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  1. 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. Hardware 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 PS3 Controller The Hardware Test - OSX 10.10.5/DaVinci Resolve -NYC Gaffer -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 -Akito PCB -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) -Bottom drawer -Casual Gaming Setup -Bluetooth SCP DS3 -PS3 Controller -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) Software: OSX 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 Overclock eGPU: MSI Afterburner (+125) 1490 Mhz core on boost (+505) 4009.5 Mhz memory 64.4% ASIC quality 110% power limit 87mV 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 Benchmark results 3dmark13-FS=13228 Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 score: 2091 Valley Benchmark 1.0 score: 3488 Startup procedure 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)
  2. Hi, Used this great resource to build a eGPU based on a EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Hybrid 6GB with a HighPoint RocketStor 6361A Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Expansion Chassis, Silverstone Milo ML08B-H Mini ITX Case with Handle, and Silverstone SX500-LG 500W Gold SFX Power Supply. My eGPU requirements are solely for daVinci Resolve on OS X to boost render times and size of files that can be rendered without the dreaded GPU Is Full message. No gaming, no monitor. Can’t get any simpler. The eGPU is to run on either a MacBook Pro Retina, 15in Mid 2015, AMD Radeon R9 M370X, and a iMac 27in Late 2013, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M. Did a quick bride of Frankenstein build on the table to check it all works using the MacBook Pro. Downloaded the Nvidia Web Driver (346.02.03f04), downloaded and ran goalque’s installation script https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/7989-script-automating-the-installation-of-egpu-on-os-x-inc-display-output/. Rebooted the laptop and there was the 980 ti in the OS X systems report. Ran Resolve and it recognised the card and rendered at approx 3 times the speed of the non eGPU render. Sweet! Spent a day doing the build, with loads of pics which I’ll post here soon. Carried the eGPU over to the iMac, plugged it in and went through the process again. Downloaded the Nvidia Web Driver (346.01.02f04)*, ran the script, rebooted the machine. In the systems report there is a new card recognised, but it has the generic name of NVIDIA Graphics Device. In Resolve it recognises the card as NVIDIA Graphics Device. I rendered the same file. On the Laptop I was getting 10fps, on the iMac I get roughly 7.5. Both systems were reading and rendering to the same external SSD and the CPU wasn’t being taxed. Hmmmm. So I search the site for NVIDIA Graphics Device and found a few post relating to Titan builds, but they are reporting expected performance. Again Hmmm. So my next step is to upgrade the iMac from 10.10.3 to 10.10.5 to match the MacBook Pro. I will also update the NVIDIA Web Driver as at the moment they are both up to date base on the OS X but do not match. I can’t find anything relating to 10.10.3 and NVIDIA Graphics Device but its the only obvious difference between the two systems. I’ll post my findings soon. Any thoughts? Cheers
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