Catalina 10.15.5 benchmarks on Mac Mini 2018 with RX 5700 XT
 
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JakiChan
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So far my Mini locked up post-update, some sort of USB issue.  I rebooted and it didn't come back up right away.  I might try another reboot but given where the mini is getting to it is a PITA.

 

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Mini i5
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Catalina updates should be installed without devices connected to your Mac. 

After an update, you can boot up Catalina, then hot plug your eGPU, and then hot plug any external drives one at a time.

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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Still no bootscreen support for egpu in catalina 10.15.5 ☹️. 

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2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + macOS 10.14 & Win10 [build link]  


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JakiChan
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Posted by: @mini-i5

Catalina updates should be installed without devices connected to your Mac. 

After an update, you can boot up Catalina, then hot plug your eGPU, and then hot plug any external drives one at a time.

 

Why am I unplugging all devices?  I don't see documentation from Apple for that.  Is there actually proof it's required or is it anecdotal?

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Mini i5
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I installed the new Mac OS Blender version 2.83 along with the new Radeon Pro Render Plug-In v2.4 to test with the familiar BMW sample scene.

RPR v2.4 includes a (sometimes) working de-noiser - which helps achieve decent quality fast renders with a low number of sample passes.

When it worked - I found that using the RPR de-noiser's "Machine Learning" preset achieved the best results for GPU-rendering on the RX5700XT.

Limiting this very simple BMW scene to (16) sample passes, while using the RPR Machine Learning preset, The 5700XT created a decently rendered image in a mere 7 seconds. 

Blender 2.83 and RPR 2.4

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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The Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames.

Here's how the 8th-gen i5 and RX 5700 XT scored at 4K / 12:1 BitRate / Metal.

CPU score: 125 FPS

GPU score: 140 FPS

BM Raw Speed Test 4K

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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The latest Indigo Render benchmark v4.0.64 includes a GPU test for OpenCL performance on Mac OS and Windows systems. 

Indigo Render can utilize multiple GPUs for rendering. The benchmark tests can include an iGPU, dGPU, and eGPU, if you so wish. 

For my testing, I set the two scenes (Bedroom and Supercar) to utilize only the RX 5700 XT card in my eGPU. 

Bedroom
Supercar
Results

In posting and reviewing my results on the Indigo Bench comparison page, it was interesting to see the same level of OpenCL performance results from RX 5700 XT cards on both Mac OS and Windows 10 systems. 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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The GFXBench 5.0 benchmark for the MacOS Metal API includes a game-like test running offscreen at 1440p resolution to allow for comparison results across all platforms.

Aztec Ruins

I first unchecked the many other tests offered in the GFX suite to insure the program only ran the Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen benchmark.

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Running only the Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen test resulted in a score of 186 FPS at 1440p for my RX 5700 XT eGPU.

Score

This seems about right in comparison to the majority of MacOS Metal scores displayed on the GFXBench results page. 

Comparison

Interestingly, the results page includes some other MacOS Metal scores for the 5700XT from July of 2019 - months prior to the release of Catalina 10.15.1. If those dates are correct, its kind of fun to see that someone was using GFXBench for testing unofficial pre-release Navi drivers.   

 

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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