Thunderbolt + Tesla?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kitsunestudios, May 25, 2012.

  1. kitsunestudios macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Just had an odd thought.

    Thunderbolt is generally too slow to get good external GPU performance, since it's 4xPCI E. But what about using CUDA or OpenCL acceleration? Could you pop a Quadro Pro or Tesla card into a Thunderbolt enclosure and get decent GPU renders from Adobe or blender Cycles? Or would you be better off buying a tiny PC with a pumped up graphics card as a render box over a network?

    If the former, I wonder if nVidea or ATI would consider making a native Thunderbolt stream processor box.
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    I don't think that such product would be a commercial success due to the limited number of potential clients. But overall, I don't see why something like this would not work.
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    NVidia doesn't even have Tesla support on OSX. I wouldn't get too hopeful.
  4. audiodragon32 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2012
    I have got two Tesla M2050 Cards to work in a 2009 Mac Pro. Is recognized and runs 3D rendering. So yes, there is hope.

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