Which RX480 variant?
Which variant of the RX480 works best with MacOS? Or are they all good to go? ASUS? MSI?
I'd stay away from XFX cards. Sapphire and Gigabyte cards have good compatibility with macOS.
Holy crap I totally just ordered an XFX card. Can you dive into what kinds of issues the XFX has that the Sapphire/Gigabytes don't? I was reading an RX480 thread at tonymacx86 and it was the most recommended variant. In fact much of the advice there seemed pretty polar opposite to what you're suggesting.
For the record my most used software will be FCPX (apparently there are workarounds that fix the crashing issues now) and DaVinci Resolve.
In my experience RX 480 have many boot problems on macOS... get Nvidia instead.
I don't have any experience with MacOS, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in and say my MSI 480 Gaming X has been working perfectly under Win 7. It runs stable and cool with a modest overclock. I like that the fans turn off completely under 60C.
Originally planned to get Sapphire NITRO card, but reviews aren't that great. A lot of people have to under-clock to keep it stable.
@ikir: maybe the amd cards are not working flawlessly with the thunder 3 since it does not support gpus officially?
@Daelin: Which macOS version and mac do you have RX480 working? I have Sapphire RX 470 8Gb nitro+ and it stuck on boot when mounted in Thunder3 and connected to 2016 MBP TB3 port. RX470 in Thunder2 worked with OpenGL but not with OpenCL and FCPX crashed on macOS 10.12.3 and fcpx 10.3.x.
Interesting thanks for sharing. For those of you who are using the MSI card, outside of goalque's instructions did you have to do any additional tweaking to make things work?
And @Daelin, I'm assuming you're on OS Sierra 10.12.3 ?
My primary concern is FCPX, which from what I've read, crashes for some people using RX480's. But some folks over on Tonymac have sorted the problem out, apparently it has something to do with power management profiles.
In the meantime I was able to cancel my XFX rx480 order before it shipped wooo.