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steve500
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October 17, 2018 5:03 pm  

Before running Mojave, the factory 1070 in this box worked quite well in Mac OS with the scripts and mods for nvidia cards. Now running Mojave, switching to the Vega 56 Nano was a must to get the full mac OS eGPU experience. I got the Powercolor Vega 56 nano up and running in my Aorus gaming box. Used an 8 > (6+2 )+(6+2) power adapter without any other modifications. Zero fitment issues.

Using my 2018 13" i7 quadcore Macbook Pro in Mac OS Mojave with no egpu software modifications, it works exact as any other compatible eGPU unit would. eGPU hot plug works great and the system's eject options work as they should. Using no external display, performance seems quite great running valley and heaven benchmarks. Adobe photoshop and lightroom when doing panorama and HDR stacking is quite accelerated. Not using external display dummy adapter.

When bootcamped to windows 10 (no boot mods and from external ssd) with latest windows updates, it seems to only detect the eGPU properly on the left front-most thunderbolt jack, nothing happens on the rest of the ports. I can only get it to work if I plug in the eGPU either before or during windows bootup, not after. Internal display acceleration is not working at all. I have to have an external display hooked up, internal display either is black or stuck at windows boot logo. External display works great, games run in high performance, windows doesn't seem to detect the eGPU as an eGPU though, it only sees the external gpu as internal, no intel gpu. No hotplugging here.

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October 18, 2018 7:13 am  

@steve500

Thank you. Excellent mod. 

Can you post a couple of benchmarks please. I am interested to see if the card gets the full power and ventilation it requires from the gaming box to perform at its maximum. 

I have the rx580 gaming box are you aware if there are any differences between the boxes. 

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A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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steve500
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October 18, 2018 2:27 pm  
Posted by: tsakal

@steve500

Thank you. Excellent mod. 

Can you post a couple of benchmarks please. I am interested to see if the card gets the full power and ventilation it requires from the gaming box to perform at its maximum. 

I have the rx580 gaming box are you aware if there are any differences between the boxes. 

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Do you have any specific benchmarks you'd like me to run? Glad to do a lengthy burn-in. What do you suggest?

I believe the rx580 and 1070 boxes are the same. The 1070 box acted like it wasn't going to be Mac OS compatible, it did work with the OS modifications, but I was feeling doubtful that it'd work as well as the RX580 gaming box with native support in Mojave. Mojave treats my 1070 box with the Vega 56 Nano as if it is a natively supported RX580 box, so, I now believe both boxes are the same with different GPUs.

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October 18, 2018 8:18 pm  

So far I did a ~1 hour furmark test in windows (external display) with settings at 1920x1080 with 8x anti aliasing. I set WattMan to "turbo" and adjusted nothing else. Macbook is hooked up to the Aorus gaming box with a single thunderbolt connector powered by the Aorus gaming box.

The box did heat up a bit to touch but didn't feel alarming. GPU temp peaked at 83C, I don't think we ran into thermal throttling. Room is about 23C.

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January 3, 2019 7:03 pm  

sorry to resurrect this thread, but have you tried anything like Final Cut Pro X with this setup yet?

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February 11, 2019 8:15 pm  

Hi there @steve500

You mentioned that the tb3 port that worked was the front left , front do you mean closer to the trackpad?

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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February 11, 2019 8:16 pm  
Posted by: tsakal

Hi there @steve500

You mentioned that the tb3 port that worked was the front left , front do you mean closer to the trackpad?

If the macbook is open and facing you, it's the left-side port that is closest to you.

 

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sorry to resurrect this thread, but have you tried anything like Final Cut Pro X with this setup yet?

Sorry to be a slow responder. Yes, FCPX runs gorgeously with this setup and my primary purpose for it. Eons difference from using integrated graphics in fcpx. Timeline previews can be realtime higher quality while remaining quick and usable, exports are many times faster.

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February 15, 2019 11:48 pm  

Thank you

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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March 12, 2019 3:17 pm  

@steve500
Have you tried to power the mbp separately throught the apple power adaptor? I would assuem as it doen not have to send power to the laptop i could run colder than otherwise, while the card gets more power and performance 
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A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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March 19, 2019 9:31 pm  
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I got the Powercolor Vega 56 nano up and running in my Aorus gaming box. Used an 8 > (6+2 )+(6+2) power adapter without any other modifications. Zero fitment issues.

I'm new to eGPUs and want to add one to my 2018 Mac Mini.

I picked up an empty Aorus gaming box on ebay for a decent price, but I'm having a hard time locating any Vega 56 Nano cards. Any suggestions?

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March 20, 2019 12:18 am  

Newegg was the only online US retailer of the RX Vega 56 Nano Edition. They discounted it to $350 about a month ago. I'm afraid PowerColor may not be making Vega Nano anymore.

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March 23, 2019 5:11 am  

@itsage
Have you finished the setup of the agb with the Vega nano?

A. 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb

B. 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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