Best eGPU setup for 2018 mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Cheapassmac, Nov 30, 2018.

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Which eGPU enclosure is best suited for a 2018 mac mini?

  1. Sonnet Breakaway Box

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Mantiz Venus

    1 vote(s)
    7.1%
  3. Razor Core X

    3 vote(s)
    21.4%
  4. Blackmagic eGPU

    7 vote(s)
    50.0%
  5. OWC Helios FX

    1 vote(s)
    7.1%
  6. Other?

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Cheapassmac macrumors regular

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    #1
    Which eGPU enclosure is best suited for a 2018 mac mini? I suppose I'll put up a poll, but would like some rationale.

    The Sonnet box is quiet, but a i7 under load kinda makes that benefit moot. I hear the Mantiz can be hard to built/config and only goes up to Vega 56. Blackmagic is super expensive but the only one with usb c video output. I don't know about others boxes, but maybe people can share their experiences on them.
     
  2. F-Train, Nov 30, 2018
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    F-Train macrumors 65816

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    There is extensive discussion about external GPU options for the 2018 Mac mini, including enclosures, in the following thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/external-gpu-egpu-resources.2154653/

    Started just over two weeks ago, the thread currently runs eight pages, has 197 contributions and over 13,000 views. A good number of posts talk about enclosure options and the related issues of
    • price
    • ability to upgrade a GPU in the future (including AMD's GPU roadmap)
    • footprint/size
    • build quality
    • aesthetics
    • noise
    • power needs (AMD's 500 series vs Vega GPUs)
    • and cabling (including discussion of passive vs active Thunderbolt 3 cables).
     
  3. Cheapassmac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Appreciate the heads up on that. You run a great thread (and thanks for finding out about the RX 590). But hoping to gain a quick tldr general consensus on which egpu to buy (based on what type of user)
     
  4. rmdeluca macrumors 6502

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    "Best suited" how? Price? Size? Noise? Maximum power? Connectivity? Aesthetics?
     
  5. Cheapassmac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes.


    In all seriousness, price and practicality.
     
  6. F-Train macrumors 65816

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    I'm not running anything. I'm just one of many beneficiaries of the contributions to that thread of a good number of knowledgeable people.
     

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