Windows 10 eGPU setup with Optimus!

Windows 10 eGPU setup with Optimus!

Last year I did a Thunderbolt 2 enabled external GPU setup using Windows 8.1. I did not upgrade right away when Windows 10 came out because Optimus was broken which meant I could not use the internal laptop screen. Now NVIDIA has finally fixed the problem in the latest 361.75 driver as described in the release highlights:

Beta support on GeForce GTX GPUs for external graphics over Thunderbolt 3

I will be starting from scratch so this post assumes you already have

Driver installation

  1. Turn the laptop and eGPU off
  2. Plug in the thunderbolt cable from the eGPU setup to the laptop
  3. Power on the eGPU setup
  4. Power on the laptop and boot into Windows 10 (hold down the ALT key to get to the boot menu)
  5. Confirm that the graphics card is detected in Device Manager
External graphics card detected in device manager before driver installation
  1. Install NVIDIA driver (use 361.75 or later)
  2. Reboot into Windows 10 (hold down ALT key for boot menu if needed)
  3. The internal and external graphics card should now both be visible without any errors in Device Manager
External card now correctly detected with the NVIDIA driver installed
  1. Confirm that the eGPU is working by doing a benchmark, I used Geeks3D GpuTest
GPU benchmark under Windows 10 using the internal screen (Optimus)

Usage

After the driver installation I do the following every time I need to use the setup:

  1. Make sure the laptop and eGPU setup is powered off and disconnected
  2. Connect the laptop to the eGPU system using the Thunderbolt cable
  3. Turn on the laptop and boot into the boot menu by holding down the ALT key
  4. Turn on the eGPU system
  5. Wait a few seconds (I can usually hear the graphics card fans starting) and then continue booting into Windows 10

The above steps might be overkill, but for now I have successfully started the setup with no problems many times in a row.

Troubleshooting

  • If you boot into a blank screen you probably have the internal screen disabled. Do a full shutdown in Windows 10, disconnect the eGPU setup, boot into Windows 10 without the eGPU, shutdown again and follow the steps described in the section “Usage”. To shutdown with a blank screen you could try the following:
    • If you have access to an external monitor, connect this to the external graphics card and you should now see the login screen for Windows 10. Shutdown Windows 10 from here
    • If you don’t have access to an external monitor and want to do a proper shutdown, this trick worked for me. If it does not work try it again. When the blue light of the AKiTiO Thunder2 is off then you know the laptop is turned off.
      • Press ENTER
      • Type your Windows 10 password
      • Press ENTER
      • Wait a 10 seconds for Windows to start
      • Press CMD + R
      • Type “shutdown -s -t 0”
      • Press ENTER
  • If the blue light on the AKiTiO box does not light up when powering on the setup, check that the PCIe riser is firmly attached to the box and the GPU. Also make sure that the thunderbolt port is working (try using it with another device)
  • If you get an error 12 on the eGPU, try using a DSDT override as described in my previous post here

Help and support

There is a large eGPU community out there. For the best help and support please visit these sites:

  • TechInferno: Perhaps the biggest source of info on DIY eGPU setups. This is the first place to look for answers
  • DIY eGPU setup: Software created by Nando4 which make can make otherwise impossible eGPU combinations work!

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72 Comments

Francis

Thinking of getting an asus zenbook pro 501 vw that comes with a intel integrated graphic and a nvidia gforce gtx960m and a thunderbolt 2 port.

Therefore I was thinking of “upgrading” it with a set-up based on the Sonnet Echo SE II since I want to mount a nvidia gtx970/980 and a spare samsung 850 pro ssd I have. I would add a nice modular power supply, a powered riser cable and a mini atx case to make it neat.

Do you foresee any problems using windows 10 and the newest nvidia drivers (with beta support of external GPU) ? since using these drivers do you think I have to disable the dGPU or iGPU, or do you think I might be able to run the 3?

