The Beginner’s eGPU Setup Guide for Mac

Our goal with this post is to provide a comprehensive beginner’s setup guide so that Mac users can build an external graphics card (eGPU) for their computers. As new Macs and Thunderbolt eGPU enclosures become available, we will update this guide with the latest information. To get started, you’ll need the following hardware:

External graphics cards work with all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. A 2011 MacBook Pro with the first generation Thunderbolt and the latest 2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 can both harvest the power of an eGPU. In our experience, a Mac with only integrated graphics is easier to set up with an external GPU. Mac models with an asterisk (*) denote they have discrete graphics as a standard feature. The table below details all Mac computers with Thunderbolt connectivity.

 
Thunderbolt Mac
 
PCIe Speed
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) 32 Gbps
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) *
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
Thunderbolt 2 16 Gbps
Mac Pro (Late 2013) *
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015) *
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015) *
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) *
iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2014)
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2015)
Mac mini (Late 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) *
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) *
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

 

 

 

Thunderbolt 10 Gbps
iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) *
iMac (27-inch, Early 2013) *
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) *
iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) *
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)
iMac (21.5-inch, Early 2013)
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012)
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
Mac mini (Late 2012)
Mac mini (Mid 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) *
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) *
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) *
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012) *
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) *
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) *
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) *
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)

In order to get the most performance out of an eGPU setup, we recommend using a quad-core processor Mac. From the limited resources we’ve gathered to date, the Late 2016 15″ MacBook Pro is currently the best host for external GPU implementation. We found Apple attached the PCIe lanes directly to the quad-core i7 CPU in its newest 15″ MacBook Pro laptops.


⚡ 15-in Macbook Pro is the only current notebook to use the faster TB3-CPU architecture

This is unlike the majority of Thunderbolt computers which route the PCIe lanes through the Platform Controller Hub (PCH). The disadvantage of having the Thunderbolt connection through the PCH is that the PCH shares bandwidth with other internal components (e.g., PCIe flash storage, network cards, USB ports) and potentially limits the eGPU performance. This table explains max bandwidth for eGPU usage on the Late 2016 MacBook Pro.

late-2016 15″ Macbook Pro late-2016 13″ Macbook Pro Touch Bar

No. of active eGPUs : bandwidth per eGPU

1: 22Gbps
2: 22Gbps/16Gbps (on alternate/same side)
3: 22Gbps on side with single eGPU, 16Gbps on side with dual eGPUs
4: 16Gbps

No. of active eGPUs : bandwidth per eGPU

1: 22Gbps/16Gbps (left/right) minus other PCH devices overhead
2: 16Gbps (on alternate sides or left side only) minus other PCH devices overhead
2: 8Gbps (right side only) minus other PCH devices overhead
3: b/w 8Gbps-16Gbps depending on ports used minus other PCH devices overhead
4: 8Gbps minus other PCH devices overhead

Before getting too excited about your Mac’s compatibility with eGPU, you should know that Apple never announced external graphics card capabilities as an official feature on its computers. Building and using an external graphics card with your Mac is totally unsupported by Apple; the Genius Bar will definitely turn you away if you haul your external GPU enclosure into the Apple Store. Our Mac Setup Forum is the appropriate place to ask questions about your eGPU setup.


⚡ Apple has no current eGPU certified Mac systems

External graphics card development in Mac OS has been a process of modifying system files to enable support for external graphics cards. Future versions of Mac OS may break the existing procedure to enable eGPU. For the time being, these three steps must be completed to have a fully functional eGPU:

  • Step 1 – Communication between the Thunderbolt enclosure and the computer.
  • Step 2 – Recognition in Mac OS that the enclosure contains a graphics card.
  • Step 3 – Installation and loading of the appropriate drivers for the GPU in Mac OS.

 

Step 1: Thunderbolt Communication

Most Thunderbolt enclosures with a PCIe slot are able to communicate with Mac OS (10.9 to 10.12). A Thunderbolt 2 enclosure such as the AKiTiO Thunder2 works directly with all first- and second-generation Thunderbolt Macs since the physical connector is the same and Thunderbolt 2 (TB2) is backward compatible with Thunderbolt (TB1). The introduction of the Late 2016 MacBook Pro brought Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) and a new type of connector in the physical shape of USB-C. Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt Adapter allows backward and forward compatibility. With this adapter, TB1 and TB2 Macs can use TB3 enclosures, and TB3 Macs can use TB2 enclosures.

