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itsage
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There's drivers in macOS for the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X. You'll only need to run automate-eGPU script to get these AMD GPUs to work in 10.12 Sierra.

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fireheadman
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A couple questions for you concerning heat/noise.....
How is the heat output on your Mini when in this case?
How noisy is the unit using the R9 Fury Nitro?

I had to install Mac Fan Control to keep my fans from going full speed ahead (after the SSD install/upgrade). I will be rebuilding the OS from scratch (its long over due), which I am hoping will reset the fan issue. I didn't have a thermal sensor on my old HD.

DAILY DRIVER: ⚡cMP 2010 (ⓄⓈ:DualBoot macOS 10.13.6/Windows 2016 [1803]) | ⒸⓅⓊ:3.47GHz Xeon X5690 (x12 core)
ⓇⒶⓂ:64GB 1333MHz DDR3 | ⓈⓈⒹ:1TB SSD (LiteON 512 -x4 - RAID1) w/Marvell Raid Controller | ⒼⓅⓊ: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB Founders Edition
⚡ Previous was MacMini 2011 w/AKiTiO Thunder2 | ⒼⓅⓊ:EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gaming

 
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itsage
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Heat and noise from the Mac mini is not a concern at all. The GPU itself is the loudest and hottest component of this whole setup.

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fireheadman
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thanks for the follow up.... definitely leaning towards your setup!!

DAILY DRIVER: ⚡cMP 2010 (ⓄⓈ:DualBoot macOS 10.13.6/Windows 2016 [1803]) | ⒸⓅⓊ:3.47GHz Xeon X5690 (x12 core)
ⓇⒶⓂ:64GB 1333MHz DDR3 | ⓈⓈⒹ:1TB SSD (LiteON 512 -x4 - RAID1) w/Marvell Raid Controller | ⒼⓅⓊ: Nvidia GTX 1080 TI 11GB Founders Edition
⚡ Previous was MacMini 2011 w/AKiTiO Thunder2 | ⒼⓅⓊ:EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Gaming

 
2011 Mac Mini [2nd,2C,M] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.13.1 & Win10 [build link]  


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soziblewuup
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Hi, great setup. I'm wondering if you'd still suggest this setup for a late 2014 Mac Mini - 16gb RAM, dual core (unfortunately), 3GHZ i7?
Would you still go for the Node and AMD R9 Fury X? Is a power supply required? I can't seem to find any information about the power supply. Once again, great setup!

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itsage
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I'd definitely go for an AKiTiO Node to use with a Mac mini [placed inside]. The best bang-for-the-buck graphics card though is the AMD Radeon Fury, not Fury X. The Fury X is much harder to mount inside the enclosure and it's not working as reliable with an eGPU setup.

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Ludovic
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Bonjour,

Quel GPU Externe choisir parmi la liste des GPU existant, sachant que j'ai un MacBook Pro mi-2012 i7 2.66 Ghz (Port FireWire 800 (jusqu'à 800 Mbit/s)-Deux ports USB 3 (jusqu'à 5 Gbit/s)-Port Thunderbolt (jusqu'à 10 Gbit/s)) ???

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MParrott
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wifi range impact of putting the mini in an additional metal box?

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Patrick
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Hi there,

Thank you for the insightful sharing and I am terribly tempted to build an eGPU for my mac mini 2012 (i7 2.3 quad core, 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD). I have been realising for quite a while that the limitation in my video editing working flow is the very limited GPU (Intel HD Graphics 4000 1.5GB) in the mac mini.

I have a couple of questions against the following background: the mac mini 2012 only supports Thunderbolt 1 (with a bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s) and this will likely be the bottleneck for the eGPU even if I go for a good graphics card (currently I am eyeing a combo of Akitio Node + RX580 8Gb graphics card).

So my questions are:

(i) will there be significant performance boost and time saving for my video editing and rendering workflow? (I am using iMovie, Hitfilm Pro and DaVinci Resolve).

(ii) will the RX580 be an overkill given the bottleneck in the Thunderbolt 1 bandwidth?

Much appreciate your help.

Cheers,
P

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itsage
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Hi Patrick,

You have a very nice Mac Mini for hosting an eGPU. Thunderbolt 1 is a bottleneck but you shouldn't be deterred given the performance gain of an RX 580 eGPU vs. HD Graphics 4000 iGPU. IMO, it's definitely worth it and you will speed up your video editing and rendering workflow significantly. Here's a brief tests showing the eGPU performance difference of all three Thunderbolt generation Macs.

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