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jonwatso
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FAQ

1. What is the difference between a Sonnet Breakaway Box 350 and the Sonnet 350W enclosure included with the Apple Dev kit?

Posted by: itsage

The Sonnet Breakaway in Apple Dev Kit has a different Thunderbolt firmware (25.1) than the one in regular 350W unit (25.2). It has 60W PD (as opposed to 15W) and only one 8-pin PCIe power cable (the 6-pin cable is in there but shrink-wrapped).

 

2. What is a safe third-party video card to get to maximize compatibility with High Sierra when it's released?

Posted by: Baldrake

I'm kind of thinking the safe approach is to get a third party eGPU with an RX580 and run it under Sierra, with the thought that I know it will run when eGPU support goes official in roughly one year. Would that make any sense?

Posted by: goalque

The safe bet is a Sapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB:

https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/apple-metal-2-external-graphics-development-kit/paged/3/#post-12784

 

 


Exciting times guys!

 

Just announced at WWDC! looks like sonnet will be supplying the first officially support eGPU along with an RX580

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Daelin
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Woohoo it's comming!!!! 😊

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Hector66
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Crap, you beat me to it.

 

Looks like Sonnet enclosure and it's interesting that their kit is AMD-based.

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silvioalessi
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Awesome Apple at right direction !!!

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iMacs are AMD based so makes sense.  They didn't renew their nvidia license last year.

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Rycco
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Exciting times guys!

 

Just announced at WWDC! looks like sonnet will be supplying the first officially support eGPU along with an RX580

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP555) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.12.6 & Win10 [build link]  

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YXebsQme
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This is REALLY great news!!!!!

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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Sky11
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AMD rocks Smile

Apple developer kits consists of Sonnet Breakaway Box and AMD RX580 Smile

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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Rycco
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But currently the Sonnet Breakaway Box doesnt have USB hub right?

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