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  1. PC has it's glory with Razer Core, Alienware Amplifire, ASUS XG2, etc etc. and all of it's DIY eGPU projects was amazing

    At this moment, the only eGPU that will work perfectly compatible with MacbookPro Retina 15 inch is the BizonBox. On MBPr 15 inch iGPU only model you can even use eGPU to game with internal display

    I've been following this product quite a while, and finally come this reasonable product review that runs on an iMac 5K + GTX 980TI 1440 monitor

    BizonBox Official Benchmarks

    Mac Pro vs MacBook Pro Retina with BizonBox

    Here's for the Config Pricing & Complete Technical Spec:


    Make sure to read FAQ:


    I might going to go with BizonBox instead for my MBPr 15", since Akitio Thunder 2 was not build for GPU usage.

    I hope this product will be the holy grail for Mac users, before the new MacBook Pro released with desktop GTX 10xx and T3 (finger crossed) (they'll go with ATI)


  2. my LED on v8 is BLUE. I've never seen any EXP GDC with RED LED before (perhaps new version?)

    I couldnt find v8.3 either. Bangood doesnt reply me. They still using same old product photos.

    But i can confirm you that there are new version on the mPCI signal cable. This could be easily identify by its physical form:

    • - Smaller/Thiner cable
    • - It has 'BEAST Pro' logo on mPCIe end
    • - There's no PTD switch
    • - 8 pin power connector slightly different


    Beast Pro




    Blue LED On


  3. Hi@rradij, from what i've found

    The only option to add eGPU for you laptop is thru it's mPCIE and removed your wifi card. You should check with your chosen eGPU products that support your laptop.

    Bandwidth and GPU manufacturer is all depends on the whole config/setup. But AMD Drivers makes it harder to run eGPU along side with iGPU. Depends on your OS.

    You can find@Tech Inferno Fan 's complete solution regarding which OS and Drivers. Or using his Setup 1.x

    My Lenovo W520 laptop is the same manufacture date with yours, 2010-2011, at that time most PCI Express build with Gen 1 and limited to x1 link speed.

    I have a MacBook Pro Retina 2013 15inch, but i prefer to make a good use of my old 2010 laptop with eGPU. And it worked fantastic.

    ps: i believe your laptop is originally AMD based, and you swap with Intel i7, so your iGPU & dGPU conflicting?

  4. @Boykodev

    Optimus is GPU switching 'technology' created by Nvidia.

    Only available on Mobile Workstation (mostly) or Laptops that incorporates Intel HD Graphic from Intel Processors as an Integrated Graphic (Power Saving), and Nvidia GTX / Quadro Graphic Card as Discrete Graphic for more graphic/compute demanding applications (Max Performance)

    Windows 10 has it's own Hybrid Graphic capabilites.

    Nvidia also have 'Maximus' GPU switching technology but only works on Workstation that incorporates High-end Quadro GPU + Tesla card.

    By system default / BIOS, Laptop Internal display will use Intel Graphic, and External Monitor (thru it's Digital output port) will be driven by Discrete Graphic / from 3D Application options from Nvidia Control Panel.

    some has managed to make Optimus works with eGPU on Win 10, but many has failed :)

  5. Not sure if anyone in this forum know about this. But there's a class-action lawsuit over false advertising. The GTX 970 is not fully runs on 4GB of GDDR5 as advertised by Nvidia.

    This lawsuit has been consolidated since March 2015 when owners having performance issue since the product has been launch in Sept 2014.

    As a result, the 970's memory was split into 3.5 GB and 0.5 GB sections

    You can read the full article here:



    GeForce Discussion Forum:



  6. 14 hours ago, SHIH YI LIU said:
    @Tech Inferno Fan thanks for reply!

    My iMac CPU is i5-3470s, I saw it have HD Graphics 2500 (Link)

    something I get wrong or the CPU for iMac is Special specifications?


    drag windowed app to internal LCD is good idea, thanks. 


    From what i've found, there is no iGPU on a 2012 iMac. Can you be more specific on the model? The latest iMac has iGPU since it's build on mobile processor

    You should refer to a link for your iMac spec, not from Intel. Or simply go to About Mac> Sys Info. If there's Dual GPU, you'll see it.



