MVC EFI V2 coming for Maxwell and Pascal cards AKA, don't run recent nvidia uefi updater on your Mac flashed cards.
On June 4th, Nvidia released an update to enable DP1.3 and 1.4 on Maxwell and Pascal cards.
This includes everything from GTX750 on up. This is not a life-or-death update. But please do not run it on your MVC flashed cards. Our magic is in the EFI and it is doubtful that Nvidia has included a mechanism to maintain Mac EFI during this update.
So don't run theirs. We are busy building new versions of all our roms for this update. And since we have to bust open all the old EFIs, we are going to do another fix.
As some have noticed, our EFI used to flash a tiny text debug window before boot. Then Apple decided to add APFS to 10.13 High Sierra. They enabled booting from APFS by adding it to the Mac Pro 5,1 Bootrom. Unfortunately, their implementation interfered with our card EFI. Nothing catastrophic, but more of a cosmetic issue and what feels like a delay during boot. This text has grown and slowed to a point where it is more distracting now.
The quick and easy fix is to remove all the APFS formatted drives. No more APFS disks, no more APFS text, and no more boot delay. We are going to combine this update with the Nvidia DP 1.3/1.4 update and roll it into future roms. To start, the 1070Ti will be our first new cards, and the first cards shipped with the updated rom.
We will also add GTX1050 and GTX1060 at that time as products, if they have proven stable in the Web driver. As we roll them into existing product lines these roms will also be available to past US customers as an update for a nominal fee and shipping. Please don't start asking, we'll announce when these are available. I am uncertain if our EU folks will be offering past update service or just new cards as they are written.
So, to reiterate, the new EFI will incorporate Nvidia's June 4th 2018 DP 1.3/1.4 update along with a cosmetic fix for Apple's recent APFS additions. The only people who might actually, desperately NEED this update are folks with cMP and and 8K.
As usual, all the hacks, cracks, and other bozos selling pirated versions of our cards will continue offering unpatched older buggy versions, since they can't write their own EFI. If they would like to start licensing our work, now would be a good time to get in touch.
I have had a little disagreement with our Lead Software Engineer. I noticed that all of the other Macs certified for Mojave are 2012 or later. I'm pretty sure they all use the newer "Black" boot screen. I think the fact that the 5,1 has now been grouped with these 2012 and later machines means it should get a black boot screen. We have been testing this, it requires a known hack but looks really cool.
I like it. Lead Software Engineer doesn't. What do you guys think?
Between Mojave, eGPU, and iMac MXM cards we have had an uptick in demand.
Looking for some part time assistance in Hollywood, CA. We are near Runyon Canyon and the Dolby Theatre. (where they do that tedious Emmy thing).
Ideally someone(s) with computer knowledge and organized mind. Male or female, just be competent and have a reference or two.
In a perfect world this person or persons would have some knowledge of EFI oproms and Mac Intel machines. Self starter and intelligent is ideal.
Most tasks would be unpacking boxes, checking items into inventory, packing orders, and testing GPUs in various Macs. Historic love of all things Cupertino a plus.
LA or Hollywood locals email dave at this site dot com.
We have some EVGA 1080Ti SCX cards ready for eGPU.
These cards are set up for a few specialized machines. Primary is nMP 6,1, where these cards enable eGPU in OSX 10.1.3.4 or 10.13.5 or Win 10. You supply the enclosure and power.
Slide the card in, connect the TB2 cable, and your Mac Pro 6,1 has a 1080Ti at it's beck and call. Want to do some VR development or gaming in Windows? Just reboot with option key held down. Choose Win 10 and it boots up pretty as you please, as confirmed by Barefeats.com. He didn't call our eGPU cards "Breakthrough" for nothing.
Instead of running a bunch of hacks, cracks, scripts, and system level mods, you just type in a single line in terminal before booting up with your new eGPU. It JUST WORKS.
These cards also work flawlessly in 2016 MBP 13" with function keys or 2014 Mini or 2011 iMac 27". Can't say what else they work with as we don't have all Macs.
Please email us to set up orders for these cards, we want to make sure first cards land with folks who can use them. Hit me personally at dave at this website dot com.
New Era for eGPU, these function just like the TB3 Macs with eGPU AMD cards. They "Just Work".
Note: if you have any of the code kiddy hacks, cracks, warez, or scripts, you need to remove them. Our cards only work with a stable, stock system.
First orders ship by 6/15/18.
Can provide review samples to legitimate sites.
The 4,1/5,1 Mac Pro just won again. They will be the only Pre-2012 Macs to run Mojave with no hacks, cracks, or scripts. The only asterisked footnote was "with Metal Capable GPU".
Wonder where you could get one of those?
Well of course our GTX1080Ti will do, but not everyone needs that much horsepower.
And then I remembered, we have low cost GT640 cards that are direct and perfect replacement for GT120. No power cables needed. Some even have same ports as a GT120. For someone running a GT120 and a 24" or 27" Apple Display via MDP, as simple as ordering a DP GT640 and a $10 DP to MDP adapter. BINGO...up and running Mojave while all of the other 2009-2011 era Macs look sadly on with their ancient, non-ferrous GPUs soldered firmly to their logic boards.
We even have a GT630 with Dual DP ports, can run two of those Apple displays or even a Dell UP2715K . Any of these cards can drive a 4K display via DP port, though they won't show a boot screen higher than 2560x1440.
For those who want or need a 4K boot screen, we offer a GTX750Ti. These come in "power cable needed" and "no power cable needed" versions.
Of course, all of our Nvidia cards further up the line are also Metal capable. Another great year for 4,1/5,1. Now let's hope those guys working on the hack to let them run the 4.4 Ghz Xeon solve it...