Also, do you think it might be too much to add the ssd drive and that I should just go with the eGPU on an akitio box and no extra SSD? considering the SSD it is, seems like a waste not to include it…

THanks!

Poul Serek

Hi Francis

I have only used the Windows 10 drivers for a short while, but they should work. You might need to disable the dGPU using a program like Nando’s DIY eGPU setup 1.30, but I have seen people having all 3 GPUs active at the same time. I would ask around here to be sure. If you want to accelerate the internal screen of the laptop then you need Optimus and the iGPU active, but since you already have room to drive both the iGPU and dGPU it should also work with the iGPU and eGPU.

I used to own the Sonnet Echo Express SE II and I had many issues with this. I had problems getting the graphics card detected and this might be because of the PCIe multiplexer at work here. This was with a BIOS install of Windows so that might be the problem and you might have no problem at all. Again, I would ask around at TechInferno to see if others can successfully use such a setup.

For the price you might consider getting two AKiTiO Thunder2, one for the harddisk and another for the graphics card. As far as I remember it is slightly cheaper to get the two AKiTiO Thunder2.

But based on my own experiences I would recommend getting a much cheaper AKiTiO Thunder2 for the eGPU and get a portable bus-powered Thunderbolt harddisk enclosure for the SSD, something like this but without the SSD. It should also be cheaper and more versatile. I am myself looking for a portable Thunderbolt SSD solution.

/Poul

Francis

Hi Poul,

Thank you very much for your quick reply. I should get the computer soon and I have a gtx 945 card I can use to test the set-up with an akitio thunder. Since it looks like it is easier to set up that and then connect the ssd with some enclosure to the secondary thunderbolt port…

I will ask around the forum and keep you posted with this project.
Thanks!

Francis

Hi Poul,
Update: got the new computer with thunderbolt 3.0 port and waiting on
1) PCI-Express PCI-E 16X to 16X Riser Card Flexible Ribbon Extender Cable w/Molex + Solid Capacitor
2) PSU switcher

However I’ve been reading a few posts that advise against using the powered cable…I guess I will use it to power the akitio + test nvidia gtx745 TI I have (no need to use the plug in the akitio with this set-up, right?) but do you think it would be better to do a conversion of molex to 2.5 plug to power (plus gpu dedicated power) a more powerful card instead of using the pci riser with the molex? Thanks again!

Poul Serek

Hi Francis

I use a quality PCIe riser myself and have not had any stability issues as described in other posts. Since a good powered PCIe riser is inexpensive compared to the other component in an eGPU setup, I would still recommend starting with the PCIe riser if using a power hungry graphics card. As long as you supply the PCIe riser with some power, e.g. from an ATX power supply, then you do not need to connect the AKiTiO power supply. If you plan on using the GTX745 TI which has a low power requirement, you might get away by just replacing the power supply with a 120 watt 2.5 inch power brick. This should give the PCIe slot the full 75 watts as described by AKiTiO here.

/Poul

Francis

Hi Poul, thanks again for the quick reply. THe gtx 745 is just for testing the set-up (I had one sitting around)…If everything works (akitio, PSU, PSU switcher and powered riser), I am planning to buy a gtx 970 or 980.

I ordered the pcie riser from moddiy.com similar to the one you mentioned and had on the hyperlink….waiting for it to arrive.

Francisco

Thanks…at this point I am thinking to return the akitio as the startech is going to take a while to be re-stocked and the set-up is starting to get expensive when razer core should be released in a couple of months with thunderbolt 3 support…

I have an asus zenbook pro ux501vw…

Poul Serek

I would also wait for the Razer Core if I were you. The adapters are too expensive at the moment and with Thunderbolt 3 eGPU solutions you should get the added bonus of hot-pluggable support. I will also expect that the Razor Core will be my recommendation for Thunderbolt 3 users until something better comes along (I would like a harddisk slot in my eGPU setup).

