We had planned to intro something a while back. If we had, we'd all be in a world of hurt right now. From 10.12.6 to 10.13 Apple changed some rules. Going into 10.13.4 they changed some more. Had we shipped cards for 10.12.6 they would have required one or two reflashings at this point. Nobody would have enjoyed that. Least of all the people reflashing all the cards.
Now that the concept of eGPU is blessed by Saint Tim, we are hopeful that the rug-pulling and other shenanigans are over.
Where are we now? Glad you asked. We have some Nvidia products that amaze and delight. They "Just Work". You put one of our Titan-Xps in your TB2 or TB3 chassis and plug it in to your nMP 6,1. 10.12.6 boots right up on the external screen and you can start CUDA crunching. Or hit the "option" key and see your other boot choices. Getting that "High Sierra" urge? 10.13.4 will boot up pretty as you please.
Feel like "taking a walk on the wild side"? Hold "option" again and choose Windows 10. Plug your Oculus Rift in and run terrified in the Arizona Sunshine. Or write the next hit VR title that changes the world. Outside of Apple and Nvidia labs, 3 people on the planet have done that. (Me, Netkas, and Barefeats) I demoed this at UCLA last year, time to let it out in the world.
Did I mention that any of these three OSs require no hacks, cracks, old kexts, new kexts, DSDTs, Test Mode Signing, CSRUtil nonsense or regular DTs, etc? In fact no hocus pocus whatsoever? We link you to a page at Apple.com (you know these guys, yeah?) and you paste a single string from their site into the terminal. The magic card EFI does the rest.
Feel like taking your Titan Xp to the new fastest Mac? Using a slightly different boot sequence you can boot 10.13.4 on an iMac Pro with the same ease. (Windows not tested yet on this machine) I was able to run 2 @ Titan Xps on a lowly 13" MBP (real function key model) and a staggering FOUR TITAN Xps on a 2016 MBP 15" with the RX460. You read it right, the 15" had all 4 (FOUR) (QUATRO) TB3 ports running the world's premier Mac eGPU. Blender scaled nicely, cutting the original Titan Xp render time into nearl;y 1/4. That 4 hour render can be finished while you have lunch.
The 13" MBP booted smoothly into Win 10 as well, no Error 12, Error 43, or fiddle faddling needed. Just use the boot picker displayed on the external screen and choose the OS you want. Obviously Apple could toss a wrench into the works, but we're prepared to take a shot if you are. If you prefer leaping through flaming hoops of hacked and broken old kexts that may contain security holes, that is another option. We think the world will prefer a card that does the work, letting you work on projects (or play games) instead of playing games with half baked "scripts" that KP and do the black screen peek-a-boo.
First run of 1080s, 1080Tis, and Titans will be sold with understanding that Apple MIGHT pull a fast one and break support. You'll be expected to restrain yourself from updating until any change is tested and cleared. If they do need a reflash we'll expect patience while we post a workaround until a new flash is ready. We'll charge a nominal shipping and handling fee to update the cards and everyone is back in business.
eGPU cards will be a US branch only thing initially. Once we have a grasp on things, we will bring them out in our EU partners, should they choose to do so.
The good news is you don't have to take our word for it. Some tests were already posted at a site mentioned here before. And I heard a rumor that some really interesting reports are coming in the VERY near future. Should get some interest going. If any other review sites want to give one a try, have your agent call our agent.
The TB3 boot screens need a GUI clean up. Our lead programmer has been on safari but should be returning from the jungle to finish this soon. We need to test on more machines but nMP 6,1 and 2014 Mini are fully supported already. This time, we mean business.
We will be changing eGPU from a hacker's hobby into something people use with ease and stability to get work done. (and games played) A 6,1 nMP with eGPU can run rings around a bog stock iMac Pro in many applications. Keep the $1,000s you save for a trip somewhere.
4/29/2018 01:36:55 pm
“A 6,1 nMP with eGPU can run rings around a bog stock iMac Pro in many applications.“
6/10/2021 09:43:54 pm
I want to learn how to use these cards. What advantages do they have? Is the procedure too complicated? I need advice for making a new card.
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