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Andy Hernandez
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Hi, I'm new here and now trying to use this setup. Seemed pretty easy when researched it but I don't see a huge difference in performance with the new card. I needed this card to bust up speed on video editing and graphics rendering. I did the wrangler purge and I can see my eGPU but I want to know how to bench market with my internal because in reality, I see no difference when trying to render a 3-minute video. Any help will be greatly appreciated. 

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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Mini i5
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@andy_hernandez

You can use Activity Monitor to see if your eGPU is even being used by your video editing software.

https://support.apple.com/guide/activity-monitor/view-gpu-activity-actm9329b315/mac

What editing software are you running?  

Are you looping back to the iMac display? Or are you using an external display attached to your eGPU? 

 

 

 

2018 Mac Mini + AMD RP W5500 (Sonnet Breakaway Box 650) Big Sur 11.6 + Windows 21H1

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RP W5500 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Andy Hernandez
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@mini-i5, Hi! Thank you so much for getting back. It is looping back to the iMac and I am using FCPX. I can see it in final cut and select it but there is no change in performance. I spent over $700 on this setup to get my editing running smooth and faster but I don't know if I have set up correctly. I have a dummy HDMI Ghost plugged in the HDMI port on the graphics card but there is still 3 DisplayPort that is empty. 

 

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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Mini i5
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@andy_hernandez

How much is the 5700 XT being shown as used in Mac Catalina’s Activity Monitor GPU History chart during FCPX rendering? 

You can open the CPU History window at the same time to compare between GPU use and CPU use.

https://www.techjunkie.com/view-gpu-usage-mac/

And are you adding video effects while rendering? Effects rely more on the GPU. 

Encoding may simply be using the CPU. 

 

 

 

2018 Mac Mini + AMD RP W5500 (Sonnet Breakaway Box 650) Big Sur 11.6 + Windows 21H1

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RP W5500 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Andy Hernandez
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@mini-i5, Hi, sorry for the late response. Been having issues with the setup. keep getting a black screen when I plug in external display ports. Yes, I am adding effects while rendering. 

 

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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