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Andy Bissonnette
Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 8:22:12 pm

I have been browsing around for fun and am wondering if this scenario would be possible:

Macbook Pro 15" : Thunderbolt Port : Sonnet Echo ExpressCard Pro : ExpressCard to PCI-E Adapter : NVIDIA Cuda Card

I don't think the particular ExpCard-PCIE I have listed is necessarily the best, but I'm sure better ones exist (PCIE2.0?). So, would this work in theory? And still be able to support Cuda in Davinci? Adobe?


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Juan Salvo
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 8:39:11 pm

First problem is the 15" mbp can't support the Resolve GUI.

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Sascha Haber
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:06:55 pm

Well, some can...if you were smart enough to buy the one with the higher resolution it will work.

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Joseph Owens
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:15:46 pm

And can Resolve access CUDA cores on an extended Thunderbolt/PCIe adapter?

Seems like a stretch.

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Robert Houllahan
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:17:34 pm

I was under the impression that GPU's were not supported on OSX over Thunderbolt. Best way to get CUDA on a laptop is probably to get a Windows machine.

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Joseph Owens
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:17:06 pm

Plus. this seems like a "Basics and Configuration" kind of question....???

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Andy Bissonnette
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:38:59 am

My apologies, you are probably right. I got a little excited and clicked the first thread I saw. And yes, with the higher res 15"mbp (or even the 17" since it has an express card slot).


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Mike Halper
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 12, 2012 at 9:15:55 pm

GPU's aren't supported via Thunderbolt yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's something that comes in the future. Regardless, a better way to get PCI expansion from Thunderbolt is to use the Sonnet Echo Express Pro or Magma Express 3T PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis. The ExpressCard/34 slot is only x1 PCIe. Thunderbolt is x4 bidirectional capable right now so you'd get better performance not using the ExpressCard/34 slot.


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Andy Bissonnette
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:08:35 am

Thanks for the help. Would there be any benefit to using said ext gpu as the gui card?


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Ryan Wu
Re: Hasty way to get Cuda/Nvidia GPU on Macbook Pro 2011??
on Mar 29, 2013 at 5:27:53 pm

This thread is a bit old.

Has there been any changes in this area yet?
I really wan to accelerate my render times with resolve on my rMBP.

Ad there are so many thundebolt expansion chassis out there now.


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