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Phoenix2063
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What do people think of the 2018 Mac Mini? Seems like a great affordable option for a desktop egpu setup given it's:

-six core and unlike a laptop should be easier to apply new thermal paste to help maintain boost clocks and potentially overclock?? (do we know which i5 & i7 chips they are exactly?)
-user upgradable ram (what the deuce?!)
-loads of ports so won't loose bandwidth through plugging gin extra devices into a egpu
-10 gigabit ethernet 
-lowest entry price into OSX

Obviously for the same money you could just 'build a gaming machine' and save some cash but if you're looking for a OSX machine, this is certainly worth looking at when paired up with an eGPU.  

Mantiz Venus MZ-02
- Gigabyte AMD RX 5700 XT

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.15 [build link]  


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drax392
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I don't see one of these yet so here we go.

Anyone one planning on ordering/buying one and testing with an eGPU?

If you are, please post your planned config.

- Mac Mini specs
- eGPU enclosure
- GPU
- Windows 10/Bootcamp testing (yes or no)?

I'm extremely tempted to sell my NUC and replace it with a 6-core i7 Mac Mini but that's a lot of money for a box that could potentially not fully support an eGPU, such as in Bootcamp/Win10.  If eGPU is broken/disabled there then there's no reason for me to do it, so hopefully some folks will be able to add some of their own plans and experiences to this thread.

Thanks!

Intel Skull Canyon NUC (NUC6i7KYK) - 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NMVe SSD, 32GB memory
Apple Mac Pro 2013 - Deca-core 3GHz Xeon, 32GB memory, 1TB Apple SSD, D700 dGPU, eGPU shared with above NUC.
AKiTiO Node - EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2 Gaming, Corsair SF600 PSU, Cougar Vortex HDB 120 case fan

 
2013 17" ASUS G750JS (GTX870M) [4th,4C,Q] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + Win10 [build link]  


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zmyslony
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I was a little pissed because the new mac mini is perfect! All of those USB ports, USB-C, ethernet, HDMI and headphones jack. PERFECT
Probably in near future after some minor CPU and price upgrade I will buy one and use it for gaming purposes. 

For new eGPU users it might be super cool to work on their existing gear: display, keyboard, mouse, egpu case, gpu. 
For every other, it might be much cheaper to just buy a PC or MacBook. 

But beware: I am pretty sure nothing will be upgradeable in the new Mac Mini, and the cheapest version is also a little disappointment. i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD? C'Mon it's 2018 not 2008

13" MacBook Pro + MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Duke (Razer Core X)

 
2018 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RTX 2080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  


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padams35
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It is a very nice little machine for anyone who (a) already is using an eGPU or (b) doesn't care about the GPU.

I was saving up for a new iMac, but I might just buy the i5 6-core mini instead. My old RX-460 eGPU should be good enough in the short run, and I could then later upgrade to a proper official eGPU after AMD gets around to releasing Navi.

The only sticky bit is I was kinda looking forward to a Retina display upgrade. Do I just buy a small 4K monitor to run at a scaled resolution and call that good enough? Will sound work through an eGPU or should I plan on buying standalone speakers?

2011 iMac w/ Sierra, 2015 MacBook Air w/ HS, 2018 Mac Mini w/ Mojave
eGPU #1: AKiTiO Thunder 2 w/ RX 460-2GB + 120W PSU
eGPU #2: Sonnet Breakaway Box 350 + RX 570-4GB

 
2015 13" MacBook Air [5th,2C,U] + RX 460 @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.13 [build link]  


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ICULikeMac
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I want one! Do we know for sure how upgradable it will be? Any firm info on whether we can upgrade RAM? SSD?

2019 Razer Blade Stealth GTX1650 Win10
Aorus Gaming Box RTX 2070
Asus XG Station Pro (RX570 8GB + RTX 2080)


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Angrypeanut
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from what I watched this morning you can upgrade the RAM but looked like the SSD was on the board. 

I am keen to see how well it works with an EGPU in Boot Camp. For example I run my 2016 13 Macbook Pro with Touch and a Gigabyte RX580 EGPU in OSX I get roughly 30fps in Fortnite but if I boot into Boot Camp and only use the iGPU I get the same Frame rate. I have tried to get eGPU working in boot camp and on my Macbook but only once it worked with the Error 12 Issue. I was about to build a PC for my daughter and I to game on but how awesome would it be to have a new mac mini with eGPU for accelerated final cut exports then be able to Boot Camp to play games with my kids. 

Fingers Crossed

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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ICULikeMac
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Thanks @angrypeanut I hope RAM upgrades are possible. I know fortnite performance in OSX is appalling! It should be a really viable option. Have a look at error 12 removal with all the info on the forum, you should be able to get the rx580 working in bootcamp - with that you should easily get 60FPS + at native res.

2019 Razer Blade Stealth GTX1650 Win10
Aorus Gaming Box RTX 2070
Asus XG Station Pro (RX570 8GB + RTX 2080)


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Angrypeanut
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Thank you.

I have tried heaps of the ideas to get rid of the Error 12 and it worked once but I could never get it to work again :'(

 

Fingers crossed the 2028 Mac Mini will save the day!!!

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DanHC
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I have a MacBook Pro 2013 (With 750M) that worked well with my Vega FE setup on a Sonnet Breakaway Box 650  (Thunderbolt 3 <-> 2 Adapter).

My MacBook Pro was broken down, now I am left with a Vega FE eGPU, I so wanted to buy the new Mac mini, but am scared of Error 12 on a AMD vega card.
My concern is that on MacBook Pro there is at least something we could disable to free up resources, in Mac Mini, there is none.

Might just wait until someone do it first.

2013 15" MacBook Pro (GT750M) [4th,4C,H] + RX Vega FE @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 650) + Win10 [build link]  

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Angrypeanut
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Oh I am the same DANHC,

If someone buys one and it works with rfiend or a you just disable of a controller or a port I will be getting a high end new 2018 Mac Mini and selling my 2012 i7. If it is a hit and miss setup I will make a Hackintosh. 

Fingers crossed the 2018 is fully or semi Boot Camp friendly. Bring on Nov 7 and this awesome community testing it out. 

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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