Choosing a Thunderbolt 2 enclosure is very easy because there are only a handful of them. The AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Expansion Box is the most affordable and commonly used for eGPU builds. Other suitable TB2 enclosures for external graphics card setup are: OWC Mercury Helios, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Netstor NA211TB-LD.

You have many more options for a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. Since the arrival of the Late 2016 MacBook Pro in October 2016, it seems a new Thunderbolt 3 enclosure comes out every month. Intel is in high gear to promote the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connectivity standard. Due to the thinner and lighter design language across the industry, the demand for expansion enclosures is at an all-time high. Below is a list of the most popular Thunderbolt eGPU enclosures currently available in 2017 (most up-to-date enclosure information at External GPU Buyer’s Guide: Top 2017 eGPU enclosures compared).

 

  Thunderbolt 3   Thunderbolt 2   Expresscard 2.0   mini PCIe   NGFF.M2   ▲Top
Thunderbolt 3 Enclosures AKiTiO
Thunder3
AKiTiO Node
Lite new
OWC Mercury
Helios 3
new
AKiTiO
Node

Sonnet Breakaway
Box 350 | 500 new
PowerColor
Devil Box
Mantiz
Venus
Razer
Core
Asus ROG
XG Station 2
Appearance
Price US$
$229 & & $269 (Q3-2017)
$280 $269 & $300
$287 | $316
$450 ~$469shipped $499 ~$699 &
Max PCIe bandwidth 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps 32Gbps
PSU location-type
external-AC
external-AC external-AC
internal-SFX internal-SFX internal-1U
internal-SFX
internal-custom
internal-custom
PSU max power 72W 72W 90W 400W 350W | 500W 500W 550W 500W 600W
Graphics max power
25W 25W 75W 375W 300W | 375W 375W 375W 375W 500W
Charging power
15W 15W 15W 15W 15W | 87W 60W 87W 45W 100W
USB-C controller2
TI82 TI83 TI83 TI83 TI83 TI82 or TI83 TI83 TI82 TI83
Ethernet port1
SATA-III drive port1
USB 3.0 ports1
4 5 4 4
Other ports1 DP DP mDP USB-C 3.1
USB-B 3.0
Daisy chaining1
Size (in/cm)
9.17 x 5.87 x 2.99
23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6
9.17 x 5.87 x 2.99
23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6
9.70 x 5.30 x 3.20
24.5 x 13.4 x 8.2
16.85 x 8.94 x 5.71
42.8 x 22.7 x 14.5
13.38 x 8.00 x 7.25
34.0 x 20.2 x 18.5
15.75 x 9.53 x 6.77
40.0 x 24.2 x 17.2
13.38 x 8.50 x 6.45
33.4.x 21.6 x 16.4
13.38 x 8.6 x 4.13
33.4 x 21.8 x 10.5
17.95 × 10.94 x 6.22
45.6 x 27.8 x 15.8
Max GPU len (in/cm)
7.87 / 20.0 7.87 / 20.0 7.75 / 19.7
12.60 / 32.0 12.20/31.0 12.20 / 31.0
13.00 / 33.0
12.20 / 31.0
12.20 / 31.0
Weight (kg/lb) 2.00/4.39 2.00/4.39 1.40/3.10 4.90/10.78 3.25/7.15 ~3.60/7.92 3.60/7.92 4.95/10.89 5.10/11.22
Updated firmware3 ?? B1-25+4.3.3 ✔ v102 ✔ 25.1 ✔ v23p
Vendor page link link link link soon link link link link
Review user link link & user link link user
User implementations
link & link link link link link link

1 port’s use impinges on eGPU PCIe bandwidth, except for (i) Displayport devices (ii) XG Station 2 whose ports are hosted on a separate USB switch + USB-B cable.
2 On macOS: TI82 specced enclosures require TB3-enabler, a kext system file modification tool, to allow eGPU detection.
3 Allows eGPU detection in Windows for systems reporting “external GPUs supported: no” in the Intel Thunderbolt software.

