Mac Video Editing + eGPU
I'm a bit of a noob to all this, and I have a few concerns before completely pulling the trigger. I've got a Razer Core X on order, but I just want to make sure an eGPU is worth it in my use case. I've got an i5(6 core) Mac mini 2018, 32GB Ram, and I'm thinking of going with a 5700 XT for the video card. I want to get into video editing.
I've read older posts about how certain video editing applications don't take advantage of the eGPU properly. I'm still new to all this, so are there any applications that you would recommend or not recommend I use? I want to make sure I don't get knee deep into learning an application only to find that my hardware isn't making good use of it. Perhaps these older posts are no longer relevant with software update, I dunno.
Is the 5700 XT good for video editing? I'm not super interested in gaming and most posts/YouTube videos I see have a focus on gaming, not video editing. Is there a better card out there for my purpose?
Assuming I go with 5700 XT, which version should I go with? Again, I'm a noob, but I'm seeing cards made by Gigabyte and others made by XFX with an almost ~$100 (CAD) price difference. Numerous other versions as well. What's the deal with that? Anyone have experience with this card and a Mac and can point me in the right direction?
Thanks for the help.
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The Sapphire RX 5700 XT models have been reliable for members here. But other brands are reliable as well so it’s fine to buy one that’s priced lowest.
The intel processor or Apple T2 chip will be used for many encoding / decoding tasks.
An eGPU will speed up certain renderings and effects.
Yes, it’s true in general that eGPU vs CPU use will vary by task and program.
It went ok, but I ended up returning the whole setup. Benchmark-wise, it was a massive improvement. I tested a couple video games too and it was night and day. But in FCPX, it really only helped with background rendering. A lot of the h.265 GoPro footage I used was handled by the T2 chip/intel quick sync combo, so often times it didn’t even fire up the egpu.
So for my purposes, it was a bust/not worth the extra cash. I ended up getting an Apple Silicon M1 Mac Mini and the improvements just with the M1 were miles ahead of what I was getting with the 2018 Mac mini + egpu.
You’ll probably have better luck as my use case is pretty specific.
Note: the idle noise level of the razer core x is overstated online. I put mine on the floor and connected it with a spare 6ft thunderbolt 3 cable and it wasn’t loud when idling. Sure got loud when I worked it hard though haha
Thanks so much for sharing @jonproject, really appreciate it. My use will actually be similar to yours as I'm not using it for gaming and purely for video editing on Premiere Pro and After Effects. I'm just trying to see if a eGPU could make substantial improvements on my 2018 Mac mini. The Mac works fine for most things, just that when in the Premiere Pro environment, scrubbing through the footage becomes a drag once the colour grading is in and the sequence becomes complex.