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PB151
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March 23, 2019 3:30 pm  

As shown in the screenshots my Sonnet Breakaway Box and my GTX 570 is being recognised but I do not have any signs of an eGPU in my top bar. I also cannot select an app, get more info, general and select prefer eGPU. What should I do?

https://imgur.com/2rcct79
https://imgur.com/zirtBAb
https://imgur.com/s7MK8NC
https://imgur.com/BuZZrXr

Sorry for not putting the photos straight up, pretty new to this platform.

MacBook Pro, Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015. MacBookPro12,1. Intel Core i5 CPU 5287U. Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB. macOS 10.14.3 (18D109) (Mojave). Windows 10. Thunderbolt 2.

Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W. TB2 to TB3 Apple Adapter, Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 2 Apple cable. GTX570.


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theitsage
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March 23, 2019 6:21 pm  

Which workaround did you use to set up the GTX 570 eGPU in 10.14.3? Does it have external monitor output?

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PB151
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March 23, 2019 7:05 pm  

Thanks for the reply, I don't have an external monitor. I used the automate-eGPU EFI by Goalque. I booted using an USB drive. I tried other scripts but they weren't as successful for me.

MacBook Pro, Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015. MacBookPro12,1. Intel Core i5 CPU 5287U. Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB. macOS 10.14.3 (18D109) (Mojave). Windows 10. Thunderbolt 2.

Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W. TB2 to TB3 Apple Adapter, Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 2 Apple cable. GTX570.


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nu_ninja
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March 23, 2019 7:50 pm  

I think the default nvidia configuration for the EFI treats the eGPU as if it was a built-in dedicated card. You can check this with the terminal command:

safeEjectGPU gpus

if it says dedicated then that's what it's doing. I think this might be what's blocking the prefer external option. I would try installing the EFI with the "AMD" configuration and see if that works.

Edit: From the build guides it looks like @oliverb got a similar setup working sort of see here

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Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.14.2+Win10
+ Linux Mint 19.1


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PB151
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March 23, 2019 8:40 pm  

Thanks for the info, here are my results in terminal from the "safeEjectGPU gpus" command:

2019-03-23 20:37:42.761 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Device PreExisted [000000010000043f] Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics 6100

2019-03-23 20:37:42.761 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Synchronize with Metal initialization

2019-03-23 20:37:45.763 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Can't find (Metal) name, use 0x0000000000000000 for registryID 0x0

2019-03-23 20:37:45.763 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Synchronize with Metal initialization

2019-03-23 20:37:48.766 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Can't find (Metal) name, use 0x0000000000000000 for registryID 0x0

gpuid 0x7e3e - Intel® Iris™ Graphics 6100

               registryID=0x000000010000043f integrated

gpuid 0xe190 - 0x0000000000000000

               registryID=0x0000000000000000 discrete

gpuid 0x8000 - 0x0000000000000000

               registryID=0x0000000000000000

Does discrete mean dedicate? Thanks for redirecting me to OliverB, I think I will try purge wrangler again now that I am running Mojave. 


MacBook Pro, Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015. MacBookPro12,1. Intel Core i5 CPU 5287U. Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB. macOS 10.14.3 (18D109) (Mojave). Windows 10. Thunderbolt 2.

Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W. TB2 to TB3 Apple Adapter, Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 2 Apple cable. GTX570.


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OliverB
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March 23, 2019 10:56 pm  

In my experience, GTX 570 (Fermi Chip) is not supported at all. Support starts with Kepler chips (most of the 600/700er) series and this is great an works in Mojave, too.

2018 15" MBP & 2015 13" MBP connected to RTX2080Ti GTX1080Ti GTX1080 Vega56 RX580 R9-290 GTX680


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PB151
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March 24, 2019 6:35 pm  

Got it, guess I'll have to go out and buy one of those. Thanks for clearing up my confusion.
Does the same apply with Windows?

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MacBook Pro, Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015. MacBookPro12,1. Intel Core i5 CPU 5287U. Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB. macOS 10.14.3 (18D109) (Mojave). Windows 10. Thunderbolt 2.

Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W. TB2 to TB3 Apple Adapter, Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 2 Apple cable. GTX570.


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