 

  Thunderbolt 3   Thunderbolt 2   Expresscard 2.0   mini PCIe   NGFF.M2   ▲Top
Thunderbolt 2 Enclosures AKiTiO Thunder2 HighPoint 6361A Sonnet Echo
Express SE 1
OWC Mercury Helios
Sonnet Echo
Express III-D
Netstor NA211TB
Appearance
Price US$
$220 $234 $269 $298 $799 $849
Max PCIe bandwidth 16Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps
PSU location-max power
external-60W
external -50W
external -60W
external-120W
internal-300W internal-300W
Graphics max power 25W 25W 25W 75W 150W ~290W
Daisy chaining
Size (in/cm)
9.17 x 5.87 x 2.99
23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6
10.29 x 6.49 x 2.28
26.1 x 16.5 x 5.8
8.63 x 5.63 x 3.50
22.0 x 14.3 x 8.85
9.21 x 4.53 x 2.91
23.4 x 11.5 x 7.4
15.94 x 10.20 x 3.82
40.5 x 25.9 x 9.7
14.60 x 7.87 x 4.33
37.1 x 20.0 x 11.0
Release date Q3-2014 Q3-2014 Q3-2014 Q1-2015 Q4-2013 Q1-2014
Vendor page link link link link link link
User implementations link & link link

Note: Better value Thunderbolt 3 enclosures are confirmed to work on Thunderbolt 2 or 1 Macs in macOS via a US$49 Apple TB3 to TB2 adapter. See examples .

We’ve been using the AKiTiO Node which is a ready-to-go eGPU enclosure. We reviewed this Thunderbolt 3 enclosure and highly recommend it for first-time eGPU builds. The AKiTiO Node is currently the most affordable solution and has space for almost every graphics card on the market including those with liquid cooling. It also has a built-in 400W power supply. Another important feature it has is the Texas Instrument TI83 USB-C controller. Thunderbolt 3 enclosures with TI83 controller are preferable due to native support in macOS Sierra 10.12.

Another great option is the Mantiz Venus Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. It has more features and gets our recommendation for pairing with the Late 2016 MacBook Pro. With 5x standard USB 3.0 ports, 1x Ethernet port, 1x SATA III connection, and 87W charging power through a single Thunderbolt cable, the Mantiz Venus is the ultimate Thunderbolt 3 eGPU docking station.

All Thunderbolt 2 enclosures as well as Thunderbolt 3 enclosures with the older TI82 controller are not supported and have a harder time communicating with macOS. Kid2010 on Netkas forum discovered this is a software block Apple put in place starting with 10.12.1. Fortunately, he found a workaround to bypass this restriction. If you see the “Unsupported” message in System Information > Thunderbolt device tree for your Thunderbolt enclosure, download and run TB3-Enabler. After running this script, your Thunderbolt enclosure will show “Supported” and be able to communicate with macOS. Mac OS 10.9 to 10.11 does not have this Thunderbolt software block.

Step 2: External Graphics Card Recognition

The next step is to make your Mac recognize there’s an external GPU attached to the enclosure. Goalque discovered the workaround and developed automate-eGPU script to make this process easy. The script modifies existing Mac OS system files to enable the recognition of an external graphics card connected through a Thunderbolt enclosure. automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.1 is the latest version which supports Mac OS 10.9 to 10.12. As mentioned earlier Apple has not officially released this eGPU feature for Mac, so this step will need to be completed every time you update Mac OS.

 

Step 3: eGPU Driver Installation

Besides enabling the recognition of external graphics card in Mac OS, automate-eGPU script also facilitates the graphics card driver installation process. Some AMD Radeon graphics cards have native and partially working drivers in Mac OS while Nvidia GeForce graphics cards use Nvidia web drivers. Running automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.1 script will either load the appropriate Mac OS drivers for your AMD GPU or install web drivers for your Nvidia GPU.

On April 11th, 2017 Nvidia released the long-awaited web drivers for Pascal graphics cards. The drivers are currently beta but nevertheless allow Macs to use GTX 10 series GPUs. Here is the list of graphics cards, sorted newest to oldest, that we’ve found to work with macOS Sierra 10.12.

 
Nvidia GeForce
 
AMD Radeon
GTX Titan X Pascal Pro WX 7100
GTX 1080 Ti Pro WX 5100
GTX 1080 Pro WX 4100
GTX 1070 RX 580
GTX 1060 RX 570
GTX 1050 Ti RX 560
GTX 1050 RX 550
GTX Titan X R9 Fury X
GTX 980 Ti R9 Fury/R9 Nano
GTX 980 RX 480
GTX 970 RX 470
GTX 960 RX 460

 

Juice for your Apple

The most common problems with eGPU builds arise from an improperly paired power supply. Without adequate power, it will be a headache maintaining a functional external graphics card. It’s best to go with a Thunderbolt enclosure that has a built-in power supply with at least 350W. For Thunderbolt enclosures without a built-in PSU, you can either use a Dell DA-2 220W power brick (for GPUs requiring less than 150W TDP) or a 400W+ desktop power supply. The use of an external power supply requires power cable modifications which can be done through soldering of existing cables or buying pre-made cables. eGPU.io Forum has a section with discussions on eGPU power supplies and cables.

