Very big thanks to the tech|inferno community!!!
This is my first post. The forum actually was under revamp during my build, It was a good thing I was trolling this site for about 8 months and pretty much had the entire site in my web browser cache.
Late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina with GT750M, MacBookPro11,3, i7-4960HQ 2.6Ghz, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD
MSI GTX 980TI Gaming 6G
Akito Thunder2 PCIe box
SilverStone Technology 500W SFX-L Form Factor 80 Plus Gold Full Modular Lengthened Power Supply with +12V single rail, Active PFC (SX500-LG)
SilverStone Case (ML07B)
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2
Blackmagic Ultrastudio Mini Monitor
Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB 2.5-inch SATA III internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0B/AM)
StarTech.com 3m Male to Male Thunerbolt cable (TBOLTMM3MW)
6 Gbps SATA III to eSATA Cable - 3 feet (2 pack)
Ebay - ANTRON CHD04+12BARREL2.5 -MOLEX 4 PIN TO +12V BARREL ID 2.5mm OD 5.5mm USA MADE (3 pack)
Shielded 3M™ Flat Twin Axial Cable Assembly for PCI Express Extender Card Applications (3M12028-ND from Digi-key)
Insignia Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter - Black
The Hardware Test - OSX 10.10.5/DaVinci Resolve
-Aspiring cinematographer, needed more horsepower to hack at my 6K footage.
-Constraints of living in New York, desktop is not an option.
-Test was a success! Time for the build.
Akito Thunder 2
-I took the enclosure to the shop and hacked the case down to this.
-Affixed what was left of the Akito to the SilverStone Case
-I originally had the SFX 600W power supply. It arrived DOA. I strongly recommend not using the SFX PSU, It has a smaller louder fan. the SFX-L has a quiet 120mm fan that lines up with this cases vent holes
-Paper Clip trick (pin-out diagram in the manual, cables are black)
-Time Machine Drive
-GPU + SSD
-I used an expensive 3m PCIe riser cable (the ones with the blue tape from amazon are doo doo. You can see the quality of the solder points on this cable)
-I've read plenty of horror stories of people blowing out their GPU or mobo using cheap cables
-Molex to Barrel to power the Akito PCB
-Caldigit Thunderbolt Station 2
-2nd Molex to barrel adapter to power the Thunderbolt hub.
-SATA to eSATA cables
-Future project: 4 - 1TB SSD raid 0 using both eSATA and USB 3.0 ports (need fast storage for 4k - 6k footage)
-Casual Gaming Setup
-Bluetooth SCP DS3
-Laptop Cooler (clam shell mode is not recommended, overheats easily)
-DaVinci Resolve Setup using the UltraStudio Mini Monitor output to the TV (end of the thunderbolt daisy chain)
-GT750M=GUI, GTX980TI=horsepower (not connected to display), UltraStudio Mini Monitor=Output
-CSGO setup is not so different, just add Steel Series Mouse, Big mouse pad, 7.1 headset, and keyboard (but in Windows)
OSX 10.10.5 - I was stumped for a few hours because I needed to use version 0.9.6 vs 0.9.7 of goalque's script because I have a dGPU
It seems like he's solved this issue with 0.9.8 which is great (0.9.6 was really hard to find).
Goalque you are the man!!! I thought the OSX implementation was going to be difficult, but it was a breeze thanks to you.
Here is a helpful youtube link to deploy the script (watch all of it before you begin).
Software: Win8.1 (Master Boot Record)
I had trouble installing Win8.1 MBR (I tried from Disk utility, and from windows install cmd prompt - diskpart to create a MBR partion, but I failed)
I'm sure there is a better method, but this is how I did it:
Bootcamp Assistant: remove the windows partition
Insert install usb on left side USB port.
Used bootcamp to install Win7, 1st step is creating the windows/MBR partition (if I broke the install process and tried to Alt/option to the usb installer I would lose the keyboard and mouse)
Booted back into OSX and used bootcamp to create a WIN8.1 usb install
installed WIN8.1 on the WIN7 partition. (Nando's DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 works best with MBR vs UEFI, which is the reason for all the fuss)
Paypal $25 to Tech Inferno Faneva to get the DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 (best $25 ever spent)
Very Special thanks to Nando for quickly responding to all my questions.
He sent me a specific startup.bat and pci.bat for my GT750M
All installation instructions are sent with the software in a very clear email.
Install the CalDigit drivers for the Thunderbolt Station 2 (this caused me a bit of grief, I assumed the drivers were installed because my drives mounted when I booted with Just the TB hub)
I used my wife's hair ties to firmly secure the eSATA cables to the hub.
If they are slightly loose, the drive will still mount, but will not function or format properly.
Disabled windows Paging and hibernation
Windows automatic login
(+125) 1490 Mhz core on boost
(+505) 4009.5 Mhz memory
64.4% ASIC quality
110% power limit
91c temp limit
custom fan curve
~74c Load, 50-60% fan speed
Under-volt CPU with Intel Extreme Tuning Utility:
I've been getting through the benchmarks with -74mV, but I would crash after an hour or 2 of intense gaming
been testing -53mV right now for stability
Macsfancontrol to boost internal fan controls
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 score: 2091
Valley Benchmark 1.0 score: 3488
Laptop off, eGPU thunderbolt cable connected to port closest to MagSafe, power on eGPU, power up laptop.
If boots to black screen:
turn off Laptop off, disconnect the eGPU thunderbolt cable, power cycle eGPU, power on laptop holding down "option", wait for the boot drives and the mouse cursor to appear, plug in eGPU thunderbolt cable, select drive
If hangs at boot selection, power off laptop (leave eGPU connected and powered on), power on laptop
Almost always works if it comes to this stage (keep in mind this is for my particular setup)
Very pleased with ease of boot, I was experiencing nightmares during initial build.
I can't thank everyone enough in the forums for sharing their experiences
My question: Are there any OSX overclocking utilities, like afterburner? (before I start playing with the maxwell bios tweaker)