Help setting up egpu on MacBook pro 2013 gt 750m
Hi, im planning on buying an Akitio Node and a GTX 1080 or 1080ti for my macbook pro late 2013 gt 750m. I'll be using it for gaming only on bootcamp so what exactly do i need to do to get it running perfectly and i was wondering can i run it on the internal display?
Thanks in advance.
@galaloraby, the GT750M Macbook Pro has problems allowing a NVidia eGPU to work in a TB3 enclosure via the Apple TB3->TB2 adapter. However, using a native Thunderbolt2 enclosure like a AKiTiO Thunder2 works fine, allowing an eGPU accelerated internal LCD mode as you require. You can contrast the two configurations, working and not, below. The first link being a comprehensive guide on what you'd need to get it all going:
Nando thanks for your reply also i was wondering if i get the Akitio thunder 2 will i have to get another power supply to power the graphics card since it requires more power and also will the card fit in the case without any modification?
Yes, the Akitio Thunder2 only comes with a 72W power supply. This is not sufficient to power the graphic cards you mentionned. Your computer will crash if the graphic card needs more power than the power supply can deliver.
No, the Akitio Thunder2 is too small compared to the Node. The GTX 1080 Ti won't go in. However, there is hope regarding the GTX 1080. You only have to choose Zotac GTX 1080 mini but you must remove the fan of the Akitio enclosure however: https://www.zotac.com/ch/product/graphics_card/zotac-geforce-gtx-1080-mini
This said, it is not advised to use 1080 and better cards for gaming through a thunderbolt 2 connection, except you plan to play in a higher resolution than full HD... Keep in mind that the more fps you will display, the more loss you will have (compared to a desktop) due to the limited thunderbolt bandwidth. This is why, when you increase the resolution, fps drop and so does the performance loss. You only have to know that buying a GTX 1080 is a lot of money invested for an only relatively small increase in fps...
You can find the best mini-eGPU implementations as well as the discussion about the performance hit I mentionned in this thread :