2016 13" MBP + RX480 + Sonnet III-D + OS X 10.12.2
After getting stupid issues with 4k video on my Titan I decided to try to jump over to AMD and purchased an RX 480.
However, I couldn't get acceleration on the eGPU at all. There's screen output but it was laggy. It's connected to a Dell P2415Q at 4k resolution.
I still have a couple more days to test this before I make the decision whether to return the RX 480.
My Setup is:
2016 MacBook Pro with touchbar
Apple TB3 -> TB2 adapter
MSI RX 480
OS X 10.12.2
I used goalque's current automate-egpu script (0.9.9). I have also modified the AMDRadeonX4100 file to include to device ID.
I was wondering how people got this to work? Thank you!
ikir got his RX480 to work on Jan-5-2017 using a beta automate-eGPU.sh v1.0.0 script. It's "coming soon", quoted from his thread at https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/macbook-pro-13-2016-touchbar-with-akitio-thunder3-radeon-rx480-work-in-progress/
@Mark, script's home at GitHub is the best source of information:
Version 1.0 is out!
Better get a Node.
Better get a Node.
I tried out your script and followed the AMD instructions (i.e. ran the script twice and had a USB-C dongle connected to the same side as the eGPU, as well as having -a mode activated). I have also enabled the Baffin script as well. I have not had any issues like this so far, and this seems to have solved the jerky 4k playback problem (which I'm still waiting to hear from itsage if he's had any trouble with his 980Ti+Node). The only thing I miss now is the 40-45% performance cut going from a Titan to an RX480. Someone also reported about FCPX 10.3 crashing, I haven't had a problem like that yet either.
I have already set up a return RMA for this item, and I only have like a week or so to go. My Node is due to come in a month. If itsage has problems playing 4k video with his Node then, as I suspected, it could be a compatibility issue with Nvidia drivers, which are unlikely to be solved seeing as they are not even releasing Pascal drivers.
Anyway, I am using the MSI 8GB one with stock clocks, as well as the MBP with touchbar. I also wonder if having a multi-slot enclosure has something to do with it as well?
EDIT: The new script didn't fix my 4k issue with the Titan, I tried it on straight after the 480. (by uninstalling then reinstalling the script), which didn't really surprise me!
EDIT2: I did NOT use the tb3-enabler script, because I thought that it would be unnecessary as this isn't a TB3 enclosure!
@Mark I tried playing 4K videos this past week but did not get around to post an update. It was dog poo on my Node + 980 Ti using VLC. Tried with both the 13" and 15", with and without eGPU. What surprised me is the 15" with Radeon Pro 450 couldn't handle playing the 4K videos.
@Mark: Nice to hear that you didn’t see any blank buttons with your RX 480 & 4K monitor.
When you do your 4K tests, uncheck “Displays have separate spaces” in Mission Control and keep all the windows on the eGPU screen.
If doesn’t help, set the internal screen to disabled:
wait no fcpx 10.3 issues with the rx480? This is a new development, no? I'm pretty sure everyone else is having issues with this card and FCPX/iMovie.
And yeah it's too bad FCPX isn't optimized for Nvidia cards, I'm probably going to go with the maxed out 15" touchbar so I can have the 4gb AMD card internally for FCPX, but run a Titan externally for everything else (Adobe, Resolve, etc)