/Poul

Eric

Hello! Thank you for this guide. I’m writing as I am for whatever having an issue with my egpu setup. I’m using the Akitio thunderbolt 2 pcie box with a Nvidia gtx 780 on a MacBook Pro early 2011 model.

I have Windows 10 installed (UEFI mode)
First time booting up into Windows with the egpu plugged in, Windows recognized my GPU and I downloaded the latest drivers. After driver installation completed I restarted the MBP. After restarting back into Windows my GPU is not being recognized. Just the ugly (Intel 3000). The GPU’s fans are spinning, the Akitio blue light is on. (I should mention that I altered the Akitio so that my gtx 780 could fit properly and therefore no need for the pcie riser card). Also using a 650w psu with all cables attached to the GPU, as well as a device that plugs into the psu that emulates the “paper clip trick”

Things I have tried:
Turn on MBP holding alt (option) key
Wait for boot menu to come up
Select Windows 10 UEFI
Boot into Windows 10, then plugging in the thunderbolt cable (also tried leaving the thunderbolt cable throughout the whole boot up process). Still no avail.
Tried different combinations of plugging in the thunderbolt cable at different times while also turning on the psu at different times.
But Windows will not detect the GPU anymore. Any ideas?

Poul Serek

Hi Eric

What graphics card are you using? I am using one from EVGA and these tend to go more smoothly with these kind of setups. And I am assuming you don’t have a discrete graphics card in the MBP. Try to follow the steps described in the section “Usage”. Be sure to power everything off and disconnect as described. If you are not using an EVGA card the reboot might not be enough during the installation process. And lastly, are you using an external monitor? It is usually easier to get the setup to work using an external monitor first.

/Poul

Jonny

Wow! This just solved my problems! I was considering getting Windows 8 so I could use Optimus instead of using an external monitor. But now with this new driver software I don’t need Windows 8 and I can continue to comfortably use Windows 10! Thank you so much for this article! I followed your other one on building an eGPU. I have a MacBook Air 2013 and I really wanted a gaming PC without having another computer to worry about. Really changed the way I game! Woohoo! No more fat monitor to carry around! Woohoo for solid frame rates!

Jonny

You mean hot pluggable support as in plugging in the eGPU on the go?

Poul Serek

Hi Jonny

Yes, Thunderbolt 3 will support connecting and disconnecting the graphic card while the laptop is running. It will probably require driver support and maybe only with newer graphic cards.

Poul Serek

Hi Jonny

Nice videos! :) Just one comment, in your video “My eGPU setup and what you need to DIY” you say at around 9:05 that the size of the PCIe riser does not matter and you have a x1 riser. But it does matter up to a certain point, you are limiting the bandwidth to the card by using a x1 riser, you should at least use a x4 or higher.

/Poul

Jonny

Thanks, Poul! Yes, someone else told me the same. I’ll throw in an annotation.

Poul Serek

Hi Peter

Lets try to troubleshoot, but first I need some additional information.

  • What kind of setup are you running?
  • Do you have a NVIDIA graphic card from EVGA?
  • Did you start from a clean Windows 10 install or upgrade from a previous version?
  • Where exactly in the guide are you stuck?

/Poul

Peter

Same setup as yours late macbook retina 2013 15 inch, latest nvidia drivers clean install uefi zotzc gtx 970 everythink works on external but optimus is not working unless I use external screen first as primary display and move to internal

Poul Serek

Hi Peter

When you say that Optimus is not working, do you get a blank screen when booting into Windows 10 or do you actually boot into Windows 10 and can see the desktop but without seeing the GTX 970 in device manager?

/Poul

Peter

I can boot to it and both iris pro as the gtx is recognized but only uses iris pro 5200 on the internal display, external display it works and when I move it to internal it continues to work but not on internal display only, under win 8.1 i dont have this problem

Peter

And its visible and working in device manager and even the gpu test sees the rpm of the external gpu etc , if i disable iris pro 5200 screens turns black and after 10 sec the egpu gives display on the internal screen but it only works for the gpu test benchmark Really dont understand it

Poul Serek

Could you try to force the use of the eGPU through the NVIDIA control panel as described here? It might just be that it is set to use the internal graphics card.

