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Phoenix2063
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Between the RX 5700 XT being supported in OSX and Mantiz having a £100 off sale, I couldn't pass up dropping the hammer on both to finish off my setup 😎 

System:
2018 MacBook Pro 13 inch with touch bar, space grey

CPU: Intel i5 2.3GHz quad core

Memory: 8GB 2133MHZ

Storage: 512GB

 

eGPU:

Mantiz Venus MZ-02, space grey

- Stock fan upgraded to a Noctua NF-A12x15 low profile 120mm, it's a big improvement over the stock fan which stayed at the same speed all the time (if you do the same i'd advise buying a cheap offset screwdriver as the screws are difficult to reach).

Gigabyte Gaming OC 5700XT triple fan design, barely audible under load

Stouchi Thunderbolt 3 braided cable, 1 metre is plenty for my desk

- I'll be looking to add an SSD to the eGPU , will hold off on bootcamp until then to make storage easier.

Screenshot 2019 11 28 at 21.50.04

 

Peripherals:

Asus Rog Strix XG32VQ: 32 inch (2560x1440) curved monitor 144HZ

Logitech G560 RGB lightsync speakers

SONY WH-100X M3 noise cancelling bluetooth headset with USB-C charging

Das Keyboard professional, mechanical keyboard with cherry brown switches, includes two USB 3.0 ports

Razer deathadder gaming mouse

Blue Yeti bundle: Microphone / boom arm / shockmount (not hooked up at the moment)

Desk from Ikea, have three Samdi walnut stands for my MacBook / headphones / phone

Screenshot 2019 11 28 at 21.48.54

 

Benchmarks: I've not done anything like this before so any advice you could provide such as programs to use including a way to check FPS in game would be helpful.

- When running the heaven benchmark I ran both twice at both 1080p and 1440p at extreme settings right after each other, for both I got slightly better score on the second run.

On each run at the same point the benchmark, there's a low FPS drop to 9.6 at 1080p / 9.4 at 1440p. This happens when the video between scenes 18 & 19. Has anyone else experienced this same drop? Before it dropped the lowest FPS score was holding at 30FPS until around scene 10 then dropped to 18FPS, before the low scores above. Perhaps it's early drivers?

- Geekbench score ran before and after connecting the eGPU, massive jump as expected.

- In both tests the CPU stayed at or below 50 degrees and the GPU was barely audible.

Screenshot 2019 11 28 at 21.37.17
Screenshot 2019 11 28 at 21.35.35

I'll be installing some free games on OSX such as League of Legends, DOTA2, Fortnite, World Of Warcraft free trial, also have some Total War games purchased, may pick up Borderlands 3 for Mac. So hopefully will be able to update with real world performance, suggestions on what to try welcome.

Will be looking to try bootcamp once I install a SSD in the Mantiz, probably January so will expand the games tried on the Windows side.

 

 

 

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Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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Phoenix2063
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Should the heaven benchmark show both the internal and external GPU as i've seen other that just show one? 

Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Nice build and great to see pics of your set up!

Where did you buy your cables? I’m in the market for a 1m tb3 cable and the one you mention is new to me...

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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2017 13" MacBook Pro [7th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Phoenix2063
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Picked it up off UK Amazon, feels well made

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07ZJ6K8BK?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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Jimmy
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@phoenix2063

Nice setup. My Mantiz just arrived yesterday too. It came with a slower bandwidth speed firmware. When I benchmarked using Heaven, sometime it stuttered. What is your Cling bandwidth speed?

MBP 2018 13" i5 512GB Touch Bar (MR9R2)
Aorus Gaming Box RX580
Mantiz Venus, Red Devil 5700XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + Win10 1903 [build link]  


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@badtz

How do you update the firmware? 

Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
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@phoenix2063

There should be an email from Mantiz or you can check here

MBP 2018 13" i5 512GB Touch Bar (MR9R2)
Aorus Gaming Box RX580
Mantiz Venus, Red Devil 5700XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + Win10 1903 [build link]  


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@badtz

looks like firmware can't be updated via the 2018 MacBooks? As we're both on the same 13 inch MacBook pro with i5, and running a 5700xt with Mantiz, i'd be really interested to see your benchmarks for comparison 

Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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@phoenix2063

Unfortunately mbp user with T2 chip unable to update Mantiz firmware 😔. I haven’t got my hands on 5700xt yet. Still considering which gpu to get.. I need to upgrade my 1080 60hz  monitor as well so its gonna take a while 😂

MBP 2018 13" i5 512GB Touch Bar (MR9R2)
Aorus Gaming Box RX580
Mantiz Venus, Red Devil 5700XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + Win10 1903 [build link]  


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