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2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP450) [6th,4C,H] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (HP OMEN Accelerator) + macOS 10.13 & Win10 [itsage]  

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itsage
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I got an OMEN Accelerator this afternoon. The box was the biggest one I've seen yet for an eGPU enclosure. It was nicely padded inside and arrived safely. The OMEN Accelerator Shell is huge in term of footprint; it's large and in charge.

To test with macOS High Sierra, I installed an RX 580 Pulse 4GB. It was plug-and-play with the latest GM version of 10.13. Due to the difference in VRAM, 10.13 does not display Radeon RX 580 in About this Mac as it would have for the 8GB version of this GPU.

The firmware version of the OMEN Accelerator is 25.25 and power delivery is 60W.

I restarted into Windows 10 and thanks to my existing Bootcamp eGPU setup the OMEN Accelator + RX 580 started working right away. This enclosure does not suffer H2D half bandwidth issue as seen here in AIDA64. I ran a quick test with Luxmark 3.1.

More testings and full tear-down of the enclosure in the days ahead for a full review. Here are some screen capture of the HP OMEN Accelerator software.

omen accelerator software splash 1
omen accelerator software splash 2
omen accelerator software splash 3
omen accelerator software splash 4
omen accelerator software graphics switcher
omen accelerator software network booster

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Thank you for another exclusive implementation.

While this enclosure doesn't suffer from the H2D issue, it does appear to be statically reserving peripherals bandwidth (USB, SATA, LAN). You can see this since the AIDA64 GPGPU memory write matches your posted pre-fixed Mantiz Venus firmware at https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/mantis-venus/paged/36/#post-19907 being 2244MB/s.   The dynamic firmware gets a 2544MB/s memory write.

How much of an affect does this have? At 2244MB/s, there is a 11.8% bandwidth reduction. Probably not enough for users to notice but nonetheless, owners seeking maximum eGPU performance of this enclosure may want to pester HP to change that to be 0% statically allocated with  100% bandwidth for the eGPU unless a peripheral is being used upon which some bandwidth sharing occurs.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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@nando4

Not sure about "dynamic" but HL23T's 22xx MB/s result jumped to 2573 MB/s (from the upper TB3 port) when I flashed back the original factory firmware.

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2016-13-macbook-pro-ntb-vega6432gbps-tb3-netstor-hl23t-macos-win10-goalque/#post-20080

automate-eGPU EFIapple_set_os.efi

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Hey! Smile

Can you give me a hint how you set up your Windows 10 Boot Camp to work with the eGPU? 

I have downloaded the drivers and software from the HP website, but in Boot Camp I cannot install the Thunderbolt Firmware Update and if I start the Omen Application: Nothing happens. 

When I boot into Boot Camp with the pluged in Omen, I get the Windows Logo Boot Screen on the MacBook Pro and nothing on the external screen. Thats it.

Thanks! 

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itsage
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Welcome aboard @Dextera. I checked the firmware on HP support page and I believe it's for HP laptops, not for the OMEN Accelerator. Therefore, you don't need to download that firmware. In order to set up an eGPU in Bootcamp, please follow the procedure I wrote in this post.

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Dextera
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Thanks for the quick reply, I will check your post immediately Smile

Here, these are the drivers: 

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Don't download anything from HP Support page for your Mac in Bootcamp. Follow my procedure and you'll be able to use the OMEN Accelerator. Which GPU are you using?

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Dextera
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I'm still reading your procedure Smile

I'm using the Omen with a Radeon RX580 8GB on a MacBook Pro 13" (so without dGPU). First I've tried a NVIDIA GTX 1080 on Sierra with the Enabler Script and it works perfect. But I want the native eGPU Support from High Sierra and best perfomance on FCPX, so i bought the AMD card. 

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Dextera
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So - Thank you! 

Your post works fine for me. I have disabled one PCIe Controller and now the AMD is Running. 

Thanks a lot!

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I'm glad to hear the setup procedure worked for you. Enjoy your eGPU and MacBook Pro!

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