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I hate to part with me GTX 1050 Ti. Will this card be similar or is there a better choice?
This is a good choice. Fully supported in Mojave and Catalina. You can game with it in Windows too. Great price. Get one while they're still available.
 
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Is this the correct RX560 for a HP 8300 CMT? It will allow me to upgrade to Mojave or Catalina ? I hate to part with me GTX 1050 Ti. Will this card be similar or is there a better choice?
I agree with trs96, for that price you can't go wrong!. I once owned a 1050 Ti and don't regret replacing it one bit. I got an MSI RX 560, there's a lot less tearing when gaming I think. The 1050 Ti would tear the screen a lot when moving large images across the screen, in game and design environments. I don't see that often with the RX560, it's generally kinder to the eyes.
 
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Fyi. I bought a TP-Link Archer T9E and despite it's out of the box status it did not work OOTB. The card was recognised, but it showed only a few wifi networks and trying to connect to one failed after typing in the correct password.

After googling i found people have been having problems with it in a specific PCIe slot which in the case of my HP 8300 MT seems to be the x1 slot for which it is mainly designed. So i moved it to the x16 slot and now it's working without issues! You could also move it to the x4 slot, but i couldn't because the heat sink of my Asus 710-2-SL graphics card is blocking it.

As a side note, I had to put the gpu to the x4 slot because when it's in the x16 slot the heatsink blocks the x4, leaving the x1 as the only free and accessible slot in which the wifi card doesn't work properly. The gpu is an x16 card, but since i'm not doing anything graphic intensive it doesn't matter to me and it works just as before.

If by any chance anyone has any further info on this matter, shoot up. It would be of course optimal to be able to put it in the x1 slot!
 
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sorry to rehash this again.. the rx560 low profiles are still too expensive, i was hoping the used market would drop, what is the next best thing, both performance and compatibility to the SFF 8300s?
 

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sorry to rehash this again.. the rx560 low profiles are still too expensive, i was hoping the used market would drop, what is the next best thing, both performance and compatibility to the SFF 8300s?
Some have resorted to importing a Yeston RX550 LP from China to use in place of the LP RX 560. I have not tested one and I'm not endorsing it if you can't risk buying from China. Returns would be difficult to say the least. Watch the video. A few people have said they work with macOS but haven't given full details on it. For it to work, get one that has 4GB of vram and 640 SP or Stream Processors. Ones with 512 SP will not work.

 
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Some have resorted to importing a Yeston RX550 LP from China to use in place of the LP RX 560. I have not tested one and I'm not endorsing it if you can't risk buying from China. Returns would be difficult to say the least. Watch the video. A few people have said they work with macOS but haven't given full details on it. For it to work, get on that has 4GB of vram and 640 SP or Stream Processors. Ones with 512 SP will not work.

Is the RX550 well supported?
 

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Is the RX550 well supported?
I've never had one to test. Just going by reports from others in the forums. I don't think the GPU is really a 550. It's more likely a 460 or 470 that has been re-branded to make it seem newer. The 460/470 are fully supported.
 
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I've never had one to test. Just going by reports from others in the forums. I don't think the GPU is really a 550. It's more likely a 460 or 470 that has been re-branded to make it seem newer. The 460/470 are fully supported.
I guess i can give it a try, any one one to pitch in? :cool:
 

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I guess i can give it a try, any one one to pitch in? :cool:
This is my theory as to why the Yeston RX550 4GB works for some people in their hackintosh.

From a specs analysis and comparison with the mobile GPU called the RX 550X it looks to be a slightly modified version of that chip placed into a low profile enclosure. That's why the power draw is so low and the cooling fan is only the size of one you'd find in a laptop like the Macbook Pro. Yeston has simply dropped the X and is calling it Polaris 11 instead of Polaris 12.

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Apple put the Radeon RX 555X into the 2018 MBP. They call it Polaris 21

The AMD Radeon Pro 555X is a mobile graphics card based on the small Polaris 21 chip from AMD. It is available in the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (Mid 2018 model with Coffee Lake) and is the performance is similar to the old Radeon Pro 455 / 555. The difference is the slightly higher clock rate of 907 MHz versus 855 MHz (+6%) and the bigger graphics memory (4 GB versus 2 GB GDDR5). The Polaris 21 chip is produced in a 14nm FinFET process and is the smaller Polaris chip. (from notebookcheck.net)
 
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This is my second theory. It could possibly be the even older Radeon 450 GPU from 2016. I'm not sure how they added the extra 2GB of Vram but I suppose it's possible that AMD did to help move some older chips that didn't sell 4 years ago. They gave Yeston a really low price so that they can sell these "RX 550s" and make some profit from them.

Being a mxm module card, its power draw is rated at 35 W maximum. This device has no display connectivity, as it is not designed to have monitors connected to it. Rather it is intended for use in laptop/notebooks and will use the output of the host mobile device. Radeon Pro 450 is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 3.0 x8 interface.
 
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