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Mini i5
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Hey, today my Bootcamp installation ran a Windows cumulative update for Win 2004 20H2. (I have Windows set to automatically install these, keeping-up-to-date)

My eGPU set up continues to work beautifully.

I'm using AMD's 20.4.2 driver from a year ago - which performs very well - but stellar eGPU performance is also now available from AMD's latest 21.4.1 driver. 

Good times. 🏂🏻 🏂🏻 🏂🏻

 

 

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2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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cgWerks
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Posted by: @mini-i5

Grab a 2018 Mac Mini and MacOS Big Sur 11.2

I wonder how important Big Sur is in the success here. I'm on Mojave, and can't really move on yet as I have a couple key apps w/o compatibility beyond Mojave.

2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580)


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Mini i5
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@cgwerks, Maybe Apple has included similarly improved Mac Mini firmware in the Feb 2021 Mojave security update.

 

 

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@cgwerks, Maybe Apple has included similarly improved Mac Mini firmware in the Feb 2021 Mojave security update.

Heh, if 'improved' means not working. Shocked  

I really don't know who is to blame, as there are so many variables. I had it working with older windows (1809, and I think it updated to 1903 and was still working, and then some auto-update finally killed it), but I can't recall if I was running Mojave at that point yet (or especially when firmware updates were done).

I picked up an extra HDMI cable so I can use an HDMI switch box I have to wire both HDMI ports, as that will make testing a bit easier. I'm about to go at it again. Wish me luck!

2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580)


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Mini i5
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@cgwerks, Good luck. Hope the Blackmagic eGPU works with Windows 2004 20H2 (since it only costs $699 - which in 2021 is like a single family home only costing $699 😅) 

 

 

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cgWerks
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@mini-i5, Hehe, I hope I can get it going in any version of Windows at this point. LoL

Yeah, the price of GPUs has gone nuts. It seemed so expensive when I bought it, but now it's not such a bad deal. The other day I was joking in a crypto-mining forum that maybe a Mac Pro with quad Vega Pros isn't such a bad deal anymore either (given a single higher-end - not even as high end as the Mac Pro ones - is going for $thousands). The Mac Pro would actually keep all those GPUs powered properly, cool, stable, etc. which seems the tricky aspect for the home-builders.

 

2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580)


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