Peter

Tried to force nvidia in control panel but didnt help :-( it does not recognize Nvidia to combine with internal lcd

Poul Serek

Hmm, ok lets try one last thing. I am assuming that you have the correct driver (Nvidia 361.75). Since you don’t have a EVGA graphics card the steps might be different. I would try the boot steps described here.

To get Optimus working on Windows 10, install driver version 361.75 released 1/27/2016 Boot procedure is now:

  1. plug everything in
  2. start egpu
  3. start laptop
  4. wait 30 seconds
  5. boot

Peter Danckaert

Jep same driver, still not working, reverted back to WIN8.1 and it works fine than.

Tom

I have a Lenovo T430s with TB1 and I have some questions for you if you don’t mind answering? :)

  • Do you still use your T430s with your eGPU and the Akitio board?
  • It is working with Windows 10 and is it plug and play or do you need the DIY eGPU setup?

Poul Serek

Hi Tom

We talked on Facebook, but just so the other readers might get some information.

I don’t use my old T430s with the AKiTiO setup anymore, but it worked just fine when I did. Since the T430s is Thunderbolt 1 I lost half the bandwidth, but nothing near half the performance as you can see here. The grey bars show Thunderbolt 1 speeds for a single device and the green Thunderbolt 2.

It should work with Windows 10 and my experience with the T430s is that it was more plug and play than my Macbook pro. Your milage may vary since not everyone has had success getting Windows 10 running with eGPU systems when using Optimus.

/Poul

ats

hey…i got an Lenovo y500 laptop with dual sli GT650m graphics….one graphics is connected via an ultra bay which is connected to the laptop via PCI x8 2.0, while other one is onboard, so is it possible to connect the riser cable from x8 port to an x16 graphics card to attach the egpu

The intel internal graphics is disabled in this laptop, i think from the bios…so no optimus here….

Poul Serek

Hi Ats

Sorry for the late reply! Yes, it is possible to attach a x16 graphics card using a riser to a x8 port. So since you already have a PCIe x8 2.0 port I would just get a 8x to 16x PCIe riser and install a more powerfull graphic card.

/Poul

Nitant

I have been trying to get this to work. But it just refuses to work on my Macbook Air.

I have a Aktio 2 with a Zotac 760 running Windows 10 in UEFI mode on my 2013 Macbook Air. If I boot with it connected, I just get a black screen in Windows. External also shows black screen.

Booting without the card, leads to no detection at all.

Though its working perfectly in OSX. Drives the external with ease.

Poul Serek

Hi Nitant

Ok, so we know the setup is working since you can get it to work with OSX, so far so good. Lets focus on getting Windows 10 to work with the external monitor. Did you try the steps in the troubleshooting section “If you boot into a blank screen you probably have the internal screen disabled…”? These have helped me before when I had a blank screen. If that does not work try to follow the boot steps described in this post, since you don’t have an EVGA graphic card the steps might differ a bit from mine.

/Poul

Nitant Soni

I have tried that method. But now matter what, both screens remain off in Win 10. Windows 7 on the other hand works like a charm. Have to boot with it connected and the Windows boot up happens on the external only.

Though now how do I get a dual gpu/screen setup going? The MacBook Air screen remains off when booted off nVidia.

Poul Serek

Hi Nitant

Hmm, I am not exactly sure since I always either use the internal screen (Optimus) or the external monitor, not both at the same time. When I use OSX both monitors are active, but only the external monitor is using the external graphics card. My best bet would be to disconnect the external monitor when booting into Windows and making sure Optimus is working first, then attach the external monitor. This is only a guess, I would search / ask around at TechInferno.

/Poul

Nitant

Much more research later. Turns out the Mid-2013 MBA does-not deal with Thunderbolt properly in EFI Mode. I realised this while installing Win 7. Installing in EFI Mode led to the same issues as 10, but Win7 natively installs in BIOS mode and thats the only way to get the eGPU working on Windows.

