My RX 5700XT eGPU vs the Radeon Pro Vega $$ inside a 2020 Mac Pro
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My RX 5700XT eGPU vs the Radeon Pro Vega $$ inside a 2020 Mac Pro  


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Software: Blender 2.81 for Mac OS + AMD Radeon Pro Render for Mac OS (Metal)

Test: GPU-only render of the BMW Scene (at 640 samples) using Metal

Mac Pro 2020 and internal AMD RX 5700XT: 40 seconds (per Barefeats) 

Mac Pro 2020 and internal AMD Radeon Pro Vega II: 41 seconds (per Barefeats) 

Mac Pro 2020 and internal AMD Radeon VII: 43 seconds (per Barefeats) 

My Mac Mini 2018 and PowerColor RX 5700XT in PowerColor Gaming Station: 44 seconds

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The MPX module has its advantages over the standard PCIe graphics cards. Performance is not one of them.

It would be very cool if third-party vendors can work on an extension adapter to turn PCIe GPUs into MPX-compatible.

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The MPX adapter would have:
2 x PCIe 3.0 x4 slots (to connect two Thunderbolt 3 add-in cards) or 2 x Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers.
4 x mini DisplayPort 1.4 inputs (or 8 if the adapter has two Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers).
2 x USB 2.0 9 pin headers (for Thunderbolt 3 add-in card or direct connect to two Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers).
2+ PCIe 8 pin power connectors (optional).

You would install one per MPX slot (two total).

How much room is there between the top of a non-MPX GPU and the outer case of the Mac Pro 2019? That's where I would put the connectors so you can still insert 4 GPUs.

The PCIe 3.0 x4 slots can be populated with GC-TITAN RIDGE cards (up to four of them) but the firmware of the GC-TITAN RIDGE may need modification.

Some PCIe slot covers would need to be replaced (or drill some holes?) to connect 8 Thunderbolt ports and 12 mini DisplayPorts.


If you don't want to add additional Thunderbolt ports, then at a minimum, the MPX adapter would have:
4 x mini DisplayPort 1.4 inputs.

And you would only need one of those for max support.

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So I'm not up to speed with Blender ... I've downloaded it and ProRender, and the Benchmark App ... how do I make it all blend to test my setup? And I'll be getting a 2018 MacMini i3 this weekend as an iTunes server to replace my 2014 MacMini i7 so I'll probably end up comparing the MBP to it as well ...


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