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JDug
 JDug
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Hi All,

I am new to the forums and recently found this place!  My Apple Dev kit (Sonnet Breakaway + RX580) arrives Wednesday.  I know there is "native"support in High Sierra which will be great to test with one of my machines that I am running the beta on.  But I was also hoping I might be able to utilize this on my everyday machine that is running the current 10.12.5 also.  But, in further reading on the forums I see mixed messages of people successfully and unsuccessfully running this or a similar combo (RX580 + Node) on OSX 10.12.5.  

I have read that people had this combo working with one of the scripts but this may have changed with 10.12.5 update? I have also heard that as of 10.12.6 Beta 3, the drivers for the RX580 are included.  But what exactly does that mean?  Just because there are driers, does the device properly recognize and utilize the egpu?

I would appreciate anyone currently running an RX580 combo on 10.12.5 or 10.12.6 beta to share their experience and how they got it running.  

Thanks!

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JDug
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Just bumping the thread with hopes someone has input.

 

Thanks

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itsage
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Which Mac are you using with the eGPU? For the dev kit, I'd recommend installing 10.13 beta.

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JDug
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I currently have High Sierra installed on my mac mini.  So it seems it should work no problems there. 

But, it would be great if I can also use it on my Macbook Pro.  Currently I have a Late 2013 rMBP 13In.  What I have not been able to determine from the forums here, is what is the state of compatibility with the rx580 and the latest version of  either 10.12.5 or 10.12.6 Beta (4 now as of yesterday?).

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JDug
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Posted by: itsage

Which Mac are you using with the eGPU? For the dev kit, I'd recommend installing 10.13 beta.

Hi Theitsage,

 

The Devkit arrived today so I am going to try to get it set up tonight.  I know the results to expect using 10.13, but I am wondering if you have had any success with it working on 10.12.5 or B6.  Your guide here https://www.theitsage.com/install-radeon-rx-480-gpu-macos-sierra/ seems to have last been updated after the 10.12.4 update. 

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itsage
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10.12.5 is similar to 10.12.4. 10.12.6 Beta 3 & 4 brought a lot of changes to AMD drivers. While the RX 480/580 works great in my Mac Pro tower without any kext modifications, I think it's a different story with goalque's automate-eGPU.

Unless you want to use an Nvidia card with your eGPU enclosure, 10.13 is what I'd recommend.

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torncanvas
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I tried 10.12.6 beta 3 with the dev kit and a 2017 MBP 15" RP560 and could not get it to work, at all. I even made significant changes to goalque's script so that I could load different combinations of kexts. None of the combinations I tried worked, but I suppose maybe I didn't restart enough times between each attempt. Once I reinstalled 10.12.5, then upgraded to High Sierra, I had to restart a couple times to get the eGPU detected (i.e. hot-plugging does nothing).

So if you're going down that rabbit hole, make sure to restart probably 3 times with each attempt at loading drivers.

Oh, I know people here push hard for upgrading to High Sierra, but given the number of glitches I've run across, giving Sierra a shot is not a bad idea (also not for the faint of heart tho). For example, this morning when I booted up, my external display looked like Into The Void.

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JDug
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Hey torncanvas, thanks for your reply.  I have my mac mini on high sierra so no issues there.  But my late 2013 13in Macbook pro is my daily driver so I did not want to run a beta just to use the egpu but it sounds like that isnt going to happen.  I have a new 2017 MBP on order, so maybe once it arrives I can tinker with my late 2013MBP to see if I can make it happen.

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torncanvas
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Assuming my issues were configuration or hardware related, you may have an easier time with an older machine, although having an Nvidia card can cause trouble.

I ended up testing loading all modified kexts of the different versions (IIRC only a couple actually loaded), 4000 + 9500, 4200 + 9520, 4200 + 9500, and maybe one other combo that added an in-between 9000 series. In hindsight, I think I hurried too much and should have restarted twice after uninstalling and three times after installing, plus only used the included cable, even though in the room I was working on this it's inconvenient to have such a short cable. FWIW.

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JDug
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So the Mac mini works flawlessly on 10.13 beta 2 with the Dev Kit.  I actually just plugged it in to the Mac mini powered off, then booted up and it drove my external monitor flawlessly.  The mini recognizes the rx580.  

 

I quickly tried on my late 2013 mbp and need to keep investigating. 

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