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itsage
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The Mac mini is not dead after all. Apple today announced a refreshed Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. A notable feature is 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports. Also nice to see is replaceable RAM modules. The Mac mini can be configured with a 6-core processor and 10GbE. The base price went up by 60% and is no longer considered entry level. Relatively to the iMac Pro though, you can get a fairly powerful headless-Mac + eGPU for a reasonable price.

  • Intel 8th generation 65W CPU
  • IntelUHD Graphics 630
  • 4x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 10Gb Ethernet (optional)
  • Starting at $799

I'm hoping eGFX vendors are building an enclosure with the same footprint so that you can stack the Mac mini right on top. There are 2 Titan Ridge controllers and 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports.

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Eightarmedpet
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Will be ordering asap! Thoughts on spec choice? Nice that ram is user upgradable... 16GB will do to start... Are they desktop class CPUs?

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itsage
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@eightarmedpet Apple posted Mac mini's Tech Specs just now. The top-configuration 6-core CPU matches the specs of i7-8700 desktop CPU. The base model is i3-8100 quad-core CPU. The middle tier is i5-8500 6-core CPU.

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esatamacmodular
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so how many pcie lanes? 16?

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Eightarmedpet
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I am super impressed they have put desktop CPUs in them... just looked up those specs too, yeah decent desktop chips! Pretty exciting year this year for Apple fans.

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itsage
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@esatamacmodular Yes 16 PCIe lanes directly to CPU. Apple would likely split these lanes to one x8 and two x4 for the NVMe controller two Thunderbolt 3 controllers. The 10GbE and wireless card go through PCH.

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It finally happened didn’t it. A great eGPU candidate. Was hoping to see a sneak peek at the Mac Pro too though. 

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itsage
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The most reasonable BTO would be starting with base model then add 6-core CPU and 10GbE. Leave the rest alone as the Apple tax remains high. This configuration costs $1,199.

  • Intel 8th gen i7-8700 CPU
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 128GB NVMe SSD storage
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet

The Mantiz Venus Space Gray is a nice pairing to provide both eGPU and additional storage via SATA port. Install an RX Vega 56 and you'll have a very capable Mac for right around $2,000.

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@itsage The storage at that price though. Was hoping to see the lowest tier be 256GB.

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Eightarmedpet
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Sorry to spam.. I'm thinking...

  • 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)

I'd love a 1TB SSD, and may regret not getting one (although I have externals) but cant justify the price hike.
Or maybe even the i5 as it will run cooler.
Lets see what some benchmarks say....

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Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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