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Kevin Peters
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Even in bootcamp? i barely even run osx anymore and windows is my startup disk. If i had known then what i know now i wouldnt have gotten a mac..

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Banana137
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I have a late-13 mbp (retina) an I want to add an egpu to it runnig ino an external display

I'm thinking to buy aorus gaming box, the only problem is the I dont have TB3 in my computer...

I tried to look for an adapter, but could only find TB2 to TB3 (I need the other way around)...

do you know where can I find the right cable, and will it actually work good or TB2 will be too slow?

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bgupta
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Posted by: Banana137

I have a late-13 mbp (retina) an I want to add an egpu to it runnig ino an external display

I'm thinking to buy aorus gaming box, the only problem is the I dont have TB3 in my computer...

I tried to look for an adapter, but could only find TB2 to TB3 (I need the other way around)...

do you know where can I find the right cable, and will it actually work good or TB2 will be too slow?

The Apple TB2 -> TB3 adaptor is bidirectional. It allows TB2 macs to use TB3 accessories like the AkiTio Node Pro. It also allow new TB3 Macs to use older TB2 accessories, like the OWC TB2 Docking station. All you need to use the adaptor is a regular TB2 cable and the adaptor. With those two you have male TB2 at one end and male TB3 at the other.

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mketcham
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Hello, let me first say, thank you for having this forum, it is very informative and for a newb like me getting into eGPU it is very helpful.   The challenge I have is that I am not a normal user and thus my requirements are a little different and thus I am seeking direct advise as you say above, the right enclosure and card for the job I want to do is critical and I don't want to make the investment only to have headaches, as I am a frequently travelling business person that doesn't, have the extra fiddling time that I wish I did.     So I have a mid 2015 Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.5 Ghz i7 with 16 gig of ram.

With the changes in High Sierra and multi-monitor support, it has left me in a real bind.   I have boot camp installed for native windows apps I need to run, while using Mac most of the time.  I was running four external monitors previously and that stopped with the High Sierra changes.   So I would like to run four external monitors with the machine in clamshell mode with an emphasis on good performance but not necessarily trying to drive four monitors for gaming.      The work we do requires a lot of multi-tasking efforts and window by windows coding or evaluations make the four monitors very very helpful and I am now stuck back in two with the laptop display being a third.

So I would like to get an external GPU to drive the four monitors primarily via the MacOS but also via Bootcamp if possible with the reasonable performance but not gaming in that mode and work well when disconnected and traveling without a lot of reconfiguration etc.  I was thinking of upgrading to a new macbook to get T3, but frankly hate the scroll bar and hoping the new mac will discontinue the stupid thing before upgrading.     Also the machine performance if adequate and it might be fun to play some games in single monitor mode with time permits.

Given that the four montiors is the priority what enclosure and video card is recommended? 

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Psychonursey
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Hi everyone,

I am new to the forum and seek some advice on a new setup please. 
Recently I sold my self build gaming pc rig as I simply wasn’t using it often enough to have a £3K rig. 
Also, I’ve found myself migrating to iPhone, AppleTV and plan on having an all apple ecosystem. 
I am very aware that PC is the Mecca of gaming and do not want that topic to cast its shadow this post please. 

What at I am planning on doing is buying a MacBook Pro and using it with an egpu for my gaming. I know also that I’ll need an external monitor et al to implement this fully. 

The advice I am hoping to get opinion on is which, if any, of the current line up (July 2018) of MBP is best to get in terms of gaming and egpu use (15” probably for the quad core), or wait for the MBP refresh in September (probably). 

Also what hat enclosure is considered ‘gold standard’ for use with MBP and what card would work out of the box. 

Thanks for reading this far and I look forward to responses. 

TLDR: 
Which MacBook Pro (current or 2018 refresh) for use with egpu for gaming and what enclosure would you recommend.

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Eightarmedpet
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15 inch and a Vega card and you’ll get great performance in both macOS and Windows. Refreshes are an unknown but are expected soon so I’d hold off if you can.

I have read that the current 15’s are the easiest to set up when paired with AMD cards. 

Ive tested quite a few games on a lesser set up in my build thread if you are curious about performance. 

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

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Psychonursey
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Thanks for that. I’m in no rush so can hold out. 

Core x is what I have my eye on.

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PicoDeGallo
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Hey guys,

I have a 15-inch, 2017 Macbook Pro 2.8ghz, and have been reading as much as I can about my eGPU options.  I know I'll be getting a GTX 1080ti, but am not sure of the enclosure that would be ideal.

I am not a gamer.  I am a 3D artist, so my primary programs are things like Maya, ZBrush, Mari, and Substance Painter.  I've seen benchmarks and tests for 3D rendering, and it seems like I'm going to see a huge improvement in performance.  

My one question relates to the external monitor.  I have a Wacom Cintiq 13HD, which is an HDMI input, and a 29 inch Apple Cinema Display (2011, if I'm not mistaken), that uses a miniDisplay connection.  

I believe that in order to not lose performance with the Cintiq, I need an eGPU that includes an HDMI output.  Is this correct?  Or will I generally be okay with a Thunderbolt 3 --> HDMI adapter?  As for the CinemaDisplay, I haven't seen any info on eGPUs + miniDisplay.  I absolutely love my monitor, but am prepared to keep it connected to my mid-2010 MBP as a web surfing/Netflix computer.  However, if someone can tell me that I can use the CinemaDisplay with my 2017 MBP without any real hit to performance, please let me know.

Thank you!
PDG

2018 Macbook Pro (i7) 16GB RAM.
Razer Core X + nVidia (EVGA) GTX 1080
High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G66)
27in Apple Cinema Display (Mini DisplayPort)


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c4dchris
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Hey All - Had a quick question as Im getting into this...

I have a macbook pro 15" (Late 2013) but will be upgrading to the new 2018 macbook pro in a few months. Is there a recommended setup that will work on both? Thinking of building it out with thunderbolt 3 and with an nvidia card as I do mostly 3d rendering. I would just get the converter to thunderbolt 2 for the time being. 
 
Thanks!

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