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2013 Mac Pro (FP D500 x2) [3rd,6C,E] + RX Vega FE @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (ASUS XG Station 2) + macOS 10.13.2 [itsage]  

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Newegg recently had the Radeon Vega FE on sale ($700) for the Air version. This graphics card is beautiful with excellent build quality. It's fully enclosed in brushed aluminum housing and backplate, anodized blue. The ASUS ROG XG Station 2 is currently the only eGPU enclosure with a PSU powerful enough (680W) to handle RX Vega 64/Radeon Vega FE.

 

System specs:

Late 2013 Mac Pro – Xeon E5-1650 v2/2x Radeon FirePro D500 dGPU/32GB RAM/1TB SSD

 

eGPU hardware:

ASUS ROG XG Station 2 + Radeon Vega Frontier Air + Apple TB3 to TB Adapter + 2m Thunderbolt 2 cable

 

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Installation steps:

I first tried it the Mac Pro tower. It was plug and play in 10.13.1 and 10.13.2. It's the same when used as an eGPU. The drivers are still a work in progress so the GPU fan runs all the time, not full speed but audible. I actually was able to perform macOS update from 10.13.1 to 10.13.2 with the eGPU plugged in and the monitor connected to the eGPU. All went well.

 

Benchmarks:

I ran some quick benchmarks with Luxmark and Geekbench to show the performance difference when installed inside the Mac Pro tower vs eGPU with nMP.

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Great report.

Have you had a chance to work with FCPX with the new rig?  How would you characterize the results?

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@itsage do you think that a 600W or 650W PSU would be enough? I have a mantiz venus, i also have hard drive connected inside and i use all the USB ports, plus the 87W PD to charge my computer.

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@juan_c_yunis I've tried this Vega FE with the Mantiz Venus and the 550W PSU certainly cannot handle it. 650W+ PSU is definitely a safe bet. Either SFX or SFX-L power supply should fit inside the Mantiz enclosure.

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@juan_c_yunis I've tried this Vega FE with the Mantiz Venus and the 550W PSU certainly cannot handle it. 650W+ PSU is definitely a safe bet. Either SFX or SFX-L power supply should fit inside the Mantiz enclosure.

I think my SFX PSU is broken, because with the 650W 80 plus gold was shutting down while running geekbench 4, then i switched to the stock 550W FSP PSU and it doesn't happen. I'm afraid to test another silverstone PSU, I guess my best bet would be to get a 600W Corsair SFX PSU. What do you think?

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@juan_c_yunis the PSU you bought must be faulty. 

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@juan_c_yunis the PSU you bought must be faulty. 

i bought it while i was in the US, so i'm gonna have a friend that is going there to return it. I just ordered a Corsair SF600, I think is gonna be more reliable. 600W should be good enough, specially if i undervolt too. Right?

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Posted by: Juan C. Yunis
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@juan_c_yunis the PSU you bought must be faulty. 

i bought it while i was in the US, so i'm gonna have a friend that is going there to return it. I just ordered a Corsair SF600, I think is gonna be more reliable. 600W should be good enough, specially if i undervolt too. Right?

Link to the specs please of you ordered?

What you are really looking for is the max power/current on +12V rail. The higher the number, the safer. 600W may not be enough - depends on the what is the max transient peak current the PSU can handle. It is entirely possible to have 550W PSU which can put higher current on +12V, while 600W PSU (different brand/model) may not be able to - simply because a larger portion of that 600W is allocated to +5V rail, for example.

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Posted by: Sky11
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@juan_c_yunis the PSU you bought must be faulty. 

i bought it while i was in the US, so i'm gonna have a friend that is going there to return it. I just ordered a Corsair SF600, I think is gonna be more reliable. 600W should be good enough, specially if i undervolt too. Right?

Link to the specs please of you ordered?

What you are really looking for is the max power/current on +12V rail. The higher the number, the safer. 600W may not be enough - depends on the what is the max transient peak current the PSU can handle. It is entirely possible to have 550W PSU which can put higher current on +12V, while 600W PSU (different brand/model) may not be able to - simply because a larger portion of that 600W is allocated to +5V rail, for example.

Well the Corsair SF600, has been tested by many members with VEGA 64, even a guy here was using it a VEGA FE and he doesn't have issues at all. 

Old PSU with issues:  http://silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=762&area=en

New Corsair PSU Ordered:  http://www.corsair.com/en-us/sf-series-sf600-600-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-high-performance-sfx-psu

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Posted by: Sky11
Posted by: Juan C. Yunis
Posted by: itsage

@juan_c_yunis the PSU you bought must be faulty. 

i bought it while i was in the US, so i'm gonna have a friend that is going there to return it. I just ordered a Corsair SF600, I think is gonna be more reliable. 600W should be good enough, specially if i undervolt too. Right?

Link to the specs please of you ordered?

What you are really looking for is the max power/current on +12V rail. The higher the number, the safer. 600W may not be enough - depends on the what is the max transient peak current the PSU can handle. It is entirely possible to have 550W PSU which can put higher current on +12V, while 600W PSU (different brand/model) may not be able to - simply because a larger portion of that 600W is allocated to +5V rail, for example.

In paper the Silverstone PSU looks better but today i got the Corsair SF600 and it's been very very stable, it works with all benchmark tools, not shutdowns, etc. all issues went away.

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