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WWDC 2018 & external GPU

I listened to the cast and there was talk during the Metal spiel about external eGPUs. Does anyone have better information on this?

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

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@mayer

Here’s a post that I read a couple weeks back on the subject. Exciting stuff if you ask me :)

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I have mixed feelings on these...

While the idea has merit! It fails to address the heat issues laptops face just with their CPU's alone. Laptops are not desktops (even the iMac's are more a laptop than desktop)! They have limited cooling by design.

  • So if you are running apps which are very GPU heavy then this makes sense (thats mostly gaming).
  • Picture & video editing tend to be a split load depending on whats being done the CPU can be taxed quite heavily. Rendering can be focused on either the GPU or the CPU in some apps.
  • CAD only helps in presentation not rendering of new drawing sets which use templates.

Don't forget these eGPU's need to push an external monitor not pushed back to the internal display. So you end up needing to buy the same peripherals a desktop would need. The cost is in the end is about equal to what a desktop would be (Hackintosh of equal performance to the 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar and the cost of the case & GPU card with the needed sundries).

Sure the ability to have a convertible setup may make it a good fit, but in the long run I think its Apples way to satisfy the pent-up need for a real desktop system today A.K.A MacPro. Which they can't (or unwilling to) supply to the market.

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