    [EDIT] if you're on an iMac which is a desktop computer, why would you need Optimus? You can achieve more juice with AC power all time

    Optimus only for Mobile Laptops:


    If you disable dGPU from the system, that is why it goes black screen and errors.

    Nvidia has Maximus for Multi GPU Workstation, but only works for Quadro + Tesla cards

  7. @jowos you mean to get internal display to use eGPU? Or use it without external display thru eGPU?

    Well, with my Q4000, i'm able to use iGPU on laptop monitor and eGPU on external display.

    But with my Q6000 if i plug an external display, the laptop monitor will go blank.

    So just to make it sure i always close my laptop lid so that it will go thru eGPU only, and set PhysX to use eGPU from nvidia control panel. (Windows power settings at Maximum Power Plan)

    anyways, i believe for recent GTX cards, PhysX should work as it is from the ODE driver. And only few games take advantage of PhysX. It's more useful for demanding compute+graphic works, ie: Benchmarks & 3D Applications

    So in my Quadro case, i need PhysX :))

    Here's some great systematic test on PhysX


  8. @jowos Yeah it's an old Fermi card :) please don't compare it with recent GTX cards :angel:


    My setup was pretty much off an old hardwares, i'm trying to make a good use of a 4 yo GPU, Laptop and Monitor as it was back in it's glorious days. lol

    At first i use mPCIE but it was very unstable, i believe it cause both of my Quadro cards bricked. Now i'm running on ExpressCard. And yes, it's on x1 v1.1.

    I still can play Fallout 4 with Ultra settings on 1920x1200@60Hz, but i tend to use it more for 3D & VFX stuff



  9. @jowos Just found out that we need to install PhysX System Software in order to make PhysX work properly and detected by GPU-z.

    I did some test,  by installing latest PhysX System Software it greatly improves PhysX benchmark on FluidMark. But computer freezed twice during Fallout 4 loading and FluidMark fullscreen benchmark. 

    I need to install Legacy PhysX software as well to make it run smooth (for old Games or Games that use old PhysX SDK). But i didn't use it much for gaming though. Only for 3D & VisualFX Applications.


    GPUZ Q6000 PhysX.PNG


    If you think it's working fine. no need to install it though.  It's just work as it is.

    PhysX System Software: http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.15.0428-driver.html


    Nice post btw!

  10. @Chevrotine669 You cannot checked. It shows what's your GPUs capable of and read / detected by the system or Driver.


    Here's the example of other's MSI GTX960 i've found on the net



    and here's my eGPU with Quadro 6000:

    GPUZ Q6000 Success.PNG


    Is it possible to check your 960 on a desktop computer? or use other PCIe cards on your eGPU just to make sure both are OK. Since you have mentioned in first post that it worked without Error 43.


    [EDIT] My mistake, PhysX System Software must be Installed in order to run properly and detected by GPU-Z. The rest feature is by default Installed by the Driver.

    Download PhysX System Software: http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.16.0318-driver.html

    Download PhysX FluidMark to test: http://www.geeks3d.com/20130308/fluidmark-1-5-1-physx-benchmark-fluid-sph-simulation-opengl-download/


    I just installed it and it's greatly improves PhysX benchmark. 


    GPUZ Q6000 PhysX.PNG

  11. @yama84 Yeah, In recent OSX/MacOS version All Graphic card drivers is embed on MacOS / OSX Installer.

    Unless if you're using Quadro for Mac certified model (Q4000 for Mac & K5000 for Mac).


    GTX 980 is Maxwell.  and K4200 is Kepler,   However, here's the K5000 for Mac drivers but I cannot guaranteed it will worked for your K4200: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/105589/en-us

    But if you would like to give it a shot, share with us the results :) 


    And you might need to to Install separate CUDA for Mac driver to utilize it's Graphic API & Compute API on a Mac: http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-cuda-7.5.30-driver.html

    Only install CUDA driver for Mac if you planned to use your Quadro card for Creative application computing.


    Good luck


    [EDIT] If you think the driver successfully installed and Quadro card detected on El Capitan but it's not working properly, you might need to flash the card's VBIOS with customized for OSX. But this is very risky, if you're unsure about Flashing VBIOS. Don't do it. Consult with eGPU & VBIOS Mod experts in this forum :) 

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