Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card (macOS 10.12.1+)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)(3)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
Macs with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
$140.69 (SE I)
179 € (SEL)
179 € (SE I)
This Alpine Ridge upgrade card from Sonnet is the most cost effective solution for users who have DIYed Thunderbolt 2 version of Sonnet SEL or SE I, and want full macOS compatibility via TB3.
I found one user:
So here is the million-dollar question: Can we get this thing working without an enclosure? That is, can we connect a video card to the PCIe side of the connection via a female-female PCIe ribbon cable (minus the power part), supply power via the power part of the PCIe connector on this (and provide power to the card in a similar fashion) and get this working without the rest of Sonnet parts?
I suspect this might be doable. All that would remain is building a case, or stand, for this and the end result would be a very cheap TB3 eGPU.
"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."- Robert A. Heinlein, "Time Enough for Love."
First time post here.
The upgrade cards are priced ok.
But you would not be able to dock them with a graphics card directly. You need an active/expansion backplane to get it working.
Like the OSS 412/427 backplanes.
The funny thing though is that it looks like the Sonnet TB3 pci-e upgrade cards are made by OSS or they share manufacturer.
Both cards are named almost the same PCB-CUBO-AR-X1 (Sonnet) and PCB-CUBO-FR-X1B (OSS)
Present: 2012 Mac mini + PowerColor RX 56 Vega Nano @10Gbps-TB1 +
PowerColor eGFX Mini 180F via TB3->TB2 adapter + macOS Mojave