Aorus Gaming Boxes TB3 > TB2 Adapter TRICKS and TIPS
So I'm new here, and I don't know very much about the journey some folks have been on with their eGPUs. I know it's been rough! But since I got my AORUS gaming box I went through a storm of chaos and so many reboots. I've got a couple tricks that I just want to put out there for people running these gaming boxes with Macbooks, particularly with the TB3 > TB2 adapter; this is not a tutorial or anything, just a collection of successful practices.
Currently I've got my AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box running well on my 13" 2013 Macbook Pro Retina in both macOS 10.13.3 and Windows 10 bootcamp. The gaming box is detected every time I boot up, and works within it's limited capacity for this kind of Mac-TB2 adapter setup.
Things have gotten so much simpler since I started...
-uninstalling old NVIDIA drivers BEFORE installing new ones (for macOS fr34k's script with modifier "--uninstall" does this; for Windows 10 I used DDU to remove both NVIDIA and AMD default drivers)
-doing a complete shutdown before changing OS or connecting or disconnecting the eGPU
-plugging in the eGPU before powering up the Macbook (no hot plugging)
A TIP for Windows 10 bootcamp:
The adapter seems to prevent the LEDs from turning on or the fans from speed-adjusting properly. Also the gaming box USB ports are not connecting to Windows either. The major concern for me here is overheating; without any adjustment the GPU runs up to 90C under load (I dare not go higher). So the quick fix is to download the AORUS Graphics Engine application from the Gigabyte site. Within this app you can create a custom profile for fan speeds (as well as clock speeds, etc). You can use the manual or customized fan speed settings, just keep that fan at 70%+ during load (or temps over 50C) and you'll be able to stay in the 60C range.
Lastly, as of March 31st, 2018: DO NOT UPDATE YOUR macOS to 10.13.4! Or you will lose NVIDIA TB2 compatability in macOS. Can't say it enough, since reinstalling macOS is a bear. You've been warned.
I hope this helps you! Please share your own tricks and tips for running an AORUS gaming box with the TB3>TB2 adapter. Questions are welcome, but I'm just an amateur.
I used to be very happy with my Macbook Pro 2015 (m370x) on win 10. Everything was working like a charm bu plugging the Aorus box while loading windows.
I got on a business trip (where I used my windows without eGPU), maybe updated windows and macos as well.
When I got back, I got ready to use my Aorus box to play a bit, and ... nothing works. Can't even get Windows to detect the box anymore. I spent hours and hours on this forum to try to find something ... but i'm about to sell the box or buy a new laptop just for gaming ... but then it would be come ridiculous, as the price will be higher than a desktop now ...
Any suggestions or things that could have screw up my configuration?
@olivier_declementi Have a look around the forum! You'll find that there are a number of hangups to using Aorus with Macbooks. Windows 10 bootcamp, in my experience, is the easiest to setup. The major obstacle in Windows is getting the eGPU to be detected, since Macs prevent eGPUs from being connected to any OS besides macOS. Have you tried rEFInd? This is a boot menu, which you install from macOS, and you can create a false boot using a efi file called apple_set_os.efi; basically you "boot" this file, then you boot Windows (both from the same rEFInd menu), and the Mac thinks Windows 10 is an instance of macOS and allows the eGPU to be detected. Alternatively there are some hot plugging techniques which I haven't had any success with. I do this boot trick every time I want to run my eGPU in Windows, and from there it's clear sailing! Of course it could be more complicated for you; some other thread's might be more active and more helpful. Good luck!
Thanks a lot for the answer. Before it was working great with hot plug, then suddenly stopped. I did the rEFInd tric yesterday, my iGPU was recognized (m370x deactivated), however, no luck with having the Aorus showing up.
I have gone through all the thread of the forum, I am out of solutions now.
Thanks again for your reply.