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Switching to AMD

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#1
Hello all,

I've been using Hackintoshes for 9 years now, starting with one I purchased from a grad student when I went back to school. I rebuilt that one twice and then built my own Customac (build in sig) in Dec. of last year.

With the advent of Mojave and the complete PITA that the Nvidia 1070 (EVGA 170FTW) has been as far as OS upgrades, I'm curious which I should switch to in order to not lose (and preferably see a gain) in video editing performance.

So I look at the numbers and by the digits, the Vega64 should be king of the Hackintosh world but I've seen people comparing the RX580 to the GTX1070 and saying they're getting FCPX performance increases. The benchmarks put the Vega56 just a tiny bit ahead of the 1070 and the Vega64 blows both away.

Sapphire Vega64's are in short supply right now, they're on Ebay for around $450 and the 580's running around $300 with 56's being even more expensive than the 64's for some reason.

I've been holding out to spring for a Vega64, but wonder if I'm going for overkill since I'm only on a 7700k. I know if I had more cores and/or a X299 build I would get the most out of any video card. Lacking the funds to build another hack this year, upgrading the video card is about all I have left to do. I've already delidded, overclocked (4.8ghz), and liquid cooled this machine as far as I can go.

So I want to 1) upgrade to Mojave with minimal effort and 2) not lose any video processing speed in the end.

RX580 or Vega64? (I don't see much point in getting a Vega56 for more than I can a Vega64)
 
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#2
I went with an RX570. Same chip as the 580, just clocked less and put the extra bucks into a new CPU. System is amazing compared to prior generations. My rule on leading edge graphics cards is don't. One generation back is 90% or more of the performance at only 50% of the cost.
 

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Sapphire Vega64's are in short supply right now, they're on Ebay for around $450 and the 580's running around $300 with 56's being even more expensive than the 64's for some reason.
Why not buy a brand new Sapphire Pulse RX580 new on Amazon for only $230 ?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZ6FMF8/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

The XFX brand of the same card with 8GB of vram is only $190. Can't beat a deal like that for a new card.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y66K3XD/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
 
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#4
Hello all,

I've been using Hackintoshes for 9 years now, starting with one I purchased from a grad student when I went back to school. I rebuilt that one twice and then built my own Customac (build in sig) in Dec. of last year.

With the advent of Mojave and the complete PITA that the Nvidia 1070 (EVGA 170FTW) has been as far as OS upgrades, I'm curious which I should switch to in order to not lose (and preferably see a gain) in video editing performance.

So I look at the numbers and by the digits, the Vega64 should be king of the Hackintosh world but I've seen people comparing the RX580 to the GTX1070 and saying they're getting FCPX performance increases. The benchmarks put the Vega56 just a tiny bit ahead of the 1070 and the Vega64 blows both away.

Sapphire Vega64's are in short supply right now, they're on Ebay for around $450 and the 580's running around $300 with 56's being even more expensive than the 64's for some reason.

I've been holding out to spring for a Vega64, but wonder if I'm going for overkill since I'm only on a 7700k. I know if I had more cores and/or a X299 build I would get the most out of any video card. Lacking the funds to build another hack this year, upgrading the video card is about all I have left to do. I've already delidded, overclocked (4.8ghz), and liquid cooled this machine as far as I can go.

So I want to 1) upgrade to Mojave with minimal effort and 2) not lose any video processing speed in the end.

RX580 or Vega64? (I don't see much point in getting a Vega56 for more than I can a Vega64)
Watch the Keynote from AMD at CES it should be on Youtube. I think Nvidia is dead for Apple after listening to this.
The 56 runs much cooler than the 64. This is why it is more popular. I have a 64 and during install before Clover was installed and other Kexts, to Mojave, I left the machine running and the card ramped up to max load and all three fans came on, it was like a space heater, never seen a card generate this much heat even after using benchmark testing software on the Windows side. This stopped after Clover and kexts were installed to OS. Also, no random ramping up was observed on the same machine during the Windows 10 install or after the finish, as the machine is Dual Boot using Z370 chipset with 8700k processor 32 GB of ram.
 
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