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2012 Mac Mini [3rd,4C,Q] + Quadro P1000 @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 20H2  


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System specs

- 2012 Apple Mac Mini: Intel Core i7-3615QM 2,6Ghz , 16GB DDR3, 500GB SATA3 SSD only for Bootcamp Windows 10 (Thunderbolt 1 port) EveryMac link

- iGPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 built into the CPU, but it is disable if i boot the build with the eGPU turned on and connected

- Benq XL2411Z gaming monitor: 24" 1920x1080p 144Hz(only on DVI-D port! ony VGA and HDMI only 60Hz by design) product link

- Windows 10 Pro 20H2 build 19042.1055 product link

- I am not using macOS with this eGPU build


eGPU hardware

- Apple Thunderbolt 2 cable 2m product link

- Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter product link

- Razer Core X Thunderbolt 3 eGPU product link

- PNY nVidia Quadro P1000 graphics card product link

- my monitor only works with 1920x1080 @ 60Hz due that i need an active miniDisplayport to DVI-D adapter that supports 144Hz, now only a miniDisplayPort to DVI-D cable is there


Hardware pictures

- I will upload some photos later about the build


Installation steps

- Installed Bootcamp on my Mac Mini (on a second internal drive to have more space for gaming)

- Downloaded the up-to-date nVidia drivers nVidia drivers link

- Plug and Play nearly -> Connected all and booted directly to Windows 10 (I am not using the eGPU with macOS)

- Windows 10 installed automatically some older nVidia drivers, but i have installed the up-to-date ones manually and rebooted -> that is it

- The connections are looking like this:

    2012 Apple Mac Mini -> Apple Thunderbolt 2 cable -> Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter -> Razer Core X eGPU -> GPU -> miniDisplayport to DVI-D cable -> Benq XL2411Z monitor


Benchmarks (all tested on external LCD)


- Valley:

- 3DMark TimeSpy:

- World of Tanks EnCore RT benchmark



- With the eGPU setup i was able to turn some old hardware to a decent gaming PC relatively easy.
- As for the costs of the build: during the COVID19 pandemic and GPU shortage, it is quite good also

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2012 Mac Mini [3rd,4C,Q] + Quadro P1000 @ 10Gbps-TB1>TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  

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