X-Plane on Mac Mini - OS X with AMD or Bootcamp with Nvidia?
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X-Plane on Mac Mini - OS X with AMD or Bootcamp with Nvidia?  


New Member
Joined: 2 weeks ago

Hello everybody,

I am new to forum and really appreciate the wealth of information it provides.

Here is my problem: I have a 2018 MacMini and would like to run X-Plane on it. For that reason I would like to get an eGPU. I am not a gamer, so buying a Gaming PC just for X-Plane cannot be justified.

Now I am considering two options:

  1. Get an AMD RX 5700 and run X-Plane natively on OS X.
  2. Run X-Plane on Bootcamp and buy a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super.

I understand that Nvidia would be the faster GPU. However I'm getting a bit confused about this support article from Apple:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544

At the bottom it states: "macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 and later don't support eGPUs in Windows using Boot Camp or when your Mac is in macOS Recovery or installing system updates."

Does it mean option 2 is not feasible? What would you recommend? Which option would provide the better experience for X-Plane?

Many thanks in advance!


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Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts

Estimable Member
Joined: 6 months ago

I use the first option and X-plane and War Thunder work perfectly on Mac OS 10.15.3. More than 60 fps in 4K (up to 100 at times, in real 4096 not UHD) on the latter with all settings maxed out. And X-plane does not need so much computing power. It works almost on the dGPU, have you tried?

You can check my configuration below.

I want to avoid using Bootcamp, it does work better with Nvidia cards than with AMD but I prefer not trying.

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