Can anyone comment on the RX480 or R9 390x, FCPX, and also dual enclosures?  


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January 11, 2017 8:31 pm  

Mid 2014 Macbook Pro 15"
i7-4980HQ Quad core
GT750M 2gb internal graphics card
16gb ram

Hi all, it looks like the TB3 -> TB2 adapter offered by Apple works when using Sierra to allow the Akitio Node to be used on TB2 Macs.

I'd like to do this, but I've read FCPX runs better with dual AMD cards. It seems that the AMD support for modern cards gets better every Sierra update, and I'm wondering if either the RX480 8gb or the R9 390X will work with this setup.

Also, is dual EGPU with either of these cards (would pair identically, of course) and two Nodes work if I use both TB2 ports? Would the external display just run off one of the Nodes?

I currently run my macbook in clamshell mode (vertical hengedock).

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January 12, 2017 1:22 am  

Saldy i've tried Final Cut and it crash on my system (Thunder3 and Radeon Nitro+ RX480). It seems FCP is not eGPU friendly | LG 34" 4K 34UC88 curved ultrawide display
MacBook Pro 2017 touchbar i7 3.5Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD --> my complete setup video

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January 12, 2017 1:04 pm  

I noticed with FCPX 10.3.1 is it would crush on start if I use HDMI & DP to connect my 2 monitors. If I use DVI & DP then FCPX works but would crush if I try use Optical Flow in slow motion.

Now i test FCX version 10.2.2 (Thunder2 and XFX radeon RX 480 8GB custom tuned ) and running like a charm!