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I use a 15" touchbar with the AMD RP460 for my own use. A classmate of mine has the 13" touchbar without a dGPU and would like to get a Node and an AMD card for FCPX use. As I understand the RX480 can be problematic with FCPX. Would a 8gb RX470 be good to go? Is there a particular variant that should be used? 

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I will be testing with the RX 480 4GB soon. Let's see how things go. I'll let you know...

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I've been testing all weekend with my nMP with my dual rx480-8GB setup.  I am currently using 10.3.2 FCPX.  It is like a dream come true.  Everything is super smooth and it exports very very quick..

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I've been testing all weekend with my nMP with my dual rx480-8GB setup.  I am currently using 10.3.2 FCPX.  It is like a dream come true.  Everything is super smooth and it exports very very quick..

   

What RX480 variant did you pick up? Latest Sierra? Any issues with FCPX crashing? 

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i am using the xfx radeon rx480 8gb - Pair to be exact.  I am currently in Sierra with FCPX 10.3.2  No problems what so ever.  The radeon cards luv FCPX.  Can't say the same for GTX980ti...  

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i am using the xfx radeon rx480 8gb - Pair to be exact.  I am currently in Sierra with FCPX 10.3.2  No problems what so ever.  The radeon cards luv FCPX.  Can't say the same for GTX980ti...  

Reckon a single XFX RX480 8GB card will play nice with FCPX and utilize the OpenCL ? Does FCPX automatically know you're using the RX480's? Wondering if I get my classmates set up, how will it know to switch from the integrated Intel graphics to the eGPU with the RX480?

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Which benchmark are you guys using to compare performance in FCPX? I’ve received requests to run BruceX and was curious what other ways to tell how well the AMD eGPU is doing its job. I have an R9 Fury Nitro and R9 Fury X to test.

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Which benchmark are you guys using to compare performance in FCPX? I've received requests to run BruceX and was curious what other ways to tell how well the AMD eGPU is doing its job. I have an R9 Fury Nitro and R9 Fury X to test.   

That would be a great test. If you could also throw you 980ti in the test it would be even greater! One question: to get FCPX to use the eGPU a secondary screen is necessary correct? Would the dummy HDMI solution work? Also I am very curious if the initial generation of optimized media/proxy uses the eGPU...

 

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Which benchmark are you guys using to compare performance in FCPX? I've received requests to run BruceX and was curious what other ways to tell how well the AMD eGPU is doing its job. I have an R9 Fury Nitro and R9 Fury X to test.   

That would be a great test. If you could also throw you 980ti in the test it would be even greater! One question: to get FCPX to use the eGPU a secondary screen is necessary correct? Would the dummy HDMI solution work? Also I am very curious if the initial generation of optimized media/proxy uses the eGPU...

I personally was unsuccessful with getting FCPX 10.3.2 to run with my GTX980ti-Hybrid. However, I had very little challenge to get the RX480-dual to run well on the FCPX 10.3.2.

I use a free app called "XRG", this app will identify all of your GFX on your sys and monitor and display the activities that is happening on each of the GPUs. "XRG" is the GPU monitoring freeware.

I have not found a better test then BruceX.  The challenge comes where it really is not too accurate for it is self-timing, but it is a good approximation.  By using BruceX and XRG, I was able to gauge with high confidence of how rapid the process it is in FCPX and the sys over all. 

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   I personally was unsuccessful with getting FCPX 10.3.2 to run with my GTX980ti-Hybrid. However, I had very little challenge to get the RX480-dual to run well on the FCPX 10.3.2.

 

Was that with an external monitor? Also have you noticed any improvement with optimized media/proxy creation? Thanks!

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   I personally was unsuccessful with getting FCPX 10.3.2 to run with my GTX980ti-Hybrid. However, I had very little challenge to get the RX480-dual to run well on the FCPX 10.3.2.

 

Was that with an external monitor? Also have you noticed any improvement with optimized media/proxy creation? Thanks!

