2014 Mac mini and external video card?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bsamcash, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. bsamcash macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    So I remember when the Thunderbolt port was being introduced a few years ago that there was a lot of hype for modular computer setups, particularly video cards. However, it wasn't long before all the talk died off. But it has me wondering:

    If I wanted to get a Mac mini for its small form factor, but I also wanted the option of light gaming (Heroes of the Storm), would it be possible to attach a video card with a Thunderbolt enclosure?

    Thanks.
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Yes, you could. It wouldn't be cheap though, you could only use certain cards, and you'd be limiting yourself with TB2 of course.
     
  3. bsamcash thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply.

    How much of a bottleneck would the 20 Gbps be?
     
  4. Acronyc macrumors 6502

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    I have an eGPU running on my 2014 mini. Of course there is a bottleneck but it beats the pants off the integrated solution. It cost me about $500 to build. Very happy with it so far.
     
  5. bsamcash thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dang. 500 USD? Mind sharing what you did and what you use it for?

    Thanks.
     

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