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Daniel
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Today I tried my mac mini 2012 with gigabyte egpu aorus gtx 1070. It works like a charm. Using apple thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 adapter and thunderbolt cable. Following all the instruction, failed once, it turns out that you have to boot into reinstall partition & run terminal command from there and voila... it works just fine. I installed cuda driver for mac osx, and all the iRay renderer instantly recognizes the card. Tomorrow I’ll buy a 4k monitor and plug in to the GTX1070.

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Hi everyone , i use mac book pro mid 2014 osx 10.13.1 ,when i plug in the Aorus GTX 1070 gaming box , whatever i install the webdriver or not , when i restart the mac , is both internal & external monitor black screen results. If i restart the mac without the egpu , and then plugin the box , it show the egpu on thunderbolt list only. Looking for some help , thanks a lot .

after you install the web driver, reboot, press cmd – R to go to reinstall partition, access the terminal from there, type “csrutil enable —without kext”, and then reboot again, then reinstall the nvidia egpu support.

If you use the terminal while you’re logging in it wont work. I hope this will help.

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dream3
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Posted by: Daniel

Today I tried my mac mini 2012 with gigabyte egpu aorus gtx 1070. It works like a charm. Using apple thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 adapter and thunderbolt cable. Following all the instruction, failed once, it turns out that you have to boot into reinstall partition & run terminal command from there and voila... it works just fine. I installed cuda driver for mac osx, and all the iRay renderer instantly recognizes the card. Tomorrow I’ll buy a 4k monitor and plug in to the GTX1070.

Posted by: louis wong

Hi everyone , i use mac book pro mid 2014 osx 10.13.1 ,when i plug in the Aorus GTX 1070 gaming box , whatever i install the webdriver or not , when i restart the mac , is both internal & external monitor black screen results. If i restart the mac without the egpu , and then plugin the box , it show the egpu on thunderbolt list only. Looking for some help , thanks a lot .

after you install the web driver, reboot, press cmd – R to go to reinstall partition, access the terminal from there, type “csrutil enable —without kext”, and then reboot again, then reinstall the nvidia egpu support.

If you use the terminal while you’re logging in it wont work. I hope this will help.

I installed the web drivers with csrutil disabled. Do you think that might cause issues?

MacOS: 15" Retina Macbook Pro 2015 Iris Pro only
Windows 10: Tornado F5 laptop with discrete GTX 1060
eGPU: GIGABYTE RX 580


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natemac00
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Posted by: yifanlu

 

Some people report that if it doesn't work initially (both external + internal display black or internal display showing artifacts), you should try:

  1. Logging in without the eGPU attached
  2. Plugging in the eGPU (check in system profiler that it is detected)
  3. Logging out and logging in again

 

Is there a solution to this work-around?

I have an AKiTIO TB2 Box connected to my 2013 Mac Pro.

I was running fine in 10.12 with the automate-eGPU solution. When I upgraded to High Sierra I had the Black screen issue.

But there are many times I remote in and restart my computer. This workaround obviously will only work if I'm local.

I'm willing to do a fresh install of the OS to wipe out any old info if that's what it takes.

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reptilianbrain
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Posted by: natemac00
Is there a solution to this work-around?

I have an AKiTIO TB2 Box connected to my 2013 Mac Pro.

I was running fine in 10.12 with the automate-eGPU solution. When I upgraded to High Sierra I had the Black screen issue.

 

EDIT: Question: It turns out that my internal display is now powered by my eGPU. Can I somehow force the internal display to use either Integrated graphics or, best, dGPU (750M)? 

But there are many times I remote in and restart my computer. This workaround obviously will only work if I'm local.

I'm willing to do a fresh install of the OS to wipe out any old info if that's what it takes.

@natemac00 I have similar setup, but with Macbook Pro 2013. It works the same way it worked on 10.12 Sometimes I can restart just fine, sometimes I need to plug the eGPU when the Apple sign appears. I guess if you intend to do it remotely you may have to reboot several times in a row. Idk if rebooting in a row allows to skip the "plug at Apple" step. 

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itaki
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First time posting here but really happy this forum exists because it seems like we are all battling with Apple with this issue.

I also have the black screen on boot issue that is fixed by booting without my Mantiz and 1080 attached, logging out, plugging it in and logging back in. Though there are a couple weird issues.

First, the 1080 doesn't produce a picture and if I unplug the cable and plug it back in, it crashes the Macbook Pro

Secondly, none of the other parts of the hub work on the Mantiz. This is unfortunate because I was using it as my USB hub and Ethernet connect to my router. 

