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Xinwei Ying
(@jacoby)
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Joined: 3 years ago
 

Right now I have a Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti.

  • 2x8pin power supply.
  • At least 60W PD
  • HDMI or DP
  • Full-size GPU
  • Over 300W

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TheItalianoX
(@theitalianox)
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Hello everybody, 

I’m currently thinking of an eGPU setup, but would like to introduce to you my scenario first, so that some more experienced user could help me deciding.

I have a mid 2015 Macbook pro 15, which I daily use for work and stuff (macOS). I don’t really would need a gpu for working, instead, I would like to stop using a different pc for gaming. My idea was: when I’m home, sit in front of my desk, plug my MacBook to my “enclosure” then successfully have a gpu and an SSD/HDD with Windows connected, and do whatever I want. Gaming? Just boot windows, use the eGPU and play games. Want to work/do stuff on macOS? Boot normally and still have the power of a eGPU. Need to leave home? Just unplug one(?) cable, bring the MacBook with me and go away, normally using the integrated GPU.

Is this possible, worth it and “the right way to do it”?

Looking for some kind of help, since I have no experience with eGPU.

I was also thinking about a thunderbolt 3 “enclosure” which I would then adapt to my Thunderbolt 2 connection on the MacBook Pro, so that if I would like to upgrade my MacBook in the future, I will have an already built setup.

Thanks,
Kristian

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sleepingviola
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Hi there,

Just quick question. What is the most suitable eGPU for Macbook Pro Retina Mid 2012 15'' Model?

Many thank

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maskofsin
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I've used for some time now userbenchmark.com for all my comparison needs.
Now that I am getting myself a 2570p for work + egpu at home (so I use only one laptop for everything) I found a very good way to compare and decide if egpu is for you:

userbenchmark.com benchmarks cpu, gpu, storage and ram. For example, this link sends you to all 2570p benchmarks and luckly some users that did the egpu and varios upgrades did their tests there, so:

link for all 2570p benchmarks:
http://www.userbenchmark.com/System/HP-EliteBook-2570p/1972

I bought a refurb 2570p. These benchmarks helped me decide and check how other users 2570p fared with their upgrades. Really useful if you find the model you want to try.

2012 12" HP EliteBook 2570P [3rd,4C,Q] + RX 580 @ 4Gbps-EC2 (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win10 [build link]  

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timo tepper
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Hi everyone,

im new to this forum and  i have a question for you to help me with .

i have  a dell latitude E6530 with an intel core i5 3320M CPU @ 2.60 ghz
and 4 gb ram it also has an esata port

and i want to use my nvidia gforc 8800 gt card external  

so where do i start and is it even possible in the first place?

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bryanfelixander
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Hi, i am considering to get the XPS 13 laptop since i found them best value for me. But i notice that xps 13 9370 is not only in 4k but also fhd (i know i should have known this otherway around). I am not really into high-end screen stuff but i already know that the 4k has 4 pcie lanes which is rather optimal but thunderbolt 3 connection. 
Budget is a factor for me thats why i am also considering the FHD one as i would like to know how many pcie lanes there are?

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Yukikaze
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I don't think the monitor resolution would affect the number of PCIe lanes to the TB3 controller. It would make little sense for such a strange dependency.

I always recommend 1080p panels for 13" systems. The screen is too small to gain much from a 4K panel, and the battery life with the 4K panels tends to suffer compared to the 1080p ones.

Want to output 4K@60Hz out of an old system on the cheap? Read here.
Give your Node Pro a second Thunderbolt3 controller for reliable peripherals by re-using a TB3 dock (~50$).

"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."

 
2020 14" Lenovo ThinkBook Yoga 14s [11th,4C,G] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB4 (AKiTiO Node Pro) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  


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itsage
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@bryanfelixander All XPS 9370 systems have 4 PCIe lanes to the Thunderbolt 3 ports. I'd recommend buying the FHD model so that you get a better value and longer battery life.

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arveen
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What I'm getting at is that you don't always have to go with what everyone else is doing, and you really need to bite yourself into this topic. With eGPU getting attention by all these major manufacturers, it is all a lot easier. Yes, a normal computer setup is easier to get to work. But for me having one system that has modular power is the best thing ever. 

 

I did the same and got myself AMD w9100 32gb and now stuck with it as I'm unable to debug it and use it with any working solution. 

I've tried the el captain / Sierra / High Sierra and now will try mojave as my last option.

the same GPU has been suceefully run plug and play for another user 2 years back but it isn't working for me. 

dunno if apple has updated the firmware when we install a new OS so which prohibits using eGPU with any older macs. 

goalque / mac_editor all have stopped support for older OS so will have to try the new os and see what the outcome is. 

Mac Pro 2013 - D700 - Sonnet Echo III TB2 - AMD W9100 - OS 10.13.6 High Sierra
Macbook pro late 2013 - GT750M - Sonnet Echo III TB2 - AMD W9100 - OS 10.11.6 El Captain


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hessybear
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Hi guys new here and complete noob.
i need help i have a mbp 13 mid 2012 non retina i7 2.9 intel 4000
lately its getting hard to work on 4k in final cut for my drone footage. so my next thoughts was a egpu , that works with tb1 on my mbp. However i want to future proof it to tb3 as i am geting the new mac mini in 3 or 4 months.
what would be my best setup?
Any help welcome thanks guys

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