So I'm having a little issue with my egpu setup and if anyone could give me some hinters that would be great.
Basically I've done this before with this same laptop on a 980ti which worked perfectly and now I have a 1060.
Only problem is, I've installed everything correctly, theres no error messages in device manager, says this device is working correctly BUT when I go to play games, it decides to run the dgpu instead. Now I've run some benchmarks and the 1060 is being used, getting 150fps. I do have to disable the AMD though.
So, my question to the pros is, what happens next?
I've tried using the latest drivers from nvidia, tried uninstalling everything with Display Drive Uninstaller and trying again, tried using a safe driver version (372.70) because I read the latest one was buggy..
Tried uninstalling and disabling microsoft basica display adapter only to get the same results..
I also get an error when trying to access nvidia control panel "nvidia display settings are not available, you are not currently using a display attached to an nvidia gpu" but it shows in device manager as "working properly"
It also doesn't show in dxdiag as well. only shows the AMD.
I'm not using an external display if that helps..
any help would be appreciated!!
EDIT: I have been getting code 12 errors with my current driver 372.70
Does this mean I need to do a DSDT override?
I'd like to not have to deal with coding etc but if necessary then I can try.
I have tried to update to the latest driver version but that hasn't really been helping either.
I have a 2016 15" Macbook Pro with the Radeon Pro 455 Gpu inside.
My plan is to get a working eGpu setup for both Windows and MacOs so I can play games in Windows and use the Gpu ins MacOs for productivity. I also want to just use an external Monitor, I don't need to get it to work on the internal Display.
I also already have a Nvidia GTX 970 from my current Desktop computer that I would like to use.
Unfortunately Razer doesn't sell the Razer Core in Germany but I found one on Ebay for 250€ which is a pretty good price considering that it costs double in America. Also I think this would be the only eGpu solution that I have access to at the moment.
Another thing is that I don't have massive amounts of knowledge to find solutions to problems which may occur during the process and money (the Macbook was already pretty expensive), so I would only do it if it really works well.
The guides from people who got setups like this to work always seem relatively straight forward to me but I wanted to get your opinion first before I buy something for 250€ and it doesn't work.
Thanks in advance!
I've been directed here in search of answers from you good folk for my new Metabox (Clevo) P650RS-G.
I am trying to connect two LG 27UD88 4K monitors via usb-c (one port per monitor) however I am told that the motherboard doesn't currently support alternate mode display. Is this correct or is there somewhere that I can find drivers?
THANKS TO ENCOURAGING GUIDES ON THIS SITE, I HAVE MANAGED TO GET MY EGPU SETUP WORKING
Macbook Pro Retina 15” Mid 2015
AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB
2.8 GHz i7, 16GB RAM
Windows 10 64bit ( bootcamp )
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5 Memory PCI Express 3 Graphics Card
EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR - 500W 80 Plus Power Supply (100-W1-0500-KR)
Molex to barrel adapter to connect PSU to GPU and enclosure
GPU powered by the PSU directly
HDMI cable to connect GPU to monitor
Thunderbolt cable to connect Thunder2 to Macbook
PSU powered on using the 'paper clip technique'
Dell U2715H 27-Inch Widescreen IPS LED Monitor
Info and guides:
Power on and connect the GPU, check that the Nvidia is showing up in the device manager
Install Nvidia drivers
Disable discrete AMD GPU in the device manager and shut down
Boot back up into Windows10 and BOOM, Windows10 should now be using the GPU.
I can reliably get the eGPU to work every time and have experienced NO CRASHES! I still play games using the AMD when I'm not at my desk, which just requires re-enabling the AMD. Sometimes switching the AMD on and off can cause the device manager to hang, but restarting Windows 10 sorts this out so I've not had any problems using the system both ways.
Doom - 1440p max settings - 60pfs ( WOW!!! )
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1440p max settings - 30-45 fps
Just Cause 3 - 1440p max settings - 30-45 fps
Star Wars Battlefront - 1440p max settings - 30-45 fps
Overwatch - 1440p max settings - 60fps
Getting Windows10 to select the eGPU as the primary display device:
As far as I can tell, all that is required to get the GPU to power the external display is to disable the discrete graphics chip (AMD R9 M370X) via the device manager in Windows10.
In my experience, provided the eGPU is connected, disabling the AMD R9 will automatically cause the OS to switch to the eGPU. Although a couple of times when I've done this without restarting, the AMD has switched itself back on!
Provided the eGPU is connected and powered on, and the AMD is disabled, booting into Windows 10 will automatically select the eGPU and you're away!
Currently I have two different akitio thunder 2 setups and one runs with 970 (will be referred as setup 1) and other with 1060 (will be referred as setup 2). 970 uses a more basic cabling setup and it has wire mesh paper tray cut attached. The other one has 8pin male connector replacement for the adapter socket and drilled surface. In this post I would like to do a quick comparison in between those two for cooling and performance.
BTW, I am just an amateur who enjoys playing rc toys, completely have an unrelated profession and wanted to build egpu setups as a hobby. Also, I have many macbooks around me and wanted to expand their lifespans increasing their graphical design, gaming and cuda computation capabilities. I could not have gone this far without @Dschijn @Nando @goalque and @seefew s setups and descriptive posts.
To start with for sure you will need Akitio thunder 2 or preferably Thunder 3 and also a graphic card. I decided to fit graphics cards in to the boxes in order to carry them around with a camera bag (cheap canon or nikon camera bags are perfect to carry akitio setups and their adapters).
My must have tool kit list:
1. Dremel rotary tool (even the cheapest will do the job), dremel work station with. Proxxon and bosch also have similar tools but the key is head should be capable of holding small cutting wheels for hobby crafting.
