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goalque
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Sorry, I don’t use Photoshop. I don’t know. I guess you won’t see much difference in Photoshop, in video rendering and editing more likely.

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Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro eGPU Master Thread

 
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dream3
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What about 3D modeling apps, same thing? Depends on how each handles the eGPU despite the fact macOS will recognize it?

MacOS: 15" Retina Macbook Pro 2015 Iris Pro only
Windows 10: Tornado F5 laptop with discrete GTX 1060
eGPU: GIGABYTE RX 580


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goalque
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It depends on the application how it is optimized, and if the eGPU is selectable.

Indigo Renderer is a great example, doesn't require any external (or "ghost") display.

http://www.indigorenderer.com

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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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jefniro
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Hello, I'm little bit confused... I have ordered the Akitio Node in order to connect it to my MacBookPro 13" Late 2016, I would want to use the Node with XFX RX AMD 480 GTR... with this configuration I need the Fit-Headless GS if I want acceleration goest to my internal display? 

Thank you!!

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2016 13" MacBook Pro [6th,2C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 1903 [build link]  

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nff
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Posted by: goalque

 

1) Download Spectacle: https://www.spectacleapp.com

2) Download DisableMonitor: https://github.com/Eun/DisableMonitor

3) Go to macOS System Preferences -> Dock -> Position on screen -> Left

4) Set the ghost display as the primary

5) Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor

6) Launch the app (Valley benchmark for example) from the Dock (there you see its child windows).

Then you can easily switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut. Spectacle moves apps in full screen mode as well (therefore, step 5 is recommended).

I use fit-Headless GS and 4K, but there are similar products:
http://www.newertech.com/products/hdmi_headless_video_adapter.php
https://headlessghost.com

   

Isn't it easier just to "Mirror Display" when using the Fit-4K, instead of using the Spectacle setup ?

Here is my config and the results >> Macbook Pro 15" Retina Mid 2015, RX 480 8GB,  Akitio 2, EVGA 600W

 

Here you can see the R9 XXX powering both displays on Mirror Display, using "Optimized for FitHeadless4K"

With Fit4K

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Here is the setup without the Ghost Adapter. You can see the R9 XXX is idle and the discreet (R9 R370X) card doing all the pushing.

Without Fit4K

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zz2k9
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Hello,

I am also wondering how the egpu will handle apps.

In your setup, when you have the mirrored display, is the egpu being used as the primary gpu for all tasks? The fps and score seems a little low unless I'm wrong about the R9 performance. 

If you had the egpu powering an external display, how do apps like Adobe CC and GPU accelerated apps decide? Or is it that it simply drives external displays while the internal gpu does the work as normal?

How does your solution differ in performance compared to the one by goalque?

Also, when you mirror your display, why does your screenshot show such a low res for the FitHeadless4K?

If I were to copy this setup with a Node and future 1080ti with a 2013 27inch iMac, will it be possible to use yours or goalques solution to only use the egpu to drive the internal and external displays, and does that make it the primary gpu for apps and compute?

 

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nff
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Hi.

Its seems that MacOS can handle the 3 cards and pick the best for a given task. I have not tested Photoshop, but I do run UnrealEngine and on the mac, it delivers quite good results. Without the eGPU, I get about 25fps on "Particle Effects" scene from Epic, while when the GPU is attached I get a solid +60fps on the editor and an even better result while on play mode.

I am not sure why the resolution on the FitHeadless4K goes to that value, but it does not affect the internal display.

About the internal vs external being powered by the eGPU, I cannot say now, but can give you an answer in the next few days, since I am moving office.

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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goalque
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@nff: Display mirroring replicates your desktop and is mainly meant for displaying photos or videos on a larger display. This makes the content blurry. Furthermore, iGPU-only Macs can't utilize this hardware mirroring.

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ariksaja
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Posted by: goalque

1) Download Spectacle: https://www.spectacleapp.com

2) Download DisableMonitor: https://github.com/Eun/DisableMonitor

3) Go to macOS System Preferences -> Dock -> Position on screen -> Left

4) Set the ghost display as the primary

5) Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor

6) Launch the app (Valley benchmark for example) from the Dock (there you see its child windows).

Then you can easily switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut. Spectacle moves apps in full screen mode as well (therefore, step 5 is recommended).

I use fit-Headless GS and 4K, but there are similar products:
http://www.newertech.com/products/hdmi_headless_video_adapter.php
https://headlessghost.com

I'm curious with macbook... i'll try it with my friend's MacBook Air. Just bought "Fueran 4k Hdmi headless dummy" for 9$. If it's working perhaps i'm gonna buy macbook also. Grin

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OxoTHuk
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Posted by: goalque

1) Download Spectacle: https://www.spectacleapp.com

2) Download DisableMonitor: https://github.com/Eun/DisableMonitor

3) Go to macOS System Preferences -> Dock -> Position on screen -> Left

4) Set the ghost display as the primary

5) Set the resolution to match internal screen in DisableMonitor

6) Launch the app (Valley benchmark for example) from the Dock (there you see its child windows).

Then you can easily switch “Next Display” or “Previous Display” with a keyboard shortcut. Spectacle moves apps in full screen mode as well (therefore, step 5 is recommended).

I use fit-Headless GS and 4K, but there are similar products:
http://www.newertech.com/products/hdmi_headless_video_adapter.php
https://headlessghost.com

Hi

thank you for great info

does this setup work in High Sierra as well?

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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