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As per @coolane's request, I figured I'd make a separate thread for this modification. In the original thread (https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/265-benchmarks-the-official-thread/&page=34) coolane shows their heatsink modifications and results which I think were ingenious. Initially I didn't think it was possible to use the 980DT heatsink with the MSI 1070 without modification, though with coolane's post showed potential and I figured I may as well give it a try since there's no chance in hell or any other place that I would be able to do a 1070 SLI configuration.
Thanks to coolane, they provided further detail into their mod and it was very straightforward enough for me to warrant an attempt. So, I ordered:
10pcs of 8.8mm x 8.8mm heatsinks
1 sheet of thermal transfer tape
400 - 3000 grit sandpaper
and I am waiting for those parts to arrive to my location before I begin and I post when they do.
EDIT: I may do some minor changes to their attempt like not adding additional heatsink pipes since i have no idea on how to even attach them so this will be a basic modification.
EDIT2: Original content
I plugged in egpu, booted it up with my gtx 1050 ti and no matter what driver I use, I keep getting code 43. I don't know, but i believe my bios has something to do with it. Can someone plz clearify what I need to do in my case to get code 43 out. Thanks
Firstly I just want to thank everyone in this community. I read a lot of info before i start my project! Now i have more then 5 times better laptop just for 633 EUR!
Windows 10 64 Bit (BIOS) / Bootcamp
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" (I7-3615QM) (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB
Nvidia Driver: 372.70
I dont like the new retina MacBook Pro 2016 and choose to spend my money for the Akitio eGPU setup with:
1. Akitio Thunderbolt2 PCIe Expansion Box 290 EUR
2. 2 x Startech.com 6 inch PCI Express Power Splitter Cable 20 EUR
3. EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Super Clocked (1607 /1835) GAMING 6GB 275 EUR
4. Dell 220W DA-2 35 EUR
5. DC Barrel 5.5mm x 2.5mm 1 EUR
6. HDMI to VGA adapter from Bulgaria 12 EUR - to play on the retina internal screen
TOTAL: 633 EUR
II. DELL 220W DA-2 SETUP:
I have Windows 10 64 bit (BIOS) via Bootcamp on my SSD and eGPU-Setup-1.20 ready.
III. Uninstall GT650M Drivers from Device Manager and Download and install 327.70 NVIDIA Drivers - http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/107012/en-us
IV. ERROR 12 FIX
Unzip eGPU Setup 1.2 to c:\eGPU run setup-disk-image (as admin user) Restart and load eGPU Setup 1.2 and select 2 with your keyboard Then:
V. Install again 327.70 NVIDIA Driver when you with the two GPU's in Windows
VII. GAMES - I can play all games i have with 60FPS with High/Ultra setings FULL HD 1920x1080 - Before that i can play only on lowest settings with my GT 650M 1GB with 1280x800
VIII. PLAY ON INTERNAL RETINA MONITOR @LukeHero MOD:
So the main limitations with this model of Macbook is the fact that you need an external display. So @LukeHero got around this limitation with this little device and three resistors:
It's a HDMI to VGA adapter.
All you need to do is put 3x 100ohm resistors inside the VGA port to create a fake external display. You can see where the resistors need to go with this image:
So the deal with this is, any program started on the 'external screen' (being powered by the eGPU) will use the eGPU. So what you'll want to do is set the fake display as your main display. Then anything started on that display will be running from the eGPU. Now there is a little limitation here; only games that run in windowed mode will work (which is most). You'll want to start the game on the fake screen in windowed mode and then drag it over to your internal display.
So how do you grab from a display you can't see? Well, I found this free program called Dual Monitor Tools (it's free right here: Dual Monitor Tools - Home )
and what you can do in this program is set a keyboard shortcut to move the selected window over to the other display. So you click on the game in the task bar, and hit the shortcut you assigned and it'll pop over to the internal screen, but because it was launched on the fake screen, it'll be powered by the eGPU.
Simple as that, there's no performance hit either as you're just dragging the game to the other screen.
A good tip is to have the internal display set as default first, launch the game, go to options and set the game to windowed mode now, then quit and relaunch after you've changed the fake screen as your primary. Otherwise you might not be able to switch it with the shortcut while it's in full screen.
HOW TO CLOSE THE AKITIO CASE:
HOW TO START THE SETUP (when i want to play games):
1. choose eGPU Setup 1.2 from boot menu and select 1 with your keyboard
2. choose again Windows 10 from boot menu
3. Start the game i want
4. Press the combination for Dual Monitor Tools to show the game on my internal display (i use Borderless Gaming so i run my games fullscreen on my retina display)
5. Done - my old rMBP 2012 can run all new games - 30-60FPS (1680x1050) on Very High/Ultra settings on my retina display Borderless like Fullscreen!
6584 in Fire Strike (V1.1) - External (fake display) - the basic test (for example only 1522 with dGPU - GT 650M)
Graphics test 1
Graphics test 2
FOR EXAMPLE: This user have 8556 in Fire Strike (V1.1) ( http://www.3dmark.com/fs/9689714 ) with the closer CPU to mine so there is 20% performance loss because of TB1 but I still can play all games Very High or Ultra FULL HD!
1680 x 1050 - External (fake display) - just change the resolution i don't touch any settings
Graphics test 1
Graphics test 2
1680 x 1050 - Internal Retina Display (Borderless) - just change the resolution i don't touch any settings
7 852 - the score is enough to play all games VERY HIGH/ULTRA with 1680 x 1050 on the Internal Retina Display (Borderless)
Graphics test 1
Graphics test 2
1680 x 1050 - Internal Retina Display (Windowed) - just change the resolution i don't touch any settings
Graphics test 1
Graphics test 2
UPDATE: I update from 372.70 to 376.09 and its work, I don't want to risk to update to 376.33, because 376.09 is great for now :))
AKITIO TB2 CASE MOD - by enjoy
I have a 2016 15" Macbook Pro with the Radeon Pro 455 Gpu inside.
My plan is to get a working eGpu setup for both Windows and MacOs so I can play games in Windows and use the Gpu ins MacOs for productivity. I also want to just use an external Monitor, I don't need to get it to work on the internal Display.
I also already have a Nvidia GTX 970 from my current Desktop computer that I would like to use.
Unfortunately Razer doesn't sell the Razer Core in Germany but I found one on Ebay for 250€ which is a pretty good price considering that it costs double in America. Also I think this would be the only eGpu solution that I have access to at the moment.
Another thing is that I don't have massive amounts of knowledge to find solutions to problems which may occur during the process and money (the Macbook was already pretty expensive), so I would only do it if it really works well.
The guides from people who got setups like this to work always seem relatively straight forward to me but I wanted to get your opinion first before I buy something for 250€ and it doesn't work.
Thanks in advance!
No issue up to now, everything is stable, easy and cheap setup. However, Nvidia Optimus isn't working with latest Nvidia drivers.
- Mac mini Late 2012 (MD387LL/A) / Macbook Pro Retina Late 2013 (ME293LL/A)
- Akitio Thunder2
- Zotac GTX1050Ti
- Samsung T3 Portable SSD - 250GB (for Windows To Go)
- DC 12V/12.5A from Aliexpress
- Install Windows 10 as Windows To Go with Rufus;
- Install Bootcamp;
- Reboot to Windows with Akitio connected and install latest Nvidia Driver;
- Connect External SSD with Windows To Go to your Mac;
- Power up and hold down ALT keyboard;
- Connect Akitio and wait 2-4 minutes;
- Choose Windows from boot menu;
sorry guys, I can't attach files here, every times it gives me an error. I uploaded images and benchmarks to my google drive here