Lightroom/Camera Raw: Please add full eGPU support

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Please add full eGPU support to Lightroom Classic CC. Editing and export images. It would increase the speed in my workflow dramatically. And would let me stay with Adobe instead of switching to capture One (which does use the eGPU for a full 100%).
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I’m sure that knowing that you will otherwise go to Capture One will guarantee that this request will be at the very top of the list now! :)
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Sjors, be patient. Adobe just released a version that uses the GPU quite a lot more than previous versions. It's obvious that they are looking at speeding up even more things by using the GPU, but they can't do it all at once.

And don't talk to customer support about highly technical things like eGPU's, because these people have no idea what you are talking about and have a bad reputation for just saying anything so it does not show that they don't know.
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I'll be patient for sure. But what I mentioned at the comment of Edmund Gall, the customer support told me that they didn't have plans in their pipeline to support the eGPU. A little note to the customer support; the first person forwarded me to his colleague which claimed to know anything about GPU's and eGPU's.
I'll be patient for sure if it's true that adobe is working on it, which means it's just a matter of time. 
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I use a MacMini 2018 with the BlackMagic eGPU that Apple sells:

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thanks! I'll take a look at it
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Hi sjors! Do you mean the new LR Classic CC v8.4 update released earlier this week (which enabled using the GPU for image editing) does not use your eGPU (or only a portion of it)? If yes, have you installed the latest drivers for your eGPU?..
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I'm sorry. I think there is a misunderstanding. I do agree that the information from the customer service is wrong. I tested my eGPU (sonnet eGFX breakaway puck AMD Radeon RX570) and I saw the same activities while editing my photo's. Actually; when I'm editing full screen (by pressing "f"). Lightroom starts using my internal GPU even when I'm starting the export of my images.
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I’ll test full screen later to see if I can reproduce that. That would be a bug, of course. I’m not sure if Lightroom is supposed to use the GPU (internal or external) for exporting images. As far as I can see it does not use either of them.

I just remembered something that can perhaps explain why the support rep was confused. Lightroom always uses the GPU that feeds the main monitor. So if you connect an eGPU to an iMac, without hooking up a second screen to that eGPU, then Lightroom will indeed not use it. It may well be that Adobe also has no plans to change that. But if you do connect a second screen and setup the system so that this is the main screen, then Lightroom will use the eGPU for acceleration.
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My bad. When I'm exporting images and when I'm editing full screen, Lightroom does use my CPU in stead of GPU. When I'm editing my photo's the regular way it does use my eGPU
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I just tested it. When I edit images in full screen mode, the eGPU is still used. 
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hmm, maybe I've to check my settings. Because in my case Lightroom does switch to my CPU. Do you have any clue what's the problem?