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    • By Kerri
      Hi, my name is Kåre. I help users on this site find power solutions for the Akitio Thunderbox and I currently see that you may want to your into the case, if you just had the correct power supply cable that would allow for it to be seated inside the case. KAREONKABLES.COM
       

    • By samupetho
      Hello guys!
      So my setup works finally, but with on major flaw: whenever I want to get into "gaming mode" - meaning using the eGPU, my only working solution and method is 100% working, however takes ages -
      Without egpu, boot to windows, uninstall all nVidia drivers
      Reboot to macOS, turn on egpu, wait around 10 sec, plug it in, run the automate-egpu.sh script, then again in -a mode
      turn off mac, shutdown egpu, wait until there's no green light, unplug.
      plug the thunderbolt cable back in, boot to windows without egpu connected, open device manager, turn on egpu, after 10 sec hotplug, see it gets recognized, re-install drivers.
      turn off mac, shutdown egpu, wait until there's no green light, unplug.
      plug in the egpu, boot to boot selection, after the cursor is move-able, power on the egpu, boot to windows (if it would freeze w/ black screen or infinite spinning wheel, force shutdown and do step 6. again)
      after getting to Windows, voila, it's alive.
      Additional 8th step - whenever I turn off my laptop, I have to re-do everything. +1 : I always use the closest thunderbolt port to the magsafe port.
      So the question is, did anyone found out a way of booting 100% succesfully without having to reinstall the geforce driver all the time? I mean since my macbook is the most problematic one, even I have a gtx 10x0 series, I should be happy of this method working at least, I'd still love to fasten up the process.
      ps.: I'm thinking about a solution, what would somehow reset all the caches/temp files of the driver itself when shutting down everything, if there would be a way for doing that, I would try it right away, and post an update. Would it help at all, or should I just keep reinstalling everytime?
      Thanks,
      Samu
    • By Granty
      Hi guys, I am new to the forum but have read many of the interesting posts about Apple eGPU projects. I have a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro (A1286) and came across Dschijn's youtube video about his project, which then lead me to Techinferno. I have looked into the Akitio box some more and it appears to be the best option for using a Macbook Pro with a modern graphics card for gaming.
       
      I live in the UK and it is difficult to find resellers here that aren't overpriced. The cheapest I can find is from a company in Essex called 'Equip' and their price is £246.00 + delivery £6.00. I see in the USA it costs $219.00 (£167.19) from Amazon.com. Unfortunately Amazon.com won't ship to the UK and Amazon.co.uk don't stock them at all.
       
      The option I found in the UK is quite expensive, so I have looked for another possible solution and I found the [MAC Version] V8.0 EXP GDC Beast Laptop External Independent Video Card Dock  from Banggood (China). This costs around £45.00 and appears to be Mac compatible and connects through the wifi port (I use Ethernet anyway). I have found videos on projects using this V8.0 Beast with PC laptops but haven't found anything at all with Apple Macs. Does this mean it isn't really compatible? Has anybody on this forum looked into this as a solution to add an eGPU? Or is my only option to pay for the overpriced Akitio Thunder2 from Equip. 

      I am keen to hear your thoughts and opinions as to whether the V8.0 Beast will work or whether I should go the Akitio route instead. 
      Thanks for reading.
    • By dwinnbrown
      Ok, so I am looking to purchase an Akitio Thunder2 to use with my Macbook Pro retina 13 2015 laptop. I am hoping to get an egpu setup created to improve premiere pro render times as well as for a bit of gaming. I have been searching for the expansion boxes in the UK and have now found a supplier: http://www.span.com/product/AKiTiO-Thunderbolt-PCIe-Thunder2-PCIe-Box-T2PC-TIA-AKTU-2x-TB2-1x-PCI-Express-v2-0-x16-FHHL-x4-speed-~50137
      but in their product video they specifically mention that mac users will get 'kernel errors' with Quicktime or something. I have never heard of this issue with an EGPU. Is it just them trying to stop people from using it or is it something I need to be wary of? I am technologically inclined so feel confident installing the required patches etc. to get it working out of the box. Could anyone shed some light on this from experience?
       
      Many Thanks.
       
      PS This is the video where they talk about these kernel errors...@7:50.
       
       
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