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Reports on Retail Radeon RX 580 8GB in Mac Pros (macOS 10.12.6 and 10.13.x)
Added 4th report, this one on a Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ Special Edition in Mac Pro running macOS 10.13.4. (Previous 3 on Sapphire Pulse model, some running macOS 10.12.6.) Third report updated for info on 28in Samsung 4k/UHD display, and tests using all 5 output ports on the card. Second report from Feb. 19th includes benchmarks vs GTX 1050 ti 4GB. All using a Stock Radeon RX 580 8GB card in a Mac Pro running macOS 10.12.6 or later. Card Supports Apple Metal and has 2 DisplayPort 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0b, and 1 DVI-D ports. (Unlike the Radeon R9 280X Jman previously used, the RX 580 isn't a flashed card.)
Apple/products related News, Updates, Tips, PR
13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program. Hardware Monitor v5.55 (see version history). Micromat Drive Scope v1.1.4 update (bug fixes/improvements). Safari Technology Preview 54 Release Notes. Apple adds Earth Day donations to trade-in and recycling program. How to Create Encrypted Disk Images with Disk Utility to Protect Private Data. Is Apple really better about privacy? Here's what we found out. Developer News - Beta 2 of macOS 10.13.5, iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1. New WebKit Features in Safari 11.1. Personalized Hey Siri (Apple machine learning journal). Commentary: What I Want in the Next Version of macOS.
Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles/Updates
About iPhone Battery and Performance. Use Siri on your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation). If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch won't turn on or is frozen. How to add an email account to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How to use an external graphics processor (eGPU) with your Mac. What to do before selling or giving away your Mac.
Other News, Software Updates, Tech, OT
Freeware VM VirtualBox 5.2.10 Update. Chrome 66.0.3359.117 Stable Channel Update. Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - April 2018 (includes Java). Thunderbolt 3 to eSATA Adapter + USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Port (startech). Intel Announces Chip-Level Security Initiatives, iGPU-Based Malware Scanning.
Adobe Security Updates (Flash, InDesign CC, Digital Editions, More)
Adobe has posted Security Updates for Flash Player, InDesign CC, Digital Editions, Experience Manager, Cold Fusion, and Adobe PhoneGap Push plugin.
Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1, Compressor 4.4.1, and Motion 5.4.1 Updates
Final Cut Pro v10.4.1 update (see release notes and PR). Apple Compressor v4.4.1 (closed captions related changes and more). Apple Motion v5.4.1 (see list of changes and fixes in release notes).
Nvidia Graphics Driver Update for macOS 10.13.4 and CUDA 387.178
Downloads of new Nvidia Web Graphics driver for macOS 10.13.4 and new CUDA 387.178 for MacOS 10.13.x.
Nvidia Graphics Driver Updates for 10.12.6/10.11.6 builds w/Security Update 2018-002
Downloads for new Nvidia web graphics drivers for builds of macOS 10.12.6 and OS X 10.11.6 with Security Update 2018-002 installed.
macOS 10.13.4, Security Updates for Sierra and El Capitan, Safari 11.1 released
(Updated Friday 8AM to add download pages for 10.13.4 (Combo, Delta) and Security Update 2018-002 updates.) Info on changes and security fixes in macOS 10.13.4, Security Update 2018-002 for 10.12.6/10.11.6 and Safari 11.1. (Will post download pages for updates when spotted.) Includes related article on external graphics processors (eGPUs) supported in macOS 10.13.4.
iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3 Updates
See post for links to release notes and docs on security fixes. (tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV 4th generation added the Match Frame Rate option previously only in 4K Apple TV. tVOS 11.3 with Apple TV 4K supports Sony TV's Dolby Vision "low latency" profile.)
macOS 10.13.4 eGPU Support, Xcode 9.3, iTunes 12.7.4, iWork Updates, More
macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with eGPU Support Released. Apple Xcode 9.3 released. iTunes 12.7.4 released. iWork update brings drawing, book creation and more to Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Pages for Mac v7.0, Numbers for Mac v5.0, Keynote for Mac v8.0. Pages for iOS v4.0, Numbers for iOS v4.0, Keynote for iOS v4.0. Apple now sells Space Gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad ($149), Magic Trackpad 2 ($149), and Magic Mouse 2 ($99). (High Sierra) Reduce Data Usage, Increase Speed with Content Caching. Safari Technology Preview 52 Release Notes (for macOS Sierra and High Sierra).
SoftRAID 5.6.5 Update (info on changes/fixes)
See post for details on SoftRAID 5.6.5 update changes, fixes and important notes on High Sierra.
Info/Downloads of macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update (iMac Pro download revised)
(FYI - download page for iMac Pro version revised - now dated March 1st and listed size changed. This may be due to major problems some iMac Pro owners reported with the original update.) Supplemental update said to fix problem with certain character sequences causing apps to crash. Post includes download pages for standard update and iMac Pro version.
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.9 Update (workaround for APFS disk image flaw)
CCC 5.0.9 includes a workaround for a serious flaw they discovered that can lead to data loss when using an APFS-formatted disk image.
Unigine Benchmarks with Nvidia macOS 10.12.6 (16G1212) driver and GTX-1050 Ti
Bill sent OpenGL Unigine Valley and Heaven benchmark scores using the Nvidia web driver for macOS 10.12.6 (16G1212) with a GTX-1050 Ti card in his Hackintosh. (Includes a list of his system hardware, CPU, etc.)
Reader Report: (Flashed) Radeon R9 280X in 2008/2012 Mac Pros (macOS 10.12.6)
John sent notes and benchmarks from a (flashed) Radeon R9 280X in his Mac Pro 5,1 (dual 3.46GHz) running macOS 10.12.6 with LG 32UD59-B 4K 32in Display. Also used in his 2008 Mac Pro 3,1 running 10.12.6. (He's now ordered a Radeon RX 580 8GB for the Mac Pro 5,1.)
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Mac Upgrades and Repairs
Driver and OS Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, and Tips you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/Software updates and Troubleshooting, to Hardware upgrades and repairs.)