13-inch Macbook Pro 2011 gaming with GTX 780 Ti eGPU

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entzoe05, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. entzoe05 macrumors member

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    Thought I'd like to share. I Was doing eGPU project for my 2012 Mac Mini. Then I thought of my old 2011 MBP and give it a try. To my surprise, I was able to play high setting game on my eGPU Sonnet III-D and AkiTio Thunder2 enclosures. I was able to drive the display with my 27 inch Cinema Display high settings.

    Here's the video

    http://youtu.be/uiBFe3yc2Xk

    Here's the link to the implementation and notes.

    http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/7711-%5Bguide%5D-2011-13-macbook-pro-gtx780ti%4010gbps-tb1-sonnet-iii-d-osx-10-9-4-a.html
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I also have a Sonnet IIID eGPU setup with a 3GB GTX 770 GDDR5 card, and it works well.

    And for that, I thank Squinks and Nando4 around the TI forums (and also here, they posted the same thing around the MR forums some time back).

    Happy gaming!
     
  3. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for posting, I am in love with this setup as it finally is a (semi) affordable path to a true gaming docking station... something I've been envisioning since thunderbolt was introduced...

    I will most likely take the plunge w/ the Akitio model, can you share any pros/cons on going with that + external ATX ps vs the $900 Sonnet?
     
  4. entzoe05, Sep 16, 2014
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    entzoe05 thread starter macrumors member

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    I would highly recommend Sonnet. It's stable and has good enclosure, but it's not cheap. If you are brave enough to do some soldering, you may not need an extra PSU to power the GPU. You can do it with the internal 300W. See guide here : http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-...tan@10gbps-tb1-sonnet-iii-d-osx-10-9-4-a.html


    With AkiTio, I'm still in the process of investigation on why it is going into Kernel Panic from time to time. Either this is a limitation of the power of the PCI board. I will post my update as soon as I found the resolution. Also with AkiTio, you need to have a PCIe riser.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    In my case, I bought a Corsair PSU (the exact same one that Squinks used for his GTX 780 Ti setup with an IIID).
     
  6. entzoe05 thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool. I have the RM 450 modular model. Fan doesn't spins up when in low to moderate operation. Hopefully, I would be able to figure out the AkiTio power issue.
     

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