 

External graphics card components

 

External Graphics Card Setup

Once you have chosen and put together all hardware components for your Mac eGPU build, the next step is software installation in Mac OS. At this time, you cannot connect or disconnect the external graphics card while your Mac is running. Connecting your Mac to the external graphics card enclosure requires a cold boot. Disconnecting the eGPU enclosure while the computer is running will freeze the system and cause a kernel panic. Make sure to always shut your Mac down before unplugging the Thunderbolt cable.

 

automate-eGPU.sh Instructions

With your Mac turned off, connect the Thunderbolt cable from your eGPU enclosure to your Mac’s Thunderbolt port. Turn the computer on once you’re hooked up. Open Terminal to download and run automate-eGPU.sh [cut-and-paste this one long commandline]

cd ~/Desktop && curl -o automate-eGPU.sh  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/goalque/automate-eGPU/master/automate-eGPU.sh  && chmod +x automate-eGPU.sh && sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh

 

These extra steps are required for AMD cards (macOS 10.12.2 and newer):

    • Shut down after the completion of automate-eGPU.sh
    • Disconnect eGPU
    • Boot into macOS, hot plug, rerun: sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh
    • If your Mac is newer than Late 2014, you might have to turn on -a mode: sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh -a. If the first try is not successful -a mode turned on, turn it off (sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh -m), start from the beginning and skip this step.
    • Shut down
    • If you have a TB3 Mac, a USB-C adapter (such as USB-C to USB, USB-C to DP) plugged in the other TB3 port is necessary for now.
    • Connect eGPU and boot into macOS, and soon you’ll hear the “whoosh” sound!

If all goes well, you should be able to see your graphics card running with Metal support in System Information » Graphics Cards/Displays. Connecting your eGPU setup to an external display will work similarly to this AKiTiO Node working with a Late 2016 MacBook Pro 15″.

Once your external graphics card is up and running, you can continue using it with an external monitor or force the eGPU to accelerate the internal display of your Mac. If you go with the latter option, you will need a ghost video adapter such as fit-headless 4K HDMI adapter. The other one we found to be working are Bee Eater 4K Display Emulator.

 

eGPU-accelerated Internal Display How-to

With your external graphics card running in Mac OS, follow these steps posted by Goalque to get internal display acceleration:

  • Download and run Spectacle
  • Download and run DisableMonitor
  • Go to Mac OS System Preferences » Dock » Position on screen » Left (if you arrange your ghost display to the right of the internal display)
  • Plug the ghost display adapter in and set it as the primary display
  • Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor*
  • Launch an app such as Valley benchmark from the Dock (there you see its child window)
  • Switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut (CONTROL ⌃ OPTION ⌥ COMMAND ⌘ LEFT ◀︎ or RIGHT ▶︎ ARROW).

*Spectacle switches apps between displays in both Windowed and Fullscreen mode. Matching the ghost display’s resolution with the internal display using DisableMonitor is therefore recommended.

 


Best of luck on your external graphics card build! Consider browsing eGPU.io Mac users’ successful builds or visit the eGPU.io forum to ask questions and share your own success stories.

47 thoughts on “The Beginner’s eGPU Setup Guide for Mac

  1. ed_co Reply

    What about the Macbook Pro 15″ retina early 2013? It is not compatible?

    Cheers,

    E.

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      Thank you for spotting that. My eyes must got tired looking through all those model years and screen sizes and missed the early 2013. It should be under Thunderbolt (10Gbps) section. I added both the 13′ and 15″ retina Early 2013 to the list.

  2. jamar Reply

    I am running a Bizon Box with a GTX 980 Ti through a thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 converter into my iMac 2012. The computer can see the card but none of my software will use it like adobe premiere. or anything on the computer. This was confirmed after looking at my “about this mac” and the mac refers to the primary GPU as the internal and the cinebench cant see the eGPU at all. How can I get the applications to use the eGPU?

    PLEASE HELP

  3. Hutson Tech Reply

    I am running a MBPr 15″ Late 2013 with i7-4850HQ, 16gb DDR3, GT 750m, and OS 10.12.4. I was currently running an eGPU setup with a GTX 750ti over Thunderbolt 2, but the rendering performance I was getting when using FCPX was minimal. I recently built a hackintosh with a RX480, so I thought it would be possible to update my eGPU setup with a RX460. I can get automate.sh to recognize and complete IOPCIT tunnel keys, etc for the RX460. However, at reboot it doesn’t post my RX460 and reverts to my GT 750m. Is there a way to post my RX460 before GT 750m when the eGPU is plugged in? All help is appreciated.

