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Springerdog1
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I just upgrade my Mac to:

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)
Processor 3.6 GHz 10-Core Intel Core i9
Memory 32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
Graphics AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT 16 GB***

 

I am using x-Plane 11.51. I recently started using Navigraph Data and Charts. I have recently seem a slow down on my frame rates especially when I am on the ground. I fly the Flight Factor 757/767/777 but I have also noticed the same problem with the stock 737 and 747.When I am at certain airports my frames can dip as low as 6  but if I change the view and get out of the cockpit and look at the nose of the plane they go up to about 70 and they go as high as 108 in the air. Not sure what is going on. I was thinking an EGPU might help solve this problem. Any suggestion on the problem or if an EGPU would make a difference and which one  to get and along with which card? Apple has the Black Magic which comes with a card for 699.00 but the reviews aren't great.

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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Mini i5
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@springerdog1

No, Your iMac 5700 XT GPU is good.

The game needs some better optimization. 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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Springerdog1
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So how do I optimize it?

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Mini i5
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@springerdog1

Not you. The game developers. 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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Springerdog1
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@mini-i5, So an EGPU would be a waste?

 

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itsage
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@springerdog1, There's not really a better gaming graphics card in macOS. Until Apple releases drivers for RX 6800/6900 XT, you won't be able to get higher gaming performance through an eGPU.

 

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2021 15" ASUS TUF Dash F15 [11th,4C,H] + RX 6900 XT @ 32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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Springerdog1
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Posted by: @itsage

@springerdog1, There's not really a better gaming graphics card in macOS. Until Apple releases drivers for RX 6800/6900 XT, you won't be able to get higher gaming performance through an eGPU.

 

I appreciate the help.

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John Straw
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I you willing to try MSFS 2020 via bootcamp? 

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Leovinus
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@john_straw, I'll probably try my hand at it once I get my external drive to run windows off of. For as much as I love X-plane so far, it irks me that some my favourite planes aren't available. At least not in decent quality. So I'll see which one falls into the FS series. Boeing 707, De Havilland Comet, Convair 880, Tridents etc. I like older planes. I have an old copy of FSX to hit the ground running. Just gotta wait to afford the drive. Winter has been hard on my wallet.

I can, however, highly recommend FlightGear for those who want to try something free (Linux, Mac, PC). It's sort of FS2004 level quality in graphics (Steadily improving though), but some of the aircraft (a beautiful Boeing 707 among them) are really well made. I have no idea if the flying dynamics are accurate however, but supposedly you have the choice of several different and accurate simulation models.

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  

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John Straw
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@leovinus, lovely aircraft choices. Thanks for the recommendation I’ll go check that out.

lovely looking setup you have, how long is your eGPU T3 cable? I guess you’re not too concerned about voltage drop (if that’s even a thing with T3)?

 

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