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Kai the Film Geek
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System specs

Mac Mini 2018, 8th Gen i7 6 Core @ 3.2Ghz, 64GB Ram, 256GB Internal SSD, Intel UHD 630 1536MB Integrated graphics. 

 

eGPU hardware 

Dual AMD Radeon VII 16GB Graphic cards, Dual Razer Core X eGpu TB3 Enclosures, Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro 4k Video editing card in Sonnet Echo Express SE-I Dual TB3 Half length PCIe enclosure.

 

Hardware pictures

IMG 0289
IMG 2768
IMG 2158

Installation steps

Was utterly plug and play. I have my main monitor...a 4K 27" Benq display plugged into one of the eGPUs thru HDMI, a secondary 24" Benq QHD monitor plugged into the other...again through HDMI. I have another identical 24" QHD Benq display as my start up monitor...connected directly to the Mini through HDMI.

 

Benchmarks 

Candle Test for DaVinci Resolve. https://tinyurl.com/y96mfoqq

66 Nodes: 30 fps

30 Nodes: 57 fps

18 Nodes: 74 fps

9 Nodes: 78 fps

 

66 TRN: 20 fps

4 TRN: 28 fps

2 TRN: 45 fps

1 TRN: 55 fps

 

Blackmagic Design RAW Speed Test. https://tinyurl.com/yautc5fr

BlackmagicRAWSpeedTest

Only benchmarks I have ran as my set up is purely for editing and FX work...using DaVinci Resolve as my main software.. Will add more relevant benchmarks as I do them. Blender and May will be next.

 

Comments 

The eGPUs have transformed a very basic Mac mini...albeit a top of the range Mac Mini when it was released...into a very capable 4K editing and effects machine. I am hoping it's performance in graphics performance in Adobe software...Photoshop...After Effects etc. will also improve dramatically when they get their finger out...as I also do a fair amount of deign work too. I do not use this for games or Windows. 

I have had no issues at all...not even excessive fans blowing whilst sleeping.

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Wacom Cintiq 27" Graphics display. 27" Benq 4k display.

M1 Mac Mini, 256GB SSD, 8 Core CPU, 8 Core Gpu, 8GB Ram.
Huion 16" GRaphics display. Benq 24" QHD Display.

iPad Pro 2018 with Apple Pencil 2

 
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