Enclosures that support thunderbolt 3, can I connect them to my thunderbolt 1 port? (Macbook pro mid 2012)  

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lallo
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May 25, 2018 11:45 am  

I really like my old Macbook pro 2012 15". However, the discrete GPU is weak and I would love to play some games on it and still have a somewhat portable device. I actually tried to buy a PC but it was too big, even a small case and I couldn't move it between cities where I live in an easy way.

 

Now I see that most enclosures are pretty expensive. So I found a used Razer Core V1 for 150euro.

Does this support thunderbolt 1? I know it says thunderbolt 3 but I was hoping that there might be a way to get a cheap enclosure anyway.


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theitsage
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May 25, 2018 8:55 pm  

Are you planning on using eGPU in macOS or Windows to game? The Razer Core V1 for €150 is a nice deal. You will need the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter and a Thunderbolt cable in order to connect the Core to your 2012 15" MacBook Pro.

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lallo
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May 25, 2018 9:20 pm  

Windows! Since most games run so much better on windows than on osx.

So it IS compatible? Where can I get one of these adapters and cable? 


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 chx
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May 27, 2018 2:00 am  

In any Apple store , online or offline. The adapter is MMEL2AM/A, the cable is MD861LL/A. It's @!#$%&*( expensive. Finding a used Sonnet Echo Express Pro on eBay is not hard and will be definitely cheaper than a TB3 enclosure + adapter. Review eGPU-wise  https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-graphics-thunderbolt,3263-7.html here. 


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lallo
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May 27, 2018 7:30 am  

Thank you for your response!

I see that together , the adapter and cable will be about 100 euro where I live. Also, where I live it's pretty har to get your hands on used egpu enclosures. And Ebay shipping from the US is not really an option because of shipping fee and taxes.


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lallo
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May 27, 2018 7:44 am  

However I'm going to Japan in just a week and maybe I could pick up something there for a cheaper price.

Sonnet Echo Express is it better than Akitio 2 that everyone is using for the 2012 macbook pro?


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