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(@alexander_kim)
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Is it a good deal to get this one:  https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/HELFXRX580/, how hard my MBP 13" mid 2017's CPU would bottleneck RX580 in games? Plan to use in MacOS only (my games are ported to mac)

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nando4
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Can save yourself ~$80 buying these components separately as follows:

$249 Sonnet Breakaway 550
$220 XFX RX 580 8GB

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(@alexander_kim)
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Just found refurbished:  https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/HELFXRX580O/

Do they worth it?

Or Helios is worse than Sonnet?

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slhdsnet
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@alexander_kim  I cannot really comment regarding the Sonnet enclosure but my OWC Helios FX with RX 580 is working flawlessly to this day in macOS configuration.  I have read that both the Sonnet and Helios FX enclosures are identical (or about) for the hardware side but are somewhat different regarding the firmware implementation. 

Maybe some other members here can comment on this.

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(@alexander_kim)
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You bought new or returned? They offer returned at good discount, should i look in to it?

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slhdsnet
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@alexander_kim  I actually bought "Open Box" in new condition.

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✧ macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132) ✧
automate-eGPU EFI (v1.0.5) USB ✧
OWC Mercury Helios FX eGPU / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Apple TB3-TB2 Cable Adapter ✧
✧ NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Adapter ✧


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(@alexander_kim)
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At what price you bought it? At ~$440? How was the condition?

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slhdsnet
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@alexander_kim  See this post for some insights regarding the OWC Helios FX enclosure:

https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/owc-helios-fx-egpu-mac-compatible/#post-52409

nMP-Mac Pro (Late 2013) with AMD FirePro D300's (x2)
✧ macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132) ✧
automate-eGPU EFI (v1.0.5) USB ✧
OWC Mercury Helios FX eGPU / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Apple TB3-TB2 Cable Adapter ✧
✧ NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Adapter ✧


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slhdsnet
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@alexander_kim  See the OWC Mercury Helios FX 650 Review & Setup Guide published Feb 18, 2019 via the Reddit community:

OWC Mercury Helios FX 650

https://www.owcdigital.com/products/mercury-helios-fx-650

nMP-Mac Pro (Late 2013) with AMD FirePro D300's (x2)
✧ macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132) ✧
automate-eGPU EFI (v1.0.5) USB ✧
OWC Mercury Helios FX eGPU / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Apple TB3-TB2 Cable Adapter ✧
✧ NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Adapter ✧


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slhdsnet
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@alexander_kim  The eBay ad does look legit but from the feedback comments, it appears this would be the very first item the seller actually sells on eBay.  Given the item ships from Canada, shipping cost will likely be quite expensive.  Thus, not sure this would turn out to be a bargain in the end.

nMP-Mac Pro (Late 2013) with AMD FirePro D300's (x2)
✧ macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132) ✧
automate-eGPU EFI (v1.0.5) USB ✧
OWC Mercury Helios FX eGPU / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Apple TB3-TB2 Cable Adapter ✧
✧ NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Adapter ✧


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(@alexander_kim)
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Indeed, shipping is very costly ~$100-150 to KZ...

Mac mini 2018 / i7 8700b / 32GB ram / 256GB ssd


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slhdsnet
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Ouch indeed !!!  Cheers.  🙂

nMP-Mac Pro (Late 2013) with AMD FirePro D300's (x2)
✧ macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132) ✧
automate-eGPU EFI (v1.0.5) USB ✧
OWC Mercury Helios FX eGPU / AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Apple TB3-TB2 Cable Adapter ✧
✧ NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Adapter ✧


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