rMBP Mid-14 w/ 750M + 980 Ti w/ AkiTio Node - macOS + Win 10 - Will it work?
So, I'm looking to create a no-nonsense future-proof eGPU setup to add the much needed additional graphics performance to my Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro with NVIDIA 750M.
- NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti Reference (330 $ - Used)
- AKiTio Node (299 $)
- Apple T3 to T2 Adapter (29 $)
- Apple Thunderbolt Cable 2.0 m (39 $)
I have decided to opt for the AKiTio Node instead of the Thunder2 because it has everything built-in for getting the GPU up and running (power, etc.). A T3 to T2 adapter is necessary, however, but it ensures that for any future T3 mac I purchase, I have my eGPU ready to go. For a total of about 700 USD, I think its not a bad deal.
I have already ordered the GPU from Amazon, and am awaiting the Node to return to stock before ordering - since it is currently back-ordered.
I have done as much research as possible looking into how eGPU setups work with my Mac - but haven't had convincing results. I think it will work fine, but would appreciate the input of users of their experience on similar configurations.
I read in another post that the Node works fine on macOS on all versions of Thunderbolt (using appropriate converters) - so I think I am set there. My concerns are primarily as follows:
- How does using this setup affect my boot up process into macOS? - Note that the boot default is macOS.
- How does using this setup affect my boot up process into Win 10 (bootcamp)? - I use the boot drive selection menu on boot for this.
I am currently running macOS 10.12.4 Dev 7. I am pretty sure 10.12.4 will be out in a week or two - and NVIDIA drivers 3-4 days after.
I have questions about how the setup would work on Win 10 - in essence, will it be plug and play for me because I already use NVIDIA drivers for the 750M?
Can you please check if "apple_set_os" works for you? I mean, do you see "iris pro 5200" under graphics devices in device manager on Windows? It doesn't work for me since 10.12.4 beta.
I just see the 750M. Is it necessary for the iGPU to be visible?
I don't wish to use the iGPU at all on Windows. Is it possible to only use the eGPU?
I have two external monitors to work with for that - so I believe I should be fine then. One question though - I would assume that Windows will default to my internal 750M (given that it can't see the iGPU anyway) if the eGPU and displays aren't connected - I mean, there won't be any hiccups in the OS if I run normally when needed (such as on the go) right?