External GPU for Macbook 2015/mbp 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by pjny, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I am interested in adding an external GPU for either my Macbook Pro 13" early 2011 or Macbook early 2015.
    I saw the AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box and have seen some youtube videos showing it doesn't work on newer 2015 macbook pro retina models. I would like to add a GeForce GTX 970 or higher GPU to this device.


    Have you got this to work on older or newer laptop and is it reliable? I would like to use it for rendering in Final Cut Pro X as well as maybe using it for 4k monitor. The Macbook 2015 does do 4k but only 30fps.

    Will USB - C work with the Akitio with a USBC to thunderbolt 2 adapter?

    Will thunderbolt 1 on macbook 2011 be too slow for the Akitio?

  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    That definitely isn't going to work with the rMB as it doesn't even have Thunderbolt. Not sure about the 2011 MBP.

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