We may run a discount coupon, I just need to figure out a good riddle.
As expected, all of our cards work the same in 10.13.5 as they did in 10.13.4. Even the "it Just Works" eGPU cards.
Multi-eGPU tests may appear in near future.
Pre-orders for eGPU cards start in next few days. Will only have a few for sale initially. Regular customers can email for a shot at the first ones. We're going to do the Creme de la Creme of 1080Tis to start. EVGA SCX cards, pix soon.
Quick reminder, 10.13.5 has dropped, along with Security Updates for 10.11 and 10.12.
If you are using an Nvidia card that requires their Web Drivers please wait a day or two to run any of these updates. Nvidia typically has drivers out within 24 hours, though not sure how this being nearly the weekend will impact that.
If you have already run the update, you will be seeing some odd screen redraws, etc if you have a card with our EFI. If you don't have our EFI you aren't reading this on the affected Mac because it can only display black screens !
If you are desperate there are ways to hack the old drivers to work. I have mentioned them in past blog posts.
In any case, let's look forward to the new drivers by Monday.
UPDATE: Drivers for 10.13.5 out, still waiting for the Security Update drivers for 10.11.6 and 10.12.6.
Barefeats has posted part 3 of his test with our new "Just Works" eGPU cards.
He found the iMac Pro to be a little more trouble than the TB3 MacBooks.
We will need to get our hands on one to sort it out. But I can report that a 2011 iMac 27" with AMD 6970 works like a dream with the same eGPU cards. Both internal and external displays work and you can easily move objects from one to other with no jitter or lag.
I was also able to connect a 5K and a 2nd 1080 to the iMac. Odd that this AMD dGPU gives no problems but newer ones do. Had iMac on left, 5K in middle and 24" Apple LED on right. I could have handled air traffic control at LAX with all the screen real estate.
Here is the thing with doing these cards. Each and every Mac variant acts slightly differently with eGPU. We don't have (and won't) one of every Mac. SO we will start selling the cards targeted for the machines we know they work well for.
So first batch will be shipping 2nd week of June if all goes as planned. They will be for nMP 6,1, TB3 MBP 13" with no Touch Bar, 2011 iMac with 6970, and 2014 Mini. They will be tested in 10.13.4 and possibly 10.13.5 Beta. We will do a limited run of 10 or 20 to sort the customer service issues as they will likely require more of that then the cMP cards.
The cards most likely work well on other Macs, and we look forward to reports from owners who try on other Macs. But we can't promise what we haven't tested.
We will discourage owners from running any of the hacks, cracks, and scripts from the interwebs with our cards. Not needed and more likely than not will cause issues.
And realize that an OS update or driver update may BREAK the cards support. So don't run any without checking here first. And once we have a fix, please be patient about us getting it out to you.
It is a daunting prospect to sell these cards, we need everyone to help us make it possible. This includes not leaking our work on those same interwebs.
Also, if I can figure out how, we will add a eGPU forum for our customers as their needs won't be addressed at other Forums where folks don't have EFI magic making eGPU effortless.
Here is latest test from Barefeats:
As I am booting Macs a couple hundred times a day I started to get sick of seeing the CUDA Pref pane always pop up on desktop.
Whether I need an update or not, I don't need the clutter.
I found this nifty terminal line that makes it stops bothering me.
rm -f /Library/LaunchAgents/com.nvidia.CUDASoftwareUpdate.plist
And next boot you'll only see it when you invite it to your desktop.
Thanks to rgov at Nvidia forums.
,Barefeats.com continues to trumpet our success with these cards. Please read the tests and consider clicking on the various links to his vendors. Many have been with us since PowerPC days and deserve support.
So, here is where we are. We have cards 99% ready for nMP 6,1 and Mac Mini 2014, and MBP 2016 TB3 with no touchbar. These machines all work perfectly with our current eGPU cards via EFI. It is likely that other machines with no dGPU will work well. Buying up one of every Mac TB system will take us time & $$$ to support. If you want true and useful eGPU support, help us bring this to the world.
You put our eGPU EFI card in a suitable chassis and connect via TB. You boot and hold "Option" key and see what OS's are available. Choose and boot. While nobody else on the planet has gotten a 6,1 nMP to boot Windows 10 via eGPU, our cards do it with the greatest of ease. It is an awesome VR development platform.
Proven at Barefeats.com.
So, for 10.13.4 on the above systems, you are able to boot an eGPU without the myriad hacks, cracks, scripts, and mods needed via the "enthusiast community". You just plug the card in and boot. EFI on card works the Win 10 or OSX boot. Displays work and you get to work creating content, not experimenting with code kiddie scripts.
On iMac Pro we understand that external display works but internal will require further development in OSX. (Windows already perfect) If anyone in LA/Hollywood area wishes to help, loan us your iMac Pro and we will continue development on this.
We can do demos of eGPU with nMP 6,1 and working VR in Windows. Did a demo at UCLA last year with perfect results. The nMP 6,1 will be an awesome VR development platform, now.
For the mentioned systems we will have cards for sale by June 15. Pre-sales by June 1. We will likely offer GTX1080Ti first as eGPU. 1080s may be next followed by others.
Please respect our unique work and long hours of development. We have had bad experiences before when our work went into the public realm due to disingenuous folks in the community. We need your support to make this work make sense for us. Prior bad acts delayed advancements for the whole community. (nMP 6,1 Windows support delayed by a year+ due to this)
Support our work so we can continue to be the leaders in this field. If we are undermined again, we will stop work on this and community as a whole will come to a grinding halt.