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2010 Mac Pro tower with AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU running under macOS 10.15.1 Catalina

November 4th, 2019 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

It was tricky but we now have macOS 10.15.1 running on our 2010 Mac Pro. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is installed and working like a charm. We benchmarked it against the Radeon VII and Radeon RX 580.


GRAPH LEGEND

VII = Radeon VII (16GB HBM2 memory)
5700 XT = Radeon RX 5700 XT (8GB DDR6 memory)
RX 580 = Radeon RX 580 (8GB GDDR5 memory)

TEST MULE: 2010 Mac Pro 12-core 3.33GHz Xeon X5680 CPU, 96GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, Samsung 970 Pro 1TB PCIe-based flash module mounted on a Lycom M.2 x4 card in slot 4. GPUs were installed in slot x16 slot 1.

Blender - OpenCL Render of BMW Demo Scene
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running Blender 3D OpenCL Renderer

DaVinci Resolve Real Time Noise Reduction
Using the 1080p Candle Project, we applied the "3NR" preset and started playback. We rendered using both Metal and OpenCL. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running DaVinci Resolve looping playback with Noise Reduction

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running DaVinci Resolve looping playback with Noise Reduction

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7
Exported the BruceX sample 5K project to ProRes 4444 XQ. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running Final Cut Pro X BruceX benchmark

Motion 5.4.4
Performed a Render RAM Preview on the 600 frame Atmospheric-Open sample project. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running Motion render of RAM Preview

TW: Three Kingdoms
Used the built-in Battle benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running Three Kingdoms Battle gaming benchmark

TW: Warhammer II
Used the built-in Skaven benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

AMD RX 5700 XT versus other GPUs running Warhammer II Skaven gaming benchmark

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT beat the Radeon VII running Blender and DaVinci Resolve's real-time rendering of Noise Reduction using Metal. The RX 580 surprised with the best time rendering the Motion RAM Preview.

In the rest of the tests, the RX 5700 XT landed somewhere between the Radeon VII and RX 580.

Because the RX 5700 XT TDP rating is 225W, we were able to run it using only the factory PCIe bay power feeds. With the help of HWMonitor, we plotted the draw of the GPU slot plus the two factory power feeds. The RX 5700 XT reported a max of 201W. The RX 580 reported even higher at 215W.

The Radeon VII was fed extra power from an external PSU since its TDP is 300W.

BTW, all three AMD GPUs tested support 5120x2880 (5K) when we connect dual DisplayPort cables to our Dell UP2715K 5K display.

Big Mahalo goes to "dosdude1" who created the macOS Catalina Patcher which does a "Jedi Mind Trick" on the Catalina installer telling it "This 2010 Mac Pro is supported."

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