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2015 13" MBP GTX1060@16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win8.1 [EdowadoHense]

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Hi all,

    I have my egpu working consistently in the last couple days. I want to share my experience to you guys. I hope my experience would help you to solve your problem.

   

   First of all, I find out Windows 8.1 perform more consistently than Windows 10. I think Windows 8.1 could solve many issues such as black screen and infinity wheel spin.

 

   This thread inspired me to set up my hardware. 

 

 

  According to my experience, Windows 8.1 would be work either Win to Go(Exteral Hard Drive) or Bootcamp (Internal SSD).

 

  Hardware:

      AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box

      EVGA GTX 1060 OC single fan 

      ITX Power Supply 600w

 

  Process:

     Step 1 :   Run Windows 8.1 and install Bootcamp

     Step 2 :   Power up Egpu and hot plug thunderbolt cable to Macbook

     Step 3 :   Let windows detect the egpu plug in (check device manager) (for more detail check the thread above)

     Step 4 :   Install the Nvidia graph card drive,  but do not click "Restart".   I prefer to "Shut down" manually.

     Step 5 :   Keep TB caple plug in and power up macbook.  Also plug in external display to the Egpu

     Step 6 :   It should be work!

 

    Notice:

        After you install the graphic card drive,  you need to shut down the Macbook correctly at least 1 times before you plug in the Egpu.

        For example, 

        Your got black screen/wheel spin.  Then you need to unplug the TB cable, and then let macbook loggin to MacOs/Win 8.1 and press the shutdown button.

        After Macbookturn off, plug in and load to windows 8.1.

 

    Hopefully those process would work for your Macbook. Good Luck.

 

 

    

 

    

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing.

 

I got a similar setup: Zotac GTX1060 Mini 3GB + Akitio + 2014 11" Macbook Air (TB1) + Win10, did you do any 3D benchmark on your setup? 

 

Btw, your should be TB2 instead of TB1 right?

 

 

Edited by ~ h@PpY nO08~

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6 minutes ago, ~ h@PpY nO08~ said:

Thanks for sharing.

 

I got a similar setup: Zotac GTX1060 Mini 3GB + Akitio + 2014 11" Macbook Air (TB1) + Win10, did you do any 3D benchmark on your setup? 

 

Btw, your should be TB2 instead of TB1 right?

 

 

 

Yes, the attachment is my 3Dmark benchmark.  

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Hi EdowadoHense,

 

I'm really interested in your build.

I got almost the same hardware as you do except I have a gtx970. 

Ur post actually convinced me to give it another shot.

Do u have WeChat that I can communicate with you (just in case that I need further help)?

My WeChat:1599829747

 

Thanks,

Ray

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HI Ray

     I already add you on Wechat. Please feel free to ask me questions. I would like to help you out. 

 

Sincerely,

EdowadoHense

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On 10/31/2016 at 4:40 PM, EdowadoHense said:

Yes, the attachment is my 3Dmark benchmark.  

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Thanks for sharing.....My score is 5720 as attached, noticed that the Graphics score is not significant increased with TB2 .....

 

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yea. it is slightly different.it is slightly different. It is slightly different.  I usually get 9400~9900 for graphic score.  Btw, my gtx 1060 is overclock. I think TB1 and TB2 perform the same result. 

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I have exact same setup as you do, but I rarely gets successful bootup. I get black screen no matter how many tries if I turn on the macbook with thunderbolt cable plugged in.

I've been trying this for two weeks, so please, if you can help me with this.....

 

What version of nvidia driver do you use? did you update your windows8.1? what version is your osX? and your setup worked on both external drive and internal ssd right?

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1 minute ago, SnJAe said:

I have exact same setup as you do, but I rarely gets successful bootup. I get black screen no matter how many tries if I turn on the macbook with thunderbolt cable plugged in.

I've been trying this for two weeks, so please, if you can help me with this.....

 

What version of nvidia driver do you use? did you update your windows8.1? what version is your osX? and your setup worked on both external drive and internal ssd right?

 

My driver version is 368.1.

 

Maybe you can try this way.    

Without Thundercable plug in, and turn on the MacBook with pressing option key. Then, plug in the thunder cable while you press "enter" to win 8.1. If you fail to load windows 8.1 two times in a row, you will need to go through the windows auto repair.   Timing is easy to catch. I can make it 3 over 5 tried. 

 

Good luck

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1 minute ago, EdowadoHense said:

 

My driver version is 368.1.

 

Maybe you can try this way.    

Without Thundercable plug in, and turn on the MacBook with pressing option key. Then, plug in the thunder cable while you press "enter" to win 8.1. If you fail to load windows 8.1 two times in a row, you will need to go through the windows auto repair.   Timing is easy to catch. I can make it 3 over 5 tried. 

 

Good luck

Thanks, I will try that once I re install my windows 8.1

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1 minute ago, SnJAe said:

Thanks, I will try that once I re install my windows 8.1

No problem.  I feel Window 8.1 is easier to catch than Windows 10.

 

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can you add me wechat: RayTomo

 

i want to know how to setup power supply 

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Hi, i have a setup EVGA 1060 3GB SC + 2015 13" Macbook pro + Win10 (1607) over EFI USB (https://bleeptobleep.blogspot.cz/2013/02/mac-install-windows-7-or-8-on-external.html)

 

I can install drivers 376.33 without issue. But it works only after first reboot after instalation. 

Getting some error when launching any game or application about DX.

Since then im getting the wheel or even the blackscreen.

 

Can somebody advice?

 

Edit: It somehow works just right after installation of drivers. But can't get it run after reboot again (requires driver reinstall again). Using the DDU tool to remove the drivers and then install them as new again

 

INternal screen benchmark

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      EDIT 050517
      NVIDIA released Pascal drivers for macOS. Upgraded eGPU to a TITAN Xp. Benchmarks available upon request.
      Yes, it's completely a ridiculous setup now—I was only able to upgrade due to external circumstances. Diminishing returns starts to creep in (even for the much-more-fairly priced 1080 Ti) due to the TB2 bottleneck. 
    • By unapalada
      Hi there,
       
      So I'm having a little issue with my egpu setup and if anyone could give me some hinters that would be great.
       
      Basically I've done this before with this same laptop on a 980ti which worked perfectly and now I have a 1060.
       
      Only problem is, I've installed everything correctly, theres no error messages in device manager, says this device is working correctly BUT when I go to play games, it decides to run the dgpu instead. Now I've run some benchmarks and the 1060 is being used, getting 150fps. I do have to disable the AMD though.
       
      So, my question to the pros is, what happens next?
      I've tried using the latest drivers from nvidia, tried uninstalling everything with Display Drive Uninstaller and trying again, tried using a safe driver version (372.70) because I read the latest one was buggy..
      Tried uninstalling and disabling microsoft basica display adapter only to get the same results..
       
      I also get an error when trying to access nvidia control panel "nvidia display settings are not available, you are not currently using a display attached to an nvidia gpu" but it shows in device manager as "working properly"
       
      It also doesn't show in dxdiag as well. only shows the AMD.
       
      I'm not using an external display if that helps..
       
       
      any help would be appreciated!!
       
       
      EDIT: I have been getting code 12 errors with my current driver 372.70
      Does this mean I need to do a DSDT override? 
      I'd like to not have to deal with coding etc but if necessary then I can try.
      I have tried to update to the latest driver version but that hasn't really been helping either.
      Anyway thanks
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