Are eGPUs dead in the foreseeable future?
With the introduction of M1 Apple Macs we see a blazingly fast performance across board and that one giant all-in-one SOC is perhaps the reason behind such incredible performance. By packing all the processors into one chip, the latencies in communications are drastically reduced and therefore boosting the efficiency of M1 Macs in various real-life tasks such as music production/video editing.
I personally am much invested in the idea of an eGPU because it gives the users of thin and light laptops a solution to accessing great graphics performance and because of this, the eGPU market has been primarily driven by Macbook Pro/Mini users. However, what worries me as a MacBook user is that the Apple's decision to fully adopt Apple silicon in two years might hint at the death of eGPUs as the latencies introduced by the thunderbolt connection will offset any latency reductions made possible by Apple's SoC design, threatening to kill any performance gains from Apple Silicon.
I want to hear from you guys any opinions about the future of eGPUs on Apple Silicon Mac.
@mini-i5, hey great to know that. but you should read my words more carefully, I am talking about eGPU support on Apple Silicon Macs!
Huh? Careful reading shows you’re using the words “might hint at”.
Meanwhile Apple has chosen to provide better eGPU support than ever before.
That’s a huge win for the eGPU community.
I don't think Apple will pay much attention to eGPUs going forward, it feels like they were a nice to have/stop gap between old Intel Macs with often underpowered GPUs and where Apple is taking Macs with Apple Silicon.
That being said, I have just bought a last gen i7 Mac mini as for me, they are the best option as I want to use macOS for work but be able to switch to Windows and have a decent gaming experience.
@mini-i5 Apple and MS have often pushed updates that change the way eGPUs work, how intentional these changes have been in regards to eGPU only those who made them really know. Only those inside of Apple have any idea what resources are being devoted towards eGPU support on Apple Silicon, feels a bit early for them to abandon them entirely and there are hints of big Navi support but until Apple play their card who's to really know...
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Nah. Apple (and Microsoft) just recently fixed eGPU support in Windows Bootcamp with the 2004 20H2 and Big Sur 11.2 releases. So it’s not going away.
@mini-i5 What changes thee were regarding support of the eGPU in 11.2?
Our eGPUs are working well in Bootcamp running the latest up-to-date version of Windows. It’s huge. 😎
@mini-i5, Yes, I know regarding 20H2, I have tried it myself some time ago and that is great 😎 - https://egpu.io/forums/bootcamp/cold-boot-rx-5500-5700-xt-egpu-on-w10-2004-and-10-15-7/paged/4/#post-93139
Hovever, my Mini 2018 is still on Catalina, therefore I wanted to know what benefits / eGPU advancements there were in Big Sur 11.2.