Not sure anybody has a solution for this, but thought I'd cast my problems into the problem bag with the hopes we can all resolve them.

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ricosuave0922
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Got my setup kinda working today.

2016 15" MBP with Touch Bar (factory with Intel HD 530 and Radeon Pro 460) + Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 + Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming

Only way i can get it to work is to startup my mac with eGPU unplugged, once i get to the login screen plug it in, then login. Then the GTX1080 shows up in System Profile. The external monitor hooked directly to the GPU works but the laptop keeps using the Radeon Pro 460. 

 

My only concern is that the actual GPU fans only kick in for a few seconds when you first plug in the Node then they turn off. Im guessing the card must not be hitting a heat threshold to turn them on ever? Anyone have any insight? Something i should worry about?

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Posted by: ricosuave0922

Got my setup kinda working today.

2016 15" MBP with Touch Bar (factory with Intel HD 530 and Radeon Pro 460) + Akitio Node Thunderbolt 3 + Gigabyte GTX1080 G1 Gaming

Only way i can get it to work is to startup my mac with eGPU unplugged, once i get to the login screen plug it in, then login. Then the GTX1080 shows up in System Profile. The external monitor hooked directly to the GPU works but the laptop keeps using the Radeon Pro 460. 

 

My only concern is that the actual GPU fans only kick in for a few seconds when you first plug in the Node then they turn off. Im guessing the card must not be hitting a heat threshold to turn them on ever? Anyone have any insight? Something i should worry about?

Lol, I had the same impression that there was something wrong with the fans not kicking off. But then I learned that the fans don't work unless under load, so its all good 😛

mid-2017 15" Macbook Pro RP555 + [email protected] (Mantiz Venus) + macOS & Win10


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ricosuave0922
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Well, I can get the eGPU to work on the external display connected to the HDMI, but I cant figure out how to make it work on the laptop display. Can anyone enlighten me on what I need to do?

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Posted by: ricosuave0922

Well, I can get the eGPU to work on the external display connected to the HDMI, but I cant figure out how to make it work on the laptop display. Can anyone enlighten me on what I need to do?

There are different guides on this site depending on the model of your laptop/OS.

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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Hey folks! I recently changed my hardware setup too and I'm in a similar boat. I can get macOS 10.13 to recognize my eGPU, and I can get apps to defer work to the eGPU, but I'm hoping to be able to get it to work on the internal LCD of my MacBook.

Hardware: 

Steps:

  1. Followed the original steps for installing NVIDIAEGPUSupport.
  2. Installed Thunderbolt 3 enabler for the Razer Core.
  3. Boot into macOS with Razer Core plugged in. Won't be visible to the system.
  4. Unplug, then replug the Razer Core after booting, will be recognised as 'nVidia Chip'.
  5. Log out, then log back in. System Report will now show the GPU properly loaded (screenshot attached).
  6. (Optionally, unplug the Core again at this point to cause a kernel panic. XD)

For the life of me, I can't get macOS to boot with the Razer Core already enabled to enable the internal LCD. I absolutely must do that unplug-and-then-replug after booting in for the Mac to recognise the Core as being attached, but I'm guessing at that point, it's too late to switch which GPU is powering the LCD.

I'm wondering if it's possible to maybe use some of the old-school GPU utilities built to allow explicit switching between the integrated and discrete GPUs on 15" MacBook Pros. But none of the ones I tried would work on a 13" MacBook Pro, and I'm sure the problem is more complex than that.

Has anyone managed to reliably get their eGPU to power their internal LCD monitor?

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Juan C. Yunis
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I think what some people are doing here is to use a headless hdmi plug into the GPU, and mirror to the internal LCD.

Something like this: 

And also in system preferences -> display, you can mirror and make the system adjust the resolution to the internal LCD. 

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ricosuave0922
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As far as I can tell from hours of searching, this appears to be the way to do it. I ordered a headless DisplayPort adapter, hopefully that will work. That way I can use the hdmi as well. I’ll report back on Friday if it works or not. 

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reptilianbrain
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Guys the performance with Thunder2 / 1080GTX is really almost unusable for me (compared to Sierra). I have 2013MBP with 750M  Basically the Dock would take a couple seconds to show up. Chrome is lagging like I am on Chromebook (key presses register after a second almost)

Anyone has any suggestions where to look for answers?

Can it be eGPU related or is it some High Sierra thing?

