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nombrescreeno
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Wow that's huge news! Makes using a 13" model and getting good graphics much more affordable now

 

This *should* make other implementations much easier too

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This is incredible news and timing for our eGPU community! My recent review of the RX 580 used the Sonnet Breakaway Box which is now part of Apple Metal 2 Developer Kit.

The refreshed iMac can be specced with an RX 580 which means once macOS 10.13 arrives, I won't have to update my RX 480 guide for Mac anymore. Thank you listening, Apple!

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So, that means that we won't need to run the eGPU script anymore, plus it will be hot pluggable/unpluggable, right?

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nombrescreeno
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Posted by: Rycco

So, that means that we won't need to run the eGPU script anymore, plus it will be hot pluggable/unpluggable, right?

Nothing official yet - but most likely. If they're going to support eGPU, they're likely to support it all the way

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Posted by: Rycco

So, that means that we won't need to run the eGPU script anymore, plus it will be hot pluggable/unpluggable, right?

Thats up to Apple. If they decide they want to make some kind of certification process then they might lock DIY solutions out as now. 

We will have to wait some and see what they publish about the new system and dev package.

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goalque
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Apple and AMD are in sync Smile This is what we've been waiting for. Official programming interfaces. Thank you Apple.

All info will be available through the developer's account which says "we'll be back soon".

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No. This is a USB hub that connects separately.  USB hubs built into eGPU boxes are problematic over Thunderbolt when connecting a mouse. Jittering and jumping of cursor makes for poor game-play.  

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itsage
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Thank you for the clarification @Greg LaPorte. Is the USB-C hub a Sonnet product? Is it USB-C only or it has Thunderbolt support as well?

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"macOS High Sierra brings support for external graphics processors to the Mac for the first time. The External Graphics Development Kit enables you to develop and test demanding graphics-intensive apps, including VR content creation, on any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity."

What’s Included

Apps that use Metal, OpenCL, and OpenGL can now take advantage of the increased performance that external graphics processors can bring. The External Graphics Development Kit includes everything you need to start optimizing advanced VR and 3D apps on external graphics processors with macOS High Sierra.*

  • Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card
  • Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub
  • Promo code for $100 towards the purchase of HTC Vive VR headset**

599 USD or in local currency

https://developer.apple.com/development-kit/external-graphics/

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https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra-preview/#footnote-3

 

Don't get too excited. Planned for Spring 2018. We'll still need the DIY stuff for a long time!

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