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ArtyGreg
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Sorry if this is a dumb question but I'm kinda new to all this and when guides and reviews mostly just recommend the model of card by a manufacturer (in my case the AMD RX580) I find so many options as far as brands ... I was fairly set on the Sapphire Pulse RX580 but noticed a reasonably significant price difference with other brands and I'm worried I'm missing something and could end up buying something incompatible or restricted or just paying for a name...?

My system is in my signature - looking at using a Razer Core X as is affordable but also top of the rated enclosures Smile

I did find a build by another user with identical spec Mac Mini who went with Razer Core X and the ASRock RX580 and had zero issues apparently but that card is a fair bit more expensive.

Edit: to make things more confusing, I'm noticing 'nitro+' versions of this card... what differences are going on here as the basic specs seem identical??

Mac Mini (late 2012) / 2.3Ghz quad i7 / 16GB / Samsung 850Pro 256GB SSD (OS) + 1TB original HD (storage) / Intel HD 4000 1536 MB / Mac OS 10.12.6 Sierra / EIZO 27" 2560x1440 via display port


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lwf
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The brand should not make a difference in terms of compatibility, but the quality, performance, and support/RMA may vary. The specs to look at would be base and boost clock speeds, the higher the better.

I am not too familiar with the brands, I was gifted an MSI RX580 and it's working fine. I plan to look at upgrading in the next gen or to this gen if the pricing comes down when next gen arrives.

In my general research and reading since I began with eGPU, I have heard good things about Sapphire. I have heard some bad things about ASUS, particularly regarding their cooling assembly.

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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ArtyGreg
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@lwf,

Thanks! Ok cool so basically I'm guessing what's going on is NVIDIA and AMD licence out their standard cards to other companies who tune them up in different ways... and as would be expected some are better than others and some focus on certain types of usage...

I do notice Sapphire cropping up a fair bit with positive things being said too Smile  and they seem to have a range of differently named and priced RX580's ... so guess depends on what they've done with it and what usage it's aimed at.

Aha ok cool - so keep an eye out for clock speeds... will do thanks!

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Norman P. Aquino
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Try to read reviews of specific brands of your chosen card on tomshardware.com and other reputable sites. Sometimes, there are known issues (for example, overheating because of improperly placed thermal pads, etc.) and it's easier to avoid these brands instead of having to deal with these issues later.

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guyinsea
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Posted by: @lwf

I have heard some bad things about ASUS, particularly regarding their cooling assembly.

I just bought ASUS ROG STRIX 5700 XT, the main reason was because the sales guy said their cooling / fans were better than the alternative they had (Gigabyte brand). Maybe they meant relatively, or that it had more fans (I think 2 vs 3), or they pulled it out of their ass because I asked if there's a difference.

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP455) [6th,4C,H] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Pro) + macOS 10.15.5 & Win10 [build link]  

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MrMac718
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@lwf, question

What eGPU/AMD Graphics card will work with my 2016 15 inch MacBook Pro?

 

processor: 2.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7

Memory: 16GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

Graphics: Radeon Pro 460  4GB Intel HD Graphics  530 1536MB

 

Is not for gaming it’s to edit 1080p and maybe some 4k videos on FCPX.

 

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lwf
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You will find many builds with that model on the builds page: https://egpu.io/best-external-graphics-card-builds/

Basically research the enclosures and cards and decide what suits you - compatibility seems really good these days.

Depending on your budget and preferences, you can't go wrong with one of the Razer enclosures.

If you are concerned about noise I think the best option is the ASUS XG Station Pro.

If you are going to be running Windows you might run into a few hiccups but I think if you ensure you have the latest MacOS and bootcamp drivers you should be ok - and very unlikely you'll run into anything that people around here haven't figured out how to deal with.

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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MrMac718
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@lwf, My budget is $800 I just want something that will help me work faster on Final Cut Pro when editing my videos and adding effects, exporting rendering etc...

can you recommend a great enclosure and a great graphics card? one I can also add a External monitor if I like. 

Which is better the ASUS ROG-XG-Station-2 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.0 External Graphics Card Dock

Or the ASUS XG-Station-PRO Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 External Graphics Card Dock Space Grey?

 

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lwf
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Between the XG Station 2 and the Pro I think you will want to get the Pro. The Razer enclosures are also well regarded, I have gone with the Pro mainly for the silent operation.

I can't recommend a video card but Nvidia is about to release its new generation of cards which may bring prices down. You could probably afford a top end AMD card, I think you will need to go AMD if you are using a mac.

2020 15" Lenovo Slim 7 [10th,4C,G] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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