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hakamadare
(@hakamadare)
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Joined: 5 years ago
 

Hello folks!  I'm working on my first eGPU build, and I'd like some advice before I start spending money.

I already have the following:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB/Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

Getting a new laptop or a dedicated gaming system isn't really an option for me for at least a year or two, so I'm trying to do the best with what I have.

I'm considering the following:

My primary use case is accelerating the internal display under Windows 10 Boot Camp for gaming; I hope to be able to run typical AAA games at 1920x1200 with graphics settings maxed out.  It would also be nice to be able to accelerate the internal display under macOS, but I can live without that (hence I'm considering the 1060 vs. the 980 Ti).  I expect that occasionally I'll want to drive an external display, and maybe a VR headset some day, but being able to accelerate the internal display is crucial.

Here are my questions:

  1. Is this a reasonable plan?  Do you see any obvious reasons why this wouldn't work?
  2. My understanding is that because my laptop has a discrete GPU, I won't be able to get Optimus to work, and I'll have to run games in windowed mode and use the HDMI dummy adapter; is that correct?
  3. Why is the 1060 so much cheaper than the 980 Ti?
  4. Am I likely to see a significant benefit from saving up for a 1070 instead?

thanks!

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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ikir
 ikir
(@ikir)
Prominent Member
Joined: 6 years ago
 

1060 doesn't work on macOS yet.

if you need a Dell DA-2 already modded for eGPU let me know.


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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hakamadare
(@hakamadare)
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Joined: 5 years ago
 

Yes, I know Smile That's why I said my primary use case is Windows 10 via Boot Camp.

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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movien
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Joined: 6 years ago
 

I would recommend you to go with GTX 1070 and Akitio Node/Razer Core. Today I have similar setup with MBP 13 inch without touchbar, GTX 1070 Founders Edition, currently on sale with BestBuy they can match the price to $399 ( free Wildlands or Honors game) and Razer Core, LG 4K external Monitor. I have played Tom Clancy's Division Game at 4K with Medium Settings at avg 45FPS.

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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Yukikaze
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Joined: 6 years ago
 

Just a note, there are GTX1070 far below 399$ for a long time now. Jet.com has quite a selection of GTX1070 cards at 379.99$ currently, and they have a 15% off code for new customers that would make them 322.99$ shipped.

Want to output 4K@60Hz out of an old system on the cheap? Read here.
Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."- Robert A. Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love."

 
2012 Mac Mini [3rd,4C,Q] + RX 480 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (Atto Thunderlink) + macOS 10.15.7 [build link]  


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movien
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Joined: 6 years ago
 

I'm referring to nvidia founders edition gtx 1070. There are lot of other cards with cheaper prices. All depends in what air cooler style you want and brand. I guess for razer core I would recommend blower style cards as it doesn't have side fan.

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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Yukikaze
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Joined: 6 years ago
 

There is very, very little reason to buy the FE cards. The blower cooler is inferior to better thermal solutions, and the Razer Core has a ventilation port right to the side of the card, so there is no reason to prefer a blower-style card there, either.

Want to output 4K@60Hz out of an old system on the cheap? Read here.
Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."- Robert A. Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love."

 
2012 Mac Mini [3rd,4C,Q] + RX 480 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (Atto Thunderlink) + macOS 10.15.7 [build link]  


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hakamadare
(@hakamadare)
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Joined: 5 years ago
 

Thank you for your advice!

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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demon151
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Joined: 6 years ago
 

I'm the same question as you, but my is mid2014 15" with iris only. I just got not much money and wanna build the egpu setup for myself. Right now the Node is the best price and easilly setup right ???? Becase i'm the new one in MacOS and i just wanna to play some AAA game in macbook display ??? Is this posible ???? 

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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ikir
 ikir
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Joined: 6 years ago
 
Posted by: demon151

 

I'm the same question as you, but my is mid2014 15" with iris only. I just got not much money and wanna build the egpu setup for myself. Right now the Node is the best price and easilly setup right ???? Becase i'm the new one in MacOS and i just wanna to play some AAA game in macbook display ??? Is this posible ???? 

   

Akitio Node is the best choice now, but it always better to play game in external screen, transform you MacBook Pro in a desktop, it is very handy. With an hack you can accelerate integrated display too.

metal and open cl are not tied to this.just open gl


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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