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(@tacoshi)
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December 14, 2018 9:15 am  

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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December 14, 2018 9:41 am  

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!

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar + GTX1070 (debating 2070 upgrade) @32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core V1) + Win10

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Make Weird Music
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December 14, 2018 3:54 pm  

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 with Sonnet developer kit (EGFX Breakaway Box with Sapphire Pulse RX580 8GB)

2016 Razer Blade with PowerColor eGPU and EVGA GTX 980 TI FTW


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(@tacoshi)
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December 14, 2018 6:24 pm  

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
Mantiz Venus


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(@tacoshi)
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December 14, 2018 6:30 pm  

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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Ryan1
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December 17, 2018 2:13 pm  

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

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Make Weird Music
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December 17, 2018 9:42 pm  

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 with Sonnet developer kit (EGFX Breakaway Box with Sapphire Pulse RX580 8GB)

2016 Razer Blade with PowerColor eGPU and EVGA GTX 980 TI FTW


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