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AngelRC
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Just read this: http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/09/27/macos-high-sierra-drivers-for-nvidia-pci-e-video-cards-now-available-for-mac-pro-egpu

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goalque
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eGPU mentioned in the title. Where is the first "Thunderbolt 3 external graphics" implementation in macOS 10.13 with an Nvidia card?

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JonRoth
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Posted by: goalque

eGPU mentioned in the title. Where is the first "Thunderbolt 3 external graphics" implementation in macOS 10.13 with an Nvidia card?

This!!

I'm looking to get an eGPU to run through bootcamp on my 2016 macbook Pro w/ touchbar but all the installation tutorials seem outdated as there is a new, faster way to install eGPUs by the day. Is error 12 still a thing? Can I just plug and play now? Does support for High Sierra mean support for bootcamp w/ High Sierra? So many questions!

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Posted by: AngelRC

Just read this: http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/09/27/macos-high-sierra-drivers-for-nvidia-pci-e-video-cards-now-available-for-mac-pro-egpu

That is inaccurate. There was no Nvidia web driver for 10.13 beta builds. This misinformation would lead to many more people upgrading to High Sierra only to find out their Nvidia eGPUs no longer work.

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goalque
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Yeah, I would be very interested in their "brief testing" and the level of compatibility.

A good start is to add IOPCITunnelCompatible true to NVDAStartupWeb.kext/Contents/Info.plist which is now located at /Library/Extensions/.

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Reinhard1004
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Posted by: goalque

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.

Apple should make a clear, public statement about this if this is true.

It's a shame that hackintoshes are "supported", but not original hardware with compatible eGPU enclosures ...

Hmm, does anybody know what Nvidia say about current status with High Sierra and outlook..?
(why the drivers for high sierra, if it's not supported anyway..?)

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Posted by: Reinhard1004
Posted by: goalque

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.

Apple should make a clear, public statement about this if this is true.

It's quite a shame that Nvidia runs with hackintosh hardware, but that they intentionally block it for original Apple hardware + compatible eGPU enclosures ...

We don't really know, until Apple actually announces proper eGPU support come Spring next year. 

My understanding could be wrong, but the reason Nvidia eGPU not working in High Sierra is not so much about Apple blocking it, but they need to implement the Nvidia-specific stuff in Metal 2 to enable eGPU functionality. For all we know, maybe Apple wants to get the RX/Vega cards working properly with Metal 2 before they start work on Nvidia. 

Non-eGPU (cards connected directly to the PCIe bus in Hackintoshes) continue to work normally for Nvidia as long as Nvidia releases the relevant High Sierra drivers.  

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goalque
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Is this another inaccurate statement?

"The release also includes beta drivers for Thunderbolt 3 eGPU setups on the 5K iMac and MacBook Pro."

https://9to5mac.com/2017/09/27/nvidia-pascal-drivers-high-sierra/

Has anyone tested TB3 and various IOPCITunnelCompatible settings? I haven't had time.

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drwnsm
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Posted by: goalque

Is this another inaccurate statement?

"The release also includes beta drivers for Thunderbolt 3 eGPU setups on the 5K iMac and MacBook Pro."

https://9to5mac.com/2017/09/27/nvidia-pascal-drivers-high-sierra/

Has anyone tested TB3 and various IOPCITunnelCompatible settings? I haven't had time.

"Includes BETA support for iMac and MacBook Pro systems with NVIDIA graphics"

The article was just changed. I've tested & it's not working on MBP 13' 2017 without touchbar + 1050TI & Node Lite. It is recognized as Nvidia Chip Model. 

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