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punk.kaos
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Mirroring with a dummy plug is exactly how I accelerate my internal display. It works fine, you just need to be sure to set the "dummy" display as the primary so its driven by the eGPU. You can also use 3rd party apps to move apps between the displays with hotkeys instead of mirroring which lets you choose between the iGPU and eGPU, and also appears to perform slightly better.

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Juan C. Yunis
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I found a way to boot my 2017 MBP 15" with Radeon 560 and macOS 10.13.1 with my eGPU Mantiz Venus EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 connected. I think some people won't like my workaround, but it works. In order to achieve this, I went to bootcamp, run the script to switch the LCD to the iGPU instead of dGPU (Intel instead of Radeon 560), restarted and booted again in bootcamp with refind + apple_set_os.efi trick to enable the iGPU, then in windows i went to device manager -> select the Radeon 560 GPU -> Click view menu > View device connections -> Select the x16 above the Radeon 560 and right click, then click disable, then leave the eGPU plugged and reboot into Mac and it should work. Only thing is that my system is recognizing one GPU in about this Mac, with the previous trick of login and logout, it used to show the iGPU and the eGPU. http://take.ms/gHkpi

Update:

After logout and login again my internal display got completely disabled:  http://take.ms/8WMfL and  http://take.ms/ShURo i guess like clamshell mode, lol.

Update 2:

Logout and login again, and this it re-enabled my internal display, gonna test restart.

Update 3:

Restart didn't work, it went back straight to black screen on both displays.

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natemac00
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I can no longer boot my MacBook Pro mid-2014 with my AKiTO TB2 Box and 980ti.
This had been working a few days ago, I recently brought everything to work with me and it's no longer working.

I've attempted to uninstall and reinstall the drivers, this had no luck..
The box does work on my 2013 Mac Pro.

Whenever I go to the system information with the box connected it just pin wheels in the bottom corner.

Screen Shot 2017 11 16 at 3.05.31 PM
Screen Shot 2017 11 16 at 3.05.54 PM

Any help is appreciated.

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Boomer
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Okay, thanks to @nando4 I learned that my Akitio Node unit was defective. I returned it and received a functioning device, and now my GPU is being identified on both macOS and Windows. 

I am still having some problems on both operating systems, however.

macOS: When I have the eGPU connected, my external monitor only displays a black screen but will render the mouse. The internal display works properly, but is apparently using the integrated graphics.

Windows: When I have the eGPU cold plugged, Windows freezes at startup (which I believe is normal?). When I hotplug the eGPU, the external display works properly and utilizes the GTX 1080, but the internal display is black with the windows logo and has some flickering artifacts. 

I believe I am on the verge of having success, but I could use a little bit more help! Thank you!

For reference, this is my original post:

Posted by: Boomer

I have been working on this for several hours and I'm having no luck. 
Here is an album with screenshots of all my relevant information:  https://imgur.com/a/nFiSy

System Specs:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017)
macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (17B48)
Akitio Node (FW 25.1)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Windforce OC
External display connected via HDMI

Here is what I did:

1) Clean install to newest version of macOS High Sierra
2) Installed proper Nvidia web driver ( http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/126538/en-us)
3) Disabled SIP in macOS Recovery (csrutil enable --without kext)
4) Installed Nvidia eGPU Support (nvidia-egpu-v2-1013-1.zip)

I tried the Troubleshooting process in the OP and tried to hotplug and coldplug the Akitio node.

The Akitio node is clearly powered on, LED is on, fans are running.
I can see the fans of the GPU spinning when the Akitio node is plugged in.

I've searched for many hours and can't find out any other possible solutions. 
I know my specific graphics card is not on the Akitio node supported graphics card list ( https://www.akitio.com/information-center/node-gpu-compatibility/), but it isn't on the incompatible graphics card list.

Does anyone have any ideas?

 

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ludalex
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I've just upgraded to High Sierra, coming from Sierra with automate-eGPU.sh script installed to have my Aorus 1070 working with macOS.

Now I understand that HS has builtin support for eGPU, just need to install NVIDIAEGPUSupport and update Nvidia WebDrivers to have my GTX 1070 working. Before I do that, do I need to uninstall automate-eGPU.sh using the script's uninstall feature?

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Posted by: Boomer

 

macOS: When I have the eGPU connected, my external monitor only displays a black screen but will render the mouse. The internal display works properly, but is apparently using the integrated graphics. 

