Notifications
Clear all

Noob question about GPU’s  

  RSS

Danny Fong
(@danny_fong)
Active Member
Joined: 3 weeks ago
 

Hi,

first post and new to the forum, wanting to buy my first ever GPU for my 2020 Mac mini (aka 2018) running Mojave.

I’ve been reading and researching in the forums and see that a lot of people who want to use Bootcamp for gaming have been having success with AMD RX 580.

 

I found a Kijiji ad, good price for a razer core X and a “Radeon RX 580 Armor 8G OC”. 

 

Are these the same thing? I don’t understand what Armor or OC refer to, but am I safe to assume that for compatibility reasons these are the same thing? Or are these a completely different model and I should be looking for “AMD RX 580” without any modifying words.

As a noob there are a lot of cards and a lot of modifying words.. Sapphire, Pulse, Nitro+, Armor, OC Etc. That I’m kind of clueless about! I get that 8G is VRAM.. but not much else.

Please share some knowledge and thanks in advance!

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

.

ReplyQuote
Matthew Kwong
(@matthew_kwong)
Eminent Member
Joined: 3 weeks ago
 

@danny_fong, some background information: consumer-grade GPUs can be roughly divided into 2 categories.

  1. GPUs released by original manufacturers (usually Nvidia and AMD). These GPUs are also known as Reference GPU/Card.
  2. GPUs released by 3rd party manufacturers (e.g. MSI, Sapphire Tech.). These GPUs are customized and usually perform better than the Reference GPU.

 

In your case, "Radeon RX 580 Armor 8G OC" is a 3rd party, customized GPU released by MSI based on the standard Radeon RX 580 released by AMD and OG means the GPU is factory overclocked. Armor is just a fancy series name (same goes for Pulse and Nitro + for GPUs manufactured by Sapphire Tech.) which you can simply ignore it.

 

This post was modified 3 weeks ago

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

.

ReplyQuote
Danny Fong
(@danny_fong)
Active Member
Joined: 3 weeks ago
 
  • @matthew_kwong, thank you! So when you say “you can simply ignore it” does that mean that it is identical in terms of compatibility, despite it being 3rd party, and for all intents and purposes is better/ ideal?

 

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

.

ReplyQuote
Matthew Kwong
(@matthew_kwong)
Eminent Member
Joined: 3 weeks ago
 
Posted by: @danny_fong
  • @matthew_kwong, thank you! So when you say “you can simply ignore it” does that mean that it is identical in terms of compatibility, despite it being 3rd party, and for all intents and purposes is better/ ideal?

 

In terms of compatibility, yes, it is essentially a Radeon RX 580.

As for whether it is better in any way, for a consumer product, you can think that way, but it is not necessarily true for a business product, like the Quadro lineup from Nivida.

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

.

ReplyQuote
Danny Fong
(@danny_fong)
Active Member
Joined: 3 weeks ago
 

@matthew_kwong, Thank you - I appreciate your time!

 

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

.

ReplyQuote