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2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14 [ikir]  

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ikir
 ikir
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Hi guys, I didn't posted any build since a while (maybe still traumatized from Tech Inferno no-sense ban).

MacBook Pro 13" 2016+ has been my dream machine, I wanted a very little light but powerful machine with great display, touch bar (yeas I love it) and fast Thunderbolt for eGPU docking and series stuff. Now 2018 model just gets perfect finally with quad-core i7!

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So I wanted to boost my eGPU as well, I'm a big fan of Venus and in my Italian channel I've covered this jewel with many videos, I really like the single cable dock with power, SSD, mouse, headset, display and GPU. Venus is quite small considered what it has inside, so when I had the insane idea of putting Sapphire last beast, Nitro+ RX Vega 64 inside of it I was already aware I needed some serious modding.

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  1. The fist thing is to change PSU, I used an awesome Enermax SFX Revolution 650W which can power everything, it is modular, compact and also cool. 
  2. This card is too big to fit inside so I needed to remove left cover cracked, I cut it and with the screw I put it again after inserting the GPU, also I needed to cut the plastic on the right side that keep the cover in place.
  3. Even if the Sapphire card has a very efficient cooler, it is made for desktop machines, Venus can easily turn to a fireball with this inside, so I needed to change the cooling system: the standard fan now take fresh air from outside and a new installed (I needed to precisely cut the aluminum) beQuiet fan takes they hot air away. Also I remove the transparent plastic in the Venus cover because 2 of the 3 big fan of the Sapphire card takes air inside the box and need all the airflow.
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I will post some result soon!

eGPU bench Nitro

Italian complete article:  https://www.egpu.it/mantiz-venus-extreme-mod-con-sapphire-nitro-rx-vega-64/

13” 2017 vs 2018 (and Mojave beta):
Rise of the Tomb Raider jumped from 76 to 92fps in high 1080p
Deus EX Mankind Divided 4K max settings from 35 to 40fps



MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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bonsaielectric
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Amazing build, thanks for sharing!

Have you tried it in bootcamp btw? Would love to know how hard the setup is with an AMD card and the new MBP.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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kstl
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+1 for the bootcamp question. I'm using a 2018 13" and want to, ideally, get an AMD card working in both MacOS and Windows.

2018 13" MBP TouchBar - 10.15b & Win10
modded AKiTiO Node Pro + RX580 8GB
2x Apple Cinema Display


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DeNachtwacht
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Posted by: kstl

+1 for the bootcamp question. I'm using a 2018 13" and want to, ideally, get an AMD card working in both MacOS and Windows.

I have sucessfully installed an NVIDIA GTX 1080 in both Boot Camp and macOS. It's not perfect yet but we're getting there. I hope they will release some new drivers soon.

2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 1903 [build link]  

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ikir
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Thanks to everyone!
i’m sorry but haven’t tried Bootcamp yet! Not really interested but I will try for community purpose!


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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ikir
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Mojave beta and this new beast are really a dream performance wise! I’ve updated my first post with some gaming tests.


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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schmaexx
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Great to hear. Been hesitant, updating my 2018 Macbook Pro to Mojave. But on my MacBook Air 2012 and MacBook Pro 2012 it's running great, so I might make the jump soon as well.
How is sleep mode, when connected to the eGPU? Any issues there?

2018 15" MacBook Pro (RP560X) [8th,6C,H] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.13.6 [build link]  

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manzanita
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Posted by: ikir
  1. This card is too big to fit inside so I needed to remove left cover cracked, I cut it and with the screw I put it again after inserting the GPU, also I needed to cut the plastic on the right side that keep the cover in place.

Great build!

I have one suggestion though, for other who want to insert this kind of Sapphire cards (Radeon Vega Nitro+ 56 and 64). 

The length of both cards is 31 cm (310 mm). Sappihre Nitro+ Rx Vega 64
The Mantiz specs indicates a maximum card length of 33 cm (330 mm).

The problem is that as @ikir indicates, it is impossible to insert the card because of the plastics that secure the cover. Basically the card can´t pivot in oder to get inside the housing. I found a solution fitting a Sapphire Nitro+ Rx Vega 56 -It has the same length (310 mm)- into a Mantiz Venus without cutting the plastic left side. 

I removed the back plate from the Mantiz and insert the card carefully not to damage the logic board from behind using the free space that was occupied before by the backplate. Prevously I had connected the 2x8 pins of the card and then I fit the card in the slot.
Thus, you don´t have to remove the  left side of the Venus that secures the cover. Finally, after  I have secured the card in the slot, I screwed the backplate  again into place. It was a delicate work (at least for me)

I have to say that when I unboxed the Sapphire Card, I though to myself that it would be impossible to fit that beast inside the Venus. It´s really a big card.

Again, great modding!

Mantiz Venus + Sapphire Nitro + Radeon Rx Vega 56
Razer Core + PowerColor Red Devil Vega 56

 
2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 11.0.1 [build link]  


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ikir
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Posted by: manzanita
Posted by: ikir
  1. This card is too big to fit inside so I needed to remove left cover cracked, I cut it and with the screw I put it again after inserting the GPU, also I needed to cut the plastic on the right side that keep the cover in place.

Great build!

I have one suggestion though, for other who want to insert this kind of Sapphire cards (Radeon Vega Nitro+ 56 and 64). 

The length of both cards is 31 cm (310 mm). Sappihre Nitro+ Rx Vega 64
The Mantiz specs indicates a maximum card length of 33 cm (330 mm).

The problem is that as @ikir indicates, it is impossible to insert the card because of the plastics that secure the cover. Basically the card can´t pivot in oder to get inside the housing. I found a solution fitting a Sapphire Nitro+ Rx Vega 56 -It has the same length (310 mm)- into a Mantiz Venus without cutting the plastic left side. 

I removed the back plate from the Mantiz and insert the card carefully not to damage the logic board from behind using the free space that was occupied before by the backplate. Prevously I had connected the 2x8 pins of the card and then I fit the card in the slot.
Thus, you don´t have to remove the  left side of the Venus that secures the cover. Finally, after  I have secured the card in the slot, I screwed the backplate  again into place. It was a delicate work (at least for me)

I have to say that when I unboxed the Sapphire Card, I though to myself that it would be impossible to fit that beast inside the Venus. It´s really a big card.

Again, great modding!

Thanks mate  🙂 Yes there are alternatives ways fo fit the beast inside, anyway the other issue is the cooling. In my first test without the new fan and different airflow, Venus was becoming very very hot.
PS: can you leave me a like in the youtube video? thanks!


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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mostlikelynotarobot
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Hi, @ikir. Just here to echo @schmaexx's question regarding sleep mode. On my own build, which is similar to yours (using an RX 580 instead of the V64), the fans will randomly and very loudly spin up when in sleep mode in macOS. Have you experienced similar issues?

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/fan-runs-full-speed-randomly-while-sleeping/

2018 MacBook Pro 13" | Mantiz Venus | RX 580 8GB


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