Do I need to stay up to date with AMD's new Vega 64 drivers for Mac eGPU?
 

Do I need to stay up to date with AMD's new Vega 64 drivers for Mac eGPU?  

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ekkim
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Hi everyone,

I realise this is likely a very basic question, however... 🙂 We bought a new mac mini this year and use a Vega64 GPU in a Sonnet Tech 650. We have never updated the Vega 64's driver since we purchased the card (12 months ago). I see AMD launched an updated driver 3 days ago.

 

Do we need to update this driver to improve the performance we get from our Vega64?

 

Our mac mini only runs Catalina, we use Adobe's full suite but mostly FCP. We do have TB3 enabled windows machines in the office we could use for the update if required.

 

Thank you for any help provided! 🙂

 

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Mini i5
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@ekkim

You should be good where you presently are. 

Anecdotal evidence suggests Adrenalin 2020 for Windows and OS 10.15.2 for Mac are not exactly setting the box office on fire. 🔥

 

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 10.15.1 Catalina / LG 27" 4K display


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ekkim
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@mini-i5

Thank you very much that is useful to know! We have the same mac mini spec!

Truth be told we're a little disappointed with the utilisation of the Vega64, we haven't managed to get it to work too hard for us in our workflow.

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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Mini i5
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@ekkim

Mature software utilizes eGPUs (or GPUs) in some areas, but not others. My understanding is an eGPU helps improve timeline performance in FCP.

Same with the programs I use. My RX 5700 XT is extremely helpful in certain specific situations that have been coded to benefit from eGPU acceleration. Otherwise, like the Vega 64, it helps in providing a large pool of fast graphics display memory.

At the relatively low price of a Mac Mini + eGPU, that counts as a win in 2019. 

 

 

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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 10.15.1 Catalina / LG 27" 4K display


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