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Plug-n-play eGPU for 2014 13" macbook pro - feasible?

PearsonX

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Do eGPUs work plug-n-play for TB2 MacBooks under Mojave?

My mid-2014 MacBook Pro was an emergency purchase 4+ years ago after my previous MBP died a slow agonizing accidental death. I decided to wait a few more years until they fix the design issues with the new line (though I'm increasingly skeptical about that ever happening..).

I'm trying to explore whether I could get away with an eGPU and a battery replacement. The goal is to drive my 4K screen, and do some machine learning stuff with my GTX 1070 which is lying around unused.

Thoughts?
 

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My understanding is that Mojave does not support eGPU on anything but Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs. Thunderbolt 2 on your 2014 machine is not supported. Additionally, Nvidia GPU’s are not supported by Apple. AMD and Thunderbolt 3 are your only choice for official Apple support.

There may be unofficial workarounds for this, but I’m not sure it will be “plug-and-play” per say.
 
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PearsonX

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My understanding is that Mojave does not support eGPU on anything but Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs. Thunderbolt 2 on your 2014 machine is not supported. Additionally, Nvidia GPU’s are not supported by Apple. AMD and Thunderbolt 3 are your only choice for official Apple support.

There may be unofficial workarounds for this, but I’m not sure it will be “plug-and-play” per say.

Thanks Patcell. I'm going to rephrase it. I'm willing to mess around with kexts as long as it's going to be hot pluggable. I walk around with my computer at home. It would be very inconvenient to reboot each time I'm switching from eGPU or integrated graphics.
 
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Patcell

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Thanks Patcell. I'm going to rephrase it. I'm willing to mess around with kexts as long as it's going to be hot pluggable. I walk around with my computer at home. It would be very inconvenient to reboot each time I'm switching from eGPU or integrated graphics.
Okay, in that case, I am not well-versed in the work-arounds. I'm not sure hot-swappable is possible, but it may be. The best resource for eGPU stuff is eGPU.io forum.
 
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PearsonX

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eGPU.io seems great. Kinda confirmed my fears: though you can get it all to work, it is not hot-pluggable. This seems like a great option for a Mac Mini though.
 
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