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poetofzwan
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I was hoping someone could help me out as I am totally new to eGPUs.

I am currently using a Mac Mini 2019 (8,1), with 64Gb of RAM and and i7-8700B CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s). I am hoping to add an eGPU with the following capabilities:

  • Can run Windows 10 and Linux (preferably at the same time) in a VM smoothly. Ideally, graphically I would want Windows 10 to run as smoothly as it does in bootcamp without an eGPU.

  • GPU fits in a Razer Core X. I have already purchased this as I got a good price for one second hand.

  • GPU has easy / good support in Mac OS / Linux - so I am thinking AMD?

  • I would ideally want the setup to be a quiet a possible. I have seen that changing the fan and PSU in Razer Core X can reduce the volume significantly - so that is something I will likely do futher down the line.

I am not a gamer and generally will be using the VM's for productivity task e.g. running Visual Studio, Photoshop, Blender, etc.

The GPU I was thinking of was the ASUS Radeon RX 580 Arez Dual OC 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Card - mainly because of its quieter operation. But I wasn't sure the performance hit that virtualized Windows / eGPU enclosure would have would mean that it wouldn't perform adequately? I was also thinking that this might be a stopgap card till I have get a 6800 XT or similar (if Mac support becomes available).

Advice from others using eGPUs for productivity would be appreciated - most of the info I have found is only really applicable to gaming.

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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CptnJustc
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@poetofzwan

I've got that exact setup, along with a Razer Core X. I've tried it with a 580 and a 5700 XT under VMWare Fusion, and both ran pretty smoothly -- as smooth as under Bootcamp is a tall order, but I'd say lag was not particularly noticeable.

I think you'd be good with a 580. While the eGPU support in the latest Fusion release makes a big difference, it doesn't actually tax the GPU that much, at least judging by what Activity Monitor says.

 

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