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nickneilton
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Hi Everybody,

please can somebody make this clear for me:

Is it possible to run a Nvidia card (in my case Aorus Gaming Box 1070) on a Macbook 2016 with touch bar in Mojave right now or not?
Do I need to wait for updated NVIDIA Web drivers?

Thanks!

My system:
Macbook Pro (late 2016 with touchbar)
macOS: High Sierra, Version: 10.13.6 (17G65)
eGPU device: Aorus Gaming Box 1070


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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: nickneilton

Hi Everybody,

please can somebody make this clear for me:

Is it possible to run a Nvidia card (in my case Aorus Gaming Box 1070) on a Macbook 2016 with touch bar in Mojave right now or not?
Do I need to wait for updated NVIDIA Web drivers?

Thanks!

There are no drivers for Mojave yet.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
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Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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Wayne N
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Posted by: Enzdude

Bootcamp eGPU support works great for me and remains unaffected by Mojave. I managed to get NVIDIA eGPU support to work with purge-wrangler, however the external display is black and does not appear. This issue goes away in safe mode.

Hi, I was looking exactly for what you posted and I wasn’t just wondering if you could tell me what your set-up is? And did you just straight update from high sierra to mojave?

Many thanks

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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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mactrix
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This is confusing. If the Windows 10 update 1803 introduced Windows Hybrid Graphics that allows the external GPU to work with a discrete GPU, what is the remaining issue with MacBook Pros? It sounds error 12 is solved with the 1803 update?

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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nanoBit
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Error 12 is not caused by Windows - it's an issue of Apple's firmware. 

Hybrid Graphics can make it easier to use an eGPU in Windows together with another GPU - but it does not support every combination of GPUs. AMD + Nvidia for instance... all Hybrid Graphics can do with this combination is working with the Basic Display Device driver + the eGPU. It is still not possible to use AMD and Nvidia.

Setup: MacBook Pro 2018 15" 2.6GHz Radeon Pro 560X on macOS 10.14 & Windows 10 (Bootcamp); Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box 350 with a Zotac GTX1080 AMP! Edition

 
2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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jangoloti
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Dear all,

I just have received an e-mail from Galax, the manufacturers of the KFS2/Galax GTX 1060 6GB eGPU, that confirms there is a firmware update to solve the half H2D issue with the T3 chips:

Thank you for reaching GALAX customer service. The new version of firmware (.bin file) and update software have launched
Update method:
1.) Unzip FwUpdateTool and thunderbolt driver.7z
2.) Confirm the version of thunderbolt driver. If it is lower than 17.3, you need to install the driver version contained in the unpacked folder.
3.) Run FwUpdateTool.exe and load the bin file update.
4.) After the update is successful, shut down, power off, and reboot.

Before buying this eGPU and a T2 to T3 adapter I prefer to wait until I have a new Mac with T3.

I am surprised this eGPU has not been considered here: Is it due to incompatibilities with Mac?

Regards,
Jaime

Mac Mini 2012 and 2018 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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itsage
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@jangoloti Thank you for sharing the firmware update news on KFS2/Galax GTX 1060 6GB eGPU. This eGFX is unfortunately available in a few EU countries only. Incompatibility with macOS is only a small factor. We have community support to enable the GTX 1060 in 10.13 and older. These solutions should work in 10.14 too but without Nvidia web drivers we can't use it.

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mbtx_au
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Hey peeps! Sorry I don't post much (or really at all), but I was just wondering if anyone has had the chance to test the most recent NVIDIA macOS drivers - version 387.10.10.10.40.108 and Mojave?

Also man NVIDIA really loves their super long version/build numbers haha.

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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jangoloti
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Posted by: itsage

@jangoloti Thank you for sharing the firmware update news on KFS2/Galax GTX 1060 6GB eGPU. This eGFX is unfortunately available in a few EU countries only. Incompatibility with macOS is only a small factor. We have community support to enable the GTX 1060 in 10.13 and older. These solutions should work in 10.14 too but without Nvidia web drivers we can't use it.

Thanks.

The Nvidia web drivers will come for 10.14 too? And apart from the driver issue, what are the other problems with this card? 

It is a pity since this eGPU can be had for 259 EUR:

https://www.darty.com/nav/achat/mp/informatique/composant/carte_graphique/kfa2_snpr_geforce_gtx_1060_6_gb__MK1389893520.html?awc=7735_1541684837_7c8546ef6a31bcb76feb0e3202efdac3&dartycid=aff_269861_0_awin#ectrans=1

Regards,

JA

Mac Mini 2012 and 2018 i7, Mac book Pro 2016 15" with TB, eGPU Galax/KFA2


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Chippy McChipset
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There are no drivers (web or CUDA) for 10.14 yet. Some debate in other places about whether there ever will be. Somewhat strong indications right now Apple is going to stick with AMD as its sole GPU partner. Sucks but is what it is. That said AMD has made announcements recently that point to promising new tech on the near-horizon, glass may end up more than half full. Will have to see.

Bring peace to your computing life: stop trying to understand Apple.


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