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GPU_Cat
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I’m new to the eGPU world although I’ve done quite a bit of reading on this site. I just got a Razer Core X Chroma and I’m looking for a GPU to pair with it and my 2016 MacBook Pro. I noticed Apple recommends the Sapphire Pulse for the 570/580 and Sapphire or XFX (I don’t remember if the specific series was mentioned) for the Vega 56/64. Are there other brands that are fairly compatible with Macs out of the box or is it critical to stick with their recommended brands?

Specifically for the Vega 56 I was looking at PowerColor, as I can’t find Sapphire or XFX Vega 56 cards easily anymore. I didn’t know if there were some brands to avoid for Mac compatibility or not, or if I should strictly stick to Apple’s recommendations.

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mac_editor
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@gpu_cat

Avoid XFX (even if recommended by Apple it is known to cause problems in rare cases) - otherwise you should be good to go. Note that Navi support was just added to macOS so you may want to consider those GPUs (once macOS 10.15.1 launches).

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GPU_Cat
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Posted by: @mac_editor

@gpu_cat

Avoid XFX (even if recommended by Apple it is known to cause problems in rare cases) - otherwise you should be good to go. Note that Navi support was just added to macOS so you may want to consider those GPUs (once macOS 10.15.1 launches).

Good to know! So generally stick with the GPU chipsets supported by Apple but don’t worry about the brands (except avoid XFX)? My Mac will just see it as a supported card as long as it is the right chipset?

I will keep an eye on Navi. Although Razer doesn’t list it as a supported GPU yet even for Windows.

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RealSoulskater
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@gpu_cat

Yes, as long as the chipset is supported you should not have problem, i run my machine with the ASUS ROG Strix  RX 580 Gaming OC 8GB in it and it works really good.

The only downside is that you cannot overclock or change the RGB lighting pattern from MacOS, the lighting can be changed in Windows through BootCamp and that sticks to the card for every OS but overclocking does not.

2018 Mac Mini (Intel UHD Graphics 630) (8th,6C,B) + Radeon RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + MacOS 10.14.6


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