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mfort312

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  1. So a PCIe 3.0 will work in a PCIe 2.0 slot? Isn't that forward compatibility? That would be great if it does, but doesn't sound like anyone has tried it yet on these forums?
  2. @benjaminlsr Nice build! Do you have closeup photos showing these two steps?
  3. I also notice this only supports PCIe 2.0 cards. So pretty much eliminates modern GPUs?
  4. @Dschijn Yes, upgrading to Window 8.1 definitely doable and seems more stable compared to 10 builds? Currently switching between two HDMI external monitors (projector or 1080p tv), would be nice if I can accelerate iMac screen too, primarily for Windows gaming. For the time being, GTX 970 seems most compatible for both MacOS/Windows and might sit at the higher end for TB1 bandwidth saturation? I like the performance and compactness of the GTX 1060 but seems like Mac drivers and Windows 10 are currently issues for some? Leaning towards a compact Akitio build like in your sig, but any experience/thoughts on the TB1 ThunderTek going for $140? Or the $234 HighPoint RocketStor? I guess a main consideration is how future proof I'd want to be for possibly carrying forth an eGPU build to use a newer generation 5k iMac or Retina portable. Any optimism that the next generation of iMacs might not require eGPUs with upcoming Polaris integration? Or should I be planning to eGPU for some time to come and perhaps commit to TB3 technology? In that case, would a TB3 to TB2/1 adapter work for my current situation? @errin Agreed, I think the KS risks outweigh the reward at this early stage. Thanks for sharing your KS experience.
  5. Has anyone taken it for a spin? I notice it mentions video cards not supported, much like the Aikito Thunder2 states. Doesn't state how much power it provides. I have a mid 2011 iMac I'm curious this would work for with a GTX 1060...
  6. Looking for advice on best course of action for a mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz Quad Core i7, 12 GB RAM, came stock with AMD 6970M 2GB. Is it just me or is this link broken from OP? List of current builds and benchmark results: http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/6578-implementations-hub-tb-ec-mpcie.html Anyhow, which GPU would match my TB1 ports and processor best? Which case? Seems like options have recently flowered... I currently boot into Windows 7 bootcamp and overclock my stock GPU with fans ablazing to play 3D games via Steam on either the built in display or an external HDMI projector/tv. Looking for a reasonably affordable upgrade option that optimizes TB1 ports without being overkill. Portable-ish would be nice. I don't mind fiddling but I can afford a little bit of convenience, but not so much that I wouldn't just rather sock the money into a dedicated gaming rig or new Pascal Retina 5K iMac. I'm a bit sentimental about my iMac though and would love to stretch it out a bit longer. Options include: New Kickstarter Wolfe thingie promising a GTX 970 or GTX 1060 for $599 come March 2017. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewolfe/the-wolfe-supercharge-your-laptop Pros: Convenience. Already built to fit everything. Portable. Reasonably priced. I kinda like the idea of supporting budding entrepreneurs. Amused by the "Wolfe vs Bizon" scene. Cons: Usual Kickstarter risks. Delays, compatibility, Vaporware? Better option comes along meanwhile? Future-proof? DIY Akitio Thunder2 PCIe Box Pros: Cheap, lots of support on forums, infinite variability. Cons: Usual DIY frustrations. Guts spilling out of the tiny case. Portable would be nice. BizonTech just feels overkill to me for the price. Same thing goes for Razor Core, I don't need no TB3 ATM, but maybe I should be considering future-proofing? Pros: Finished product. Upgradeable. Support? Cons: Pricey, overkill? I'd appreciate any and all opinions.
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