I recently got a box of 7970s that were supposed to be in perfect shape. Out of 5 cards, only 2 were able to complete the Uningine Valley test twice in a row. And I'm afraid that was the last straw. The AMD Tahiti cards are the last ones with full driver and EFI support. Lots of people want them, and when they work, they work pretty well.
However, some time back I noticed that although they represented 20-25% of our sales, they were easily 50-60% of our returns. I have far more dead 7970s than I do dead Nvidia Kepler cards. Getting stuck with dead cards is a bad deal for us. As it was, we had to double the stress tests for the cards to catch more bad ones before they shipped to our customers. But having 60% failures in one box was too much.
We may occasionally offer some R9 280X cards when we find them in reasonable shape, but I can't justify the time and expense of testing cards that fail so often. The older 7950 and 7970 cards will no longer be stocked by us unless I stumble upon some really choice ones.
We will be happy to flash them for our customers, but suggest that when you buy them used (no new ones made in years, so no choice really) that you test them thoroughly before sending them for flashing. The standard failure mode for these cards is either screen going black while machine keeps running, or entire Mac Pro shutting off due to excessive power draw. Run that Uningine Valley test on "Extreme HD" at least twice in a row to weed out the bad ones.
Many of these cards spent their early lives in Bitcoin setups, running at 100% 24/7 for months on end. And, as we all know, AMD cards are not the best in the performance/watt area, this means more electricity gets used heating up the card versus getting work done. (Like comparing an old incandescent bulb to a new LED one.)
We have a few "oddball" ones that we will be listing soon, a couple single DP ones, and a couple where the HDMI port only works in certain circumstances, etc. These will be pretty inexpensive, but they will be the last.
If someone knows of a source for some good, non-thrashed 7970s I'd like to know.
Fired up a Hybrid Titan-X on nMP 6,1 12 Core and threw it at "The DIvision". The game has approximately 1,000,000 settings so I just left them where they were at default to start.
It managed a reasonable 28.3 FPS. Considering that Guru3D got 35 FPS on their system, I'm pretty pleased. TB2 only cost a little bit of juice. I'll try it with a few other eGPUs in next few days but unlikely that anything will be faster.FWIW, it also says that CPU Avg was 17 while GPU was 94, not sure what those mean, but we will find out. Though I may play with the Shadow settings next, apparently Nvidia cards can do some pretty intense shadows effects now.
Updates to come.
So, they have started shipping. We unfortunately got an email saying that ours has been delayed but that we should get an update on April 12th. Really excited to see how it does on the 12 Core cMP with a Titian-X and then also curious how it will run on the 12 Core nMP with an eGPU Titan-X.
Has anyone gotten theirs and run it on Mac hardware? The Oculus folks had some rather disparging comments about there being no decent Apple machines to run it on, let's prove them wrong, even if Apple won't.
Here is what they sent me:
We know you're anxious to receive your Oculus Rift and apologize for not updating your order status sooner. We've been working through an unexpected component shortage, and unfortunately, that issue has impacted the original shipping estimates for some early customers.
We're working hard to get up-to-date ship windows, and you should expect to see your order status updated on oculus.com by Tuesday, April 12. Although many Rifts will be arriving on schedule and in line with original estimates, we'll be covering shipping and handling costs for all orders placed through today.
We're shipping rifts everyday. Don't hesitate to reach out to the Oculus support team if you have additional questions.
The Oculus Team
We have expanded to an EU distributor ! Should save everyone on shipping and whatnot.
As they get up to speed they will be expanding the product line.
Here is the link:
Great news, MacVidCards has a partner in the EU. We will collaborating with Apple Products Ltd. in the UK. Their Ebay store can be found here: Mac Store UK
They will be starting with a few product lines and expanding from there. They will not be offering the flashing service as of yet, but if you purchase a card from the existing lines (will need to have matching Rom Revision) they will be able to flash those. We may have other EU partners but these guys will be the exclusive UK outlet.
Additional details and links coming soon!
I swear Apple knows when I leave town and only releases updates then.
Anyhow, vacation ends tomorrow, I have updated the driver page with the new 10.11.3 and the 10.11.4 Beta drivers.
I don't see a 10.10.5 Security Update driver yet, but hopefully tomorrow?
Best to wait for it if you need it. If one still isn't out when I get back tomorrow I will try the usual tricks with older driver.
This was recently sent to me by a kind soul and I have confirmation that it works.
If anyone knows another way to get this library (other than signing up as a developer at Nvidia) please leave in comments.
Latest update (13.6) enables them in Windows only so I found out that you need to upgrade two files to make it work on OSX.
You can do it after copying two files from NVIDIA Optix SDK
to AE folder:
/Applications/Adobe After Effects CC 2015/Adobe After Effects CC 2015.app/Contents/Frameworks
These are the files that need to be replaced:
Barefeats.com has posted the first of (hopefully) many articles about Macs using eGPUs.
MacVidCards eGPU Titan-X tested at Barefeats.com
The 2nd half of the article will continue with some Pro apps. Netkas and I have been at the forefront of eGPU Mac tech for some years now. Either here or at his board we will shortly lay out the easy way to mod current system files to allow eGPU usage.
I have been testing Far Cry 4 on a 2014 Mini at 4K for some time. It's amazing that Apple's least powerful desktop can "run with the big boys" when connected to a Titan-X. Thanks again to Nvidia for continuing to provide drivers for latest cards, despite Apple's apathy toward serious computing.
Thanks again to JimJ740.
There will be a thread at MR, but also feel free to post results here.
I have tried in both cMP 5,1 in a PCIE slot, and via TB in a 6,1 nMP.
It's faster in 5,1, by the way. But a hack with PCIE 3 should show some nice numbers. And if the Hack were to be based on a board with NVMe support via EFI, may even boot from it.
It has been brought to our attention that Create-Pro is once again selling stolen copies of our work. Sadly this isn't the first time. We tried to work a deal out with them, but the terms they requested weren't possible.
If you are a professional in the UK or EU who uses their services, please encourage them to come back to the bargaining table and use honesty, instead of trickery. The end result will be better for everyone if they do.
I just had to rewrite most of the Maxwell EFIs as they have switched RAM chips. One specific GTX 970 card now has four different roms. I can't imagine having to steal a new rom each and every time a card gets revised. They will end up selling buggy cards that won't work well (but still have our name in the System Profiler).
If you have some time on your hands:
And if anyone can put me in touch with the Prosecutor who convicted Phil Goldsmith for selling stolen property, I would appreciate it. Any current employees of Create Pro who would like to help put this crook where he belongs are also welcome to say "Hello".