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#181 mindnoise

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 10:07 AM

View Postozzy, on 05 November 2019 - 09:37 PM, said:

This adapter is a two-way adapter. Will work to use TB 1/2 devices on a TB 3 Mac, as well as to use TB 3 devices (like an eGPU enclosure) on a TB 1/2 Mac. I use an Akitio Node eGPU with Vega 56 on my 2012 15” Retina MBP with TB 1 using this adapter and a normal TB 2 cable.

https://www.apple.co...rbolt-2-adapter

I never realized they work bi-directional and I use 2 of them... :teehee:

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 12:50 PM

Having seen the following today:

https://barefeats.co...n-pro-macs.html

I'm beginning to think that rather than moving to a 2018 Mac Mini with an eGPU or a 27" iMac I'd be better off keeping this machine with Mojave for my day to day and then getting another old 2009/2010 Mac Pro sticking in an RX 5700XT and using the unsupported Mac patch to installed Catalina on it.

Maybe the next iMac with get the same GPU to give another option. It really shows how an internal PCI-E slot and access to newer GPU tech makes quiet a difference.
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 02:55 PM

View Postmattw, on 12 November 2019 - 12:50 PM, said:

Having seen the following today:

https://barefeats.co...n-pro-macs.html

I'm beginning to think that rather than moving to a 2018 Mac Mini with an eGPU or a 27" iMac I'd be better off keeping this machine with Mojave for my day to day and then getting another old 2009/2010 Mac Pro sticking in an RX 5700XT and using the unsupported Mac patch to installed Catalina on it.

Maybe the next iMac with get the same GPU to give another option. It really shows how an internal PCI-E slot and access to newer GPU tech makes quiet a difference.

Noticed yesterday the RX 5700 XT showed up on our video card list to categorize (for the MGS sysreqs checker). Someone out there must be using one in their mac to get that to happen!

Still seems like an awful lot of money to throw at something thats quite old to begin with. But yeah, maybe the new Macs will come with those cards (as a choice... a CHOICE? apple give CHOICES THESE DAYS LOL HAHAHAH*cough*).

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 03:07 PM

To be fair for me personally it doesn't have to be an RX 5700 XT specifically although they do seem to be the sweet spot for value these days (and you really do need to stick with an AMD card on MacOS to avoid possible issues these days).

I'd just like something in my next Mac that is a big step up from an RX 580 to justify a purchase. I know it isn't Apple's fault that rate of progress has slowed a lot since around 2012 but it is hard to spend loads of money just for better single core performance alone especially when it rarely seems to be the bottleneck for most games at decent resolution.
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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:09 AM

My 2011 iMac died for the third time today, so it only lasted a couple of months on the last GPU reflow. I'll either be looking at finding a compatible GPU, or do a spring upgrade to a 2020 Mac Mini.

edit: I see on Macrumors that a lot of people have problems with overheating 2018 models. Sigh. We still need an xMac.
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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:39 AM

Ahh, the xMac. Ergo, a little Google-fu (DuckDuckGo-fu, actually) led me to this Ars Technica article. Which, whilst perusing the description I thought of an old En Vogue song— 'My Lovin' You're Never Gonna Get it'
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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:38 AM

lol at people still thinking "xMac" will ever be a thing.
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