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2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt eGPU?

jeffnesh

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I am considering an external GPU (along the lines of Akito Node or Mantiz) for my 13" MacBook Pro w/Touchbar.

Pretty confident I can get the eGPU running, probably with an NVIDIA 1060 or so. However, has anyone used something like this with Lightroom CC? Will I see improved performance?

Thanks for any experiences.
 
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Welcome to the forum Jeff. Interesting question. I haven't come across anyone using such a setup, but there may well be someone out there. I think it's rare enough that only Google will turn them up though.
 

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Jinook Yoo

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I have tested it yesterday but unfortunately, not available yet.
It is possible to use egpu(Akitio node + GTX1060) with my Macbook Pro(Touch bar 13inch 2016) both bootcamp and Sierra.
and got a reasonable result in 3D games.
but Lightroom did not detect egpu on Sierra -_-;(Did not check on Bootcamp)
 

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Thanks, that's exactly the insight I was looking for. I think it's getting easier to get eGPUs up and running in MacOS, and some of the new boxes are appealing. The new Mantiz Venus is only a small bit more in price than a thunderbolt3 dock, provides 5 USB ports, a mount for an internal ssd drive, and ethernet, plus the obvious option for a full GPU card. That's a nice option. I was worried though that with Adobe's current approach to GPU usage it might not work. Sounds like that's the case. Thanks for the test.
 

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MacOS 10.13.4 now officially supports eGPU's. Curious if anyone has tried one recently with this version and if they've noticed any improvement.
 
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