Ultimate Gaming Setup - Host Mac choice
First of all, great forum, great people. Really enjoying seeing your builds! More pics please! 😀
I have been lurking around this forum for a while now, as I'm getting more and more tempted to buy an eGPU setup.
So here's what holding me from pulling the trigger.
I don't like the fact that I have two computers, as I constantly need to sync my work and apps across the machines. I sometimes need the power of the Mac Pro and sometimes the power of portability. I'm also very much into gaming, but I don't want to build a seperate gaming system even though that would be the cheapest, easiest and the best performing, I know.
My current plan is to buy either a 16" MacBook Pro when it gets updated with 10th gen processors, or the upcoming 14", and then a Razer Core X Chroma with an maybe-upcoming 5900 XT GPU. Then I would of course sell the Mac Pro and the current MacBook Pro.
I like the portability of the 13"/14" but I am willing to sacrifice that only if the 16" gives me a lot of benefits/more power.
Which Mac would give me the best performance gaming wise? I will game on external monitors.
Would there be a lot of difference in the gaming performance when choosing the 15/25W processor in the 13"/14" over the 45W in the 16" (assuming the new 16" gets 10th gen with integrated Thunderbolt)
Looking forward, would the 8-core in the 16" be more future proof both in gaming as games start to use more threads, as well as daily work?
Looking forward to your answers.
Otherwise if you need a notebook, the new 13/14" will be super handy, light to bring with you, great CPU and thanks to eGPU also great graphics performance at home/office.
I don't know when Radeon 5800/5900 will be out due to Covid-19.
I don't think you will notice so much difference between 13/14" and 16" with eGPU, speaking about video/graphics performance.
@ikir, thank you!
I definitely need it to be in a notebook form factor, since I have to take it with me. But I would make the sacrifice of the extra bulkness of the 16" vs. the 13"/14" if it'd had a lot more oomph in gaming with eGPU.
Do you know how the fan noise would be with 13"/14" compared to 16"? Since there might be some more headroom in the 16"
@fraannk , 10th gen H CPUs like may be in an upcoming 16" MBP continue with the 14nm lithography. There's some minor clock increases. Main change is the 8-core 10th gen H CPU is now in the lower cost i7 range. Needed to get an i9 in the 9th gen H range to get an 8-core .
It seems to me, the search for an ultimate gaming setup, even limited to Macs, is rather tricky. I am looking forward to see other suggestions.
@fraannk, I'm convinced now more than ever that the ultimate eGPU host is an ultrabook. When the 13/14-in MacBook Pro comes with Ice Lake CPU later this year, it's the one to get. The 16-in MacBook Pro is a more capable laptop. It's great for use around the house and stationary docking but it's larger than I'd like to travel with. As seen below in my work-from-home setup, the two left Thunderbolt 3 ports are hosting RX 580 Gaming Box eGPU and UA Arrow interface. The right TB3 ports through a separate bus can be used if needed for more expansion.
Thank you for your comments. I guess I will wait and see what Apple offers in (hopefully) a couple of months. Gotta search for some benchmarks in games with H-series vs. U-series 😀
Alright, 10th gen 13" Pro's released. Unfortunately not a 14"... Probably still in the works 🙁 But it seems it's using a 28W i7-1068NG7 in the beefiest model, so still excited to see some benchmarks.
Guess I will have to wait for a 16" 10th gen refresh as well 😉