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nate88
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Great News, it seams like the mid and higher end Macbooks will actually contain a mobile version of the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, specifically designed for them. So this must mean drivers are coming!!

 

Also there is a rumour of a big bios update that will push that card to 3Ghz!

 

https://www.techradar.com/amp/news/apples-next-macbook-pro-could-feature-the-amd-radeon-rx-6700-series

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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norcom
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Posted by: @nate88

Great News, it seams like the mid and higher end Macbooks will actually contain a mobile version of the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, specifically designed for them. So this must mean drivers are coming!!

 

Also there is a rumour of a big bios update that will push that card to 3Ghz!

 

https://www.techradar.com/amp/news/apples-next-macbook-pro-could-feature-the-amd-radeon-rx-6700-series

That article's 4 month old. Slapping a new gen Intel chip and a new AMD GPU on a MacBook Pro wouldn't be hard for them but I would be surprised if they refresh the x86 lineup ever again. Personally I would love a new gen Intel MacBook with a 6700 GPU for work though.

Updating the BIOS will not get you 3ghz. You can try to overclock now but no BIOS upgrade would mitigate the heat all that extra clock speed would generate.

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 1909 [build link]  

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Mini i5
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🦾 Big Navi flexing on the Geekbench 5 page:

Big Sur 11.4 Beta 1 - Metal

RX 6900 XT - 162,353

RX 6800 XT - 138,219

RX 6800125,565

(Doesn’t say if these are in a 2019 Mac Pro, Hackintosh, or eGPU)

2018 Mac Mini + AMD RX 6600 XT (Sonnet Breakaway Box 650) Monterey 12.1 pending + Windows 21H1

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 6600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 12.0 & Win10 21H1 [build link]  


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craftsman
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Come on Apple. Port the driver to Apple Silicon. It will sell so many more x86 to M1 upgrades.

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + macOS 10.15.1 [build link]  

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Mini i5
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@craftsman, Yep. Even if ARM drivers came with M2 models this fall, that would be awesome. 

 

2018 Mac Mini + AMD RX 6600 XT (Sonnet Breakaway Box 650) Monterey 12.1 pending + Windows 21H1

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 6600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 12.0 & Win10 21H1 [build link]  


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cgWerks
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@mini-i5, Yeah, I hope we hear something at WWDC about the future of GPUs (and eGPUs!) and the Mac.

 

As of July 24, 2021: 2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580) - Mojave 10.14.6 - (haven't succeeded past Win10 1809)


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norcom
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Posted by: @craftsman

Come on Apple. Port the driver to Apple Silicon. It will sell so many more x86 to M1 upgrades.

Bringing third party GPU drivers to M1 is pretty pointless right now. What would you use it for? There are no M1 systems with PCIE and TB3 is slow. There are barely any major apps that run natively on M1. Publishers should be focused on converting apps to M1 and then adding and utilizing extra h/w where processing limits are reached. I guarantee Apple would prefer developers optimize for M1 and not use external h/w as a crutch for unoptimized code.   

On the other hand there are plenty of x86 based Macs with proven software. But Apple is not allowing NVIDIA drivers (that have been previously supported) and being slow on Radeon drivers. Which is just a shitty move. 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + Win10 1909 [build link]  

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Mini i5
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@norcom, the recent beta versions of Redshift and Octane X GPU renderers run natively on M1. 

But realistically, most of us users will stay with Intel Macs and render on an 6900 XT or 6800 XT until (if) Apple does port these RDNA 2 drivers to ARM. 

 

 

2018 Mac Mini + AMD RX 6600 XT (Sonnet Breakaway Box 650) Monterey 12.1 pending + Windows 21H1

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 6600 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 12.0 & Win10 21H1 [build link]  


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Erik Tank
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@norcom, I can see your point of view and agree, but the other side of the fence is, adding support for powerful hardware will draw more attention and developers to the platform.... Which Apple really should consider given the lack of windows computing on the M1 platform.  I like the M1 idea, but I can't fully utilize my mac at work without windows sadly - so I'll be sticking with my 2019 16" MBP for a long time I bet... 

 

2019 16" MBP - i9 - 32GB - 5500M 8GB - 1TB SSD w/eGPU Mantiz Saturn Pro + RX 5700 XT OC


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craftsman
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Posted by: @norcom
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Come on Apple. Port the driver to Apple Silicon. It will sell so many more x86 to M1 upgrades.

Bringing third party GPU drivers to M1 is pretty pointless right now. What would you use it for? There are no M1 systems with PCIE and TB3 is slow. There are barely any major apps that run natively on M1. Publishers should be focused on converting apps to M1 and then adding and utilizing extra h/w where processing limits are reached. I guarantee Apple would prefer developers optimize for M1 and not use external h/w as a crutch for unoptimized code.   

On the other hand there are plenty of x86 based Macs with proven software. But Apple is not allowing NVIDIA drivers (that have been previously supported) and being slow on Radeon drivers. Which is just a shitty move. 

TB3 isn't slow for compute or render tasks especially when the display is connected to the eGPU. It should theoretically perform better on an M1 laptop than an Intel laptop because often the throttling of the Intel CPU and slower RAM was holding the eGPU back. The M1 should be able to squeeze a few percent better eGPU performance than the Intel while staying cool and quiet.

 

Plenty of major apps are released or almost ready in beta. They can't be optimised for M1 any further. Others are waiting for Fall.

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X Chroma) + macOS 10.15.1 [build link]  

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