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Brian Graham
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I have a Rx-57XT8TBD8 (XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra) GPU inside the Razer Core X. I followed the fan replacement advice in this thread, and the fans run just fine all the time. My main display is running 1440p144hz and is the only monitor connected to the eGPU (and it's over DP).

 

I only play one game, Minecraft, and after playing the game for any (seemingly) random amount of time, the entire system freezes (does not accept keyboard or mouse input, and the screen stops on whatever frame it was on) for a random period of time. I have to wait for it to come back, or macOS just crashes (it's like the springboard crashes it's not a full restart, it's like it only sends me to the login screen and closes all running programs). Not sure if this information helps, but music will keep playing, and I can still use a connected bluetooth microphone, but if I get the "logout crash", then the bluetooth module becomes frozen and takes ~5-10 minutes to become available again, short of actually restarting the system.

 

Outside of Minecraft I never encounter this issue, and I don't have any additional resource packs or shaders in the game that might be causing this.

 

Is this just common on games with a NAVI card because of bad drivers, or is there something I should be doing to fix this?

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macOS 10.15.6
3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 (i7-8700H)
32GB 2667 MHz DDR4

eGPU: Razer Core X
GPU: Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB


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Mini i5
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@brian_graham

I’ve never had a crash while gaming on my 5700 XT.

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.6 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / Dual LG 27" 4K displays


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Brian Graham
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Posted by: @mini-i5

@brian_graham

I’ve never had a crash while gaming on my 5700 XT.

 

What model? Your enclosure is also different. There are differing explanations on here to explain this, among which include driver problems, overheating (unlikely because the 2nd monitor is connected to the mac mini and that freezes as well), and faulty specific models of the 5700 XT series.

macOS 10.15.6
3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 (i7-8700H)
32GB 2667 MHz DDR4

eGPU: Razer Core X
GPU: Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB


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joevt
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@brian_graham, the signature says PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX 5700 XT

Maybe the problem is your XFX? Does anyone like XFX for Mac eGPU?

 

 

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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Brian Graham
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@joevt, is there problems with XFX for macOS? Should I return it and try a different model?

 

is there a recommended model I should be using? I’m tempted to wait for Navi 2 so I know for sure it’s the enclosure causing the problems and not the GPU.

 

macOS 10.15.6
3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 (i7-8700H)
32GB 2667 MHz DDR4

eGPU: Razer Core X
GPU: Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB


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joevt
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@brian_graham, I don't know. There were reports with older XFX cards but I don't know all the details. I don't know if there's problems with the latest cards.
https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/mac-mini-2018-i3-rx-480-sonnet-350-blank-screen-on-high-settings-of-games-benchmakrs/#post-62079
https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/need-help-zotac-amp-box-xfx-rx560-mbp-2017-10-15-6-black-screen/#post-83540
https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/doesnt-recognize-egpu-MacBook-pro-13inch-2018-razer-core-v2-xfx-rx580/#post-49862
https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2018-mac-mini-rx-59032gbps-tb3-akitio-node-pro-win10-1803-itsage/#post-49335

The problem could be bad macOS Navi drivers but there's nothing you can do about that. So getting a different GPU might be the only solution. I think people like Sapphire and PowerColor but I have no opinion on that (I have a Sapphire RX 580).

 

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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Brian Graham
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@joevt, Thanks for the information. I think I'll return this card and wait out Navi 2 as I originally planned before impulse buying this card.

 

macOS 10.15.6
3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 (i7-8700H)
32GB 2667 MHz DDR4

eGPU: Razer Core X
GPU: Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB


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doobix
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I use a XFX RX 5700 XT with Razer Core X Chroma on a MacBook Pro 2018 (13"). No crashes for me when I'm playing games on it (on Windows 10 bootcamp). 

2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + macOS 11.0.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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