Any one purchased e-gpu recently?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by vjicecool, May 22, 2018.

  1. vjicecool macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010
  2. KensaiMage macrumors regular


    May 25, 2017
    No. It is a gimmick. It is not fully functional festure. Mostly it is better to build your own rig.

    Maybe in 1-3 years effeciency of egpu will be as high as it shouldd be.
  3. BananaX macrumors regular


    May 24, 2017
    The price you pay for an eGPU enclosure and graphs card is very similar to a gaming rig. And only AMD cards are officially supported by Mac OS, to have a good gaming experience, you have to invest in a RX 580 for sure. You will lose around 20-30% performance as well, if you are using internal display, you will lose a bit more.

    That said, you are considering an eGPU for professional usage, I have no idea.
  4. recurrence macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Aorus Gaming Box with a GTX 1080. It’s a special feeling seeing your MacBook Pro run a game at 4K with graphics that it otherwise won’t be able to pump out until 2025. :)
  5. vjicecool thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010
    thanks for the response

    so does the aorus gamig box comes with everything included?
    is it out of the box use or do we need to purchase anything additional, do we need to change any settings in macbook after the purchase.

    i have macbook pro with usb c power charger

    if you have a link somewhere can you please add it here
  6. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I started with an Akitio Thunder2, external Power Supply and a GTX980Ti in conjunction with a 2015 5K iMac with dedicated M395x internal gpu.
    I used it for home and work and was a nice setup but I was wanting a more compact design.
    I am now on an Akitio Node with a custom hardline watercooled GTX1080Ti.
    I have used this on a 2013 Mac Pro, repurposed that machine and now have it connected to a 2014 Mac Mini base model.
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    Currently pushing 2 - LG 34" UltraWide 3440x1440 Monitors

    Personally *
    I am completely fine with the performance.
    I had a custom PC that was getting used less and less and less.
    For my use case, I am probably 98% in macOS working and maybe 2% gaming.
    The extra graphical power added and the even small amounts of time (sometimes large amounts of time) to me is completely worth the cost.
    My wants and needs changed from majority of my time on a computer was playing to now working and I like the flexibilty that an eGPU adds.
    I do a bit of traveling and with the Akitio Node I can easily put the eGPU in the car and take it with me to hotels, vacations, what have you.
    It also allows me to purchase a less expensive overall system and just connect the eGPU when I need it.

    I recently picked up a Vega64 Liquid Cooled card which will probably live it's remaining life in the Node just due to AMD cards being much more 'plug and play' with a variety of systems vs the little bit of work I have to do to get an nVidia system up and running.

    My suggestion is if you are thinking about it.
    Find an eGPU chassis, an AMD card to get started, have plenty of time in the beginning to see if it fills the wants/needs you have and if not be able to return it if you find it isn't for you rather than buy it and find out later on you don't like it and be stuck with a $500-1000 purchase you don't care for.
  7. Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2003
    I've used the razor core, akitio node and Aorus Gaming Box both work great on the Mac it was easier with the Aorus Gaming Box
    on older non thunderbolt 3 Macs you need apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

    but on the 2016/2017 macbook pro's they work fine, there is a script(s) to run to make them work on the Mac but thats about it.
    check the forum for details.

    I will say the Aorus Gaming Box was actually easier for me to get working on MacOS then under windows in bootcamp funnily enough. once you turn off System Integrity Protection its literally one line in terminal for the script to run, it even downloads the GTX10 series card driver (if needed for newer Nvidia GPU's) and then you reboot.

    on the thunderbolt 3 macbook pro's I saw about a 5-7% drop in performance over native in a Mac Pro.
    on thunderbolt 2 if on external display about 10% or 20%+ if internal
    on thunderbolt 1 on external display about 20% or so and it couldn't game on the internal display due to bandwidth constraints.(but do have a workaround for that if any TB1 people are curious)

    so eGPU's are plenty usable, the Aorus Gaming Box either with the 1070 or 1080 is probably the best price overall due to it including a GPU so they are less effected by crypto mining making GPU prices rise.
    if you had a card or were going and the Akitio Node is the best price
  8. vjicecool thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010

    thanks for the reply, here is a question.

    if i purchase aorus gaming box with 1070 or 1080 will i need any other additional cables or devices?

    can you paste a link from any site here pls
  9. satcomer, May 25, 2018
    Last edited: May 25, 2018
  10. vjicecool thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2010
    I would like to Bump this thread

    As of Jan 2019 are there any GPU's we can buy and use it ?

    I have MBP 2017 15inch with 16GB ram and 2 GB graphic card

    Please post your expereince here.
  11. forum user macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2008
    I have a Gigabyte Vega 64 inside a Sonnet Breakaway Box 650.
    Works ok.
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I just got the new Blackmagic eGPU Pro. Some may argue about the price, but putting that aside, this is an exceedingly well-built unit. It also replaces a hub and power supply for my 2018 MBP 15. I'm happy with it so far.

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