Poll - Which GPU would you use as a Thunderbolt eGPU?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jblagden, Oct 26, 2015.

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Which GPU would you choose for an eGPU?

  1. Nvidia GTX 650

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Nvidia GTX 680

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Nvidia GTX 690

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Nvidia GT 740

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Nvidia GTX 750

    4 vote(s)
    66.7%
  6. AMD Radeon 5770

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. AMD Radeon 7970

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
  8. AMD Radeon R7 250

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. AMD Radeon R7 270x

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other - Mention in comments

    1 vote(s)
    16.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. jblagden, Oct 26, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015

    jblagden macrumors 65816

    jblagden

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    #1
    If you were to have a Thunderbolt eGPU, which graphics card would you choose? Also, if you already have a Thunderbolt eGPU, which graphics card did you choose?

    By the way, this isn’t to help me choose a graphics card. I’ve already chosen the GT 740 because I don't want to spend more than $100 on it and it’ll do everything I need it to do. And since it’s a desktop card, I can easily upgrade it if I want to; it’s easy replaceable, unlike a laptop’s soldered-in discrete graphics card.

    I’m just asking out of curiosity, particularly because since most Macs don’t have PCIe slots, Thunderbolt is the only way to plug in a graphics card, and Thunderbolt might not have enough bandwidth for a high-end graphics card like a GTX Titan. Also, since you have to spend at least $200 just for an enclosure, most folks probably won’t want to spend much on a graphics card.
     
  2. hkoster1 macrumors regular

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    #2
    Well, I picked the GTX 960 and with hindsight I wish I had chosen the GTX 970 for my Mac Mini Thunderbolt-2 PCIe interface. Yes, it's a lot of money, but otherwise the difference with the integrated GPU isn't big enough to bother. Just my €0.02 worth...
     
  3. jblagden thread starter macrumors 65816

    jblagden

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    #3
    I have to beg to differ. Any dedicated GPU is a big difference. Just for rendering video, a dedicated GPU makes a big difference. It can take hours with integrated graphics while it can take minutes with a dedicated GPU. Also, if you overuse integrated graphics, the processor slows down temporarily.
     

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