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ikir
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If Apple Silicon will support eGPU, I will buy this enclosure.


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@itsage, I’m personally more excited about the thunderbolt 2 support for the 2013 Mac Pro they mentioned haha (/s). Anyway, it’s nice to see them persevere and get through the certification process. The DP outputs are interesting as you say.

 

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@mac_editor, They would earn mad respect if they can summon the Apple overlords to implement Thunderbolt 2 eGPU support for 2013 Mac Pro.

 

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@itsage, indeed. Plus it’s a simple bit flip in one of their kexts, Apple might as well bloody do it. Though I guess we should steer our attention more towards the Apple Silicon macs and see what they do with that.

 

Author: kryptonitepurge-wranglertbt-flashpurge-nvdaset-eGPU
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odin
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If Apple does eGPU, something tells me that it will be an Apple silicon product, perhaps a 24 or 32 "core" GPU.

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@odin, Would it be that easy for them to match or out-do AMD/Nvidia though? While I suppose they could just release whatever and act like it's great, it would be kind of odd if they just talk about how their CPU performance and power consumption are great, while their GPU performance is sub-par. I'd think they'll have to compete or bring support for at least AMD. Since they seem to be continuing down the Thunderbolt road, wouldn't at least keeping eGPU an option be wise?

 

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Posted by: @cgwerks

@odin, Would it be that easy for them to match or out-do AMD/Nvidia though? While I suppose they could just release whatever and act like it's great, it would be kind of odd if they just talk about how their CPU performance and power consumption are great, while their GPU performance is sub-par. I'd think they'll have to compete or bring support for at least AMD. Since they seem to be continuing down the Thunderbolt road, wouldn't at least keeping eGPU an option be wise?

 

We're definitely never seeing nVidia drivers again on an Apple product unless something drastic changes. Perhaps Arm64 drivers for AMD silicon, I hear rumors of support in macOS 11.4 but I suppose it all remains to be seen. With the switch to Arm I would imagine the trajectory is going to continue to slide toward Apple using first party silicon for everything if they can.

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@odin, Yeah, I'm sure 'if they can' but does anyone know if Apple actually competing on GPU performance is realistic? I really don't care if my computer has AMD, Nvidia, or Apple, but it has to have the performance (at least available... granted my current GPU isn't all that fast). Then there's the whole Metal vs OpenCL/GL thing, and I just don't know where that is all going to end up, at least in regard to the apps I currently use/need.

 

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Posted by: @cgwerks

@odin, Yeah, I'm sure 'if they can' but does anyone know if Apple actually competing on GPU performance is realistic? I really don't care if my computer has AMD, Nvidia, or Apple, but it has to have the performance (at least available... granted my current GPU isn't all that fast). Then there's the whole Metal vs OpenCL/GL thing, and I just don't know where that is all going to end up, at least in regard to the apps I currently use/need.

 

I don't think Apple really cares about competing at the high end, they really never have even been close to what nVidia's high end mobile GPUs were achieving. If they suddenly decide to use the new AMD 6000 series mobile GPUs I'd be shocked since the M1 GPU is doing pretty well.

If they do decide to integrate AMD GPUs again, this might be one of the last generations we see it, I'm sure they'd like to use their own designs for everything.

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@odin, Yeah, I hope you're wrong, but we'll have to wait and see, I guess.

This would actually be the perfect time for the eGPU if they go that route. They could use 100% their stuff and then just provide good software/driver support for eGPU so people could add it if needed. Unfortunately, they often don't do what would seemingly be a good idea.

 

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