I had this exact issue after upgrading from Sierra to HS. What I did was uninstall the Nvidia webdriver, CUDA (OSX stopped loading and I had to reinstall HS), then reset VRAM, SMC, csrutil enable, install the Webdriver, install the app from here. It worked.

 

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dream3
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I've done all steps with crsutil disabled and it seems to have worked... Not sure if that really matters.

MacOS: 15" Retina Macbook Pro 2015 Iris Pro only
Windows 10: Tornado F5 laptop with discrete GTX 1060
eGPU: GIGABYTE RX 580


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Posted by: goalque
Posted by: andrewtch

Btw, what actually happened to Yifanlu? He even removed the repo from the github.

Maybe he observed that Russian hackintosh company Bizon wrapped his kext into a shady "installation tool" as they did with my script.

Is Nvidia remaining hackintoshers' playground? A reminder from the big players?

I was right. The tentacles of Bizon extend everywhere. They took everything that hackintosh and egpu community produces, and monetize it:  https://www.scribd.com/document/363771313/Bizonbox-Guide-Eng

"Go to /Library/Extensions/, delete NVDAEGPUSupport.kext and clean the Trash"

Nvidia has removed Bizon logo from their Quadro Partner Program page:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-external-graphics.html

but Bizon still says:

"BizonBOX is an NVIDIA® Quadro® Certified eGPU device."

Intel requires eGFX certification:

https://thunderbolttechnology.net/blog/external-graphics-egfx-vs-generic-pcie-expansion-enclosures-explained

Wake up Nvidia.

Quoting @yifanlu's words, why he dropped by here:

"I think all knowledge should be free and open–it annoys me when I see someone brag about getting something done and purposely not sharing the details."

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/wip-nvidia-egpu-support-for-high-sierra/paged/3/#post-22534

We know a few.

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Got my MacBook Pro 15" (2016 w/ touchbar) + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Asus GeForce GTX 1060 + Samsung U28E590 + Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Cable to work after doing the process of booting up without being connected to the breakaway box, then logging out, logging back in - it works!

 

 

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I have a nearly identical configuration MBP 2016 15" Touchbar, Sonnet EGFX 550 but with a Titan X Pascal and I cannot get this to consistently work.  I have to boot disconnected and plug in at the login screen but 3 times out of 4 after getting to the desktop the MBP freezes or I get the rainbow ball and have to unplug it.  As son as I do I get a kernel panic.  Is this due to the fact that it's a Titan?  I have no idea how I can troubleshoot this.

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Has anybody tried it with the Razor Core? As I havent seen any mention of it in the success stories.. and I'd like it to work so I can finally update to metal 2.0. 🙁

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If you have previously run Goalque's automate-egpu.sh are there files you need to manually clean up to use this install method?

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Posted by: witchbutter

I have a nearly identical configuration MBP 2016 15" Touchbar, Sonnet EGFX 550 but with a Titan X Pascal and I cannot get this to consistently work.  I have to boot disconnected and plug in at the login screen but 3 times out of 4 after getting to the desktop the MBP freezes or I get the rainbow ball and have to unplug it.  As son as I do I get a kernel panic.  Is this due to the fact that it's a Titan?  I have no idea how I can troubleshoot this.

It could be a power issue, I have a mantiz venus with a EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 overclocked, and sometimes while in windows, it powers off because of some peaks, the mantiz has 550W, which should be more than enough to drive the 1080 Ti, but it sometimes it's not able to handle crazy peak. I could assume that the power requirement of the Titan X pascal is bigger than my card, so it could be power. You could also try another HDMI cable or if you have a lower tier GPU.

If you have previously run Goalque’s automate-egpu.sh are there files you need to manually clean up to use this install method?

I used the uninstaller that comes with the script before i upgraded to sierra.

 

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i have lost brightness control after installing this. I have also lost the ability to close my computers lid because it always wakes up to a black screen and i have to force restart. 

thirdly i have also lost the ability to switch to osx default driver from nvidia web driver (dont really need to do this but wanted to test out brightness under the other driver). whenever i switch to osx default driver the computer restarts and the apple logo bar barely moves. i have had to reinstall osx after that. 

anyone else face these three issues or any one of them and have any solutions? thinking sierra was working well shouldnt have upgraded

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Did anyone get this to actually work an a MacbookPro with integrated dedicated GPU?

