Suggestions for Thunderbold external GPU

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07-02-2015 01:57 AM
ErwinVervacke
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Working on a Macbook Pro (2014), my graphics capability is not what I'm looking for when working on large scenes.

Does anyone have any experience with external GPUs on OS X and running CE (or other 3D programs)?

[I know I could buy a larger laptop/desktop but prefer not to]

thx, Erwin

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MatthiasBuehler
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Hey,

I don't have experience with this, but I'm also interested in that topic.

Do you have a specific model in mind?

Cheers!

m.

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ErwinVervacke
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I've been searching online and some models work although not with their official drivers ...

Too bad that OS X currently doesn't send the image to the internal screen of the MBP ... external screens are required.

I'm considering ViDock (as I currently don't know of any other brands) http://www.villageinstruments.com/tiki-index.php?page=Products but have no clue as to which GF card to select - any suggestions to what benchmarks to look for?

A Thunderbolt GPU on a Mac : How-to | Le journal du lapin

Erwn

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MatthiasBuehler
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Hmm.

Honestly, I don't believe (gut feeling) you will ever find a solution with a MBP that will fully satisfy you since Apple products are black box systems (e.g. graphics drivers). Trying to plug new hardware somewhere in between, I don't think it's in Apple's interest, therefore it may be tricky... But let me know if you find a solution.

Switching to a PC laptop: No option? 😉

Matthias Buehler

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twitter: @MattB3D

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ErwinVervacke
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The MacPro alternative is very expensive as well.  I would need to keep a laptop unless I mount a handle on the Mac display for easy carrying 🙂

Benefit of the MacPro: more cores, more memory,...

Windows PC laptop with external GPU seems like a double compromise ... I don't mind working on a Win machine but hate to have to 'fix/tweak/clean' it regularly and I would still have the burden of an external device.

Not sure at this point but I share your concern.  If something pops up, I'll let you know.

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ErwinVervacke
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CreatePro [CreatePro Page] in UK specialises in expanding MacPro's - especially the former model which holds more space.

And they resell the Cubix PCI-e Xpander [Cubix Home Page ]

I'll check with them.

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MatthiasBuehler
Regular Contributor

Ok .. let me know what comes out ..

Note:

I find it really sad that macs don't offer the newest generation PC CPUs and GPUs. This is a killer, at least for me. Nice design and a 'painless' OS (except all the damn updates all the time) is cool, but I need more power for 3D and rendering, leaving Apple products sadly as no option.

Matthias Buehler

Head of 3D Technologies

twitter: @MattB3D

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Garsdale Design Limited

matthias.buehler@garsdaledesign.co.uk

www.garsdaledesign.co.uk

ErwinVervacke
New Contributor III

"We can certainly build a custom Mac Pro for you, however we do not currently offer an external GPU solution for MacBook systems"

So their MacPro offerings (old chassis plenty of goodies) look nice but I have never before delved into Mac desktop comparisons so I might be way off here ...

If I would only run CE and Max/Modo on the system, I might as well turn to Windows.  That has been about 8 yrs since I last updated myself on hardware ... still a lot of research to do.  Guess I'll just call Pascal 🙂

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