The Nvidia 1080TI Quadruped The Macbook Pro’s Performance
As a general rule, laptops aren’t as customizable as desktops. Generally, you don’t see many people replacing their laptop’s components every few years like people do with desktops. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t customize your laptop via external hardware. One such example is the use of a Nvidia 1080ti graphics card with a Macbook Pro.
The folks over at egpu.io downloaded Nvidia’s latest pascal drivers and found that using an external Ti graphic’s card quadrupled the Macbook Pro’s performance. The testers did notice that performance took a slight hit due to the fact that the Thunderbolt 3 interface simply is not as fast as PCI-E slot, but that’s a small price to pay given the performance increase offered by the TI.
The team at egpu.io tested the TI against two of AMD’s graphics cards and found that AMD’s offerings didn’t come close. Using the Luxmark 3.1 benchmark, they found that the Radeon Pro 450 scored 5822 and the 460 scored 6056. The TI, with the latest drivers installed, scored 23,172 with the latest beta drivers installed on the Macbook Pro.
The increased performance is certainly impressive, but as someone who loves working on computers, I’m more interested in the possibilities offered by external hardware. It isn’t nearly as convenient as replacing your desktop’s GPU, but this is still a step towards a fully modifiable laptop.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.