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Koopa
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The latest changes in 10.13.2 Beta 2 look quite promising.

The internal screen is no longer black when logging back in. It seems to be running off the eGPU, sadly everything is really slow and unresponsive  for some reason. The external display is still not working though.

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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mac_editor
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Posted by: Koopa

The latest changes in 10.13.2 Beta 2 look quite promising.

The internal screen is no longer black when logging back in. It seems to be running off the eGPU, sadly everything is really slow and unresponsive  for some reason. The external display is still not working though.

Well, I did discover some interesting titbits in macOS 10.13.2, but as you can infer from my interaction above, I really did not want to talk about it since @goalque reminded me of the NDA with Apple. All I'm going to say is this - Apple is getting close to resolving the problem (whether or not Apple is actively doing so or is a by-product of further eGPU development is unknown). 

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Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance

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2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Insomniak92
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Posted by: mac_editor
Posted by: Koopa

The latest changes in 10.13.2 Beta 2 look quite promising.

The internal screen is no longer black when logging back in. It seems to be running off the eGPU, sadly everything is really slow and unresponsive  for some reason. The external display is still not working though.

Well, I did discover some interesting titbits in macOS 10.13.2, but as you can infer from my interaction above, I really did not want to talk about it since @goalque reminded me of the NDA with Apple. All I'm going to say is this - Apple is getting close to resolving the problem (whether or not Apple is actively doing so or is a by-product of further eGPU development is unknown). 

Hey,

Just wanted to check in to know if you had a chance to try out the newest updates and saw anything promising for our common problem. Don’t need to know any details for NDA purposes Smile

Thanks

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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Koopa
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Posted by: Insomniak92
Posted by: mac_editor
Posted by: Koopa

The latest changes in 10.13.2 Beta 2 look quite promising.

The internal screen is no longer black when logging back in. It seems to be running off the eGPU, sadly everything is really slow and unresponsive  for some reason. The external display is still not working though.

Well, I did discover some interesting titbits in macOS 10.13.2, but as you can infer from my interaction above, I really did not want to talk about it since @goalque reminded me of the NDA with Apple. All I'm going to say is this - Apple is getting close to resolving the problem (whether or not Apple is actively doing so or is a by-product of further eGPU development is unknown). 

Hey,

Just wanted to check in to know if you had a chance to try out the newest updates and saw anything promising for our common problem. Don’t need to know any details for NDA purposes Smile

Thanks

I’m currently running 10.13.2 Beta 4. No noticeable changes since Beta 2 concerning eGPU support. 

However there has been a huge improvement in Beta 3 when using an external display with a build-in Nvidia GPU. It was the first build I could actually use with my 4k monitor. Previous versions were unusable due to rendering glitches and heavy lags. Still not as smooth as in Sierra, but they are getting there.

 

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mac_editor
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Posted by: Koopa
 
I’m currently running 10.13.2 Beta 4. No noticeable changes since Beta 2 concerning eGPU support. 
However there has been a huge improvement in Beta 3 when using an external display with a build-in Nvidia GPU. It was the first build I could actually use with my 4k monitor. Previous versions were unusable due to rendering glitches and heavy lags. Still not as smooth as in Sierra, but they are getting there.

I am running B4 as well - no changes. Audio works on 10.13.2, but there is no video output. Its more and more likely that this is a bug in rendering code (or something along those lines, IDK).

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Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Gurucc
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I just want to say thanks to the hard working champions that are trying to get this sorted. 

I'm a fulltime Mac editor running a 2014 MBP with dGPU and am watching with baited breath after purchasing a Mantiz Venus & RX580 / Vive to find unfortunately I have to use Windows to run my config (and I'm a FCPx editor). (insert crying face here) 

 

Watching with baited breath.. 

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P-Mac
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Hi! I recently switched from a TITAN Xp to an RX Vega 64 in the hopes of better first-party support with FCP X.

I'm running it on a mid-2014 MBP w/ the 750m + Akitio Thunder2 enclosure. Let me know if I can help test anything in any way. 

MAG341CQ 34" Ultrawide // Logitech G900 & HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (MX Blues) // Scarlett 2i4 + Yamaha HS7

 
2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + RX Vega 64 LC @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.14 & Win10 [build link]  


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Antoine
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Here, Late-2013 Nvidia dGPU works well under 10.12.6 with FCPX and the RX580.

2017 15" MBP 3.1 MHz RP560 + AMD Vega FE [email protected] (Breakaway 350 + SF600) + macOS 10.14.6


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mac_editor
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Posted by: P-Mac

Hi! I recently switched from a TITAN Xp to an RX Vega 64 in the hopes of better first-party support with FCP X.

I'm running it on a mid-2014 MBP w/ the 750m + Akitio Thunder2 enclosure. Let me know if I can help test anything in any way. 

So you have native compatibility? It works fine without any modifications to High Sierra?

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Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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P-Mac
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Posted by: mac_editor
 
So you have native compatibility? It works fine without any modifications to High Sierra?

Sort of. I haven't modified the OS in any way, so far.

If I don't plug in a monitor to the eGPU, then it's working fine and things like LuxMark and Geekbench can address the eGPU and do compute work on it.

FCPX seems to do some work on it, but it prefers to do primary computation on the GPU that is displaying the FCP window, and since I don't have a monitor connected, it means the 750m does most of the heavy lifting when I'm editing.

Plugging a monitor in causes the external monitor to be black, the internal monitor to respond very slowly and the system to freeze.

10.13.2b6 allows me to continue using the computer, however the external display is still black, and I have a bigger issue: redcode footage shows up as black when exporting a video, so this beta version is a no-go as far as production work. 

MAG341CQ 34" Ultrawide // Logitech G900 & HyperX Alloy FPS Pro (MX Blues) // Scarlett 2i4 + Yamaha HS7

 
2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + RX Vega 64 LC @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.14 & Win10 [build link]  


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