Catalina 10.15.5 benchmarks on Mac Mini 2018 with RX 5700 XT
The just-released 10.15.5 update allows my (November 2018) Mini to boot with my eGPU powered on.
The screen on my LG 4K external display remains black for the minute or so it takes Catalina to boot.
But the Mini does boot and re-start with my PowerColor Gaming Station enclosure powered on.
To test 10.15.5, I ran the Basemark GPU Metal benchmark. I changed the tests' default resolution setting to 3840x2160.
The score of 6328 is similar to my prior result using the same setup on 10.15.4.
So you're saying 10.15.5 improves the eGPU boot behavior for the 5700 XT?
It is similar to my RX 580 with 10.15.4 (no boot screen but the Finder eventually appears). I'll try 10.15.5 on the weekend maybe.
@leovinus, 3DMark is only Windows. You think macOS version might make a difference? Or do you mean some other macOS 3D benchmark utility?
@joevt, I kinda gave away my lack of knowledge there, didn't I? I assumed there was considering everyone was posting fire strike benches etc. But I realise now that was probably done running Windows. Is there any good MacOS gaming benchmark around? Specifically one that also includes Metal?
Either way, Geekbench ought to be just fine for a comparative measure. Something that stresses the eGPU enough in different ways to see if there is any area of improvement other than stability would be greatly appreciated for us curious.
You can benchmark Valley, it is very old and OpenGL Based but You can have an idea if the performance get improved. Otherwise Rise of the Tomb Raider is a great macOS benchmark with Metal 2.
Yes, my OG November 2018 Mini now boots and restarts without issue in 10.15.5 with the eGPU powered on.
My November 2018 copy of Bootcamp and Windows 1809 continue to boot up and restart without problems. No change there. The Adrenaline 5700 XT driver I'm using is from November 2019.
My eGPU is attached to TB3 port #1 (closest to the Ethernet port). My external SSD is attached to port #3.
FileVault is turned OFF.
As you can see from the Basemark GPU Metal API benchmark results, Metal gaming performance remains high on 10.15.5.
Hitman, currently the most GPU-intensive Metal game out there, continues to perform well at full screen 3840x2160 resolution, with all graphics settings dialed up to High.
Dirt 4 and Fortnite, also GPU heavy Metal games, continue to run butter smooth.
The new version of Pro Render for Maya now seems more stable under 10.15.5 than it did under 10.15.4.
Better still - with 10.15.5 officially released, Otoy will be able to begin their public beta of Octane X for Metal.
Here is the order of steps I followed:
Shutdown my Mini.
Unplug my eGPU and my external SSD from the TB3 ports.
Plug my external display into the Mini’s HDMI port.
Boot up my Mini.
Download and install 10.15.5
Watch the installation run for 30 minutes until the Catalina login screen appears, and I sign in.
Do some preliminary testing in 10.15.5
Attach my eGPU to TB3 port #1 (closest to the Ethernet port).
Unplug my external display from my Mini. Attach my external display to my eGPU.
Power on my Mini.
Wait for one minute while Catalina boots up. (The external display remains black during boot-up).
Sign in when the login screen appears.
Do more testing in 10.15.5
Attach my external SSD to TB3 port #3.
Power on my Mini.
Again wait one minute while Catalina boots up, and sign in when the login screen appears.
Confirm everything works as expected in 10.15.5
Using system preferences, change the startup disk to my old copy of Bootcamp.
Restart my Mini, booting into my old copy of Windows 1809.
Confirm both my eGPU and external SSD work as expected under Windows.