No boost with eGPU on Adobe Software
I have an iMac 2017 and want to accelerate my editing and motion design work. So I bought an eGPU (Sonnet Breakaway 650) with ASUS AMD Radeon AREZ Strix RX Vega 64 OC. All supported natively in Mojave. In (Mac) gaming it works fine. But in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects (Metal) I rarely see a boost by the eGPU in my activity monitor. I switched all apps to "prefer external graphic card". I tried to set the external monitor to main monitor. Anyone has a solution or opinion how to take advantage of the eGPU in Premiere Pro and After Effects?
Any boost in Lightroom or Photoshop? I assume Final Cut gets a decent boost?
If you connect the display to the egpu with a mini or do the same and close the lid on a macbook there is acceleration for certain parts of adobe lightroom
for final cut pro egpu only does rendering it does not get involved with compression
live tasks are accelerated when the display is connected to the egpu
generally the devices who draw the most out an egpu are mini and mbp 13 without a discrete graphic card
Premiere Pro should see and use the eGPU.
After Affects do not really do that yet. They are working on it but Adobe have been extremely slow in moving forward the last 5-10 years. :/
I opened up Lightroom Classic (February 2020 version) and saw this nice update log. Preferences also detected and set the WX 9100 eGPU for acceleration. Here's the link to Adobe support website detailing the new and enhanced features.
Prior to this version, Activity Monitor would see Lightroom Classic using all three graphics cards available to this Mac Pro. Now the app only uses the eGPU which has the primary monitor connected to it.
Still choppy laggy playback in Premiere ... didnt help at all...
@promis3music, did you plug your screen directly to the egpu ?
I've noticed that the only way Adobe software would recognize my card was to plug my main screen directly to the card, otherwise it was still using the onboard Intel.
I don't know for Premiere Pro, but in After Effects you can check which GPU you are using in Preferences -> Previews -> GPU Informations