Question about eGPU

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Loa, May 21, 2019.

  1. Loa macrumors 68000

    Loa

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    Hello,

    I'm thinking about getting a 2018 mac mini, but I'm worried about the GPU. I already have an MSI RX 560. Could I get a eGPU box and put that card in? And if so, what's the cheapest box that would work?

    Thanks.
     
  2. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    Yes Sonnet 350, Check it out on there website or Amazon.
     
  3. Loa thread starter macrumors 68000

    Loa

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    Thanks for the info.

    But *ouch* for the price: 400 CND$! For an empty box with a slot and a fan?

    Seems my needs fall between the cracks of apple products: don't wanna pay for that giant 5K 27in screen on the iMac (and 21 is just too small), but the Mac Mini has no GPU grunt.

    Hopefully the next Mac Pro won't be too expensive and I'll be able to think about its cost as a long term investment (at least, longer term than the mini or imac).
     
  4. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    Power supply, Thunderbolt 3 chipset.. guaranteed low production run item.
     
  5. IngerMan macrumors 65816

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    Well it’s $200 in USA so drive over the Peace Bridge or the Blue Water Bridge to pick it up.
    --- Post Merged, May 21, 2019 ---
    Oh wait your French Canadian. Come over to Water Town. That will work.
     
  6. iluvmacs99 macrumors member

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    The Sonnet breakaway box 350W is $309

    https://www.avshop.ca/video-compute...box-thunderbolt-3-egpu-expansion-chassis-350w

    Another one you can get that is more expandable would be the Akitio Node TB3 with a heftier power supply.

    It is $329.77
    https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_554&item_id=112612
     
  7. Loa thread starter macrumors 68000

    Loa

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    Thanks for the links. That's quite a difference when compared to amazon!
     
  8. frou, May 22, 2019
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    frou macrumors 6502

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    It is indeed a weird situation where the receptacle for the card costs more than the card.

    I guess the consolation is that the box can conceivably last 10+ years and one could swap in new cards (and connect to different computers) as time progresses.

    Hehe
     

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