How to get it working

  1. Create Windows 10 Install disc using Bootcamp Assistant, update all the drivers etc. Keep this Pendrive aside
  2. Create Windows 7 Install Disc using Bootcamp Assistant
  3. Download Win 7 Bootcamp Drivers from Apple and Copy to Windows 7 Pendrive (Bootcamp Assistant will prompt you)
  4. Copy $WinPEDrivers$ Folder from Win7 Pendrive to Win10 Pendrive (Must do it now, System will reboot after partitioning is complete)
  5. Plug in eGPU into Thunderbolt
  6. Setup Bootcamp Partition using BootCamp Assistant
  7. System will reboot automatically
  8. Remove Win7 Pendrive. Plug in Win10 Pendrive.
  9. Windows Boot Logo/Setup/etc will happen on External Display

This also means no Optimus, or dual GPU. Only one GPU is detected. The other GPU will show up as a hidden device with Error Code 45.

Sean

Great post! I’m trying to figure out is thunderbolt 3 type c is the same way? I’,m looking to purchase the Acer Predator 15 g9 which has that slot and has optimus technology… does that mean it has the egfx extension?
Thanks,
Sean

Poul Serek

Hi Sean

I have no devices with Thunderbolt 3 using USB-C, but as far as I know it would work the same as with Thunderbolt 2 type eGPU setup (no hot-pluggable support). The only laptop I know of that is EGFX certified is the Razer Blade and Intel NUC Skull Canyon and the only Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure I know of is the Razer Core:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10137/razer-core-thunderbolt-3-egfx-chassis-499399-amd-nvidia-shipping-in-april

An EGFX certified laptop combined with driver / BIOS support which only AMD supports at the moment, equals proper hot-plugable eGPU support the correct AMD GPU. AMD calls this technology XConnect and they only list 4 certified devices, the two Razor Blade laptops, the Intel NUC and the Razer Core:

http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/xconnect

So what I think is this (please confirm at techinferno) - The Acer Predator 15 g9 will probably work with a Thunderbolt 2 type setup with no hot pluggable support and is able to use the internal laptop screen since it has Optimus. It might not support the hot-pluggable feature since it might not be EGFX certified. I do not know ff EGFX support is just a matter of a software / firmware update later on or if it is tied to the hardware.

/Poul

David

Hey Poul, just a short question! Do you know if Nando4’s program from techinferno is able to turn of the discrete graphic card of a macbook pro and activate the iGPU? I know that i can’t use the eGPU(via Optimus) with the internal Monitor of the MBP if i have a discrete graphic card(in my case GT750M).
Thanks and Greetings!
David

Poul Serek

Hi David

I have not tried it, but is says “on the box” that it can:

  • want to disable a dGPU in a hybrid graphics system to free up resources to host the eGPU
  • want to disable a dGPU in a hybrid graphics system to activate NVidia Optimus and if using a x1 link, engage x1 pci-e compression

The info is taken from here. So it should work.

/Poul

David

From what i read it is a tool to use the internal display of a laptop with an external GPU

Poul Serek

Hi Alfredo

Optimus is a technology that switching between two graphics cards on a laptop - a low power graphics card when battery life is important and a fast graphics card when you need more power. Take a look at my post here where I try to explain everything.

/Poul

utopian201

Hi, how has performance changed with optimus? My understanding is that with optimus, it enables compression on the bus? Or does that only apply to single lane pci links?

Poul Serek

Hi Utopian

Optimus is what enables the Intel iGPU to display frames from the NVIDIA dGPU or eGPU and switching between these GPU’s. The x1 1.0 (250 MB/s) link compression is just a performance boost when the bandwidth is very low in setups like these and it is mostly just a boost to DirectX 9 applications. You need an Intel iGPU, Optimus enabled drivers and the x1 1.0 link to activate the link compression, I have not seen other ways to do this. The bandwidth of Thunderbolt 1 and 2 type setups are much higher so the link compression does not active here.

