49" curved monitor with a mac mini

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  1. pjan1967 macrumors newbie

    pjan1967

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    I have a questions for someone smarter than me :)

    I am a mac guy but I really want a wanting to buy a 49" monitor for productivity purposes: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/210-arnw

    I want to buy the new mac mini with the new moniror as my main set-up.:
    • 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz),
    • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4,
    • 256GB SSD storage.
    Which I will upgrade to save money to:
    Usage:

    I am a crazy switch tasker/multi tasker so I always have many programs and folders open. My resources use, other than having 20 safari and chrome tabs open is CS6 Illustartor, Photoshop and In Design as well as many excel spreadsheets. i also do some light editing using Imovie. I dont like to be faster than my computer which is happening on my late 2012 Imac.


    Now the questions:

    1. GENERAL Q?: Do you see anything wrong with this idea and above configuration (trying to keep my costs down).
    2. VIDEO CARD Q? One issue and I could not find anything about was a comparison between my current Imac 27 Late 2012 video card compared to the Mini's which is an Intel UHD Graphics 630. Does anyone know if the built in Intel card is as good or better than my old factory installed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1024 MB?
    3. HARD DRIVE Q?: Do you think that having an external SSD drive versus the internal one a good idea? I would keep the OS and applications on my built in 256GB SSD Hard drive and all my files and drop box on the external drive.
    4. MONITOR Q? Please chime in if you are using this 49" monitor with a new mac mini and let me know if you like it and drawbacks.
    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

    Patrick
     
  2. Spectrum, Dec 9, 2018
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    1. Specs seem good choices.
    2. https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compa...ntel-HD-630-Desktop-Kaby-Lake/m10174vsm178724. if this is the correct comparison, then the 630 is much less powerful.
    3. Combo of internal and external is a good balance. Can expand as you need to.
    4. Monitor looks unique...but you are paying a lot compared to a pair of 27 inch 2560x1440 monitors.
    The internal GPU of the mini should drive it no problem I believe since you won't need to do any type of scaling. It is essentially half a 5K panel.
     
  3. F-Train, Dec 9, 2018
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    I think that you should consider waiting for the next Mac Pro.

    If you go with the mini...

    Depending on what you are doing with the Adobe applications, and whether you have them running all at once, you may need an external GPU, but this is something you can address if you run into an issue.

    There are two Apple support documents on eGPUs and a fair amount of discussion on the internet about Adobe support for eGPUs.

    There is also a lengthy and pretty comprehensive thread in this forum: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/external-gpu-egpu-resources.2154653/
     
  4. toke lahti macrumors 68020

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    What’s the monitor’s model?
    Link doesn’t get me to a specific model...
     
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  6. pjan1967 thread starter macrumors newbie

    pjan1967

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    That would suck because if i add that on the cost woul be too exp for me and then better get a mac pro which is even more $. I really dont do a ton of Adobe stuff but when i do, its resource heavy.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 11, 2018 ---
    What is a 1600 vert Rez? How does that compare to that 49" i am looking at?
     
  7. F-Train, Dec 11, 2018
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    F-Train macrumors 65816

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    Adobe has published a number of support documents on GPUs. Among other things, these documents state what Adobe application tasks are GPU intensive. Maybe have a look at these documents. The list of tasks is actually pretty short, although there is speculation (and it is only that at the moment) that Adobe may increase GPU reliance for some of its apps.

    You may conclude that your use of Adobe apps, while resource heavy, is not resource heavy on tasks that rely significantly on a GPU.
     

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