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pacogp
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Hi guys!

I have an old Mac Pro late 2013, and recently searching for upgrade it or renew with a new Mac mini I have found this awesome site!

Could be a good idea to use both my FirePro D300 in an external egpu for the new Mac mini? because the available upgrades for my Mac Pro late 2013 does not feel very good really?

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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joevt
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The MacPro 2013 GPUs aren't standard PCIe cards. I don't think anyone's made an adapter that can use them.
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Pro+Late+2013+Graphics+Card+Replacement/21208
https://www.anandtech.com/show/7603/mac-pro-review-late-2013/9

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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itsage
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The trashcan won't boot without Graphics Card B which also hosts the internal PCIe flash drive. As @joevt said, there's no adapter to use the proprietary FirePro DX00 graphics cards in an enclosure. Your best bet is to pair a standard PCIe Radeon card with a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. You'd need a software unlock such as Purge-Wrangler to use the eGPU with the 2013 Mac Pro. Here's an example of my 2013 Mac Pro running with Mantiz Venus + Radeon VII eGPU.

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pacogp
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@itsage

Thanks for all the info, this is really hard to me, maybe the easy way is to sell my Mac Pro late 2013 and get the Mac mini new one.

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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joevt
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I bought the cheapest Mac mini 2018 (3.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i3). It has faster single and multi thread scores in Geek Bench 5 than my Mac Pro 2008 (2 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon). Check the benchmarks to see how well a Mac mini will compare with your Mac Pro 2013.

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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