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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + RX 480 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + macOS 10.12.2 [ikir]  

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nando4
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@Ikir, very nice indeed. You are I believe the first to showcase a AMD RX series eGPU on OSX 10.12.2 with a late-2016 MBP. Congratulations.

I'll mention that a bootcamped Win10, if configured right,  can offer you an eGPU accelerated internal LCD mode using AMD X-Connect. No requirement for an external LCD then.  Goalque's starting pointers to do this are at https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/thunderbolt-3-egpu-with-late-2016-macbook-pro/#post-49

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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@nando4

Thanks! I've enjoyed a gaming night with Elder Scrolls Online and Bioshock in 4k thanks to eGPU 😀

I'm interested only in macOS, i know X-Connect can be enables in win side but i always connect my Macbook to LG 34" 4k UltraWide display at home for work and fun anyway. Maybe i will post a photo of my desk but i would love to create a box for my eGPU first.


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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Hiya,

Congratulations for getting it set up! Can you see if you can play a 4k video with either Photos or Quicktime without any problems? Thanks!

2016 13" MBP with Touch Bar
Sonnet III-D modified with Sonnet SE1 TB3 Upgrade Card and 600W PSU
MSI RX Vega 56 Air Boost OC
OS X 10.12.4


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@ikir, if you decide at any point to load Win10 on your system I'd be curious if you get a full run of 3dmark11. The Thunder2 would fail with R9 cards part way through which we attributed to power drop outs. The equivalent HD79xx card would work fine.

Wondering if the Thunder3 has the same issue with new AMD cards?

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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ikir
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Posted by: Mark

 

Hiya,

Congratulations for getting it set up! Can you see if you can play a 4k video with either Photos or Quicktime without any problems? Thanks!

   

Downloading this  http://4ksamples.com/elysium-4k-trailer/

It seems to plays ok, no issue to report. Also tried to play in Photo a 4k shoot by me with iPhone 6s this last summer, no problems at all.


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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@nando4, the known AMD issue in low power conditions seems to be marginal - the only reports are from Rx 200 and Rx 300 series cards which cannot operate well when mounted on a single-slot enclosure. Fiji and Polaris based cards don’t suffer from these problems.

Starting from Crimson Edition 16.7.1, AMD improved power distribution of the reference RX 480. However, this fix applies to Windows only and since the power is passed through the TB board of Thunder2/Thunder3, there is no guarantee that you can safely stress test the reference RX 480 on macOS.

https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/help-akitio-thunder2-and-power-overload-a-cautionary-tale/

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 has a 8-pin AUX power connector and it consumes only ~60W from the PCIe slot:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3098825/components-graphics/sapphire-nitro-rx-480-review-polaris-rethought-and-refined.html

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Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro eGPU Master Thread

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 1809 [build link]  


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Played FireWatch and Elder Scrolls Online in 4K Ultra for few hours without issues!

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MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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hello ikir
do you use Final Cut Pro X?
Can you do BruceX benchmark with and without RX 480?
http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/
https://blog.alex4d.com/2013/10/30/brucex-a-new-fcpx-benchmark/
Cheers

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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Inotna
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I might go for this setup. I have the same MBP as except that I only got 256Gb and I already have a Sapphire Nitro RX 480 8GB. 

 

Can you link to the Power Supply and power cable?

And how does it work? do have to shut down the Mac plug in the eGPU boot the Mac up or is hot pluggable?

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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ikir
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Posted by: may

 

hello ikir
do you use Final Cut Pro X?
Can you do BruceX benchmark with and without RX 480?
http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/
https://blog.alex4d.com/2013/10/30/brucex-a-new-fcpx-benchmark/
Cheers

   

Hi sadly i've tried tonight but Final Cut crash when doing anything after loading! We will try to investigate!


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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