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      There are some significant changes in 10.12.4 that we’re still trying to sort out. It mostly effects AMD GPUs. I’d suggest posting a new thread in our Thunderbolt Mac forum so that others with a similar setup to yours may share their experience.

      • zhutson24 Reply

        Thank you, I will do that. As an update, I tried rolling back to 10.12.3, but the same thing happens, except for under System Information | Graphics/Displays the “Display” line shows as ATI with correct hardware numbers. However, the external display won’t work and the about mac only shows internal GPUs. I’m trying to get a 10.12.2 installer to revert back to that and see if it works then.

  4. Kazu Reply

    Thanks for all this info. I’m trying to install the script but im getting this error

    nvram: Error getting variable – ‘csr-active-config’: (iokit/common) data was not found
    Boot into recovery partition and type: csrutil disable

    Thanks

    • Kazu Reply

      sorry did some more research and found out about disabling system integrity. I got it installed.

  5. ficklepony Reply

    Run the sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh and show
    “Thunderbolt device is connected, but no external GPUs detected.”
    What’s Problem?
    ______________________
    MacBook Pro 2016 Touchbar + AKiTiO Node + GTX1070

  6. ralphjason Reply

    If I dual booted my macbook, is the external GPU automatically recognized? just like in razer blade stealth?

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      It should. You may have to enable the iGPU in Boot Camp if your Mac has dGPU. Error 12 is another common issue but there are several fixes for it in our forum.

  7. Pedro Fabri Reply

    Is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 1GB compatible?
    I need the eGPU setup for a MPB with an almost dead GPU, but I don’t really want to buy a GTX 1080…

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      I haven’t tried a GTX 6 series GPU. Mac OS has native driver for GTX 650 so I’m fairly certain it will work with eGPU.

  8. RayZamboni Reply

    Thanks for all the info and updates and comments. Followed as per above and after disable SIP in recovery successfully installed and the GTX 980Ti showed in system info, but when I re-enabled SIP and rebooted, CUDA is showing No GPU detected in red and there is only a generic GPU showing in system info. Does this mean we have to leave SIP disabled? Many thanks!

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      I’ve always run eGPU with SIP disabled. Re-enabling SIP definitely prevents the proper kexts to load during boot. Therefore the eGPU is not functional even though it’s connected to the system.

  9. RayZamboni Reply

    Thanks, that makes sense. This work station is not usually connected to the internet anyway so security is less of a concern. Thanks for all the R&D work here too, makes life a lot easier!

  10. Dan Reply

    15″ MacBook Pro with TB3 connected with the Apple TB2 Monitor – can I use one of the “ghost” drivers to keep using my monitor and add an eGPU in the chain – sending the video signal back out one of my laptops TB3 ports? Would I be able to do the same while running Windows?

    Thanks for the help!!

  11. Andrea Bettini Reply

    This is the first and clear egpu guide, thanks! However, I still have a doubt. Which is the best egpu configuration for my MacBook Pro retina 13 2013, 2,8GHz i7, 16GB 1600, iris 1536, el capitan? Akitio node + titan + t3 to t2 converter? I don’t like the idea to have an external PSU and the akitio, many boxes on the desk. Thanks!

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      You’re on the right track. Get an enclosure with built-in PSU. Depending on what you use the eGPU for, the GTX Titan may be overkill.

  12. ingrid Reply

    What GPU or eGPU is good for MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) ?

    Thank you!

  13. igerard Reply

    Almost all my components are ready, my Node, tb3 (usbc) tb2 adapter, evga gtx 980 ti Hybrid found on price minister at a good price.

    But I didn’t relaize until I went to get my TB3 TB2 adapter… which is tb2 female, tb3 male, that I would need a tb2 male – tb2 male cable… I am going soon getbit at the Apple Store Opera… anyway I wanted a longer cable 🙂

    Need my tools and tomorrow I will take any pieces together and will see if it does work.

    Somewhere it seems I saw a video or something else to put the hybrid stuff in the node, seems to me straith-forward, but a question about the fan cable on the board, I think that I have to unplug it, and keep it elsewhere… Because tne Hybrid model has anything needed on this side.

