External Video Card Mid 2012 rMBP

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  1. ahall52, Jun 4, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2015

    ahall52 macrumors newbie

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    Disclaimer: I am quite aware that I could take this $500 and build a gaming PC and get more bang-for-my-buck. I have built many gaming PCs in my decades of working with computers. Thank you!

    Hi MacRumors friends!

    Very soon I'll be getting an apartment in a different city and splitting 50% of my time between my current home and my new "job home". My Mid-2012 rMBP travels with me (I can't believe it's already 3 years old) and I do a bit of light gaming on it in addition to quite a lot of work. I think I want to spend a few bucks on a "fun" project that I've been thinking about for a while.

    I don't work or goof around with hardware much any more and would like some feedback from anyone here who might have some experience. I would like to utilize an external video card with my rMPB using the following:

    Expansion Chassis:
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse1.html

    Video Card:
    newegg link

    Power Supply (External from the Chassis):
    newegg link

    Two questions...

    1) Will this work?
    2) If so, can I then feed a Thunderbolt Display or an ACD?

    I'm not married to the video card or the project for that matter, but if this would work I'd like to try it. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advannce!

    Edit: I didn't pass link school...
     
  2. Eightarmedpet macrumors regular

    Eightarmedpet

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    Right, I've been looking into this for a bit and have found a better way... Atikio thunderbolt 2 enclosure, 750ti, and an upgraded PSU. It's pretty much just plug and play and will cost nearer $300...
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    I'm going to copy and paste what someone from another forum wrote on this subject:

     
  4. Eightarmedpet macrumors regular

    Eightarmedpet

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    From what I've read they work quite easily in bootcamp and with the Akitio enclosure you can build one for a lot less than even a cheap gaming PC and you won't have two computers which for me is a massive pain/bore.
     

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