Mac mini 2011

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sroach01, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. sroach01 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2015
    I have a mac mini 2011 I was thinking of purchasing an external thunderbolt enclosure to use a more powerful graphics card.
    system specs intel i5 dual core processor
    256 meg ram Amd graphics card.
    I also plan on upgrading my memory to 8gig
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    I use my mac for school work, web browsing, graphics work, programming, and some gaming games that work on macs.
    I was thinking of using something like this
  2. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    It looks like it's for Thunderbolt 2. Am I reading it wrong?
  3. sroach01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2015
    Mac mini 2011

    Yes it is a thunderbolt enclosure.
  4. sroach01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2015
    Mc mini2011

    They are all supposed to be backward compatible with the first version of thunderbolt. I would like some user opinions.
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    It supports both Thunderbolt 1 and 2, so you are OK there.
    But - seems like the tail wagging the dog... nearly $1000 just for the adapter, then you also need a compatible graphics card, plus whatever else you might want to add to that adapter.
    I don't know if the graphics card will be hampered by your somewhat "slow" Thunderbolt 1 bus,

    So - anywhere from 1200 to 2000 to have a system, that will likely be overshadowed by a newer Mac, and you are spending all that "upgrading" a Mac that is worth maybe $250...
    'tis your money - but...

    (if you go for it - you also need to upgrade to an SSD)
  6. Synchro3, Mar 29, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015

    Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    The Sonnet enclosure is expensive.

    I bought a ThunderTek/PX for $200, disassembled the board, and put it in an ATX case:


    Akitio Thunder2 PCIe boxes are also affordable:

    Pls change the thread name to something with 'eGPU' or 'external GPU', I guess you will get much more feedback.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    $1,000 for "just the box"? Not including a card?

    Why in heck spend $$$ like this on a 4-year-old Mac Mini (and I'm a Mini fan)???

    If you're going to spend cash like that, why not get a used or refurbished Mac Pro?
  8. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    ThunderTek/PX and Akitio Thunder2 are in the $200 - $250 range.

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