Blender 2.82a Mac OS with Pro Render 2.3 and eGPU
@mini-i5, Thanks so much for the reply!
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.
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.
By happenstance, today marks the day Bloomberg and MacRumors officially kick off Next-Gen Apple Silicon M2 Wet-Dream Speculation Season (NGASM2WDSS) 😅
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.”
@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.
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.