Is the top of the line Mac mini w/ eGPU Pro "better" than the top of the line Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by vladobizik, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. vladobizik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2012
    My dad (a prosumer, uses things like After Effects and Premiere with all kinds of plugins and renderers) currently owns a completely maxed-out 2013 Mac Pro (12-core). He has been complaining about it being really long in the tooth now and he’s eying the new Mac mini, maxing it out with the 3.2 GHz i7 and get the BlackMagic eGPU Pro. Would this be a step up for him? I see that in GeekBench, the Mini crushes the Pro in single core, but the Pro still has an edge in multi core, but not by too much if I read it correctly. Would he notice a step down in CPU performance, due to raw power and/or thermals (give his use case)? I presume the GPU is bound to be a step up, right? Do you think he should do it?
  2. macdos macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2017
    Geekbench doesn't really cut real world usage. Mac Mini will feel much faster overall thanks to better single core specs, but it will also be faster in multicore thanks to superior I/O (disk, memory). A newer graphics card will blow away the pro completely.

    If money is not an issue, iMac Pro is the king until the next Mac Pro comes along next year. Mac Mini with eGPU is the runner up.
  3. Joestanxx macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2018
    you are kidding right mini uses integrated intel graphics.
  4. Boyd01 Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    They are talking about a Mini with the BlackMagic eGPU Pro. ;)

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