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[SUCCESS] AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 4GB in Big Sur


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I have tested a Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card on macOS Big Sur 11.2.3. These are its main characteristics:
 

  • 4GB of 128-bit GDDR5 memory
  • GPU architecture: Polaris
  • PCIe x16 bus with 50W TBP
  • 4x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4
  • card width: single slot
  • card length: 168mm
  • release date: july 2016.


It is a small card with low power consumption so it does not need an additional power connector. It comes with 2 adapters, one low profile and one high profile, to be used in different types of boxes


In Big Sur it has worked perfectly. I have tried it with and without WhateverGreen:
 

  • with WEG: all 4 miniDP ports work
  • without WEG: only the 2 miniDP ports closest to the motherboard work, the other 2 show the boot screen but, when reaching the desktop, they show a black screen.


Except for this problem with 2 miniDP ports, the card seems to work just as well with and without WEG. The desktop in 4K monitor with 2560x1440 resolution has a fluid behavior and high quality images.
 

Its performance is higher than that of Intel iGPUs in recent CPU families. For example, GeekBench 4 Metal has scores around 20.000. For comparison, my RX 580 8GB typically scores 48.000-50.000 points and the Intel 630 iGPU of my i9-9900K CPU scores 4.000 points.

 

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In short: It is a perfectly valid graphics card for Big Sur, with good performance except for demanding tasks. Due to its size, it is suitable for small boxes. It does not need extra power supply. The little fan is always on but is very quiet.
 

Disadvantages: Like all graphics cards today, it is expensive and difficult to find.

 

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The information is already in Dortania's buying guide, although the WX 7100 is misclassified: All Radeon Pro WX from 4100 onwards work out of the box.

The low to mid-range, single slot, Polaris-based WX 4100 (PCIe x8 electrical), WX 5100, WX 7100 are supported from OS X Sierra; the high-end WX 8200 (Vega 56) and WX 9100 (Vega 64), from High Sierra. I've used all these except the WX 9100 with Mojave.

 

Lexa-based WX 2100, WX 3100 and WX 3200 do NOT work.

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16 minutes ago, etorix said:

The information is already in Dortania's buying guide, although the WX 7100 is misclassified: All Radeon Pro WX from 4100 onwards work out of the box.

The low to mid-range, single slot, Polaris-based WX 4100 (PCIe x8 electrical), WX 5100, WX 7100 are supported from OS X Sierra; the high-end WX 8200 (Vega 56) and WX 9100 (Vega 64), from High Sierra. I've used all these except the WX 9100 with Mojave.

 

Lexa-based WX 2100, WX 3100 and WX 3200 do NOT work.


Yes, the info that it is valid for macOS and from which version of macOS is in Dortania. What is not in Dortania is a comment from a real test of this card. With the personal thoughts of the author regarding its performance and operation. I think it is excessive to write "The information is already in Dortania's buying guide".

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54 minutes ago, etorix said:

 

 

Talking about your hardware, how well does the C246 and C621 server boards work with macOS? Are you using them with Big Sur? With MacPro7,1 SMBIOS?

Wow, what machines!!!

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@Allan @Hervé @MaLd0n @Shaneee ... one of you to please change my post from DSDT and SSDT > Graphics Cards > AMD/AT to Hardware Components and Drivers > Graphics Cards or wherever you see it more appropriate.
I see that I was not attentive when I posted it and it is in a forum that is not correct.
Thanks a lot!!!

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2 hours ago, miliuco said:

@Allan @Hervé @MaLd0n @Shaneee ... one of you to please change my post from DSDT and SSDT > Graphics Cards > AMD/AT to Hardware Components and Drivers > Graphics Cards or wherever you see it more appropriate.
I see that I was not attentive when I posted it and it is in a forum that is not correct.
Thanks a lot!!!

Moved to Tutorials (The Genius Bar) :)

16 hours ago, miliuco said:

 

Talking about your hardware, how well does the C246 and C621 server boards work with macOS? Are you using them with Big Sur? With MacPro7,1 SMBIOS?

Wow, what machines!!!

Thanks. So, at risk of being off-topic here:

The C246-WU4 and C246N-WU2 are actually "workstation" boards, not servers, and they work… just like ordinary Z370 desktops (iMac19,1 SMBIOS). They boot straight into OS X (tested Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur) with any OpenCore version I have tested. No SSDT-AWAC, no MAT (use WriteUnprotector, as in default config.plist), no custom slide needed. In some ways, these boards are possibly even easier to set up than Z390 (which is understandable as the C246 chipset is merely a conservative, enterprise-minded, version of Z370, or rather Q370, with ECC RAM support).

 

The C621-SU8, despite its name, is actually designed for mixed use as server (it has a BMC) or workstation (… and an audio codec). It took me some months to have it boot. I use iMacPro1,1 SMBIOS because I still use 32-bit apps under Mojave—and I'm no fan of the iOS-inspired Big Sur look, to put it mildly. But the C621-SU8 can boot, install and update Big Sur: With its own SSDT-PMC it has native NVRAM! Frustratingly for me, it can boot an existing Mojave or Catalina installation but I have not yet managed to install or update Mojave or Catalina in place, the installer always gets stuck at or around "IOHDIX Controller: NOTE: administrator is creating non-ejectable disk image".

I have to write up a full guide for it, but I'd like to get to the bottom of the remaining issues.

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1 hour ago, yapan4 said:

Hi @miliuco.

Do you have the ability to check the dual monitor configuration?
What do you say about the problem (or not?) described in this topic https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/346539-gpuvmem-stuck-to-full-speed-when-2nd-display-connected/

Thank you.

Sorry, currently I haven't a second monitor to check this feature.

 

But with my usual RX 580 card I have tried 2 monitors and 2 monitors + 1 TV and everything has worked well, without observing the problem that they comment on in the link that you have put.

 

4 hours ago, etorix said:

Thanks. So, at risk of being off-topic here:

The C246-WU4 and C246N-WU2 are actually "workstation" boards, not servers, and they work… just like ordinary Z370 desktops (iMac19,1 SMBIOS). They boot straight into OS X (tested Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur) with any OpenCore version I have tested. No SSDT-AWAC, no MAT (use WriteUnprotector, as in default config.plist), no custom slide needed. In some ways, these boards are possibly even easier to set up than Z390 (which is understandable as the C246 chipset is merely a conservative, enterprise-minded, version of Z370, or rather Q370, with ECC RAM support).

 

The C621-SU8, despite its name, is actually designed for mixed use as server (it has a BMC) or workstation (… and an audio codec). It took me some months to have it boot. I use iMacPro1,1 SMBIOS because I still use 32-bit apps under Mojave—and I'm no fan of the iOS-inspired Big Sur look, to put it mildly. But the C621-SU8 can boot, install and update Big Sur: With its own SSDT-PMC it has native NVRAM! Frustratingly for me, it can boot an existing Mojave or Catalina installation but I have not yet managed to install or update Mojave or Catalina in place, the installer always gets stuck at or around "IOHDIX Controller: NOTE: administrator is creating non-ejectable disk image".

I have to write up a full guide for it, but I'd like to get to the bottom of the remaining issues.

 

Thanks for the info!!!

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