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cantonvi
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MacBook Pro Retina 2013

Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 Adapter

Akitio Node w/ Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB

RX 580HDMI connection to monitor

 

Works fine in Sierra

High Sierra not so much. Prompt that eGPU is present and to log out and log back in - I do that and ...

Node monitor is alternating columns of colored lines.

Retina screen is black.

 

Is there a set of steps for connecting the eGPU to the computer ?

I.E. Boot computer first, the hot plug node with or without monitor and log in/log out sequences that are required?

 

I am experimenting but don’t want to reinvent the wheel!

Is there anything from setting up the node/Sapphire nitro rx580 for sierra that would not be reset with the installation of High Sierra? 

Anything Node/rx580 specific scripting necessary?

 

Thanks

 

 

DC

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Stev
 Stev
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Posted by: cantonvi

MacBook Pro Retina 2013

Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 Adapter

Akitio Node w/ Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB

RX 580HDMI connection to monitor

 

Works fine in Sierra

High Sierra not so much. Prompt that eGPU is present and to log out and log back in - I do that and ...

Node monitor is alternating columns of colored lines.

Retina screen is black.

 

Is there a set of steps for connecting the eGPU to the computer ?

I.E. Boot computer first, the hot plug node with or without monitor and log in/log out sequences that are required?

 

I am experimenting but don’t want to reinvent the wheel!

Is there anything from setting up the node/Sapphire nitro rx580 for sierra that would not be reset with the installation of High Sierra? 

Anything Node/rx580 specific scripting necessary?

 

Thanks

 

 

DC

I have the same probs with beta 2 and even the original dev kit. I tried quite a few things but to no avail. The important fact is that the same installation works fine when booting on a current macbook pro without the tb22tb3 adapter. 

Since the adpater is not officially supported and the even the basic multi monitor support in high sierra seemed broken in the earlier, non-update build of beta 2, my hopes are on  the next beta since I would think that there's something wrong/not ready with the multi monitor switching and the system window manager when aquiring the output devices for metal (wild guess).

Bit irritated that some guy here said he had the setup running on his 2013 MBP. Maybe the first beta?

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Stev
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On my 2013 machine beta 3 did not change anything in this respect, AFAICS.
So marketing probably wants us to buy new books.

Totally frustrating: eGPU under Win10 runs perfectly fine on the 2013 MBP. 

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cresjes
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Did you make tb3-enabler script work in 10.13?

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Eightarmedpet
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Interested too, and in your work around. Also - anyone have a vanilla thunderbolt kext as mine may be corrupted?

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

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix


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mikeyh
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@goalque my hacked automate-eGPU.sh script for 10.12.6 support is here: https://github.com/mikeyh/automate-eGPU/commit/d391c5faaf6f3116278a261ba667d5276e5b77e8

(macOS 10.12.13 High Sierra is still not stable enough for my general use)

This has only been tested on my late 2013 MacBookPro11,3 (DG/750M) via ThunderBolt 2 using macOS Sierra 10.12.6 (16G29).

All displays are OK with modified AMDRadeonX4200, AMD9520Controller, AMDSupport and IONDRVSupport kexts to enable IOPCITunnelCompatible.

I'm working in desktop mode with the following setup...

NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (NVIDIA Web Driver)

  • Thunderbolt Display 2560 x 1440 (sadly there is currently no Thunderbolt display support for eGPU)
  • Built-in Retina 2880 x 1800

AMD RX 580 (shows as AMD R9 xxx)

  • LED Cinema Display (1920 x 1200) via mini DisplayPort to full size DisplayPort adaptor
  • old Dell 2407WFP (1920 x 1200) via DVI

For now the RX 580 takes significant load of the 750M dropping the pixel count by 4.5M from over 13M.

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stillmoms
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Posted by: JDug
Posted by: sixsixone
Posted by: JDug

Do you know what this PSU supplies in upstream power for charging macbooks?  The PSU provided with the Dev kit does 60w which will charge the 13in MBP.  I have also been thinking of upgrading the PSU in the event I want to upgrade from the Rx580 but want to make sure it will also power and charge my macbook and operate as quiet as the current breakaway box does.

It's not the PSU that ultimately determines how much upstream power there is for usb-c charging, it's the board firmware. So long as the PSU you are replacing it with has the same or more power than the dev kit it makes no difference.

Thank you for your reply.  Yes it does, thank you.  I thought that might play into the picture, but I figured the power supply must play a roll as well since Sonnet's 3 different versions of the Breakaway box all supply different upstream power values: the 350 psu non dev kit version supplies 15w upstream, the Dev kit version supplies 60w upstream, and the 550 psu version supplies 87w of upstream power.  I did not think they would use different firmware for all 3 versions.  With that being said, if that is the case, can the firmware be flashed and upgraded to the 550's firmware if you put in a new powersupply?

