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Orestis Aniftos
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Hello everyone 👋 

I have recently ordered the new 10th gen 13” MBP (still being shipped 🙄) Razer Core X Chroma and... the XFX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra 

 

Now, I am familiar with apple’s article stating which GPUs are compatible, which include 5700/5700XT.

Overall, I have encountered many people experiencing issues with eGPUs and I am considering returning the Graphics card as it’s not the standard reference version, but a beefed up Version by XFX.

My question is simple: Does anyone know whether non-reference cards e.g. factory overclocked, different fan system ones (like the one I ordered) are still compatible with Macs, in an eGPU setting? Does anyone have a stable system with a 5700 XT that is not the reference version using an eGPU?

Please share your experiences as it would be invaluable to me at this stage!!!

stay safe!

 

 

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Mini i5
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@orestis_aniftos

Yes, totally compatible with Mac OS.

In fact, most people prefer non-reference models. 

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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Orestis Aniftos
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@mini-i5

Thank you very much for your response! And just to clarify, is this confirmed in an eGPU setting as well?? I mean, besides fitting one in a Mac Pro let’s say, have people tried these cards at all?

 

thanks

 

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Orestis Aniftos
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hello

 

I have already looked at the builds available and noticed most people are using reference versions of Radeon Rx 5700 XT / or 50th Anniversary Edition.

The most relevant post I found was this

https://egpu.io/forums/postid/79553/

This individual however was experiencing problems with their build (Thicc III Ultra 5700 XT).

 

Any other recommendations?

 

BW

Orestis

 

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Mini i5
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@orestis_aniftos

Yes, Apple officially supports eGPUs with current and recent TB3-equipped Mac models. Apple has a page of helpful guidelines:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544

My PowerColor AXRX5700XT-8GBD card ($379 USD) has run perfectly, literally 10-12 hours everyday for 6 months. 

Also, the PowerColor Gaming Station GPU enclosure is only $250 USD.

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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Orestis Aniftos
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Dear @mini-i5

Thanks again for attaching the Apple article. Great to hear your Powercolor has made for a stable setup!

Do you know of anyone using an overclocked card model (like the one I ordered - XFX Thicc II Ultra 5700 XT) combined with an eGPU and a Mac System?

[I’m debating whether I should return it before my return policy expires, and buy a new one when my Macbook arrives so that I can actually test it.]

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Mini i5
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This recent thread by @norcom is 99% about trying to run Windows games under Bootcamp.

But if you read the 1% about running Mac OS software on Catalina, you’ll see that he wrote his Thicc III and Core X Chroma work fine for video editing and 3D design under Mac OS.  

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/finally-working-macbook-pro-16-i9-razer-core-chroma-5700-xt-win1909-amd-20-4-1/

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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Mini i5
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@orestis_aniftos

Same with this recent thread by @remaker

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-16-macbook-pro-rp5300m-9th6ch-rx-5700-xt-32gbps-tb3-razer-core-x-macos-10-15-4-win10-1903/

He says his Thicc II Ultra and Core X have no issues running Mac OS.

(And the rest of the thread is about Windows and Bootcamp)

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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Mini i5
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@orestis_aniftos

One more from @briefcase0j saying his Thicc III and Core X are a simple plug and play matter running Mac OS. (Followed by a bunch of Windows Bootcamp stuff).

https://egpu.io/forums/builds/2019-16-macbook-pro-rp5500m9th8chradeon-rx5700xt32gbps-tb3-razer-core-xmacos10-15-3win10briefcase0j/

 

2018 Mac Mini i5 / 6-core 3.0-4.1 Ghz / 32GB / 256GB / Intel UHD 630 / PowerColor Gaming Station / PowerColor dual-fan RX5700 XT / Mac OS 10.15.5 Catalina / Windows 2004 😏 / LG 27" 4K display


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