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Oliver Peters
eGPU future?
on Jun 8, 2020 at 4:04:56 pm

Is there still a future for eGPUs? The BMD eGPU Pro has officially been discontinued. The regular BMD eGPU is current out of stock. Since these were both Apple designs built by BMD for sale through the Apple Store, will we see updated designed after WWDC? Other than BMD you have Sonnet as an option. But viability really depends on Apple's support through the OS. Do we believe this will continue to have a life after Catalina and beyond?

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Dom Silverio
Re: eGPU future?
on Jun 8, 2020 at 6:00:40 pm

TB4 needs to be introduced, and Apple needs better driver support. eGPU on any non-Mac Pro is a pain because of the TB bus sharing. We often have to find devices that are USB 3 instead of TB if you plan to use HBA (16Gb FC, 10Gb, etc.), local TB RAID, breakout box, 2nd monitor, and/or eGPU.


Both AMD and Nvidia are about to release their next-gen GPUs. PCIe 4.0 and HBM2 are here.


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: eGPU future?
on Jul 3, 2020 at 6:28:30 pm

[Dom Silverio] "TB4 needs to be introduced"

Exactly. Whereby it will have to be USB4 or rather 5, since "Intel" will be a bad word in the future. 😏

Before that… what's the point? Great drivers or not. For the sake of upgrading an aging Mac that doesn't have a dedicated GPU? Because that's the only time it can make a bare minimum of sense. But then, why would I want to even blow $1K on a Mac Mini or MacBook?? 🤨

But it's always fun to see how some people intentionally buy either of them for the purpose of hooking an eGPU up to them, seriously thinking they are somehow getting a much better deal and performance than an iMac or MacBook Pro.

Oh well.

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greg janza
Re: eGPU future?
on Jul 4, 2020 at 6:28:27 pm

[Dom Silverio] "TB4 needs to be introduced"

or not. NVMe's are the future of storage and the speeds blow away any other option. Apple is currently offering a variety of NVMe options at double the price of what they're actually worth of course.

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