New Mac Mini and eGPU

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Hugh Antonio

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New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostTue Oct 30, 2018 8:48 pm

Checking out the specs of the new Mac Mini. I'm half inclined to invest in the i7 model and the eGPU as it gives me better specs that a MacBook pro. What say you?
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostTue Oct 30, 2018 9:01 pm

Depends what you want to do with it. I think these will probably be popular as dedicate ProRes encoding machines, but with those integrated graphics, you're looking at a fat price tag to make it usable otherwise.
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostTue Oct 30, 2018 10:41 pm

Ya, I’d love the Mac Mini... Until I noticed no dedicated GPU, and just the integrated graphics. I went from excited to disappointed. Guess they expect you to go the external GPU route, and thus launched it with the Pro GPU. Still cheaper then an iMac Pro if you don’t care for the 5k monitor.
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostWed Oct 31, 2018 11:23 am

You can get that same GPU as in the eGPU in an iMac (non-Pro).
But if you already have a good screen, the Mac Mini should work OK with an eGPU, now that it has TB-3 too.
I tested my wifes MBP 13" (which only has Intel graphics) with the eGPU. If the CPU is sufficient completely depends on your source material, but you can go pretty high with the Mini if you want.
Might get a bit noisy under full load…
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New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostWed Oct 31, 2018 3:16 pm

I’m sure the new Mac Mini designers intentionally kept the built-in graphics processing capability modest know the higher end Pro Vega 64 update was coming to the Blackmagic eGPU. Sure didn’t take long for the BMD eGPU to get a big boost.

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Pro Vega 56, not Vega 64. Sniff, sniff.

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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostWed Oct 31, 2018 11:36 pm

Still debating if I should get a Mac Mini, or continue my wait for the new Mac Pro that’s rumoured for 2019. Also, seems the 15 inch MacBook Pros are getting another last minute update to Vega GPUs in Nov. Might consider getting that instead if those new iPad Pros weren’t so awesome.
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostThu Nov 01, 2018 5:16 am

Decisions, so many options.


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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostThu Nov 01, 2018 7:06 am

Chris Chiasson wrote:Still debating if I should get a Mac Mini, or continue my wait for the new Mac Pro that’s rumoured for 2019. Also, seems the 15 inch MacBook Pros are getting another last minute update to Vega GPUs in Nov. Might consider getting that instead if those new iPad Pros weren’t so awesome.


I’ve just realised that the MacBook Pro will have the new Vega graphics card come later this month. If there’s not much of a price difference then I may just go down that route
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostThu Nov 01, 2018 10:41 am

Uli Plank wrote:Might get a bit noisy under full load…


It'll be interesting to see user reports about noise. I've had my refurbished i5 2014 Mini for two years now and have yet to hear the fan, even when rendering videos in Resolve or doing processor-intensive sound work in Izotope RX. The i7 may require more cooling, though; I saw that they put a larger fan in the new Mini.
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostFri Nov 02, 2018 1:22 am

I have a hard time even considering the eGPU. Vega 56 for $1200. That's the price of a 2080 ti.
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Re: New Mac Mini and eGPU

PostSun Nov 04, 2018 10:03 pm

Jack Fairley wrote:I think these will probably be popular as dedicate ProRes encoding machines, but with those integrated graphics, you're looking at a fat price tag to make it usable otherwise.
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