/Poul

Poul Serek

Hi Utopian

One more note, it might activate on all x1 1/2/3/4.x links, I am not sure. But Thunderbolt setups are multilane so it should still not activate here.

/Poul

Jonathan

Hey I have a Macbook Pro with internal AMD R9 GPU I built a EGPU with the same hardware as you with a gtx 1070 I can’t seem to get my laptop to use the egpu. I try to open nvidia control panel and get this message Nvidia display settings are not available
You are currently not using a display attached to an nvidia gp. I have no idea what to do. Do I need an external monitor because of thr retina screen?

Poul Serek

Hi Jonathan

I would take a look at this post for help and asking around there. I do not own a laptop with a dedicated graphic card so it is a bit difficult to help you with this. Basically you need to disable the R9 and enable Intels iGPU for Optimus to work. Using Windows 8.1 and an external monitor is the easiest to setup in my experience.

/Poul

Mohamad

Hi
I have a Lenovo Y700 and I’m going to add an eGPU to this laptop. I have bought a Zotac GTX 1070 last week and also ordered a PE4C V3.0 for adding the VAG to my laptop. for running this eGPU, does it need a particular driver or software? or it is plug and play?
it would be great if you can help me

Poul Serek

Hi Mohamed

How are you planning to connect the PE4C V3.0 to the Lenovo Y700? As far as I can see the Y700 does not have any of the connecters required by this setup so I don’t see how this is possible. Maybe if the laptop has an M.2 PCI slot it might work with an adapter like here, but these ports are internal and you need to open up the laptop.

But lets say you have the required connectors then best case you just need what you would need when installing it in a desktop - the graphics drivers. This is what I did to get a similar setup working here. You might have to use DIY eGPU software for getting it to work like I did here.

Anyway, it has been a long time since I had a non-thunderbolt eGPU setup, so you should ask around TechInferno.

/Poul

Aadil Kurji

Hey, I had this all working on my macbook air (2013) and then the laptop didn’t make it on my move across the world. Picked up a 2015 model and folllowed the same steps. Both cards show up, but no matter what I do I can’t get anything to run on the eGPU. The one exception is No Man’s Sky, which was what I was trying to get going initially, bizarrely it only works if I fully disable the internal GPU. Nothing else works, I can’t even get into the Nvidia control panel if the intel is disabled, but somehow the game and egpu work great optimus style on the internal display.

No matter what I do, I can’t recreate this magic for any other program, and nothing works when the Intel is enabled. I have no idea how this is technically working at all. very odd.

Ideas?

(Windows seems to make kick in a basic display adapter, but it doesn’t show up in device manager…)

Poul Serek

Hi Aadil

When both cards show up, can you enter NVIDIA control panel and set the eGPU as the preferred processor? And does that solve your problem?

/Poul

Aadil Kurji

Poul,
Sorry I was unclear. I have set the default to eGPU, and even made specific entries for the individual .exes to no avail, the context menu also doesn’t trigger any response on the GPU. Literally the only time it works is if I run No Man’s Sky from steam, with the intel disabled, despite the system not letting me configure anything because optimus should’t work.

It’s very odd.

Thanks for your propt reply!

Poul Serek

Hi Aadil

I know there are some additional quirks with the 2015 Macbook Pro using eGPU setups as described here, but not sure if that also affects the 2015 Macbook Air lineup. Are you running a BIOS setup or UEFI? And what GPU do you use and do you use a powered PCIe riser?

/Poul

Aadil Kurji

I’ve confirmed (using hitman codename 47) that optimus only works when running OpenGL applications, when I have disabled the Intel HD6000 card in device Manager. Direct3D applications error out when the computer is in this configuration.

When the Intel is not disabled, no application is sent to the NVidia Card.

Thanks again for all your support to us eGPU newbs.

