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(@tacoshi)
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Hello everyone,

I just got my hands on the Mantiz Venus, and am looking for a video card mainly for photo and video editing. My budget is $400, what would be some good options? Silence first.

Also noob question: Will a SATA 3 drive be able to run windows for gaming(PUBG)? There is a SATA slot in the Mantiz and since I already have a NAS for all the photo backups, I was thinking I could do something with it, thus the windows gaming idea.

My set up:
2018 Mac Mini i7/32GB/LG 27Uk850

Thanks

2018 mac mini i7 w/ LG 27UL850
Mantiz Venus


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Eightarmedpet
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Is hold on until jan and see what the next gem AMD cards are like, rumours suggest good things...

If they fail to deliver then Nvidia cards tend to be cooler and therefore quieter, just don’t expect to be able use it in macOS. 

I run run all my games on an external but keep PUBG on my internal as it’s a fast paced competitive online game and I want maximum performance. 

Hope me that helps!

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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Make Weird Music
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I have a 2017 iMac with i7 and Radeon Pro 580 8GB with a Sapphire Pulse RX580 8GB in the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box. When I render 4K videos in Davinci Resolve, I can hear the fans engage, but it's definitely not loud. Otherwise, the setup is silent.

I know my iMac has a beefier GPU than the Mac Mini, but when I configure Davinci to use eGPU for processing, it's silent until the render. Great performance, though it renders a little slower than the iMac's internal 580.

2017 iMac i7/580 => Gigabyte Vega 64 8GB OC + Sonnet w/Enermax 650

2016 Razer Blade (GTX1060) => PowerColor eGPU + EVGA GTX 980 TI FTW


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(@tacoshi)
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I have always been using final cut, but that is good to know. 

I think rx 580 is better than pro 580 in general, maybe there is some performance loss using the egpu?

Also I am curious to find out if you could configure both cards for grading/rendering, since you have two very similar cards. Thanks

2018 mac mini i7 w/ LG 27UL850
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(@tacoshi)
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It definitely helps, thanks!

I think I'm gonna stick with AMD for the moment. Would vega 56 still be a good pickup after the Jan release for the most bang for buck?

2018 mac mini i7 w/ LG 27UL850
Mantiz Venus


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Eightarmedpet
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Vega 56 is a great card. Will have to see what jan brings but it’ll still be a great card regardless, but you might find some cheap second hand ones.

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix


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Ryan1
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I hope that your tips will work for me too, thanks

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Make Weird Music
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I am a Davinci Resolve user, which lets you specify your GPUs. The internal Radeon Pro 580 renders a little faster in both Davinci and Blackmagic Fusion than the RX580 eGPU. The eGPU is quieter, though. 🙂

I haven’t rendered in a little while on my Razer Blade to compare the internal GTX 1060 Max Q against the GTX 980 Ti FTW eGPU.

RX580 eGPU performance is very good in Resolve. 15-25 FPS render in 4K with a LUT or two plus motion graphics.

(happy to run tests for anyone interested)

2017 iMac i7/580 => Gigabyte Vega 64 8GB OC + Sonnet w/Enermax 650

2016 Razer Blade (GTX1060) => PowerColor eGPU + EVGA GTX 980 TI FTW


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(@ron_compton)
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@makeweirdmusic

I've been trying for a couple of weeks to make a Radeon Vega 56 to work in a Razer eGPU with a 2018 Mac Mini. I have a new LG monitor using Display Port.
 So far all I've achieved is a nice black screen.
The Mini sees the Razer in the second port but not the graphics card.

Thunderbolt Bus 0:

 

  Vendor Name: Apple Inc.

  Device Name: Mac mini

  UID: 0x0001C45334D9F800

  Route String: 0

  Firmware Version: 47.1

  Domain UUID: 00EB820F-BF45-EB56-9563-A18DBD30C959

  Port:

  Status: No device connected

  Link Status: 0x7

  Speed: Up to 40 Gb/s x1

  Current Link Width: 0x1

  Receptacle: 2

  Link Controller Firmware Version: 1.34.0

  Port:

  Status: Device connected

  Link Status: 0x2

  Speed: Up to 40 Gb/s x1

  Current Link Width: 0x2

  Receptacle: 1

  Link Controller Firmware Version: 1.34.0

 

Core X:

 

  Vendor Name: Razer

  Device Name: Core X

  Vendor ID: 0x127

  Device ID: 0x1

  Device Revision: 0x1

  UID: 0x0127CB4A4151A400

  Route String: 3

  Firmware Version: 33.1

  Port (Upstream):

  Status: Device connected

  Link Status: 0x2

  Speed: Up to 40 Gb/s x1

  Current Link Width: 0x2

  Link Controller Firmware Version: 0.35.0

When I check on Graphics all I get is the internal graphics:

Intel UHD Graphics 630:

 

  Chipset Model: Intel UHD Graphics 630

  Type: GPU

  Bus: Built-In

  VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 1536 MB

  Vendor: Intel

  Device ID: 0x3e9b

  Revision ID: 0x0000

  Metal: Supported, feature set macOS GPUFamily2 v1

  Displays:

LG Ultra HD:

  Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (2160p/4K UHD 1 - Ultra High Definition)

  UI Looks like: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz

  Framebuffer Depth: 30-Bit Color (ARGB2101010)

  Main Display: Yes

  Mirror: Off

  Online: Yes

  Rotation: Supported

  Adapter Type: DVI or HDMI

  Automatically Adjust Brightness: No

  Adapter Firmware Version: 2.14

I know this is HDMI but I have both ports connected. If I switch to the Display 
port input all I get is the nice black screen. 

if I disconnect the HDMI and go to the display port all I get is the black screen too. Is it related to having a 56 vs 64? 

Help.

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itsage
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@ron_compton Which particular model RX Vega 56 are you using? Is it new? It’s not seen as connected to macOS at all according to your System Information notes.

 

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

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(@ron_compton)
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@itsage

MSI  Radeon RX Vega 56. It's about three months old.

I wanted to show that it wasn't connected. My issue is why. I bought this card on eBay and the seller told me that it worked before he sold it. To me, unless I'm missing something although the lights on it light up, it's not working. Anything I can try to see if this theory is correct? I don't have a new enough computer to put it in to check.

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itsage
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@ron_compton Has it been tested as working in a Desktop? I’d recommend reinstalling the GPU to make sure it’s seated in the PCIe slot securely and all power cables are connected firmly.

 

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

eGPU enclosure buying guide


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(@ron_compton)
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@itsage

Good suggestion but I've reseated and checked the cables a dozen times. I don't have another desktop. Maybe I'll have to take it to a computer shop for testing.

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(@ron_compton)
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I don't have the ability to take pics at the moment because I've sent the card and eGPU to the computer shop but here are the connections:

1) LG monitor Display Port to Display Port of Radeon Vega in Razer X  
2) Razer X USB C 3 out to Mac Mini USB C 3 input 2
Yields a really nice solid black screen

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