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devild
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I've just tested my 2nd build (MBP late 2016 + Akitio Thunder 3 (Ti82) + GTX1080) - the card is detected as Nvidia Chip model.

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itsage
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Posted by: goalque

IOPCITunnelCompatible does nothing in High Sierra with the GTX 780, which has native Apple drivers.

This key is not enough for "native eGPU support".

Native eGPU support in High Sierra === integration with Metal 2, its MTLDevice properties and events. Without a green light from Apple, things don't look promising... We will see soon.

^ This. A web driver release this quickly means things have not changed much. There's no solution for Nvidia eGPU in High Sierra atm. It seems to me Apple and Nvidia are trying one another to see who needs whom more. As consumers, we should tell them they both need us and quit playing games.

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Nvidia wake up... maybe they are waiting for their partners Bizon....


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kizmiaz
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Hmm. This is disappointing news.

@theitstage: What is the best way to express our concerns to Apple? I feel as though going through their standard chat channels may be insufficient. 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Reinhard1004
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Posted by: itsage
Posted by: goalque

IOPCITunnelCompatible does nothing in High Sierra with the GTX 780, which has native Apple drivers.

This key is not enough for "native eGPU support".

Native eGPU support in High Sierra === integration with Metal 2, its MTLDevice properties and events. Without a green light from Apple, things don't look promising... We will see soon.

^ This. A web driver release this quickly means things have not changed much. There's no solution for Nvidia eGPU in High Sierra atm. It seems to me Apple and Nvidia are trying one another to see who needs whom more. As consumers, we should tell them they both need us and quit playing games.

It seems there is since a few hours ...

Nvidia Web Driver - 378.10.10.10.15.114

(was posted here)

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Rycco
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I don't get it. There were no official support for Sierra on nvidia cards as well but here its all working with goalque's script. What changed on High Sierra? We only needed the drivers, no?

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Joe Tatum
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Posted by: Rycco

I don't get it. There were no official support for Sierra on nvidia cards as well but here its all working with goalque's script. What changed on High Sierra? We only needed the drivers, no?

My question also

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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goalque
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Posted by: Reinhard1004

It seems there is since a few hours ...

Nvidia Web Driver - 378.10.10.10.15.114

(was posted here)

 Hackintosh. Please specify where do you see a solution for a Mac & eGPU? MetalFishX did not get it working.

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Reinhard1004
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Several "hackintoshes" seem to have it working already...  https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/nvidia-releases-alternate-graphics-drivers-for-macos-high-sierra-10-13-0-378-10-10-10-15.225522/

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goalque
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Hackintosh != Mac eGPU. Unfortunately these hacks are not helpful through the Thunderbolt connection. All Nvidia extensions do load fine by the IOPCITunnelCompatible key, nvAccelerator is registered, but does nothing and the GPU is not visible to any graphics APIs. I guess Apple has made a strategic decision: they don't want Nvidia to be part of their eGPU ecosystem in macOS High Sierra.

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