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Madcat235
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@mini-i5, Thanks so much for the reply!

Here’s what I’m thinking 
The newest M1 chip Minis don’t allow for changing RAM or Hard drives.
A huge mistake imo.
I didn’t do my research last time and bought my wife a 2014 Mac mini assuming I could upgrade the RAM later. It’s slower than her old 2009 Mini and unusable.
I’m looking at the 3.2 GHZ 6-core Intel i7  with the smallest hard drive. I can max out the RAM over the next few years.
Aftermarket RAM 16 gigs to start and after market SSD drive. 
 
Will the mini run as fast in an external SSD drive as it will with an internal drive?
 
I looked into the RTX3080. Base model is $700? No idea on what case to get. OWC has a few options.
What case would you get with the 3080? How quiet is the 3080?
 
I don’t understand Apple’s insistence on making a clean small machine that you can’t replace RAM ( which goes bad or in some cases is bad from the start) and hard drives.
It’s the only thing that makes me hesitate.
 
At work I have a Dell Precision 5820 for solid works. I hate Microsoft OS and find working with it cumbersome.
 
I’m basically caught between a rock and a hard place. Get the OS I love working in and hope the Mini is up to it or buy a PC and live with it.

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Mini i5
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@madcat235, I’ve had a couple different Sonnet Breakaway Box TB3 enclosures. They’ve been quiet, easy to set up, and reliable.

Get as large of an internal SSD as you can. You’ll need to partition at least 100GB of the internal SSD to Bootcamp Windows.

I keep project files, and photo libraries on Samsung X5 external TB3 SSD drives. I don’t notice any speed difference compared to the internal SSD. 

Start with an AMD RX 6800 or RX 6800 XT card for dual use in Big Sur 11.4 and the latest version of Windows.

Keep safari browser tabs open for bestbuy.com and the AMD.com store open weekday mornings when stock is refreshed. New stock sells out in a few minutes. 

 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX Vega 56 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + macOS 11.1 & Win10 [build link]  

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Mini i5
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By happenstance, today marks the day Bloomberg and MacRumors officially kick off Next-Gen Apple Silicon M2 Wet-Dream Speculation Season (NGASM2WDSS) 😅 

“Apple is working on a high-end version of the Mac mini, featuring a more powerful Apple silicon chip and extra ports, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

In a wide-reaching report, Gurman explained that Apple is developing a more powerful version of the ‌Mac mini‌, positioned as a high-end version of the current M1 model. The new ‌Mac mini‌ is expected to use the same chip as the next-generation MacBook Pro.

The next-generation MacBook Pro models are expected to feature an improved version of the ‌M1‌ chip with a 10-core CPU, containing eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, and 16-core or 32-core GPU options, meaning this is also what we can expect from the new ‌Mac mini‌. Gurman said that this Apple silicon chip will also support up to 64GB of memory, a significant increase compared to the current maximum of 16GB.

The high-end ‌Mac mini‌ is also expected to feature four Thunderbolt ports on its rear, rather than the two that are available on the rear of the current ‌Mac mini‌ with an ‌M1‌ chip, which is also a change supported by the next-generation Apple silicon chip.

Apple has also been working on a more powerful version of the ‌Mac mini‌ (code name J374) with the same chip as the next MacBook Pro. It's expected to have four ports versus the pair available on the current low-end version and to sit above the current entry-level ‌M1‌ Mac Mini. Apple could delay or cancel the new mini's launch - as it has in the past - but eventually the company will likely replace the Intel-equipped version it now sells.

When Apple introduced the ‌M1‌ ‌Mac mini‌ last year, it retained the Intel Mac minis with two additional ports in the product lineup as a high-end option. Apple did the same with the MacBook Pro and iMac, where the ‌M1‌ option replaced the entry-level version of the machine, and kept the high-end Intel models with more ports on sale.

The new high-end ‌Mac mini‌ is expected to replace the current Intel-based ‌Mac mini‌ that is still on sale, meaning that the whole ‌Mac mini‌ product lineup will have transitioned to Apple silicon. Gurman added the caveat that the new ‌Mac mini‌ may yet be delayed or cancelled, but said that the company will likely replace the current high-end Intel-based ‌Mac mini‌ with an Apple silicon version.”

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cgWerks
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@madcat235 Keep in mind, also, that depending on the tasks, the new memory architecture isn't a 1:1 with what we're familiar with on Intel. This is a pretty wild demonstration:

Of course, rendering might be an exception to this, so I agree we'll want to see more RAM. But, it might end up being more workable than we think.

2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580)


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Madcat235
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Thanks.

it’s all pretty confusing to me.

the attraction of the intel Mini is at least the ability to replace/add RAM.

I’ve been reading up on intel vs M1 and it seems there’s still a lot of questions as to which is better and how RAM interplay’s with each chip.

I’d love to test one for myself with photoshop and illustrator before purchase but last time I checked Apple doesn’t load this programs into floor models anymore.

I still remember asking about it at one time and receiving blank stares from Apple employees...

As far as I understand Adobe has not optimized it’s software to run with the new chip?

I’d like to make a decision by July.

how I wish Apple would get it's $hit together and understand that having spent money on a new mini I don’t want to toss it because the RAM went bad.

Better yet, reduce the price on the Mac Pro.

 

 

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Madcat235
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I’m now reading that the M1 chip will not support an EGPU. So it’s the intel model. 😯 

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