2. Soldering station capable of at least 350 degrees Celsius (if you are going to replace akitio thunder 2's adaptor socket you would need at least 350 for sure).
3. Heat gun to wrap cable tubes
4. A multimeter to mesure
5. Glue gun
6. Welding kit (if you will cut/expand the front but still make it use the front grill)
1. Zip ties
2. Solder wire
3. Glue gun sticks
4. 2.5mm Drill bits (at least 20 for case drilling required)
5. Dremel metal cutting wheels (at least 5) and couple grinding and polishing heads.
6. PSU cables (18 AWG or something like that)
Used parts and pieces in my Akitio setups (I have no endorsements or something like that from the brands but I will just write them so you guys can found them easily):
1. Frozencpu connectright 8pin male eps 12v p8 connector ( setup 1) $2.98
2. 4pin male and female connector (to attach capacitors with fashion) $0.55 each
3. Gold plated female and male pins - 4 pack and $0.99 for male and $0.99 for female
4. Mod/smart full pin removal kit (to remove back pin connectors if you will mess the cabling)
5. Full automated ksd9700 series thermal switch to attach to front fans (I preferred 70 degrees)
6. Noctua nf9x14pwm 92 x 14mm pwm fans $21.95 x 2 (you can fit 2 of those beasts and yes they are a game changer)
7. Moddiy.com 8-Pin CPU/EPS Male Header Connector - 90% Angled - Black 1.99 USD (setup 2) you need at least two in order to get couple extra long pin legs
8. Moddiy.com Mini 4-Pin GPU to 2 x 4-Pin PWM Fan Adapter (to connect noctua fans to graphic card's pwm socket to have digital spin controls) $5.99
9. Dell 220w DA-2 Ac Power supply adater $23.99 or Corsair sf450 mini psu $89 (Dell da2 are what I prefer for my setups but for larger graphics cards sf450 is the ideal)
10. 4700mf capacitors (I used 4) $0.8 each
11. 12v swich (I used round led switch for my setup 1 and stick switch for setup 2) $0.4
12. PCI-E 8 PIN Y SPLIT TO 90 DEGREE RIGHT LOW PROFILE PCI-E 6 AND 8 PIN (you can make one by yourself or buy one from ebay)
13. Cheap 60 x15mm fans (I used two of those) $4
Cabling for setup 1, takes around 4 hours to complete (I am going to describe only the difference between other setups posted in the forum):
1. Easiest way around is expanding low profile 8pin connector's cable to somewhere around 15-20 cms in order to make an L shape starting at the top where gpu's power socket rests and take it down to the akitio's power adapter sockets. At this point you can reduce the cables to one yellow and and one black and solder those two to the back of the power socket. Image below is from my setup 2 but it represents where you should solder the yellow and the black.
2. Bend left leg of the graphics card and place a 8 pin male connector and solder each yellow and black cables to get only one of each and solder those two cables to back of the akitio 2's power socket. So in total you would solder 2 sets of cables to the back to power the graphics card and to power the akitio's card using the power coming from the 8 pin connector. If you are using a psu such as corsair sf450 you can use all 4 black and 4 yellow cables to power the board but if you will use dell da2 you should use one for the power switch and other should be blank so only 6 cables will power the card. (this step is extensively described in other posts)
3. Cut back of the two plates in a rectangular 8pin shape using dremel rotary tool and steel cutting wheel. This step just requires attention but it is very easy to do in 3 minutes. Just use a pencil to draw the shape and slowly cut the plate. (image was on top of a document so I did a quick edit)
4.I used a round led switch for my first setup and attached it to the front of the case. To fit the switch I first created a small hole with a 2.5mm drill bit and expanded that using a round dremel rotary head. Then attached one cable to one of the 8pin connector's line's to power dell da2's switch line and grounded it to one of the 3.4v sockets as the yellow cable at the right hand side of the card.
5. Cover all cables and sockets with tubes, or hot glue gun.
Cabling for setup 2 takes around 4 hours to complete:
1. Using the soldering iron remove the existing power socket of the akitio from the board. Heat it from the back legs and it will drop.
2. Organize legs of Moddiy.com 8-Pin CPU/EPS Male Header Connector in order to match the holes. I soldered and grouped legs of 2s to fit only one positive and one neutral leg.
3. Soldered two separate cable lines to the legs to power gpu and attached a Y SPLIT TO 90 DEGREE RIGHT LOW PROFILE PCI-E 6 AND 8 PIN
4. Soldered 4 capacitors to 4pin connectors via cable then attached them to other soldered pair.
5. Soldered one yellow one black cable to the board in order to power front fans and soldered ksd9700 thermal switch to the black cable.
6. Paired two front fans cables with matching cables and soldered to the yellow cable (step6) and empty black cable coming from thermal switch.
7. Cover all cables and sockets with tubes, or hot glue gun.
Ventilation for setup 1 takes around 2 hours to complete:
1. Cut the exterior of the box using steel cutting wheels following rectangular shape among yellow and blue sections of the diagram
2. Cut a rectangular mesh grill from the paper holder and slide it in to the box.
3. Stick mesh grill with a epoxy or weld it in.
4. Apply black spray paint (I took it to a auto paint shop for proper painting)
Ventilation for setup 2:
1. Cut the front inner side in a rectangular shape to fit to 60mm fans on top of each other. To be able to do so you should weld sides of the front sides so it does not come apart. Place two fans.
2. First hit with a sharp steel to create small holes (punches) following the diagram. Then drill thousands of 2.5mm holes using dremel work station and rotary tool. (This step took my 22 hours)
3. Clean holes with sandpaper and paint. (In the attached image I was using it with the setup 1)
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