Jump to content
EwinRacing Flash Series Gaming Chairs
WaY977

2014 15" rMBP + MSI GTX1070 [email protected] (AKiTiO Thunder2) + Win10 [wayne]

Recommended Posts

First and foremost: this is a HASSLE-FREE BUILD.

You will not find creative schematics, acrobatic soldering, custom BIOSes or anything like that: this is pure "just works eGPU" with Win10 bootcamp and an external display (so, no OSX support and no internal monitor either)

 

Let's begin!

Hardware:

 

 - Macbook Pro Retina Mid 2014 with nVidia GT750M

 - Akitio Thunder2

 - MSI GTX 1070 Armor 8G OC

 - Dell DA-2 12V  (ended up not using it)

- Old Corsair 540W Modular PSU

 

Setup:

 

None. Absolutely no software setup. I had my previously working Win10 bootcamp machine installed, and it was a regular, apple-certified, Win10 installation done via bootcamp assistant, so no UEFI workaround or custom BIOS.

 

The works

 

oxu2tJV.jpg

 

Got my Akitio, unbox and open. Just 2 screws and voila.

 

fxMtnep.jpg

 

Removed the back plate (4 little screws)

 

IEwIgv4.jpg

 

I unplugged both the fan and the led cable and removed the glued support for the cable, you can still see the glue

Removing the fan was just a matter of removing 4 screws, the LED light took just a bit of force and it popped out of the socket.
Here's all the things from the Akitio you will not use.

 

zcayO04.jpg

 

As you can see from the hardware list, I decided to go with a full sized GTX card, and not just a full-sized one, a pretty big one at that.

The MSI GTX1070 Armor OC does not have any LEDs or fancy things, just 2 big (and quiet) fans and that's that.

 

O6X4O8z.jpg

 

So, of course, I had to bend the Akitio to make room for the card.

I went with the "jeweller's screwdriver" technique. Fast and easy: just put a little flat screwdriver near the soldering at the bottom of the enclosure and work your way in lightly with a hammer.

Took me 1 minute and the little solderings popped open.

 

5cqSkPL.jpg

 

Now it was just a matter of applying a bit of brute force and bend the enclosure open.
Not pretty, I know... but I'm not looking for pretty. Besides, the card is so long it covers the bent enclosure and then some! :)

 

3M9OaJA.jpg

sIU1CSl.jpg

 

I gotta say, I was getting pretty impatient at this point.

I put the card in, adjusted the two screws to set it in place and checked the spacing between the card and the bent enclosure. 
Everything was in order. Not pretty, again, but in order.

 

mPF2xKw.jpg

95wjFNj.jpg

 

At this point, I encountered a little snafu in my plan.
I had bought the famous Dell DA-2 to power my GPU.. turns out this monster of a card has an 8 pin power slot, not a 6 pin one.

Huh. Now what? 
Remember, this was supposed to be a hassle-free installation, no soldering or complicated workarounds.

 

I remembered I had an oldish PSU from my desktop era sitting in a closed, took it out, plugged it in and got a nice 8-pin cable to power my GPU.

(of course I had to use the paperclip-trick to power the PSU, but it's so basic, I'm not counting that as a hassle).

 

WD4EJqU.jpg

jyppa5z.jpg

 

To power the Akitio, since this a... let's say it again, everyone... hassle free build, I didn't want to use any custom made barrels or anything, so I used the original PSU, plugged it in and that's it.

It was time to power it all up and see what the future brings.

Thunderbolt cable connected, external monitor plugged in with a displayport cable, everything powered up... turn on MBP: nothing. Black screen.

 

Huh.

Powered down, tried to plug the thunderbold cable in AFTER the boot.

Got a "hey I found something" sound from Windows, but nothing else.

Reboot.

Now the MBP started in Bootcamp, and Device Manager said there was a "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter".

Bingo!
Downloaded latest nVidia drivers, gave it a go: oh, damn! I have 2 video cards!

 

Rebooted again

The external monitor came to life, so I closed the lid on my MacBook (I'm using it in clamshell mode, I have no need for another screen) and there it was.

