2018 (new) Mac Mini and WOW?

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11/01/2018 02:31 PMPosted by Rustymage
i think egpu's are the future for windows and mac. that being said apple don't support nvida gpu's thats a huge disadvantage in my opinion. and i dont think they have even said the mac mini will support a egpu have they?


Apple doesn’t have official support for Nvidia eGPU’s, that is correct, but if you go to eGPU.io they have lots of unofficial workarounds.

At this point, I don’t think we will see any official support for Nvidia from Apple, unless Apple starts using Nvidia again for its dreadicated video card options, and that is highly unlikely IMO. They are spending there time working with AMD and making those drivers stable and optimizing them for Metal 2.
11/02/2018 05:47 AMPosted by Gurukaos
11/01/2018 03:40 PMPosted by Ryegeleye
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They list eGPU in their I/O infographic on the Mac Mini product page, and mention it in the numbers comparison to the previous version of the computer.


Any Mac that has thunderbolt 3 hardware, will have full support for eGPU.


Apple's formal eGPU support is only for video cards sold by Apple.

3rd party support is in the works, as detailed at http://www.egpu.io
11/04/2018 12:52 AMPosted by Saichanayetu
11/02/2018 05:47 AMPosted by Gurukaos
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Any Mac that has thunderbolt 3 hardware, will have full support for eGPU.


Apple's formal eGPU support is only for video cards sold by Apple.

3rd party support is in the works, as detailed at http://www.egpu.io


Apple doesn’t sell any video cards.
11/04/2018 12:52 AMPosted by Saichanayetu
11/02/2018 05:47 AMPosted by Gurukaos
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Any Mac that has thunderbolt 3 hardware, will have full support for eGPU.


Apple's formal eGPU support is only for video cards sold by Apple.

3rd party support is in the works, as detailed at http://www.egpu.io


11/04/2018 12:52 AMPosted by Saichanayetu
11/02/2018 05:47 AMPosted by Gurukaos
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Any Mac that has thunderbolt 3 hardware, will have full support for eGPU.


Apple's formal eGPU support is only for video cards sold by Apple.

3rd party support is in the works, as detailed at http://www.egpu.io


Eh, not sure what you mean. Apple doesn’t currently make eGPU’s or video cards. They use a subset of AMD cards in select Mac models, and the “official” eGPU support is based on the AMD cards that share the same drivers. The official list is here

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544

Yes; their are plenty of unofficial things going on right eGPU’s support, like NVIDIA cards, at egpu.io.
11/04/2018 10:06 AMPosted by Gurukaos
Eh, not sure what you mean. Apple doesn’t currently make eGPU’s or video cards. They use a subset of AMD cards in select Mac models, and the “official” eGPU support is based on the AMD cards that share the same drivers. The official list is here

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544

Yes; their are plenty of unofficial things going on right eGPU’s support, like NVIDIA cards, at egpu.io.


This isn't likely to end up going anywhere anytime soon outside of 10.13 simply because of this: https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1043070/announcements/faq-about-macos-10-14-mojave-nviddia-drivers/

Apple will not allow nVidia to publish drivers for Mojave. Period. Third party support is going to end up being for the tiniest fraction of a tiny audience to begin with because any chance of it working will require whatever hackery is involved + things like WhateverGreen and Lilu just to deal with the library validation issue when Apple flat out bans them from using that feature. And a lot of apps are starting to use lib validation, meaning without hackery, no nVidia drivers.

Nobody should be under any delusions of nVidia bringing working drivers for third parties to utilize anytime soon. Apple won't let them. You want to get Apple's attention? Flood them with unhappy emails or other correspondence. Because until Apple changes its ways, nVidia's screwed up one side and down the other and we pay the price for it with inferior hardware that costs too much for how little it really does.

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