The Next Apple Event
Posted 04 November 2018 - 01:30 PM
Iridium (MacBook Pro Mid-2012) – 2.7 GHz i7 3820QM / 16GB RAM / 4TB Samsung 860 Pro / GeForce GT 650M 1GB
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.
Posted 07 November 2018 - 11:44 AM
everything else will come/ be replaced in time.
Posted 08 November 2018 - 04:01 PM
Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:03 PM
At least there is finally some possible path forward when my machine no longer runs the software if (as is likely the case) the new Mac Pro ends up like the iMac Pro and priced beyond the hobbyist.
Whatever happens it looks like mass storage will need to be external anyway. I wonder if a 10 gigabit Ethernet NAS can match internal SATA 2 speeds? I hate going backwards in any area.
Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:42 PM
10Gb/s Ethernet should be just fine, provided the drives in the NAS can keep up.
Also, external USB3 SATA-III based SSDs will be fine on this new Mini - if im not mistaken the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C combo ports support USB 3.1, which is plenty fast for daily driving tasks.
Itll be as good as a mid-range gaming PC. The main limitation will be the eGPU effectively being stuck at PCIe 3.0 4x, which isn't an issue to most cards up to and including mid-range GPUs, but does bottleneck the performance of higher end cards.
Unless someone comes up with a way to duplex the ports somehow (using 2 TB3 ports to double the bandwidth or something).
Still.. thats perfectly fine, IMO. Considering the form factor and the (relatively) reasonable price of the new Mini, it seems like a decent compromise. The Intel NUCs with less I/O (but similar CPUs) are about the same price. For once, you're not really paying a giant Apple Tax unless you get them to upgrade the storage or RAM.