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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + RX 480 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.2 [ikir]  

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Received my MacBook 2016 yesterday (it is my dream machine!!!) I will update this thread with my experience  building an eGPU with Thunder3

 

 My configuration:

MacBook Pro 13" touchbar, i5 2,9Ghz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Iris 550

Thunder3 modded with Radeon RX480 4GB connected to LG Ultrawide 4K display

 

Hardware Installation

1. Opened Thunder3 classic (i will need some time to build an enclosure)

2. Put RX480 in place

3. Connected Thunder3 to DA-2 PSU with a modded cable which power both RX480 (8-pin PCie) and Akitio Thunder3 (barrel plug)

 4. Connect to Mac

 

macOS configuration

1. Disabled SIP with csrutil from Recovery terminal

2. Downloaded TB3 enabler to let MacBook Pro use Thunder3 (sadly if you don't want to edit kext there is no way yet since Apple software blocked older Thunderbolt 3 devices)

3. Run new automate-GPU script for macOS 10.12.2+ (coming soon)

4. Optional run script for unlocking all Baffin  units to boooooooost OpenCL

 

 Preliminary benchmarks:

I get OpenGL, OpenCL and Metal acceleration, the gfx card is super silent and very fast (and cheap too). There are still issue but i didn't got any artifact connecting it directly to Thunderbolt3.

 

 Valley Benchmark 4K 3440x1440 ultrawide 2x ultra:

Iris 550 5fps - 207 score

Thunder3+RX 480 23.4fps - 980 score

 

 

 Geekbench 4 GPU:

Iris 550 30584 OpenCL score

Thunder3+RX 480 (with baffin script) 107071 OpenCL score

 

 

Luxmark luxball:

Thunder3+RX 480 (with baffin script) 14222

Thunder3+RX 480 (with baffin script) + Iris 550 15423

Cinebench R15 OpenGL:

Thunder3+RX 480 68,70 fps

 

UPDATE: there are issues with TB3 connection and Radeon cards, so for now i discourage anyone to build this setup. I was able to boot after many many tries. I switched to Nvidia GTX 780ti and it runs fasteeer and boots most of  time.

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2016-13-mbp-gtx780-ti32gbps-tb3-akitio-thunder3-macos-10-12-3-ikir/


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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demon151
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Can u try with nvidia gpu over bootcamp windows 10 or 8.1 ??? Thanks 

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Posted by: demon151

 

Can u try with nvidia gpu over bootcamp windows 10 or 8.1 ??? Thanks 

   

No sorry i just use macOS and this time i want to try Radeon, it should be simpler to get it work, it consumes much less and has only one power cable... and it cost less. I paid RX480 4GB very little last week.


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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ikir
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Received Thunder3. Opened the case and plugged RX480. Still waiting for PSU and power cable.

Downloaded TB3 enabler Smile https://github.com/KhaosT/tb3-enabler

 Thunder3 works, connect 40Gbps, thanks to TB3 enabler script. [ Thunder3 picture posted in opening thread ]


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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First benchmark [RX480 versus Iris550 moved to opening post ]


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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Posted by: ikir

 

Received my MacBook 2016 yesterday (it is my dream machine!!!) I will update this thread with my experience  building an eGPU with Thunder3

   

Great job!  Are you beta testing the 10.12.2+ automate-egpu script?

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Nice progress Ikir, could you also run Valley/Heaven in Extreme preset? This is makes it easier to compare between benchmarks.

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@FricoRico

 

Sure i will do as soon as i can, probably in 2 days since i'm working 10h/day until sunday!

 

@samklee

Yup, it will be released soon, keep checking this website/forum!


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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Posted by: FricoRico

 

Nice progress Ikir, could you also run Valley/Heaven in Extreme preset? This is makes it easier to compare between benchmarks.

 

Heaven  Extreme preset 36,2 fps

Valley Extreme preset 36,6 fps

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MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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Got even better results: Sapphire Nitro + RX 480 has a switch to activate a little overclock.

these are the new results: [ picture in opening post of thread ]

 


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB 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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