Hands-on: AMD RX Vega 64 eGPU + macOS High Sierra beta

Testing out the AMD RX Vega 64 inside the Mantiz Venus eGPU box with macOS High Sierra Beta. #MacMonday

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    • I’m not totally blown away with those Heaven Benchmark scores in macOS I’ve got to be honest. I’ve seen better scores using eGPU in Windows 10 using bootcamp with lesser video cards.

    • Nope I don’t believe it’s the i5 creating a bottleneck (although faster CPU would help). More likely it’s macOS that isn’t optimised as well as Windows. Reason I say this is I’ve seen an 2012 i5 Mac Mini getting better FPS than this in Windows 10. I hope macOS driver/optimisation improves in this regard, now it supports higher powered eGPUs.

  1. Theres a market of 3d animators and motion graphics creators that swear by mac and would love to see “relevant becnhmarks”. Not just games.
    Graphics arent just for games and video editing. so theres an untapped viewership market here bruh.

  2. Final Cut performance would be interesting as well. Compared to QuickSync.
    Gaming on the Mac, even with eGPUs, is not the best idea as the driver’s lack behind Windows. But eGPUs are certainly interesting for other tasks.
    And that enclosure is pretty nice, wow!

  3. Underwhelming results, im sure this card can output far better framerates on rocket league, where is the bottleneck?
    API, processor, bandwidth or is it the GPU driver?
    Seriously hard to believe thatthe lack of official driver is hampering the card so much on rocket league.

  4. I do very much so love this concept but @400 without graphics card it’s a hard sell. 200$ I would buy one today. Essentially your paying $400 for a motherboard and power supply with a case assuming you have a cpu(MacBook) and graphics card to install.

    • I am not quite sure. But remind the gfx card uses 32Gbit and the SSD 6 Gbit.. This should below the potential 40 Gbits of the Thunderbolt3. But there are surely penaltys for using both at the same moment.

  5. great preview!
    about the only ports they missed was an sd card slot and digital out, like on the old macbook pros, and maybe the battery indicator/charging status leds.
    The internal sata drive is genius, I wonder if you could mount a 3.5 Spiining hard drive to hold 4-12TB of data on the cheap, even those are fast enough now at 200+ MB/S for games and HD?

  6. i’m running a RX570 8GB in the sonnet breakaway box with a 2016 Macbook Pro 15″ on MacOS 10.13.1 and FCPX does run good, smooth and faster than the internal 2GB Radeon Pro 450

  7. When will someone come out with a thunderbolt pcie card, there are a lot of thunderbolt only accessories, and most towers dont have thunderbolt, especially with AMD not having the technology oin any of it’s mother boards, and intel (who licenses thunderbolt 1,2, and 3 with usb-c) does not have it on most of their motherboards, but they all have 4X pcie slots, which are essentially what thunderbolt is, so an adapter card would be a great way to speed up thunderbolt usbc adoption and allow everyone to use thunderbolt three usb c accessories and grow the marketplace.

    Do not Apple and intel want this, or do they want it to be niche, like thunderbolt 1, 2, and firewire 800 and 400?

  8. Can an eGPU be used without an external display? Say you just want the rendering power but are working with the laptop display itself.

  9. Really like where you’re going with the videos. Very good for those considering “upgrading” their MacBook Pros and see how it compares with the current iMac and upcoming iMac Pro. Would you mind doing also tests on FCPX with R3D footage? Guess the current version of FCPX won’t see much improvement but good to keep an eye on it.

  10. But does it do video editing and other grown up kind of things.
    Where do you buy it?
    How much?
    Will it do photoshop etc etc.

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