Recommended egpu enclosures?

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  1. archer75, Nov 1, 2018
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    archer75 macrumors 68020

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    What are the recommended, by the community, egpu enclosures to use with macs? I'm told that while nvidia cards are not supported officially it's possible to get them working. Does anyone have a resource for this they can point me to? Is this still valid?: https://theunlockr.com/2018/07/27/how-to-use-nvidia-cards-with-your-mac-egpu/

    I plan on using a Nvidia 980ti if possible.
    I have seen a list of officially supported enclosures but i'm curious what people think the best one is. Razer?
     
  2. Spankey, Nov 1, 2018
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    I’m using a Mantiz Venus. Internal connection for SATA Drive is nice, beefy power and extra USB ports.

    Why are you using such an old card? Nvidia is still not supported for Mojave. Of course you’re good if you just want the egpu for Windows.
     
  3. archer75 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's not that old. Only just 2 generations. To get a worthwhile performance jump over that would cost me a fortune and isn't worth it. And it works just fine for everything I throw at it.
     
  4. killawat macrumors 65816

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    Sonnet eGPU enclosure, the one included with the official eGPU kit, is now $200. Of course, the bigger issue is no Mac drivers for the 980ti are not available. The Nvidia cards are unusable on Mojave until they are released as mentioned on page 1.
     
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    Aesthetic should not be the main point but all of the custom eGPU enclosures look like aluminium carry on luggage. Some even come with retractable handles...
    Designers should get inspired by the Blackmagic looks and come up with their own vertical layout, possibly in space gray...
     
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    I'm very much a function over form kind of person. I don't care what anything looks like. Only how it performs.
     
  8. Synchro3, Nov 2, 2018
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    Only the first two revisions of the Sapphire Pulse RX580 8GB card have full macOS support with Orinoco RadeonFramebuffer, (i.e. HEVC hardware acceleration): https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...x580-pulse-into-the-mac-edition-card.2101909/

    Safest way is the officially Apple supported eGPU: https://www.sonnetstore.com/collect...ystems/products/egfx-breakawaybox-radeonrx580 or https://www.sonnetstore.com/collect...ystems/products/egfx-breakaway-box-550-bundle Cheaper and faster than the Blackmagic eGPU with Radeon Pro 580.

    If the Sapphire Pulse RX580 has Samsung RAM (indicated in Windows with GPU-Z) here is a optimised ROM with Orinoco RadeonFramebuffer: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/sapphire-pulse-rx580-8gb-vbios-study.2133607/#post-26395634
     
  9. Snappers macrumors member

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    I wish there was an egpu that was a companion to the mac mini... sort of like the mac mini chassis with the same power supply and cooling, but inside it was just gpu. I could see OWC doing something like this, like they did with the ministack storage solution.
     
  10. killawat macrumors 65816

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    Sonnet has a small eGPU but its only a RX 560 or something. Not the greatest but it's there.
     
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    RX 560 eGPUs are not supported by Mojave. Yes there is a fan/community kernel extension that enables it, but there is a risk that could break with any given OS update and the shinny new T2 secure boot feature would need to be disabled.

    Unless you are extremely price sensitive I'd suggest paying extra for the RX 570 breakaway puck which does have Apple's blessing or else going with one of the full-sized enclosures anyway.
     
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    I don't think "Apple's blessing" means anything in the eGPU world. These are promotional ad dollars speaking. There is nothing magical about the Sonnet. In fact, it is pretty damn large for an enclosure.

    An enclosure with card combo is still not a great deal. Better cards and enclosures to be had...even if you have to pay a bit more for a card with some staying power.
     
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    Right, it's all about the size, the Breakaway Puck is about the size of an AppleTV, the regular box is close to the size of a Suburban ...
    --- Post Merged, Nov 4, 2018 ---
    They're nice, I've seen them in person. What card are you going to use?
     
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    Is there an egpu that will support vega 64 and is bootcamp compatible?
     
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    Yeah, there seems to be a gap with only high and low, not much middle. Hopefully the new mini sells enough to make such a thing a reality. $200 for a ready box and handles most tasks should do nicely. Though mini shaped would also demand extra ports, making that $300.
     
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    From how I understand it (looking into buying my first eGPU aswell) I think if the eGPU is supported by Windows and Mac and the GPU is supported by Mac you should be fine as most GPU's work on Windows. So a Razor Core with a Vega 64 should work I think...
     
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    How do we feel about the Razer Core X at $299?
     
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    Does anyone have AKiTiO Node? How does it perform? I see good reviews on Amazon.

    I see they are considerably less expensive than others, but is that just a case of "you get what you pay for"?
     
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    A decent amount of talk/use on this forum (which is a terrific eGPU resource if you're not familiar):

    https://egpu.io/forums

    Review:

    https://egpu.io/akitio-node-pro-review-jack-of-all-trades/

    Do a search for the AKiTiO over there, ton of hits, lots of discussion!
     
  22. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    Given Apple's clear tilt on this machine towards 'pro' usage, I'd be surprised if someone doesn't come out with something, either to stack on top/below, or sit next to, the mini.

    I have no interest in an eGPU (unless it turns out the integrated won't run 2 x 4k@60hz smoothly) but I'm hoping/expecting someone like OWC will produce multiple stackable 'components' using (potentially multiple) daisy chained TB3
     
  23. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

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    Can you play games with 2018 Mac mini via Botcamp with that ?

    Does it also work in MacOS Mojave ?

    I have a PC for gaming and VR development and a Mac for everything else. Being able to do everything with a Mac mini would save a good chunk of cash on pc upgrades.
     

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