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OldMac
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Morning lads,

Has anyone tried the high Sierra beta with older (tb1/tb2) Macs? I'm on a 2011 MacBook pro 15, i7 2635QM upgraded to 16gb ram, and will be getting an egpu chassis soon to use with my old gtx780, and I'm hoping someone has tried the beta with a similar machine just so I know if I can hope for native support.

-Joe

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deplomb
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I would be interested as well

MBP mid 2012 unibody
2,3GHz i7 / 16GB ram / NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB
currently running Akitio Thunder2 with GTX970 on Bootcamp and OSX

Feedback is very much appreciated

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igerard
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I use also a 2011 model with my egpu

In our case, for sure it doesn't work, we would need an AMD card first to test

MBP 2018, Touch Bar, i7 2.6 GHz, 32 GB RAM, 1T SSD, Radeon 560X... very nice!
eGPU : Akitio Node + RX 580 + GTX 980 Ti + Vega64


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jonwatso
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Here is a video my friend made running his TB1 Mac with high sierra. However for proper native support you will need to go with AMD

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itsage
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Thank you for the confirmation @jonwatso. The current state of 10.13 would allow plug-and-play for all Thunderbolt Macs as long as the eGPU enclosure has TI83 controller paired with AMD PCI ID 67DF (RX 470/480/570/580).

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OldMac
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That's great news. In that case, I'll probably sell my 780 and buy a 580, although it wouldn't surprise me if the supported gpu list becomes larger when high Sierra is released.

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sdedalus1
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Posted by: itsage

Thank you for the confirmation @jonwatso. The current state of 10.13 would allow plug-and-play for all Thunderbolt Macs as long as the eGPU enclosure has TI83 controller paired with AMD PCI ID 67DF (RX 470/480/570/580).

Plus the video shows it working with a Thunder2 enclosure, which doesn't have a TI83 controller ... but I don't know how reliably Thunder2 works with newer TB3 macs, even before High Sierra ...

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deplomb
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Thank you for the fast feedback.

 

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deplomb
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Posted by: itsage

Thank you for the confirmation @jonwatso. The current state of 10.13 would allow plug-and-play for all Thunderbolt Macs as long as the eGPU enclosure has TI83 controller paired with AMD PCI ID 67DF (RX 470/480/570/580).

Thats a very important peace of information for future setups. Thank you!
Do we know which enclosures come with the TI83controller?

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Menneisyys
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Posted by: itsage

Thank you for the confirmation @jonwatso. The current state of 10.13 would allow plug-and-play for all Thunderbolt Macs as long as the eGPU enclosure has TI83 controller paired with AMD PCI ID 67DF (RX 470/480/570/580).

Unfortunately, I need to disagree. The early 2013 15" MBP's for example are guaranteed NOT to work ATM. See for example:

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/apple-is-supporting-external-gpus-with-high-sierra/paged/6/#post-12759

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/apple-is-supporting-external-gpus-with-high-sierra/paged/3/#post-12389

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/apple-is-supporting-external-gpus-with-high-sierra/paged/4/#post-12525

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