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2013 15" MBP Iris + GTX960@16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Dell DA-2

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Hi there,

 

just a short thread to give you some inspirations. My setup consists of:

 

Macbook Pro Retina 15" Late 2013 OSX + Windows 10

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Superclocked ACX 2

Akitio Thunder2 PCIe Box

Dell-DA2 PSU

Dell U2311H Display 

Samsung TV and Onkyo Receiver

Steam Link

XBOX One Controller / XBOX 360 Controller

Apple Thunderbolt Gigabit-Ethernet Adapter

 

I spend almost 30€ on Adapters and Cables, Crimps etc just to find out that it does not work well and it does not take much to get a sleek and simple design. You just have to be brave enough and willing to cut the Dell PSU ;)

 

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The cut Dell-PSU. White is 12V, black GND, blue needs to be shorted against GND, red is not required and can be cut or isolated. I don't know whats that blank is for, so I just cut it. There is some additional cable from 1x 12V and 1x GND to be connected to the Akitio's Power Supply, I don't use the Barrel-Plug anymore. 

 

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I drilled a hole (about 10mm width) right above the Power Connection. Intelligent people put the cable through the housing first, other (like me) have to force it ;)

 

 

 

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Cables go under the board, there is about 1 cm of free space. Now it's time to solder the boards power supply. (No pictured) 

 

 

 

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The tiny pins can be bought at Ebay ("PCI-E Pins"/ "PSU Power Connector Pins"). There are also "Wire End Sleeves"with crimp-able necks available which might work as well but I didn't try them. You might give them a try too

 

 

 

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Doesn't look good but fits well. I use the lower plastic parts of one PCI-E 8 Pin Power Adapter to make the Pins fit in there, otherwise they would slip out the plug. 

 

 

 

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Holes drilled for better cooling. The front Fan is still connected and blows air into the housing. The GPU Fan presses it out through the selfmade holes.

 

 

 

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Final and simple Setup, I'am streaming the games over network to my Steam Link. I still need to try if I can connect the TB-Ethernet Adapter to the back of the Akito.

 

 

 

best regards 

kos

 

 

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Careful with the bend PCIe plug, better isolate them a bit more.

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