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paco
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Hi Everyone

New to the forum, I own a late 2012 mac mini and I was thinking of doing a graphics upgrade. And after reading a bit around still not clear what can I do with my setup, especially since I already upgraded to Mac OS Catalina. If anyone could give me some advise I will be grateful.

 

My specs are:

Mac Mini Late 2012

2,3Ghz i7 4 core

16 Gb Ram

500 GB SSB

Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

 

Many thanks

Late 2012 Macmini
2,3Ghz i7 4 cores
16GB RAM
500 GB SSD


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paco
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@hans-st, I guess you mean here?

https://egpu.io/best-external-graphics-card-builds/

It was the first place I looked

no 2012 mac mini´s with Catalina OS (10.15.x), many on Mojave, none on Catalina

 

Late 2012 Macmini
2,3Ghz i7 4 cores
16GB RAM
500 GB SSD


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hans-st.
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@paco

OK, so I guess a downgrade to Mojave is not an option?

If this is the case and you want proven advice you must wait until a Mac Mini 2012 / Catalina user replies. However, I am not sure if there are too many around.

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Now:    2018 Mac Mini (8th,6C,B) + RX 570 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (PowerColor Mini Pro) + macOS 10.15.4 & Win10 1909
Before: 2014 Mac Mini (4th,2C,U) + GTX 1050 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + Win10

 
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paco
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@hans-st, Yep I guess at some point, someone with more knowledge than I will find a good set up if any with Catalina.

Will think about downgrading Catalina, didn't like it when it came out, now i can tell you it does work very well, I like it

Thanks

 

Late 2012 Macmini
2,3Ghz i7 4 cores
16GB RAM
500 GB SSD


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Mini i5
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@paco

Unfortunately, Thunderbolt 2 Macs don’t have native eGPU support in macOS Catalina.

So you would need the take the extra step of using the Purge-Wrangler script or using the automate-eGPU EFI boot loader.

 

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

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paco
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@mini-i5, Hi there!

I did some reading regarding pure-wrangler but it seemed it is all with Mojave mac minis, great to hear there is hope.

What would be a good combination of GPU + external box that could work with my machine?

I am not trying anything fancy with my set up, I am looking for an improvement in graphics for 3D designing and some rendering. I will be using Sketchup, Vray, etc

Many thanks Smile  

 

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Late 2012 Macmini
2,3Ghz i7 4 cores
16GB RAM
500 GB SSD


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Mini i5
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@paco

Hi, I like my Powercolor Gaming Station ($250) because it’s pretty quiet, like the Mini. 

The AMD RX580 8GB is a pretty good deal now at around $180.

With Catalina you can also use the newer AMD Navi Architecture cards. The RX 5500 XT model is slightly faster than the RX580 and is around $200. 

I’ve been happy with PowerColor and Saphire brand cards.

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

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paco
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@mini-i5, Hi there, many thanks for your help!!!

I forgot to say I am based in Spain, it seems the most common boxes here are

Sonnet EGFX (350-550-650W)

Razer Core X

 

Ther Powercolor you are recommending is very expensive due to import taxes

Would the Sonnet or Razer Core X work with my MacMini?

Saphire Cards are easy to get here

 

Many thanks once again

 

Late 2012 Macmini
2,3Ghz i7 4 cores
16GB RAM
500 GB SSD


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@paco

Yes, I had a Sonnet box before that worked well with my Saphire card.

The 350 should be powerful enough for the RX580 or 5500XT cards. 

 

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

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