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iron_breed
(@ironbreed)
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

Hi!

Maybe I’ve overlooked the thread, but I cannot find any opinion here on the 2020 Mac Mini.

Besides the ARM Macs coming up, I do not believe the Apple will drop support on Intel Macs that quickly (or at least I hope), therefore a Mac Mini came to my mind. Do you guys think a Mini is recommendable? I am not sure if I want one additionally to my MacBook Pro, or instead.

 

Just wanted to hear some thoughts, experiences first.

 

Thank you!

 

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itsage
(@itsage)
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Joined: 4 years ago
 

@ironbreed, 2020 Mac mini is the very same as 2018 Mac mini. In fact, the About this Mac shows it's a 2018 model. 

 

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2020 13" MacBook Pro [10th,4C,G] + RTX 2080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 2004 [build link]  


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EliDeuce
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Joined: 3 months ago
 

I use eGPUs to perform calculations for 3-D protein molecular modeling and drug-target interaction simulations.  I donate spare GPU cycles to BOINC.  My MacMini with 3 AMD Vega 56 eGPUs has approximately 2.5x the GPU throughput of my MacPro 5,1 with an NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti.  If your work is strictly GPU limited, then I think the MacMini's 4 TB3 ports makes the MacMini worth considering.  One caveat is that my MacMini setup generates a TON of heat.

MacMini 8,1 w/3xAMD Vega 56, MacMini 6,1 w/AMD Radeon RX 5700XT, iMac 16,2 w/AMD Radeon RX 5700XT, iMac18,1 w/2x AMD Radeon RX 580


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iron_breed
(@ironbreed)
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Joined: 2 years ago
 

So I can take any experiences here 1:1 for the 2020 model? 

That’s great, then I’ll find what I need for a decision.

 

Thanks!

Macbook Pro 13" i5/16/512 - Sonnet Breakaway Box 550 with Radeon VII - Xbox One X - PS4 Pro - Nintendo Switch - Sony KD55X8505 - Denon AVR-X1300W - Klipsch - Klipsch R-115SW
iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB Midnight Green / iPhone X 64GB Silver - iPad Pro 128GB LTE - Apple Watch Series 2 - Synology DS218+ - Xbox Live ID: Iron Breed PSN - ID: IronBreed


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allarana
(@allarana)
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Joined: 7 days ago
 

@elideuce, Thanks for your post. I just bought a new Mini for just the activities you list. I've picked the Radeon 5700XT and a Razer chroma enclosure to start with. Much obliged for your info.

 

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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