this work? Not exactly sure what I'm 'looking for'.. :/

https://www.gigabyte.com/ca/Graphics-Card/GV-RX560GAMING-OC-4GD-rev-10

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Actually according to buyer’s guide the maximum GPU power supported without extra power supply is 25W for Thunder2, so essentially nothing will work. I was under the impression that up to 75W is supported, but seems not. 

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Marc Kellerman
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So just change the power supply? Or do something else fancy? :/ basically I’m looking for the simplest method to add a bit of GPU.. 

Or a thunderbolt 3 with adapter, and a better eGPU box? Even if I lose performance due to the 3->2 adapter?

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From post title I assumed you already had the Thunder2, my bad. Get a thunderbolt 3 enclosure (see Buyer Guide) and check builds for reference.

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Marc Kellerman
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I do.. from amazon.. it's a simple return.. 😉

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@marc_kellerman

Ah gotcha. I strongly suggest a TB3 enclosure + TB3>TB2 adapter (Apple) then.

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Changing the power brick to a more powerful one (12V, 100W works), would allow you to run a RX560 in a Thunder2/3. You won't need to mod the enclosure further. That said, these boxes tend to be pricey to the point where getting a cheap eGPU enclosure, plus a used Apple TB to TB3 adapter costs the same, or only a little more. I'd also recommend returning it and then picking up a TB3 eGPU enclosure, such as a Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W (when on sale, it can be cheaper than 200$) and then getting the Apple TB to TB3 adapter (~30$ used on ebay). Then you can opt for a RX470 or RX570 instead of the RX560 for significantly faster performance without a large increase in cost.

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Marc Kellerman
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@yukikaze

Thanks for the info!

I have a:

And the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway is not available in Canada for a reasonable price. I'm considering:

With a TB3->TB2 apple adapter.

Does this make sense?

GTX 1650: 168$
AKiTiO Node: 351$
TB3/TB2 Adapter: 59$

(All Canadian prices)

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MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014): AKiTiO Thunder2 + RX 560


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