Will I need an external monitor for my BizonBOX?

Not necessarily. 

It depends on your Mac configuration and operating system.

  • Mac with integrated GPU only (Intel HD, Intel Iris, Intel Iris Pro)
    macOS/OS X: Internal or external monitor support.
    Windows: Internal or external monitor support.

  • Mac with Integrated + discrete GPU (AMD, NVIDIA)
    macOS/OS X: Internal or external monitor support.
    Windows: External monitor only.


More details about macOS/OS X

To take advantage of acceleration, you will need to connect the graphics card within the BizonBOX to an external monitor, but there are some exceptions. 

When using an external monitor, acceleration is supported in all cases when you connect directly to the GPU housed within the BizonBOX (e.g. DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort; depending on GPU support).

There are some exceptions that allow you to bypass external monitor requirement and use only internal monitor:

1. Internal Display Acceleration Activator for BizonBOX
Activator for BizonBOX is a small device which allows you to use BizonBOX in macOS/OS X and Windows 10 without connecting an external monitor. It's a solution for those who do not want to run applications on an external monitor and prefer using MacBook internal display. Compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS 10.13 High Sierra and with Windows 10 on Boot Camp.
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2. Applications with manual GPU selection
Most production/creative applications provide you the option to select GPU acceleration within the application’s preferences.
These applications do not require an external monitor to take advantage of GPU acceleration, no matter your hardware configuration/setup.
Here are some applications that do not require an external monitor to take advantage of GPU acceleration: DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Octane Render, SketchUp, and many others.

The above-mentioned applications are able to utilize graphics acceleration with the BizonBOX without an external monitor; proper configuration within the specific application’s preferences is required.

Using an external graphics card with the BizonBOX allows for complex color corrections, statistical computations, 2K/4K footage edits, 2D/3D rendering processes using the most basic and baseline of Macintosh hardware (i.e. Integrated Intel Iris graphics). 



Notes for OS X:

The eGPU will be detected by macOS/OS X as an additional graphics card.
Per limitations of macOS/OS X acceleration of games and some other applications are limited to external monitor use only.

To accelerate some applications you will need to run them on an external monitor connected to the eGPU housed in the BizonBOX (due to technical limitation of macOS/OS X).
In macOS/OS X go to ‘System Preferences’ –> ‘Displays’ and set the external monitor as the main display by dragging and dropping the Menu Bar on the external monitor. Additionally, you can drag the application to the external monitor to enable GPU acceleration. The laptop display can be used as a secondary monitor or can be close to run in clamshell mode.

This does not apply to the cases described in the "Application Exceptions" section or when using Activator.

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More details about Windows:

The eGPU in the BizonBOX can be used on either the internal or external displays.
Using the internal monitor only, your hardware must be: Intel HD 4000 or higher, Intel Iris, or Intel Iris Pro and include NVIDIA Optimus technology. If your hardware includes integrated graphics paired with a discrete GPU, this acceleration option is NOT possible. NVIDIA Optimus technology is only compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Graphics acceleration is possible with any combination of hardware through an external monitor (e.g. Intel, AMD, NVIDIA) integrated and discrete.

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