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2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP450) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 980 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.1 [itsage]  

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There have been many reports on the Late 2016 15" touchbar MacBook Pro working with the Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure in Windows. Successes in macOS were few and far between. I've been testing a 15" MacBook Pro with the Radeon Pro 450 discrete graphics card.

My two Thunderbolt 3 enclosures are the AKiTiO Thunder3 and Node. The AKiTiO Node with its TI83 controller is still a no-go in macOS so I hooked up this 2016 15" MacBook Pro to the Thunder3 with a GTX 980 Ti attached. I changed out the Dell DA-2 power brick for a full-size modular ATX 850W PSU.

Apple blocks TI82 controller in Thunderbolt 3 enclosures such as this AKiTiO Thunder3 and the Razer Core. Therefore the first order of business is to unblock this restriction by modifying the controller file inside IOThunderboltFamily.kext. You can either do a Find & Replace in a Hex editor or download and run TB3-enabler (discovered by kid2010 on netkas).

55 48 89 E5 41 57 41 56 41 55 41 54 53 48 81 EC 38 01
55 48 89 E5 31 C0 5D C3 41 55 41 54 53 48 81 EC 38 01

Once the Unsupported message disappeared in Thunderbolt System Information, the next challenge is to make macOS recognize a graphics card has been attached to the Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. Goalque's automate-eGPU script is still the tool of choice for this task. I've tried a few AMD GPUs before using this Thunder3 without success, so this time I went with an Nvidia GPU.

I had much better luck with the Nvidia GTX 980 Ti. This Thunderbolt 3 eGPU setup works with the Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro through my AKiTiO Thunder3 enclosure. It requires an external monitor which has always been the case with eGPU in Mac OS environment.

I ran some benchmarks to compare the Radeon Pro 450 dGPU against this GTX 980 Ti Thunderbolt 3 eGPU. These numbers show a 4-5x graphics performance boost.

In the coming days, I'll test this Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro via a Thunderbolt 2 enclosure using the same GTX 980 Ti. Hopefully this will provide insight on the performance difference between the two Thunderbolt generations and whether it's worth the upgrade if you already own the AKiTiO Thunder2.

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samklee
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Posted by: itsage

 

There have been many reports on the Late 2016 15" touchbar MacBook Pro working with the Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure in Windows. Successes in macOS were few and far between. I've been testing a 15" MacBook Pro with the Radeon Pro 450 discrete graphics card.

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Thanks for documenting your success.  Great news.  Warning first others trying to duplicate this effort - make sure you're on 10.12.1. Not sure this will work on 10.12.2.

 

 

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@samklee I wanted to try this eGPU setup in 10.12.1 first based on reports of 10.12.2 issues from you and others. I will update to 10.12.2 after running a full Time Machine backup. In the mean time, have you tried uninstalling the Nvidia web drivers and automate-eGPU script completely then redo?

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Posted by: itsage

 

@samklee I wanted to try this eGPU setup in 10.12.1 first based on reports of 10.12.2 issues from you and others. I will update to 10.12.2 after running a full Time Machine backup. In the mean time, have you tried uninstalling the Nvidia web drivers and automate-eGPU script completely then redo?

   

Good question.  Can't remember... 🙁  I installed different versions of web driver on top of each other (I assumed that uninstall prior to install was not necessary) 

Unfortunately my freetime to experiment is winding down and work is about to get insanely busy.  I think I would stay up some late nights with further attempts if it weren't for a favorable experience with my new Plugable usb c dock.   This will hold me over until others figure out a solution.  

For those interested, displaylink compatibility has come a long way in 10.12.3 beta from 10.12.1.  I'm running 2 displays through the plugable dock and a 3rd monitor via usb c ->hdmi adapter.  Great thing about the dock is that it also charges my macbook.

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I ran benchmarks on this 2016 15" MBP with the same eGPU components except for the Thunderbolt enclosure. These numbers were through an external monitor via an AKiTiO Thunder2 with the Apple TB3<-->TB2 adapter.

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Very interesting, i'm still waiting power cable for my eGPU. I have a Radeon RX480 do you know why it is not working on Thunder 3? Do i need to buy an GTX 970?


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Sorry but is there any guide for eGPU on 2016 15''MacBook pro on Win10(internal display)?

I have tried Alec' guide on this forum but it led to failure(destroy my win10 and even macOS). 

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I've been testing a similar setup on 10.12.2

Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (without touchbar)
Razer Core TB3
eVGA GTX 980ti

NVIDIA Web Drive 367.15.10.25f01

System Information > Graphics/Display lists the video card as "Nvidia Chip Model"

Is this a common issue with 10.12.2? I'll try to resolve this with a downgrade over the weekend.

 

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Posted by: nyanmatt

 

I've been testing a similar setup on 10.12.2

Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (without touchbar)
Razer Core TB3
eVGA GTX 980ti

NVIDIA Web Drive 367.15.10.25f01

System Information > Graphics/Display lists the video card as "Nvidia Chip Model"

Is this a common issue with 10.12.2? I'll try to resolve this with a downgrade over the weekend.

 

   

I have that same issue after upgrading to 10.12.2, though with different hardware -- late '16 15" tMBP and gtx 970.  I finally got it running (sorta) by editing one of the web driver installation files to bypass the software check.  Additionally I have to connect my core between the apple logo and progress bar on startup.  It takes me a few reboots to time it right.  Not a viable solution.  Best bet is to wait for automate-egpu 1.o script to come out, which should be soon.  

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@all

working Thunder3 + RX480 with MacBook Pro 2016

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/macbook-pro-13-2016-touchbar-with-akitio-thunder3-radeon-rx480-work-in-progress/#post-1094


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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