2014 Mac mini
16 GB Ram
27" Dell 2560x1440 monitor
MacOS 11.1 (No boot camp)
Disabled SIP and Authenticated-Root, Booted into 11.1, ran purge-wrangler, rebooted with egpu hooked up, display attached to mac mini HDMI. Shutdown, rebooted with display hooked directly to egpu on HDMI. Up and running.
Games barley ran before. The intel iGPU is not for gaming. Elder Scrolls online ran at about 40fps with everything off @720p. Far Lone sails was crazy choppy.
With the eGPU hooked up, running ESO at 2048 with everything on High, getting 51-66 fps (60hz monitor) I feel there is some cpu bottlenecking, but it does run much better than expected for a dual-core. Very playable. Far: Lone Sails runs everything on high. The RGB PSU is cool somehow. It needs some cleanup and a case for eGPU. It's an older GPU, it does have some coil whine, but not intolerable. Fans don't spin too much on the Vega, it dumps a lot of heat out the top of it.
Thanks for this post! I wanted to give this a try. I'm stuck with a Late 2014 mac mini, but mine is a dual-core i5 processor. I think I will follow your instructions here to add a eGPU. But everywhere I look, there are no other eGPUs I could connect to it other than the RX Vega 56. But I can't find the RX Vega 56 available for purchase anywhere haha