Hello, so I am in the market for a Mac desktop to run video editing and 3D rendering along with AutoCAD and bootcamp. Has anyone used a Mac Mini for this? I have the option of an upgraded Mac Tower or Can or a Mac Mini. My problem is that is it even wise to spend that much money on seven year old tech. The 2019 Mac Pro is out of my budget, and I do not like the iMac design at all. Let me know if there are any alternatives I haven't covered either
Here are my options
Option #1 Mac Pro Tower 2012 $1350
Dual Xeon x5690 3.46 12 core
32GB Ram ddr3 1333mhz
GTX 1080 TI
Option #2 Mac Pro Can 2013 $2000
Intel Xeon e5-1650 v2
Dual Firepro D500
Option #3 Mac Mini 2018 $1600
External RX 580 GPU
It certainly runs warm to the touch, but whether the internal components are actually coming to any harm is doubtful. Noise level when stressed is obviously better with the 'can MP.The Mini might be faster, and it includes native support for eGPUs with TB3 and a warranty, but it isn't as upgradable internally, and I have serious doubts about the cooling situation. I'd pick the Mac Pro can because of that.
It certainly runs warm to the touch, but whether the internal components are actually coming to any harm is doubtful. Noise level when stressed is obviously better with the 'can MP.
You can buy some type of external cooling, if heat is your issue.I'm not concerned with damage, though I'm convinced that inadequate cooling killed my 2011 that had discrete graphics, an SSD and an HD in fusion. That was a LOT of heat. I'm more concerned that the computer will start thermal throttling under heavy load just like everything else Apple makes today does.