Help: AKiTiO Thunder2 + ??? [MacBook Pro 13" - Mid 2014]
I'm running macOS Mojave.
You will require modifications on macOS for eGPU. Some RX 560 models only use PCIe power (IIRC the MSI Aero ITX does).
Thanks for the quick reply.
Would this work? Not exactly sure what I'm 'looking for'.. :/
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.
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?
Ah gotcha. I strongly suggest a TB3 enclosure + TB3>TB2 adapter (Apple) then.
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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Thanks for the info!
I have a:
- ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB GDDR5 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16500F-10L
And the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway is not available in Canada for a reasonable price. I'm considering:
- Akitio Node - Thunderbolt3 eGPU for Windows (Now Compatible w/ Thunderbolt3 Mac Running MacOS High Sierra Using AMD Cards)
With a TB3->TB2 apple adapter.
Does this make sense?
(All Canadian prices)