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Daelin
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Posted by: Anchoricex

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? 

- disable SIP

-run TB3 enabler

-follow goalque's automate egpu instructions

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. 

yes, i'm using 10.12.3 

i don't use FCPX so i do not have any experience with it. i think i've read somewhere that fcpx 10.2 is better compatible with egpus than 10.3, but i'm not sure about this

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wimpzilla
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Well the recognition issues could came from the fact that some AIB partners uses custom pcb, so custom bios, like XFX/MSI = really good quality build there!

If you have a reference pcb you can flash your card with an other AIB bios partner to see if it solve the issue. If the sapphire and powercolor are both reference pcb but a card boot better than the second, just flash the bios. Unfortunately if you flash a reference bios on a custom pcb or the opposite, you will surely brick the card, nothing special there, flash back the right bios problem solved, since you have a dual bios.

Usually i advice to get a AMD reference pcb when building a desktop, easier to mod the bios. But there it seems the custom pcb like the msi boot but the sapphire reference do not. Since on AMD side you can edit the bios easily, if it is only some bit to change or patching UEFI+LEGACY, it is quite easy to mod a reference bios to do so. If the boot issue is related to electrical custom pcb wiring and so custom bios setting, you can't do nothing to mod that.

About the UEFI vs LEGACY, i tried both on my R9 270 bios. I benched the card on my desktop, so modded the bios for higher TDP and VCCD, smooth. Then i just reverted the default VCCD/TDP, flashed again, put on the GDC. When you mod the bios it remove the UEFI boot, so i booted with a basic legacy i think, since i had even the option in my bios. Then i though it was maybe the problem, so reverted the stock bios, UEFI compatible, the one i'm running now. But still the card refuse to boot on bios!

Avoid RX480 powercolor cards!!!

 

 

 

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Anchoricex
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Any of these cards fit in the Thunder3? I already have a Node which will fit my fat Titan X, but potentially looking for a second box for easy switching between the two on my 2016 Macbook Pro 15".

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Yukikaze
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There is no RX470 or RX480 that is short enough to fit the Thunders. They could easily make one, as some of the RX470s have a PCB that is quite literally half-empty of components, but no manufacturer cared enough to give us a "RX480 Nano" yet.

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Anchoricex
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Ah damn. Love how small the Thunder 3 enclosure is, my Node is a server box compared to that thing. Oh well!

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kukkis
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I wonder has anyone got fully working any of the AMD RX470/480 cards with macOS 10.12.3 on Thunderbolt2/3 enclosure connected to TB3 port on MBP 2016? If yes, then it could very well be up to specific brand/model/bios etc that others work better and  some others do not work at all.

Ikir got his Sapphire RX480 nitro+ 4Gb working in Thunder3 enclosure connected to 2016 13" touchbar MBP with macOS 10.12.3 but he had also problems on boot. My Sapphire RX470 nitro+ 8Gb in Thunder3 stuck on boot every time but I have 2016 13" MBP non-touchbar model which Boot ROM and SMC versions were different. In Thunder2 RX470 survived boot every time and OpenGL worked but OpenCL did not, FCPX 10.12.3 crashed and OS UI had graphic glitches.

 

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Anchoricex
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Someone over on tonymac got FCPX problems sorted out on their hackintosh with their RX480 and it involved changing intel power management profiles I think. 

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kukkis
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Yes, I noticed the same but am not sure if the same can be done to real mackintosh with eGPU without problems. 

It seems on macpros and hackintoshes RX480s work better than on TB3 to TB3 eGPUs with latest macOS at the moment. 

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Posted by: Anchoricex

 

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.

   

With RX 480 FCPX didn't worked, instead it works on the same system with Nvidia GTX.


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ikir
 ikir
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Posted by: Anchoricex

 

Already have an nVidia card on the way, wanted to diddle with the RX480 as well and compare. Can you elaborate on the boot problems?

   

There are issue with 10.2.3 and Radeon, i managed to boot 1/10 a nightmare, instead with GTX 980 it runs perfectly. I really suggest to everyone who plan to use eGPU on macOS to use Nvidia GTX, performance are also OVER THE TOP compared to Radeon.

Compare my 2 eGPU setup:

Radeon Nitro+ RX 480  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/macbook-pro-13-2016-touchbar-with-akitio-thunder3-radeon-rx480-work-in-progress/

Nvidia GTX 780 Ti  https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2016-13-mbp-gtx780-ti32gbps-tb3-akitio-thunder3-macos-10-12-3-ikir/

 

Same setup in valley  4k

RX 480 22,4 fps   -   GTX 780 Ti  42,7 fps

 


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + Radeon VII @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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