   

Yes, I run all external monitors for I have a nMP. The creation of FCPX has always been exporting to master file and this process has been dramatically improved.  Also, the scrubbing of video while editing has improved.  Overall, it is a much more fluid machine.

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   I personally was unsuccessful with getting FCPX 10.3.2 to run with my GTX980ti-Hybrid. However, I had very little challenge to get the RX480-dual to run well on the FCPX 10.3.2.

Was that with an external monitor? Also have you noticed any improvement with optimized media/proxy creation? Thanks!

Yes, I run all external monitors for I have a nMP. The creation of FCPX has always been exporting to master file and this process has been dramatically improved.  Also, the scrubbing of video while editing has improved.  Overall, it is a much more fluid machine.

Noice. Did FCPX just automatically detect/select the RX480? Did it work when you were running a single RX480 (before you figured out how to get the second one to work) ?

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Also I see that Goalque's automate-egpu instructions for AMD cards on TB3 laptops (I'm assuming this means the 2016 MBP's) requires a USB-C adapter in the adjacent port. Does this need to be an adapter or can it be any peripheral plugged into the adjacent port? My classmate will have a hub going out one of the ports and was going to put the eGPU in the other, both utilizing the high bandwidth of the left side ports on the 13" tbMBP

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   I personally was unsuccessful with getting FCPX 10.3.2 to run with my GTX980ti-Hybrid. However, I had very little challenge to get the RX480-dual to run well on the FCPX 10.3.2.

Was that with an external monitor? Also have you noticed any improvement with optimized media/proxy creation? Thanks!

Yes, I run all external monitors for I have a nMP. The creation of FCPX has always been exporting to master file and this process has been dramatically improved.  Also, the scrubbing of video while editing has improved.  Overall, it is a much more fluid machine.

Noice. Did FCPX just automatically detect/select the RX480? Did it work when you were running a single RX480 (before you figured out how to get the second one to work) ?

   

It was completely by luck how I got the second RX480 to recognized.  Note, I had 3 GPUs in hand at the time.  Two Rx480 and One GTX980ti.  The initial egpu project was to use GTX980ti, while I did get everything working and also the FPS was absolutely awesome.  The project ended after I updated to FCPX 10.3.2. FCPX 10.3.2 just did not like the GTX, and the app just kept crashing.  This then leads me to the RX480 card.  The price of the card was very reasonable so I then just grab two right off the bat.  Getting the one up and running was easy and fluid, just follow the instructions, and it is easy.  Thinking that I just plug in the second rx480 together with the first would theoretically just recognize you would think? One, little did I know there is a certain allocated Thunderbolt port you had to use to work with a Dual GPU setup.  With the guidance from TheITSage, he pointed me towards the right direction and got me going.  And it still did not work with that guidance initially.  Then I just tried a different combo of GPUS and I finally got fed up and tried one RX and one GTX. Finally, then dual GPUs. I thought to myself at this point that its not so bad cause I will be getting the best of both worlds.  Then again, FCPX 10.3.2 did not like the GTX card. And this is when the miracle happened.  I got so feed up that I again pulled the GTX and again tried the dual RX480 setup.  While performing the reboot, needless to say, the nMP did not boot.  No chime sound nothing.  

This is the IMPORTANT part!.  The sequence of booting up and this was purely by accident.  On this last attempt before pulling the plug on  the dual GPU idea, I booted with the following sequence:

1.) Power nMP

2.) When the Apple logo popped up, then and ONLY then you turn on the PSU to power up the dual GPUs.

3.) BAMMM!!!!  Everything recognized and its been working great.

 

I've have been running heavy stress loads thru FCPX all weekend and created my latest Vlog with the new setup.

And my nMP has been ON non-stop, and I have encounter zero issues as far and this has been day six since the miracle.

I will do a full Vlog, but really want to ensure this works and works well before promoting this path.

 

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