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Apparently they posted the info early and the new update isn't out yet... so I guess we'll see!
https://petapixel.com/2019/08/12/adobes-latest-lightroom-update-improves-performance-and-workflow/

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I updated Lightroom Classic to the latest version and Activity Monitor showed the dual D500 dGPUs as well as Radeon VII eGPU could be used. The system is running 10.15 Beta 5. External monitor connected directly to eGPU so the two dGPUs were in compute mode only.

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For whatever reason, either windows updates since I installed 1903, Apple Boot ROM updates, AMD Driver updates (on 19.8.1 currently) or even intel igpu updates (just installed the latest 7000 drivers today), I tested out hotplug at the windows desktop and can now hotplug normally in bootcamp on my 2018 13" MBPro.  This definitely did not work when I first installed 1903.  So aside from RTX and performance, I have all the windows functionality my gtx 1080 and rtx 2080 had, plus working MacOS drivers.

 

2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
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2019 ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 [R3K,4C,G] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V2) + Win10 1909 [build link]  


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follow up - have we found a solution to the fan issue yet other than using that hercules enclosure with the R7?

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@jltawil While there's no firmware update for the Radeon VII to directly address this issue, I've observed some changes in macOS Catalina. The system no longer sets the Thunderbolt enclosure to full sleep and therefore prevents the Radeon VII fans going full speed. This is a behavior I first noticed with the Mantiz Venus, will have to test the Radeon VII with more enclosures to determine whether this was an interim workaround.

 

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so what you're saying is the eGPU enclosure is staying on? are the fans spinning at all? I was really wanting a R7 but couldn't deal with the fan thing so I returned it and kept the Core X Chroma. Now running a refurb Vega 64 card. Can anyone do a test on this? If its plug and play I am all for it...

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Ningauble77
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Is there something I should be looking for to indicate that the enclosure isn't going into full sleep mode?  My Core v2 still powers off the display, enclosure fans, gpu fans, then gpu lighting and is consuming only 6W.  Nothing seems to have changed from Mojave for me, maybe the drivers know what sleep features the enclosure supports?

2019 16 Macbook Pro + Core v2 + Radeon VII MacOS 10.15.1
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Gorazd K
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Hi,

I can confirm that the Netstor HL23T-Plus really works great with the Radeon VII cards! There is no sleep fan issue anymore and it is officially the only EGPU enclosure which is certified for the Radeon VII cards. It is almost dead quiet although I will replace the internal 8 cm fan with the two Noctua 8cm NF-A8 ULN fans... It has special 400W industry rated PSU which according to the Netstor is more than 600W capable and is not replaceable with the Corsair 750 SFX PSU units because there is no room and the original PSU (which is much more slimmer industry server dimensions) is more than capable and quiet!  After several days of testing I am really amazed! This makes the Netsor HL23T-Plus the best and the cheapest EGPU enclosure on the market!  Please know that I love Sonnet EGPU boxes and Akitio Node PRO EGPU boxes and I have replaced in them the PSU units with the most expensive Corsair 750 SFX ones in order that the Radeon VII cards shall work stable! I have also replaced the fans with the Noctua ones and after you do this to 10+ enclosures they become the expensivest ones... And you still have the airport in the studio because of the fan issue when you return from the lunch! After visiting IBC exhibition in Amsterdam in the middle of September I visited Sonnet booth to ask if there shall be some sort of solution (or upgrade plan - board upgrade replacement program... what they did several times in the past with the Thunderbolt 1 to 2 and 3 cards upgrades with their products ...) to make their egpu boxes compatible to the Intel 33,1 thunderbolt firmware and Radeon VII cards because of the fan issue and they offered only the best solution with the power switches which are normally used in kitchens for toasters and etc... Please now that I love Sonnet a lot and I have invested a lot in their EGPU boxes and I have also several Akitio Node Pro boxes and on Akitio web pages there they offer similar approach... After I saw that there might be no solution for my airport or kitchen I went a few booths further to my old friends at Starline computer booth. They in the past sold me a lot of Netstor raid enclosures and Areca Raid cards... So I asked them if they can provide several Netstor HL23T-Plus units, they checked if such units are already available and in two weeks they delivered the amazing Netstor HL23T-Plus units - the first ones in Europe... What is so nice about the dimensions of the Netstor units is that you can put four of them in one rack shelf with the space between them for air flow. With Akitio Node PRO you can put three of them on one rack shelf and with the Sonnet two of such egpu boxes. I would never imagine that I shall use the Netstor Egpu boxes for my Radeon VII cards. But the past once again became the future... And Netstor always innovate... just look at their NA622TB3 four slot NMVe SSD external box. Of course I went then also to the AMD booth - all of these booths were in the same hall :D. I spoke with the official person who is responsible for the development of the Radeon VII cards and he immediately knew the issue ... and he was amazed how many Radeon VII cards I own... and there shall not be any new bios (hardware issue... NDA), because if the new bios could solve the problem it would be already released in April... He was amazed and thankful about the positive news about the Netstor Egpu HL23T-Plus box superior solution and Intel firmware 33,1 aproval- he did not know it! I immediately saw the big relief on his face... "Imagine what Mrs. Lisa would do to him if she knew what board they have baked... :D"  Finally there is Intel and one third party - Netstor who shall save the AMD! 😀 And the big thanks goes to "itsage" who spread the news! Thank you very much "itsage"!!! Now my studio is finally the studio again and not anymore the airport or kitchen! Of course I still like Sonnet a lot and they make one of the best 10Gb ethernet cards and Thunderbolt 3 10Gb ethernet adapters which work great in my studio. And their EGPU boxes with Corsair SFX 750 PSUs were fantastic for my past Asus Strix OC Vega 64 cards. And Akitio makes one of the best Thunderbolt 3 2m active cables for the egpu enclosures! The only shame on the Netstor is that there is only 0,5 m Thunderbolt 3 cable supplied! Anyway the Netsor HL23T-Plus really rocks! And long live the AMD Radeon VII cards!

Sincerely,

Gorazd

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To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Posted by: @gorazd-k

officially the only EGPU enclosure which is certified for the Radeon VII cards

Certified by who?

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