Mac OS + eGPU: Reference Cards 5700 XT
Hello everyone 👋
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!!!
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?
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The most relevant post I found was this
This individual however was experiencing problems with their build (Thicc III Ultra 5700 XT).
Any other recommendations?
Yes, Apple officially supports eGPUs with current and recent TB3-equipped Mac models. Apple has a page of helpful guidelines:
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.
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.]
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.
Same with this recent thread by @remaker
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)