2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + RP WX 9100 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 10.13.5 [mechminded]
2017 Macbook Pro 15" RP560, 3.1GHz, 16GB ram, 1TB SSD, macOS 10.13.5 (everything maxed out except the SSD)
Sonnet 650w Breakaway
Radeon Pro wx 9100
TB3 cable -Cable Matters active 40Gbps - 6.6' -amazon link
photos coming soon (on set all week)
Seriously plug and play - Updated High Sierra, plugged in the sonnet box.
Benchmarks - these were generally run in clamshell mode with the external monitor powered off the eGPU.
• blender cycles - bmw27 - render times in seconds
This machine is corporate issued, and a borrowed eGPU kit (from AMD). I don't play any games, and can't hack the machine up too much as it's not technically mine. At best in any configuration, I'm only seeing 60% utilization in the activity monitor, and in most tasks the discrete card is almost as fast, or faster. Nuke in particular reaps the most benefits, but is still capped at 60%. in addition to the above benchmarks, I've also run Resolve 15 and C4D with the same utilization issue.
I'd love to get this card running close to 100%, since it appears that it would really make a difference with render times.
I'm also halfway into building a windows boot disk and a centOS boot disk, each has it's own issues with getting the drivers loaded or the hardware recognized. Linux sees it, but won't let me select it, and windows doesn't see it. I can't run boot camp due to corporate limitations, but I do have a windows go installation on an external disk.
Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts