Thain Esh Kelch, on 09 June 2017 - 12:17 AM, said:
The eGPU availability is perfect for a Mac gamer! ....if we actually also had a CPU focused Mac Mini...
This iMac is a kinda funny machine now that we know a new Mac Pro is coming. Sure it's a great Pro Setup, but I feel like 90% of people who need a workstation would shoot for an equivalent Mac Pro were one available. Unless Apple offers incredible value on this verses their own new cinema display and new mac pro (which I actually feel might be likely, don't know why they've been doing such good value on these iMacs for the past few years and such popsnizzlety on their own displays), I can't see many reasons to buy the iMac with the disadvantages it brings long term.
I'm curious still as to wether or not the new iMac has desktop 5 series cards, or if they're m series again? They aren't branded so. And if that VR demo was anything to go by, it seems pretty on par with 480/580 performance. That's a pretty fantastic result for consumers IMO, much better value than the last iMac.
EDIT: some digging finds at least that these are branded Radeon Pro 580 vs the RX 580. I think they're different cards...
Also, In terms of pricing, you could buy the cheapest 5k iMac, and a VR dev kit, for only AU$50 more than the iMac with the 580 built in. Upgradable (and re-sellable) graphics from the get-go.
Which makes me wonder if Apple would be able to find a way to implement a two port solution to pipe thunderbolt video data back into the iMac and save on the performance hit from using the internal display? Surely they're working on some solution to this... Eitherway future is bright.
Mac Mini with eGPU would be great too!
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