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Another report on Retail Radeon RX 580 8GB in Mac Pro (macOS 10.12.6)
Added a second report on stock (not flashed) Radeon RX 580 8GB in a Mac Pro.
Includes notes and benchmarks vs a GTX-1050 ti 4GB. (Thanks Jim.)
SoftRAID 5.6.5 Update Released
See details on new features and fixes. Includes important notes on High Sierra.
(Free 30-day trial available for SoftRAID Full & Lite versions.)
Nvidia Web Graphics Driver Update for macOS 10.13.3 (17D102)
(Update - On March 7th Nvidia released a later Driver v387.
(original post from Feb 21st on previous driver follows.)
Feb 21st dated download page for Quadro & GeForce macOS Driver 387. for macOS 10.13.3 build 17D102. (The build number with 10.13.3 Supplemental update installed.) All nvidia web driver download pages for High Sierra include this install note:
"Installation Note:
Because of improvements in macOS security, the Security & Privacy Preferences may open during the installation process. If it does, click "Allow" in order for the NVIDIA Graphics Driver to load, then return to the Installer and click "Restart". "
(If you can't select the page's 'Accept' terms/conditions button, here's a direct download link.)
As of post time, CUDA 387.128 from Jan. 25th is still current.
macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update Info/Downloads
"The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash. This update is recommended for all users."
(Users of Nvidia's web drivers be aware updates/new builds break existing driver. See above.)
iOS 11.2.6, tvOS 11.2.6 and watchOS 4.2.3 Updates
Some iMac Pros had major problems with macOS 10.13.3 supplemental update
(FYI info below posted before the revised download page above for iMac Pro version.)
Saw an Apple forum thread where several iMac Pro owners reported major problems with the 10.13.3 supplemental update. One user mentioned he retried with the iMac Pro download version, without success.
Some had a Firmware Password set initially but said trying again with it disabled didn't help. A later post from a MacBook Air owner with similar problems noted an error/KP with Trusteer Rapport (security addon), but not sure if others had it installed.
Also several noted Filevault enabled and first post shows errors from Disk Utility check - same errors (with Filevault) as listed in this iMac Pro forum thread from January 4th. Page 3 of that thread has a report from "th10gt" that after a clean OS reinstall/restore from TM backup he was able to apply the Supplemental update ok. And here's another thread (Feb. 24th) from an iMac Pro owner that also had major problems after installing the update. A reply from another iMac Pro owner said he had previously disabled secure boot due to various system problems.)

Another thread on similar problems with a 5K Retina iMac (not Pro). A reply in that thread from another affected user said that downloading the updater and applying it from safe mode boot worked.
Apple/products related News, Updates, Tips, PR: (later added first)

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Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Feb. 12th to 16th, 2018 News Archive
  • Carbon Copy Cloner v5.0.9 Update (workaround for APFS disk image flaw)
  • Carbon Copy Cloner v4.1.21 Update (includes 2 fixes/improvements)
  • macOS High Sierra may lose data on APFS-formatted disk images
  • How to Switch Between Mac Web Browsers
  • Issue: Error indicating an Aspyr game will "affect the performance of your Mac".
  • Questions on HDD and SSD Data Retention with inactivity/power off
  • Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac 16.10.0 Update
  • Mac Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration coming this spring
  • Teardown of Apple HomePod
  • How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software
  • Installing a Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in a 2010 Mac Pro
  • Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader
  • Intel Introduces New P4510 Series SSD, up to 8TB
  • Samsung M.2 860 EVO 2TB SSD Review
  • 37.5in HP Z38c 21:9 Curved Display Review (IPS, 3840x1600)
  • Real Life OLED Burn In Test on 6 TVs (2017 models)
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - How to Use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with your Mac
    - How to Use the LG UltraFine 4K Display with your Mac
    - Help with video issues on external displays connected to your Mac
    - What to do before you send your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for service
    - Troubleshooting an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that won't turn on or is frozen.
    - If you forgot passcode for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, or device is disabled
    - How to use Low Power Mode to save battery life on your iPhone
    - How to AirPlay video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - Get help using iCloud Mail
    - How to reset NVRAM on your Mac
    - Mac startup key combinations

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