Mojave Performance on 5,1?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by judino28, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. judino28 macrumors member

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    I truly apologize if this has been discussed somewhere else, but after a quick search, I haven't found anything.

    What is Mojave performance like on a 5,1? I've read some reports of Mojave running a bit slower or a bit buggy on some older supported systems, so I'm curious to hear some experiences. You can see my setup in my signature but in short: 6c 3.33ghz, 12gb ram, flashed 7950, & SSD.

    I'm currently still on Sierra as I've been hesitant to jump on the APFS train, but if Mojave is the last official update for our systems, I'll probably want to do it sooner or later, depending on what performance is like.
     
  2. nglevin macrumors member

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    Held off on installing any beta versions on my 5,1, but I did put the new firmware on the 5,1 with High Sierra and that combination ran very well.

    Mac Pro 5,1 performance so far is mixed. I run my machine constantly through the night doing heavy disk based I/O on an NVMe SSD via PCIe card. I've seen both occasional freezing that requires a reboot and at least one time when I've woken up my Mac to find the graphics output extremely distorted. This on an RX560, the Apple-recommended MSI card which worked great on High Sierra.

    FWIW the new 5,1 Mojave firmware + High Sierra was stable and worked great. So I'll chalk this up to Mojave needing a few minor upgrades to get fully there.
     
  3. Lenny_ macrumors newbie

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    I think it's even faster than High Sierra - not noticeable though: Geekbench (multi core) is at least 1000 points higher than the last time I tested with HS:
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  4. PianoPro macrumors regular

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    Perhaps you are an exception but the RX-560 (I also use the same MSI card recommended by Apple) is well known to have driver problems (very occasional glitches in non-games, but consistent problems using full-screen 1080p mode in some games - Civ 5 for instance) in HS. Those problems are completely gone in Mojave, which has a proper RX-560 driver.

    To the OP. I also have a 6-core, 2010 Mac Pro, with the before mentioned MSI RX-560, 12 GB RAM (like you), 2 SSDs, 3 HDs, and Magic Mouse with Asus BT 4.0 dongle - and Mojave has worked great through multiple beta releases, the release version, and now the 10.14.1 Beta release. I have been triple booting between Win 10, HS, and Mojave, but I'm now using Mojave as my main OS.
     
  5. nglevin macrumors member

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    Not playing games, period. This is a work machine. Two days ago, I woke the Mac Pro up and saw some horrifying flickering with UI windows redrawn in seemingly random positions on the monitor attached via DisplayPort. "Fixed" after a reboot, but that makes me suspect that the support for this card isn't fully there yet on Mojave. Never saw anything that crazy on High Sierra before.

    Do you have a thread to refer to, for the driver problems? Most of the MacRumors discussion centers around the Sapphire RX 580. I have never seen anything on the RX 560.
     
  6. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    fwiw, I got the RX 560 not long ago and didn't stay too long on HS with it. But I had no problem - I don't do games either. 10.13.6, unless I'm mistaken, is the only version that properly recognizes the card as "RX 560". No issue in Mojave.
     
  7. PianoPro macrumors regular

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    I haven't kept links to a specific threads that mention RX-560 problems in HS, but a quick Google re-found this thread on this forum from t8er8.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...-sapphire-pulse-rx-560.2131835/#post-26422177

    After I got an MSI RX-560 I saw rare, but occasional glitches on the HS desktop, and then found it was entirely unusable in Civ 5 1080p full screen mode (the Civ games are the only games I have so that was one of my test cases - my Mac Pro is 95% engineering design work too - but fortunately I run my own company so I can keep a game on my computer to occasionally relax). The RX-560 worked fine in all windowed modes in that Civ 5 game. I also saw a few "glitches" running the Heaven benchmark in HS.

    I thought I might have bought a bad video card so when t8er8 mentioned switching to Mojave produced "serious stability improvements on graphics intensive tasks like gaming" and so forth, I asked him about it. I subsequently found multiple mentions on various net sites including a YouTube Mac Pro installation video that actually showed "glitches" occurring after an RX-560 install and referred to that being a known problem. The problems are not serious unless you use it for gaming - which I normally don't.

    Anyway, bottom line is that there have been no problems on the Civ 5 game, or that Heaven Benchmark with Mojave, nor have I seen a single glitch with Mojave with its updated video drivers. I've also not seen any problems with the RX-560 using Win 10 (separate boot - not a VM), which of course has different drivers than HS or Mojave.
     
  8. Porthos38 macrumors member

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    Why the Anti Gamers always buy the gaming card? non gamers should be buying the Radeon WX series cards.
     
  9. nglevin macrumors member

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    Some of us just want a build machine that can index text very quickly. :)

    Thanks for the reference, Piano! I'm... sort of evaluating this card for the rest of the office in the event of the inevitable Mojave upgrade. If things look better shaken out for 10.14.1, especially if my monitor doesn't start speaking in tongues or projecting portals to hell, then everything's solid.
     
  10. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Because here is a Mac forum, and most of those "special" features not exist in MacOS.

    e.g.
    No special optimisation for any software (due to no special driver support).
    No 24/7 prioritise professional support. In fact, no support at all (due to no official support of these cards in macOS).
    No ECC VRAM support (due to no special driver for it)
     
  11. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a

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    Most of the folks using those gpus are also using the AMD ProRender Engine - which do have OSX drivers; it is why my next card(s) will be WX series cards.
     
  12. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    I was talking about no “special” support. The AMD ProRender Engine work on the gaming card as well. They are officially supported from AMD. So, still the same question, what special treatment can get by those WX card in MacOS.

    Same engine, same driver, same GPU architecture, will it work better? I doubt.

    Anyway, for others info, just in case someone get too excited. Not all AMD ProRender Engine has MacOS support, only some.
     
  13. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a

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    Better binned parts, 10 year limited warranty
     

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