Old 01-13-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default eGPU viability on a Mac mini

Has anyone read or heard about significant Reaper performance increases when adding an eGPU (external video card) to a Mac....in my case a 2018 mac mini?

I've noticed that certain plugins, when opened in the fx browser window will cause stuttering and slowdown, and then revert back to normal after closing. I'm assuming this is somehow related to how Reaper uses the graphics capabilities in it's cpu management.

After viewing this recent video, I'm thinking about getting an eGPU to possibly resolve this issue as well as get an overall performance bump.


Thanks for any comments..


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Old 01-23-2020, 09:15 AM   #2
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Just thought I'd reply to myself here in case anyone else has been interested in this topic.

Pretty much along the lines of the video referenced above, I successfully installed a Sapphire Technology Technology Radeon 11265-05-20G Pulse RX 580 8gb graphics card in a Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box in my 2018 Mac mini (macOS Mojave), and am now testing for any differences.

So far I have to say I am experiencing a noticeable difference in Reaper's overall responsiveness and a clear difference in it's now seamless handling of previously problematic graphic intensive plugins such as Gullfoss, many AA plugins, and some others.

As I said, I just started testing but very encouraged so far by the results..


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Old 01-23-2020, 11:10 AM   #3
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Interesting info. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-23-2020, 11:06 PM   #4
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lclyman, very interesting indeed !
Thank you and plz keep us posted about further interesting experiences you have.
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