I would also love to know if this will be possible at some point or if there are other board differences between the three that'd prevent this from being possible.

Mid-2017 13" MacBook Pro wTB + [email protected] (Sonnet eGFX 350) + Win10 on External SSD


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VR_Nima
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Does anyone have success with High Sierra and Akitio Node?

Does anyone have success with High Sierra and AMD R9 Fury X?

I'm using it with a TB3>TB2 adapter for my 2015 13" MacBook Pro 12,1

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jonwatso
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Posted by: VR_Nima

Does anyone have success with High Sierra and Akitio Node?

Does anyone have success with High Sierra and AMD R9 Fury X?

I'm using it with a TB3>TB2 adapter for my 2015 13" MacBook Pro 12,1

No issues here with Akitio Node. Haven’t tried a R9 Fury. Would recommend checking the implementation guide. 

2017 15" MacBook Pro RP560 i7 3.1Ghz - 16GB RAM
Akitio Node + Sapphire RX480 8GB (Reference Card)
Dell 4K DELL P2715Q Display


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DrDubya
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Thank you for your reply.  Yes it does, thank you.  I thought that might play into the picture, but I figured the power supply must play a roll as well since Sonnet's 3 different versions of the Breakaway box all supply different upstream power values: the 350 psu non dev kit version supplies 15w upstream, the Dev kit version supplies 60w upstream, and the 550 psu version supplies 87w of upstream power.  I did not think they would use different firmware for all 3 versions.  With that being said, if that is the case, can the firmware be flashed and upgraded to the 550's firmware if you put in a new powersupply?

I would also love to know if this will be possible at some point or if there are other board differences between the three that'd prevent this from being possible.

From what I have read the hardware is different for the 550w but this is not confirmed (source is someone from Sonnet allegedly) however it is only a firmware difference between the 350w and the devkit.
And maybe the supplied cable on the devkit has been upgraded to handle more power.

I would love to get my hands on the firmware and open up that extra power as full speed ports are scarce.

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VJ Hellstone
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Hello! I am new in here.
Got my DIY eGPU kit from Apple (Sonnet) few days ago. Sorry no unboxing pics or videos here. 😉
Everything is installed and Mac Pro (Late 2013) recognizes eGPU.
BUT after logging out and logging in I am in troubles.

Everything is ok in SAFE MODE, but when log in normal mode I get OS to freeze and external display yellow screening.
Any idea what is wrong with my setup?
Haven´t got any help from Apple Bug Reporter or neither from Sonnet. Response from Sonnet was that Mac Pro with eGPU is not supported by Apple.

Case 1. "HDMI cable is NOT connected into the Breakaway box"
Logging in after "log again" -notice.
Everything is ok and I can see Radeon RX 580 connected. 
When I connect display 2 with HDMI cable to Breakaway box, OS freezes.
I have to take off HDMI cable to get OS respond again.
 
Case 2. "HDMI cable IS connected into the Breakaway box"
Logging in after "log again" -notice.
There is grey layer over log in screen. Mouse or keyboard does not respond.
Display 2 connected via Breakaway box shows yellow screen.
I have to take off HDMI cable to get OS respond again.
 
Case 3, "Safe mode"
Starting in safe mode, display 1 and 2 are both ok (display 2 HDMI via Breakaway box).
I can also extend desktop to that display.

My setup is:
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
macOS High Sierra 10.13 (17A365)

Processor 3,7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5
Memory 64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3
Graphics AMD FirePro D300 2 GB

eGPU (External Graphics Development Kit)

  • Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card
  • eGPU is connected with TB2>TB3 adapter. TB2 cable is connected to adapter and  into the lower left TB2 port.

Response from Sonnet:

"After looking through your configuration the issue is that the Mac Pro is not a supported Machine on the eGFX Breakaway Box. Apple only officially supports Thunderbolt 3 Macs with eGFX but Sonnet has also certified the following Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt Macs but unfortunately the 2013 Mac Pro is not one of those machines. The only Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt Macs that are supported by Sonnet on the eGFX Breakaway Box are as follows:
MacBook Pro Early 2015 or newer (11,4-12,1)
MacBook Air Mid 2013 or newer (6,1-7,2)
Mac mini Late 2012 or newer - (6,1-7,1)"

 

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FabienFrance
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Hello admin 😉

I have a new graphics card with my box EGPU and I can not detect it in my periferiques systems! here is my configuration, if you have an idea or a tip thank you 😉

GPU is a VisionTek Radeon AMD 
7870X6EYE
(for 6 output screen)
My egpu is a sonnet 550
My macbook pro 15 retina 2013

Thank for help me 😉 

 

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