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itsage
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@namechu0227 and @eightarmedpet, I'll get a 2020 Intel 13-in MacBook Pro with Ice Lake processor for Boot Camp. It's one of the best ultrabook for eGPU (28W CPU & on-die TBT). If you can get a BTO Mac mini, get the i7 with minimal RAM and the largest drive your budget allows. These Intel Macs should be good for many more years especially with an upgradable eGPU.

 

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iron_breed
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Posted by: @itsage

@namechu0227 and @eightarmedpet, I'll get a 2020 Intel 13-in MacBook Pro with Ice Lake processor for Boot Camp. It's one of the best ultrabook for eGPU (28W CPU & on-die TBT). If you can get a BTO Mac mini, get the i7 with minimal RAM and the largest drive your budget allows. These Intel Macs should be good for many more years especially with an upgradable eGPU.

 

So you are not going to keep the M1 Mac?

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itsage
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@ironbreed, I got a Mac Mini M1 with 16GB 256GB and a MacBook Air M1 8GB 256GB. The Mac mini may stay but the MacBook Air will certainly go back. 8GB is not enough. There's plenty paged memory (Swap Used) with basic web browsing.

 

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Posted by: @itsage

@ironbreed, I got a Mac Mini M1 with 16GB 256GB and a MacBook Air M1 8GB 256GB. The Mac mini may stay but the MacBook Air will certainly go back. 8GB is not enough. There's plenty paged memory (Swap Used) with basic web browsing.

 

have you seen this? It seems 8GB machines are UNREAL fast even with multitasking and heavy apps.


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
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Bob Warren
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@ikir, Id you think about it, it's due to how well things are integrated.  Also it's how macOS manages memory and resources together.  being as it's a SoC, it has a great deal of resources to just access and move around vs separated devices that are slower.

 

My question would be, unified memory.  pressure on a high-texture case with the GPU and RAM.  That I think would make the 16GB version run much better and well worth the extra money.

 

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Pkm00007
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Hello All,

I am new here and I've been reading a lot about eGPUs, Earlier this month I ordered an intel i7 mac mini and upgraded the ram to 64gb. Within a week apple announced the M1 lineup and I've been reading/watching all the awesome reviews of the performance it offers.

Initially, I was going to get a vega64 setup but I am reconsidering switching to the new M1 13" MBP. It is based on the assumption that Apple may remove the support for eGPUs all together with one of their MacOS updates as I've read a lot of black screen connection issues of the past due to the OS. I called apple and they are happy to offer me a complete refund for the mac mini.

My question is should I go ahead and buy the new 13" MBP 16gb or should I stick with the current setup and get the eGPU?(although I think 16Gb isn't enough but that's the best available)

 

Thank you 🙂

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Mini i5
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@pkm00007

Unless your most important software and games are being re-written for Apple Silicon and Tile Based Deferred Rendering, I would stick with an Intel Mac, eGPU, and lots of RAM.

 

 

 

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ikir
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Posted by: @pkm00007

Hello All,

I am new here and I've been reading a lot about eGPUs, Earlier this month I ordered an intel i7 mac mini and upgraded the ram to 64gb. Within a week apple announced the M1 lineup and I've been reading/watching all the awesome reviews of the performance it offers.

Initially, I was going to get a vega64 setup but I am reconsidering switching to the new M1 13" MBP. It is based on the assumption that Apple may remove the support for eGPUs all together with one of their MacOS updates as I've read a lot of black screen connection issues of the past due to the OS. I called apple and they are happy to offer me a complete refund for the mac mini.

My question is should I go ahead and buy the new 13" MBP 16gb or should I stick with the current setup and get the eGPU?(although I think 16Gb isn't enough but that's the best available)

 

Thank you Smile

Just see any heavy test review, even 8GB is performing incredible on these Macs. And if you see the link I’ve posted the difference between 8GB and 16GB is much less that we think.

it depends what you do, but M1 will win on most cases. Watch this:


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

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


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Pkm00007
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Thank you for replying @mini-i5 and @ikir 

After reading and watching more reviews and specially the video shared by @ikir, I ordered the M1 Mac Mini 16gb a couple of days ago. Awaiting the delivery now 😀 

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ikir
 ikir
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Any news on AMD drivers for M1 in Big Sur?


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar M1 8-core CPU 8-core GPU - 16GB unified memory - 512GB PCIe SSD
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.3Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB PCIe SSD

my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

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


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