GUIDE How to Setup Thunderbolt eGPU on macOS

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How to Setup Thunderbolt eGPU on macOS

An EliteMacx86 Exclusive Guide - This guide covers setup of Thunderbolt eGPU on macOS.

Overview


On Laptops, the Mac only works with Intel HD/UHD Graphics which cannot be enough for users who are into editing, film production or users who need GPU for processing files. When talking about DGPU, it only works if the Intel GPU is factory disabled and the DGPU is compatible with macOS.

However, an eGPU can be a good idea for those users who are not willing to upgrade the system and still have the GPU use. Most of the new Laptops are being equipped with NVIDIA RTX GPU which isn't supported on macOS. So an eGPU can be an option.

Requirements


Thunderbolt CompatibilityCompatible Thunderbolt Chip
eGPU CompatibilityCompatible eGPU enclosure with a compatible GPU Card for macOS. If going for custom card, check the GPU compatibility below.

For more information on NVIDIA GPU compatibility, refer to the compatibility guide linked below.

For more information on AMD GPU compatibility, refer to the compatibility guide linked below.

Setting up Thunderbolt


Before you can connect your eGPU to your system, you'll need to setup Thunderbolt to make the eGPU working.

For more information on setting up Thunderbolt, refer to the guide linked below.

Connecting your eGPU


Once you've setup your Thunderbolt, here's how to connect your eGPU.

1. Turn on your eGPU.
2. Connect your eGPU to your system.
3. Turn on your system.

Notes:
  • If you want to use a display for your eGPU, connect your monitor's display to eGPU when you connect your eGPU to your system.
  • Currently, Hotplug isn't working even when making Thunderbolt Hotplug, the system crashes when removing eGPU. It's still under work in progress.
 
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