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adamml
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 I've got a late 2016 15" MBP that I'd like to add an eGPU to. Everything I've read has said that to use an eGPU with these machines you have to use an external monitor. However, I'm not going to be using it for graphic acceleration, it will be used for deep learning applications, mostly in Python and Matlab. So if the eGPU is only being used for calculation, do I need the external display? Or is that just required for displaying accelerated graphics?

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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itsage
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@adamml I moved your thread to the Pro Applications section. Do you know Matlab has native support for OpenCL yet? Last I checked, it uses CUDA in which case Nvidia GPUs would be a better choice. OpenCL apps can utilize an eGPU without an external display.

We also have a workaround to accelerate the internal display with the eGPU.

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zz2k9
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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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dng88
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Good news: It work at least for my old MBP 2013 even without the external display port. 

Bad news: So far it is slower than my Nvidia built-in cuda!  Not sure why.  Still investigate.  

Bad news not related to you but me: My M Air 2014 so far can display but not cuda.

 

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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