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March 7, 2019 12:11 am  

System specs

-MacBook Pro 13 inch 2015, i7-5557U 2-core, 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD
-iGpu Intel Iris Graphics 6100
-External Monitor Samsung 2560x1440
-Mac OSX 10.14.2

eGPU hardware (eGPU enclosure, video card, any third-party TB3 cable, any custom mods)

Asus XG Station Pro
nVidia Quadro K6000
Apple TB3 -> TB2 Adapter MMEL2ZM/A
StarTech.com Thunderbolt Cable 1m

Hardware pictures

QuadroK6000 in XG Station Pro

Installation steps 

MacOSX:
Use @mac_editor's purge-wrangler or @goalque's EFI Bootloader to enable nVidia cards and TB2.

GraphicDisplayShort
AboutMac

Benchmarks

1) AIDA64

gpgpu emph

(A windows tool, because it illustrates on one page the strength of this card)

                               
2) Games:

Look up GeForce GTX 780 Ti, because it's exactly the same chip (GK110B)

Benchmarks

1)  It's very useful for scientific research (numeric equations, simulations)

2) The Double-Precision Mandel score is sill unmatched by any consumer card, including RTX2080Ti or Radeon VII.

3) This card is very well supported under MacOSX Mojave

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I have done some CAD Benchmarks comparing with a GTX1080Ti:

  Quadro K6000 GTX1080Ti

Solidworks 2017

SolidWorks QuadroK6000 b

Solidworks GTX1080Ti 2

Conclusions:

- In CAD the Quadro K6000 is equal to GTX1080Ti, even slightly faster on simulation.
- For RealView Performance there is only a score for the Quadro K6000, probably because of a missing feature in the GTX1080Ti.
- For any application other than Gaming Quadro K6000 is a good as a GTX1080Ti and is supported in Mojave.
- I will soon get a Radeon VII and it will be very interesting.

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I got a more interesting benchmark, thanks to @itsage, I found SEPCviewperf13, which a very nice benchmark for professionl application. There I got comparing with a GTX 1080 Ti, some very interesting results:

First, the overview:

Quadro K6000 GTX 1080 Ti

SPECviewperf13 K6000

SPECviewperf13 GTX1080Ti

This is quite interesting as we can see, that the K6000 can compete with the GTX 1080 Ti in professional applications.There is one benchmark though, the SNX-03, which is outstanding:

Quadro K6000 GTX 1080 Ti

SPECviewperf13 SNX03 K6000

SPECviewperf13 SNX03 GTX1080Ti

The difference is more than suprising! How is this possible? One thing I can already tell: The Radeon VII is performance like the GTX1080Ti in this particular benchmark.

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3) This card is very well supported under MacOSX Mojave

Hi OliverB,

sorry for being off topic, but this is one of the very few info I found about Quadro K6000 working on Mac OS... do you happen to know more about hardware compatibility between K6000 and 2012 Mac Pro 5.1..? I couldn't find any info wether it's working or not. I know that K5000 is supported, and even recommended by Apple for Mojave OS, but nothing about K6000... since both are based on Kepler Architecture makes me hope it might be working.

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3) This card is very well supported under MacOSX Mojave

Hi OliverB,

sorry for being off topic, but this is one of the very few info I found about Quadro K6000 working on Mac OS... do you happen to know more about hardware compatibility between K6000 and 2012 Mac Pro 5.1..? I couldn't find any info wether it's working or not. I know that K5000 is supported, and even recommended by Apple for Mojave OS, but nothing about K6000... since both are based on Kepler Architecture makes me hope it might be working.

@diotalevis
it works wonderfully with MacPro5,1, any Kepler card works great in Mojave. I have got a Titan Black (same chip) and it's amazing how it performs in Mojave.

But there is one aspect to consider: If you buy a "normal" K6000, it won't have a Mac Bootscreen. If you need a Bootscreen you may use a second small card or flash a Bootscreent a K6000. Probably the first tip is the easier one.

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@OliverB

great news, thanks for the details. I'm not using bootscreen, but I do have a second card, just in case.
Quadro K6000 would be for 3D rendering and video editing. I might consider flash it for Mac later on.

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@OliverB

great news, thanks for the details. I'm not using bootscreen, but I do have a second card, just in case.
Quadro K6000 would be for 3D rendering and video editing. I might consider flash it for Mac later on.

Besides the obvious strength in double precession processing the main value of the Quadro K6000 lies in particular, very professional CAD Software. In video editing it has no advantage over other cards, nor in standard 3D Rendering. It's still good in standard applications, but not better than other cards.

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@OliverB

great news, thanks for the details. I'm not using bootscreen, but I do have a second card, just in case.
Quadro K6000 would be for 3D rendering and video editing. I might consider flash it for Mac later on.

Besides the obvious strength in double precession processing the main value of the Quadro K6000 lies in particular, very professional CAD Software. In video editing it has no advantage over other cards, nor in standard 3D Rendering. It's still good in standard applications, but not better than other cards.

that's interesting... I'm building a workstation that can handle well heavy 3D scenes, fast renders... smooth editing and quality color grading... mostly post production stuff. I thought Quadro K6000 would be the best fit, but if you think of a different one I would be very interested to hear your opinion... thanks.

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@OliverB

great news, thanks for the details. I'm not using bootscreen, but I do have a second card, just in case.
Quadro K6000 would be for 3D rendering and video editing. I might consider flash it for Mac later on.

Besides the obvious strength in double precession processing the main value of the Quadro K6000 lies in particular, very professional CAD Software. In video editing it has no advantage over other cards, nor in standard 3D Rendering. It's still good in standard applications, but not better than other cards.

that's interesting... I'm building a workstation that can handle well heavy 3D scenes, fast renders... smooth editing and quality color grading... mostly post production stuff. I thought Quadro K6000 would be the best fit, but if you think of a different one I would be very interested to hear your opinion... thanks.

@diotalevis
I didn't say the K6000 is not the best card for your work. It may well be. I only said that it is not the best card in every category. Did you check this benchmark?
Of course, a GTX1080Ti won't help you anything in Mojave. So if you want a strong nVidia working GPU working in Mojave, the Quadro K6000 is obviously the best.

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