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Leovinus
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Weird question maybe, but I have basically everything on external storage. The Steam client is installed locally on my mini, but all games are set to the external drive. Now, making a clean install to Big Sur... Will I be forced to reinstall every game or can I simply point Steam to the existing games folder and have it play nice?

Now some might say "But why a clean install Leovinus? Just upgrade" to which I'd reply "I've always installed major updates this way to minimise potential problems. It's served me well, and I'm not gonna stop now."

Rocking a Mac mini 2018/2020 i7-8700B 6C/12T with 32Gb RAM, and a PowerColor 5700 XT humming along in its Razer Core X.

 
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Leovinus
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The best source, thanks mate

Rocking a Mac mini 2018/2020 i7-8700B 6C/12T with 32Gb RAM, and a PowerColor 5700 XT humming along in its Razer Core X.

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  


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tsakal
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@leovinus, @itsage, @maceditor,

updated my 2018 mbp 13 i7 and in big sur during cine r20 especially in single and dual core test with the fans at max it operates 200 MHz lower than Catalina although tens are at 75 c . Normally this should apply to bootcamp as well, correct me if I am wrong. Clearly big sur is not optimised for intel cpus I believe. Also note that my 2020 mbp13 i7 also in single dial core never stressed above 3.8gjz vs the 2108 model that operated at min 4.1 to 4.4ghz. 
i am holding back updating my 2020 mbp as big sur does not have any features that appeal to me and I believe that for gaming I need the higher clock speeds in bootcamp. Correct me if I am wrong. 
i might sound like conspiracy but it is made that the m1 macs look good vs intel. 

 

A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1068NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, Samsung 49 1440p UltraWide C49RG
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

C) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

D) 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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Leovinus
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@tsakal, that sounds less than optimal. I'm honestly waiting for Phoronix.com to do a Big Sur benchmark and possibly for a point update before I jump in. I don't like being an early adopter for major OS releases. But I thought I'd ask the question in the title before hand so I know when the time comes.

Did you do a clean install or an upgrade? Do you know if your experience is unique or if it's seemingly common?

 

Rocking a Mac mini 2018/2020 i7-8700B 6C/12T with 32Gb RAM, and a PowerColor 5700 XT humming along in its Razer Core X.

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  


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tsakal
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@leovinus, upgraded. No idea as there are not any posts here. To be honest for a major update I would have expected a bit more comparisons both in macOS and bootcamp. But it seems people are abandoning the egpu ship.

Sad as apple 3 years ago really put it in the front of their development but somehow they must have changed their mind. Unless they plan to do it their way offering base laptops and if you want more performance you get their egpu with their card which ofcourse will be holding back an updating bit by bit every year. I phone style. 

Time to start planning for an exit from the Mac world ......

 

@leovinus, my friend arouris has updated his 2018 mini  to the official version and everything works fine in bootcamp latest windows without any intervention. see his post here https://egpu.io/forums/bootcamp/it-seems-like-macos-big-sur-fixes-error-12/

 

A) 2020 MacBook Pro, i7-1068NG7, 32GB RAM, 1TB, EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, Samsung 49 1440p UltraWide C49RG
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7, Internal Bootcamp Windows 10 2004 pci.sys swap.
B) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Razer Core X, Nitro+ RX5700 xt 8Gb, LG 32UK550
Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1903 V1 .295

C) 2.7 GHz I7 4 Cores, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2018 TB3 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb, Mac OS Catalina 10.15.2, Ext SSD Windows 10 1803

D) 3.1 GHz I7, 16Gb, 1TB MBP 13 2015 TB2 , EGPU Gigabyte Gaming Box RX580 8Gb


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Leovinus
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@tsakal, I'm hoping that more in depth comparisons are coming down the line. Mac is so discounted from general performance for some reason that few legitimate sites bother with it. I was surprised that Anandtech didn't cover performance metrics in their in-depth review of Big Sur though. A shame. I can only hope that your performance shortfall is either temporary or (selfishly) an edge case.

As to your friends happy outcome with error 12, I've never dual booted to windows (yet), but it does seem hit and miss in general to me. I'm happy for him/her though.

Rocking a Mac mini 2018/2020 i7-8700B 6C/12T with 32Gb RAM, and a PowerColor 5700 XT humming along in its Razer Core X.

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  


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