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2011 Mac Mini [2nd,2C,M] + RX 470 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12.2 [itsage]  

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kukkis
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To be happy with eGPU and to be able to use it for what you want is the main thing 🙂 That is good to know that RX470 8Gb nitro+ works with macOS 10.12.3 on TB2 macs.

I just tried again to make my RX470 to work with Thunder2 and Thunder3 together with my 2016 MBP but had no luck. AMD cars simply do not work in Thunder3 with TB3 macs with macOS 10.12.3. Installed back then my gtx970 to Thunder3 and got Luxmark score 12101 even though my cpu is just two core i5-6360U. Have to be satisfied to that as with out gtx970 the score was just 2308, so with eGPU it is over 5 times better now! Damn I wish I found I way to use my RX470 too as it seems to be a much better looking card, full enclosured with back plate and everything but I guess I will have to just sell it soon.

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Barni
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Posted by: kukkis 

To be happy with eGPU and to be able to use it for what you want is the main thing 🙂 That is good to know that RX470 8Gb nitro+ works with macOS 10.12.3 on TB2 macs.   

Just to clarify... Mac mini late 2012 only has TB1 🙁

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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kukkis
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Aah, of course, TB1 it has but then that performance increase really is very good 🙂

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Great idea! Congratulations!!


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Hello,  This is my first post to this forum.  I was drawn to this post and extremely interested.

I own a Mid 2011 MacMini.   Based on your setup, would you be to run 3 external monitors off your video card?  I see the card has the physical ports, but will the software support it?   I'm currently running a USB to DVI adapter and not impressed with the performance.    Also, if you have a link to the case/adapter you used to attach.

THanks

DAILY DRIVER: ⚡cMP 2010 (ⓄⓈ:DualBoot macOS 10.13.6/Windows 2016 [1803]) | ⒸⓅⓊ:3.47GHz Xeon X5690 (x12 core)
ⓇⒶⓂ:64GB 1333MHz DDR3 | ⓈⓈⒹ:1TB SSD (LiteON 512 -x4 - RAID1) w/Marvell Raid Controller | ⒼⓅⓊ: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB Founders Edition
⚡ Previous was MacMini 2011 w/AKiTiO Thunder2 | ⒼⓅⓊ:EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gaming

 
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fireheadman
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disregard on the mount, found your link to it...

definitely would like to know how many monitors it will support.

DAILY DRIVER: ⚡cMP 2010 (ⓄⓈ:DualBoot macOS 10.13.6/Windows 2016 [1803]) | ⒸⓅⓊ:3.47GHz Xeon X5690 (x12 core)
ⓇⒶⓂ:64GB 1333MHz DDR3 | ⓈⓈⒹ:1TB SSD (LiteON 512 -x4 - RAID1) w/Marvell Raid Controller | ⒼⓅⓊ: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB Founders Edition
⚡ Previous was MacMini 2011 w/AKiTiO Thunder2 | ⒼⓅⓊ:EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gaming

 
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itsage
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@fireheadman I used the RX 470 in this setup because I like the look of this particular cooler. For your 3 monitor use, I'd recommend going with something like a GTX 1060 now that we have drivers for Nvidia Pascal cards.

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that was quick! (thanks for the fast reply).

Good to know on the GTX 1060 card.    Unless Steam is working for OSX (Ghost Recon Wildlands), I will most likely use my setup for daily office/coding use with occasional gaming.  I recall from your other build thread (R9 Fury w/MacMini mid 2011) you mentioned the dual core 2.5Ghz cpu becomes a bottleneck.... I'm thinking the 1060 will look very nice on display, but I might be paying more for Horsepower I'll likely never see.   Although I did hear rumor of Apple maybe building a newer MacMini.  If the rumor comes to fruition, I'm hoping it has a couple of the thunderbolt 3 ports at the least and an i7 option.   That would compliment the 1060 very well.

DAILY DRIVER: ⚡cMP 2010 (ⓄⓈ:DualBoot macOS 10.13.6/Windows 2016 [1803]) | ⒸⓅⓊ:3.47GHz Xeon X5690 (x12 core)
ⓇⒶⓂ:64GB 1333MHz DDR3 | ⓈⓈⒹ:1TB SSD (LiteON 512 -x4 - RAID1) w/Marvell Raid Controller | ⒼⓅⓊ: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB Founders Edition
⚡ Previous was MacMini 2011 w/AKiTiO Thunder2 | ⒼⓅⓊ:EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gaming

 
2011 Mac Mini [2nd,2C,M] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.13.1 & Win10 [build link]  


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