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Chippy McChipset
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Can we update this guide with the Radeon VII right now? Or is still not supported OOTB? I thought it was fully supported and OOTB as per barefeats comments being the most powerful graphics card in MacOS currently...
Thanks

I am not part of the test team here but I do a lot of testing in general and can tell you starting at 10.14.5 we encountered no problems running the Radeon VII on compatible TB3 MacBook Pros with the Sonnet / OWC boxes. Prior to that I had to modify the kext file identifiers to recognize the card.

That said Apple never updated their eGPU page to include this card, and my guess for the reason is, there is a bug with this configuration where if you sleep the system (Mac or PC - so this is not a Mac thing), the fan in the eGPU spins up to full RPM. Not sure why this happens or who has to fix it but my guess is it's a problem that would have to be resolved in the card's firmware...

...and that's not likely because the card is pretty much EOL / not going to be manufactured much longer, with the new 5700 series cards being released this month. This card sort of a strange scenario. Probably won't get much love from anyone going forward.

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itsage
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@chippy-mcchipset The full RPM fans in suspended mode is due to the Radeon VII board design. It was an oversight and AMD has to come up with a fix. I observed this same behavior in many setups including different enclosures, laptops, desktops, and operating systems. Specifically the culprit has to do with the Radeon VII not able to receive GPIO signal from the enclosure's USB-C controller [TI65983].

 

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Chippy McChipset
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@itsage

Good info / thanks. Not surprising; I heard from other people who had the same problem I did, so I assumed it was not specific to any one eGPU family. Makes complete sense this is an issue onboard the card itself. I don't hold out much hope for a fix though, for reasons stated earlier. Hopefully I'm wrong.

It's actually a really good card / a good performer in my experience. Good all-around card for gaming or compute workflows, basically like a Vega 64 without as much power draw (though I've never measured exactly how much).

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I am sure that my input here may be of no use, but I spent the greater part of ... gosh, months, researching.... I can confirm the following works flawlessly... mbp 2019 32 gb ram vega pro 20 card on 10.14.6 with the core x egpu and the radeon vii (direct from amd, no after market tuner). In boot camp running win pro 10 1903, also works like a charm connected to an aw2518hf... (freesync fires away). I have a fan running on the machine but have seen no thermal throttling whatsoever. I did run ddu, the the appropriate driver setup.exe and the system runs both the eGPU and the dGPU... maybe I got lucky? 

If I have posted this here in error, please delete and let me know where you'd like me to post... I'm happy to try whatever anyone needs within reason... a lot cheaper than buying a gaming rig separate from my daily driver... (i use my mbp for 90% of my work, so a small investment to do more was awesome sauce)

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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rawwd
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@ux4all are you seeing your card in Mojave or is it only visible in Windows? I cannot see my card in Mojave when I plug it in without any hacks.

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Hansjorg G
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Hi there, I am running Macbook Pro Retina 13 "2013 with macOS Mojave 10.14.2 A graphics card Vega 64 is in the AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt 3 box. How can I use the egpu as a preferred graphics card. Is there a process? Switch on the Macbook then boot up the eGPU or it doesn't matter. The internal one is always used. Thank you for the tips. Greeting Jürgen from Germany I use Googel to translate, I hope you can see my problem.

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Hansjorg G
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@mac_editor

Hi there,

thanks for the tip, that's it.

The card is now used.

Greeting Jürgen

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