PS I’ll start hassling the TI forums if you don’t have any ideas :)

Poul Serek

Hi Aadil

I am running out of ideas, hardware wise you have the correct setup and you a using UEFI. Also disabling the HD6000 to make Optimus work also sounds strange since Optimus needs the built-in Intel graphics card. The powered riser should give enough power to the graphics card. TechInferno should be able to help you. You might need to try the setup without the powered PCIe riser since som do not recommend it at TechInferno. The 2015 model might be the problem since the 2015 model Retina Macbook Pro can be tricky using eGPU type setups.

/Poul

Chris Jiang

Hello, I am also using an eGPU and was working fine with gaming until now. Currently, I bought my eGPU from Bizon Box and my model is a Bizon Box 2 with a NVIDIA GTX 960 2 GB. My computer is a mid-2015 Macbook Pro 15 in Retina without an internal gpu card. The problem occurs when I plug in my eGPU into my mac using a thunderbolt 2 cable and boot into Windows 10 using an internal screen display. After I check that my eGPU is connected by checking Device manager and seeing that my GTX 960 is working properly, I try to launch a game, say for example Overwatch. However, it will not let me do that since right when I click launch, a message pops up saying that no compatible graphics hardware was found, even though it my eGPU is connected and says it is working fine under device management. I tried this with steam games but when I launch them too, it will say that the game is running but no application of the game is even open. I tried to play games without the eGPU and is working fine. I have tried to reinstall nvidia drivers and even reinstalled windows 10 on bootcamp but nothing helped. When I contacted Bizon Box support, they told me to try to install Windows 8.1 and see from there. Before I do that, is there anything that you have in mind that could help me? I use to be able to run games fine but now, it doesn’t work.

Poul Serek

Hi Chris

Are you sure you are using the GTX 960 as the default card in the NVIDIA control panel? That is the only thing I can think of that might be the problem.

/Poul

Ocean

My eGPU setting: EVGA 500W PSU, EVGA GTX 960 4GB, Akitio Thunderbolt 2 PCIE Box, the cable
My Macbook Pro: i7, Intel Iris Pro, 15’, win10
After I finished the installation of drivers and restart, I can find the card in the settings. However, when I ran the software to test it, the drivers will just clash. Details are: after showing FPS 60+, the test just stopped and after I pressed Esc, i find the graphics driver “clashed and recovered”. Even I tried to reinstall the drivers for many times, it never works. Can anybody help me?

Lukas

HI. I am using egpu gtx1060. Once i have turned on my laptop and my egpu, it turn my laptop to blank scree. Do you have any suggestion to fix this?. I am using Asus Rog 751jt laptop

Eli

Hi guys. I’ve got an acer aspire r13. I’m considering to buy an egpu, either the acer graphics dock with a gtx 960m via thunderbolt 3, or a thunderbolt 3 expansion box with pcie sockets to use a gtx 1050 ti. I’m just worried that the thunder 3 expansion box with the gtx 1050 ti won’t work with my laptop. So is it possible to get a thunder 3 expansion box working with any laptop or what do I have to mind before buying any of these two options?
Thanks for your replies!

Poul Serek

Hi Stripes

It might work. You might have to power on the power supply / graphics card a certain way and maybe even use something like eGPU setup 1.30 like I described here.

/Poul

Chris

My friend has a mid-2012 Macbook Pro with a 650m dGPU, and with TB1. From everything i’ve gathered, a TB3 eGPU enclosure will work using the Apple TB3 to TB2/TB1 adapter. This will be used for gaming under Windows 10 bootcamp. I was under the impression Optimus would be able to drive the internal display with an eGPU setup for this laptop. Do you know if that will be possible and if so, what the steps might be? Thanks

Poul Serek

Hi Chris

I have not used the adapter to try using Thunderbolt 3 devices on a Thunderbolt 1 / 2 Apple host. You should ask around at egpu.io or Techinferno to be sure. It does seem that it might work as described here.

/Poul

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