External GPU for Macbook 2015/mbp 2011

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

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    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.

    https://www.akitio.com/expansion/thunder2-pcie-box

    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    San Jose, CA
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    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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