With this solution, you don't even need to go and disable the "internal" 750M,

 

Didn't have the time to make a 3D Mark benchmark, yet... but these were the settings of my WoW client yesterday

 

lYE9nIy.jpg

 

and @2560x1440 with all ultra settings I had 67fps. Not too shabby :)

 

Future implementations:

 

- power the Akitio via the barrel to remove an external PSU

- organize cables and spaces

- switch PSU: this one has a terrible case of "coil whining", it looks like I'm skinning a cat...

- IF I ever have any spare time, try and put everything inside a box: I'm thinking of one of those ikea metal boxes... 

 

Thank you all for your help and... comments appreciated! (everything but: "it's ugly!". That one I know :D )

Edited by WaY977

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

13/01 Update

Switched PSU: old Corsair had a terrible case of coil whining. Got a cheap Seasonic (60€ from Amazon): perfect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

how did you attach the barrel to the PSU? I would also get rid of the Dell DA 2 12V coming with the Akitio.

Thanks

 

My setup:

MAC pro retina 2015 15"

Akitio Thunderbolt 2

500W EVGA psu 80+

EVGA 1060 Super Clocked 6GB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

 

I have a Macbook Pro 15 (Mid 2014) with integrated graphics only.

I am using a Zotac 1060 and able to boot into windows 10 on external display and installed the graphic driver successfully.

However, I realise after about 5 mins, the screen will turn black or sometimes white and hang there. When this occurs i cannot do anything but to force shutdown the machine.

Did you have this issue?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Similar Content

    • By -GP
      I got a msi ge60 2pf Apache pro & its specs :
       
      Processor-i7 4710MQ
      Ram-16GB 
      VGA- GTX 860M 2GB Maxwell 
       
      Could anyone tell me the best overclock that I could use on this GPU?
      Please keep in mind that the voltage cannot be changed as this is a laptop
       
      Thank you
    • By jonasmsi
      Hey i have an idea to change my old msi gx720 laptop Motherboard to one from a msi gx740 they look to have the same cutouts to screws and both laptops chassis look to be the same with outputs and that so my question is do you guys think it is possible to do it
       
       
      msi gx720 motherboard – Google Søgning                    msi gx740 motherboard – Google Søgning
    • By Hax
      I have tried to update nvidia drivers of my notebook ge72vr6rf apache pro. The only drivers that works are the ones provided by the msi. The problem is that they haven't updated those since 2016 and I can't play newer games. 
       
      Some say you need to mod your 1060 drivers, which I have no idea how to some says you need to update the flags in ini files. So please help me
       
      Thanks for your time.
    • By fibul
      Hello Everyone,
      I am an owner of MSI GT70-20C and my GTX770m gpu i now dead.
      I have a question and i hope someone will help.
       
      I have ordered GTX 970m 6GB DDR5 and i cannot find the exact vBios for that graphic card.
      My current bios version is: E1763IMS.51B
       
      Thanks in advance,
    • By juquinha
      Hi!

      So, i got a strange situation here. I have an old Asus ROG G751JM laptop connected to an old Samsung monitor (Model S20C301L) through a VGA connection.
      This monitor supports both DVI-D and VGA inputs, while my laptop can output through VGA, HDMI or Thunderbolt/Mini DIsplayport. I wanted to upgrade to digital signal, so i bought an Thunderbolt/Mini DIsplayport to DVI cable.
      At first, it was a nightmare. There was absolutely nothing i could do to get it to work. I spent hours troubleshooting, but the monitor just could not detect any signal, only VGA one. But then this happens.
      I was testing with only one connection at once and i got tired of plugging and unplugging the cables every time. So i had the idea to keep both cables plugged in and change the source detection in monitor's menu when i wanted to. So, with the TB/MiniDP cable already connected, i've then connected the VGA cable (while DVI was selected as input source). The display started flashing. After 2 seconds, voilà, it was working. And i was like, "what the f***???" I've then unplugged the VGA cable, signal lost. Plugged it again, got digital signal.
      Well, i'm happy that it's working now, but i simply don't understand what's happening here. Why is that i need both connections simultaneously to make it work? WIll that still happen if i use a HDMI to DVI cable?
      Fun fact: the image displays only after windows startup. So, if i want to enter BIOS setup for example, i need to switch back to VGA as input source.
      Sorry for my english.
       
      Update: Can't run games with It, i get bsod.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.