    Regards

      • igerard Reply

        Thanx for the input

        Everything worked like a charm, just the fan, for now I fixed it as a replacement of the original one, I don’t worry that it is open.

        your paper on this possibility, egpu on the mac made me crazy 😉 first step very successful, Cuda and Metal working fine… now some tuning, fan, painting for the pleasure and coding for work

        Thanx a lot to the friendly community.

  14. Ben Myers Reply

    Hello,
    I currently have the Mac Pro trashcan running to two matrox triplehead 2go > 3 projectors (for a total of 6 projectors) It’s for a projection dome set up. I can run movies ok, but frame rate for us to make games in Unity has been horrible. Do you think that our set up would work with adding a AKITO Node, 1080 gtx, so that we can work with Unity 3d games? Thanks

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      Hi Ben,

      Does your Mac Pro trashcan currently have FirePro D300s? If so, I would imagine the GTX 1080 eGPU to provide a nice performance boost to power those 6 projectors. As long as you connect the TripleHead2Go adapters to the eGPU directly with DisplayPort cables, they should work.

  15. Timur Reply

    hey i have a question
    i wanna use the exp gdc 8.0 beast mac version on macbook pro retina 13 mid 2014 will it cause any problem? i can set it up but is this compatible? the options with thunderbolt is expensive in my country. and another little thing i just wanna do it on internal display is this possible?

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      That looks promising. I don’t think anyone has tried it yet on a Mac. It’s worth giving it a shot and follow the software installation procedure in our setup guide.

  16. Timur Reply

    there is only a guy tried on an iMac in reviews its the same thing right? i’ll write here or on the forum when i done it.

  17. Garrett Reply

    On the amazon page: Which style and size of the nvidia gtx 1080ti should I get? Does that effect it much? Planning on pairing woth the akitio node.

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      The AkiTiO Node has enough room to fit almost every double wide GPU. You’re fairly safe getting any style GTX 1080 Ti you’d like. The “ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme” may be an exception because its cooler is triple wide.

  18. Jeremy Reply

    Im using a early 2015 MBP 13″ 2.7GHz core i5.

    I know my mbp only has thunderbolt 2, so could i possibly run a GTX 1070 on a thunderbolt 2 case?

  19. Christian Reply

    I’m banging my head against the wall, but maybe I’m overlooking something obvious.

    I’ve got the 2013 MacPro “trashcan” and want to hook up the AkiTio Node. However, the MP is Thunderbolt 2 while the Node is Thunderbolt 3. In the guide at the top, it says that the TB3/TB2 adapter that Apple sells should provide compatibility,
    “Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt Adapter allows backward and forward compatibility. With this adapter, TB1 and TB2 Macs can use TB3 enclosures, and TB3 Macs can use TB2 enclosures.”
    but I don’t see how it works. It’s TB2 female/TB3 male adapter, so it would allow a TB2 device to plug into a TB3 port, but I’m not seeing how it would work the other way around and allow a TB3 device to plug into a TB2 port. What am I overlooking here? I can downgrade and get one of the TB2 enclosures if necessary, but I’d like to use the TB3 AkiTio Node if at all possible.

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      Do you have a Thunderbolt 2 cable? Here’s how I’m currently using my nMP with a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure:

      AKiTiO Node «» Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt Adapter «» Thunderbolt 2 cable «» Mac Pro

      • Christian Reply

        AHA! I was thinking of it in reverse! In my mind, the schematic went Mac Pro -> Adapter -> Cable -> Node, so I was trying to figure out how to plug the TB3 end into the Mac Pro and getting nowhere fast. I love it when a problem has a simple solution and I’m just being a ditz 😛
        Thank you for the speedy feedback!

  20. John DiCecco Reply

    Hello. I have a late 2015 MBP connected TB2>TB3 to a Razer Core with a 1080 Ti. Thunderbolt under system hardware shows the core but the Graphics/Display shows NVIDIA Chip Model, not the 1080 Ti. Ordinarily I’d say this is just a beta bug since automate-eGPU.sh recognizes the 1080 Ti. Everything looks good but video out is not happening – not through the HDMI out or any of the three Display Ports. Tried some other third parties like DisableMonitor but still no joy. Any thoughts?

    • theitsage Post authorReply

      I would recommend uninstalling the script and do full installation again. This happened to me before and that’s how it got it to eventually work. Rerun the script with -a may help as well.

  21. Claudio Reply

    Thank you very much!!! Thank you for your effort. I’m in the process to get a better GPU than the D300 in my nMP trashcan and this site is the site!!!

    Kudos.
    Claudio.

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