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Posted by: shameel

i have lost brightness control after installing this. I have also lost the ability to close my computers lid because it always wakes up to a black screen and i have to force restart. 

thirdly i have also lost the ability to switch to osx default driver from nvidia web driver (dont really need to do this but wanted to test out brightness under the other driver). whenever i switch to osx default driver the computer restarts and the apple logo bar barely moves. i have had to reinstall osx after that. 

anyone else face these three issues or any one of them and have any solutions? thinking sierra was working well shouldnt have upgraded

All this is true for me lol, all these issues and should have stuck with Sierra. 

I am thinking of downgrading. 

The performance, especially in Chrome is unbearable. 

Did anyone get this to actually work an a MacbookPro with integrated dedicated GPU?

Yes, on MBP2013 with 750M but see above.

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Yeah, i have mine working. I have a 2016 with the Radeon Pro 460. Using a GTX 1070 in the Akitio Node with a DisplayPort headless adapter.

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Posted by: reptilianbrain
Posted by: shameel

i have lost brightness control after installing this. I have also lost the ability to close my computers lid because it always wakes up to a black screen and i have to force restart. 

thirdly i have also lost the ability to switch to osx default driver from nvidia web driver (dont really need to do this but wanted to test out brightness under the other driver). whenever i switch to osx default driver the computer restarts and the apple logo bar barely moves. i have had to reinstall osx after that. 

anyone else face these three issues or any one of them and have any solutions? thinking sierra was working well shouldnt have upgraded

All this is true for me lol, all these issues and should have stuck with Sierra. 

I am thinking of downgrading. 

The performance, especially in Chrome is unbearable. 

Did anyone get this to actually work an a MacbookPro with integrated dedicated GPU?

Yes, on MBP2013 with 750M but see above.

im using the exact same macbook so perhaps this problem is isolated to this type of machine

also have my wifes 2015 macbook with intel graphics working flawlessly 

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Posted by: geoheil

Did anyone get this to actually work an a MacbookPro with integrated dedicated GPU?

yes but with many problems as mentioned above.

anyone have insight on how to fix these?

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Posted by: shameel
 
im using the exact same macbook so perhaps this problem is isolated to this type of machine

also have my wifes 2015 macbook with intel graphics working flawlessly 

@shameel I have a guess that this is happening b/c the 750M isn't used for internal display. For some reason it's not shown at all in the About although it is shown in the System Profiler (or whatever that is called). 

 

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shameel
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i dont have the technical knowledge to work around it. if anyone who does can help then great otherwise i will wait for a better egpu enabler for high sierra 

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It seems the problem is with WindowServer eating a ton of memory (well, relatively, it was 700MB for me in Activity Monitor). So I updated to High Sierra Developer Beta 10.13.2 and performance significantly improved (WindowServer is now  about 200MB). Unfortunately there is no Nvidia Web Driver for 10.13.2 so I will just use OSX without eGPU for now. 

It doesn't seem to be related to this enabler at all. Just need Nvidia to update their drivers with 10.13.2 compatibility. 

Or maybe someone knows a way to force OSX to use existing Nvidia Web Driver? I could try forcing 10.13.2 to use the drivers of 10.13.1

Btw upon update to 10.13.2 I had the error where the progress bar takes forever to load and then gets stuck at the end. After resetting PRAM (CMD+ALT+P+R at boot) I could load OSX fine.

 

FYI people on various boards mention this problem, seems to be related to 2012-2015 MBPs 

 

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/any-news-about-the-macbook-pro-nvidia-gpu-lag-yet.2088300/

 

 

MBP 2013 750M + Akitio [email protected]GTX1080 (Zotac Mini)


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(@andre_venancio)
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Hi.

I've purchased the Akitio node and the GTX1080 recently as a lot of youtube videos were saying that eGPU was now possible on High Sierra, and I was super excited about it until all my stuff arrived home.

I've been going through all the resources I can find here on the Forum, but so far no luck.

This is my setup:

- Macbook pro 2016 with Touch Bar running 10.13.1 (17B48)

- Akitio Node

- Gigabyte GTX 1080 connected to BenQ LED monitor via HDMI cable

- Nvidia web drivers 378.10.10.10.20.107

- CUDA 9.0.222

 

When I click on About this mac / System Report / Graphics/Displays I can see my NVIDIA GTX1080 being correctly detected, however on the About This Mac / Overview on the Graphics text I only see my Radeon / Intel HD Graphics (internal GFX cards)

I've tried everything, I keep seeing a black screen with my mouse cursor, and ocasionally I see my built in display with fragmented squares.

Does anyone have a similar setup? Would be keen to understand what I'm missing here. so far, I've wasted +1000$ for nothing 🙁

 

Any help will be appreciated.

Andre

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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