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Michael Fraser
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@bart_simpson, I run the X-Plane 11.5 beta on my 16" MBP (i9, 64GB) with a 5700XT (this one: https://www.xfxforce.com/gpus/radeon-tm-rx-5700-xt-8gb-gddr6-thicc-iii-ultra ) in a Razer Core X.

I'm a long time X-Plane user on the Mac, and I know how much the platform has struggled due to (a) the lack of NVidia support and (b) AMD's poor OpenGL performance.

I am *BLOWN AWAY* by how good this setup is in 11.5. Frame rates are 3-4x higher than I was getting before on the 5500M. I run on a 1440p external screen with nearly maximum (just back off the AA a bit, since I don't see a lot of difference at the very top end and it costs frames). Even in regions that tax the CPU/GPU (think of NYC with the Drzeweicki scenery) + orthoscenery at ZL16 (+ ZL19 around airports), I'm still getting FPS > 30 at all times, usually 40+ in more reasonable scenery.

 

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Riccardo Latino
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@bart_simpson, Hi, I would like to add an eGpu with the 5700 xt on my MBP 13 too. I have the quad core 1,4 ghz of 2019 with 8gb ram and I want to know how much it changes as frame rate adding the eGpu. Moreover, in your opinion would it be possible to run decently with a 3440x1440 resolution? I usually flight only with the google earth images as scenery, so they're not as heavy as other complex scenery. What do you think ?

 

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bart_simpson
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@riccardo_latino

Hey Ricardo,

before adding the eGPU to the setup I saw frame rates of around 15 FPS but with much lower settings.

Now I do not know the benchmark comparisons of my 2016 machine vs. yours but I would suspect, that yours is generally faster, right? However UWQHD has a 30% higher pixel count than QHD.

Given those cornerstones I would expect that you could run X-Plane at around the same FPS as I do. But that is just a rough guesstimation from my side.

 

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moein reza Motallebi
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@jangoloti_1,

Hi,

Thank you for sharing.

I'm macOS User big sur, and also i'm using davinci resolve 17 Studio. I have   blackmagic EGPU   with   Mac mini   2018 (2020) 6C I7 64GB RAM.

Do you know, Can i use 2 EGPU at same time? and which one EGPU suggest to me.

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Razer Core X

MSI Radeon    RX 5700 XT    Gaming X 8G
 
2- 
PowerColor Mini Pro    240 FU with Radeon    RX 570
 
Thank you.

 

BigSur, Mac Mini 2018 (2020) , 8th 6C i7 , 64 GB 2667 MHz DDR4 , Razer Core X Chroma with AMD Radeon RX 5600XT 6GB GDDR6 PCIE 4. 0 + Blackmagic Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 , Davinci Resolve user.


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Geppo1965
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Hi @jangoloti_1,

I’m an old X-Plane fan.

X-Plane run very well on MacOs, with stock AMD GPU and Metal.

Different situation with Windows thanks to AMD and NVidia Vulcan better drivers.

I have 10-15fps more than under MacOs and Metal.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS MOMENT X-PLANE DON’T SUPPORT EGPU

Geppo

 

iMac 27” 2019-i9-40gb-Vega48-NVMe 1tb-Tekq Rapide est TB3 NVMe 1tb - Apple Led 27” Cinema Mini DisplayPort (not yet connected)


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mrhydeIT
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Posted by: @geppo1965

Hi @jangoloti_1,

I’m an old X-Plane fan.

X-Plane run very well on MacOs, with stock AMD GPU and Metal.

Different situation with Windows thanks to AMD and NVidia Vulcan better drivers.

I have 10-15fps more than under MacOs and Metal.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS MOMENT X-PLANE DON’T SUPPORT EGPU

Geppo

 

Are you sure about this? At leas with latest X-Plane 11?

I found a couple of link with comparisons between latest M1 Macs and Intel-based Mac equipped with EGPU and X-Plane was used for these tests (at least if I understood well the following links):

https://barefeats.com/m1-macbook-pro-versus-intel-egpu.html

https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/m1-macbook-beaten-egpu-3798743/

 

Bye,

   Mr Hyde

MacMini 2018, i7 32G, no eGPU (yet...)


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Geppo1965
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Hi @mrhydeit,

thank’s for your reply.

From X-Plane 11, version 11.50, finally there is support for eGpu.
As soon as possible, I’m waiting my new eGpu, I will test my X-Plane setup with new GPU and eGPU.

geppo

 

iMac 27” 2019-i9-40gb-Vega48-NVMe 1tb-Tekq Rapide est TB3 NVMe 1tb - Apple Led 27” Cinema Mini DisplayPort (not yet connected)


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