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Nov 7, 2020

  • November 07, 2020

OK, I clicked the buttons and made what I think are all my final purchases for my Mac Mini, other than external storage.

But first: I bought an Asus VG289Q MonitorAsus VG289Q Monitor
ASUS 28” 4K Monitor. Bought it at Best Buy:

Asus Canada https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Monitors/TUF-GAMING-VG289Q/
Manual https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/LCD%20Monitors/VG289Q/ASUS_VG289Q_English.pdf

at Best Buy earlier this week. Got it home and the screen wouldn’t stay on?

At first I thought the wimpy Mac Mini maybe couldn’t drive it through HDMI and I needed a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter, but those adapters don’t really exist. I looked around and the various HDMI cables now do have different “ratings” on them. I bought a short gold plated HDMI cable and yes! – the monitor works fine.

I looked back and forth at various eGPUeGPU
External GPU for computers that can’t have full size video cards installed internally, like a [[Mac Mini]] or a laptop. Usually connected over Thunderbolt 3.

eGPU.io Community and Review site https://egpu.io/
eGPU.io Buyers Guide: https://egpu.io/best-egpu-buyers-guide/ (updated all the time, loads super slow)
Apple support doc1 on eGPU support: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544
Razer https://www.razer.com/ca-en/gaming-egpus/Razer-Core-X/RC21-01310100-R3U1
Blackmagic eGPU [[Blackmagic...
options. I decided the Razer Core X Chroma was the best enclosure for me. I plan on using it for both Windows and Mac over time, and as an external enclosure it’s even possible to upgrade the video card.

I did read through the Bootcamp for eGPUs but I don’t think I will attempt Bootcamp. Who knows how much longer it will be around / keep working as Apple transitions to ARM.

Looking at the EGPU.io builds filter with a Mac Mini and the Razer Core X Chroma selected helped me pick the graphics card to buy. There were only 2 Mac Mini builds listed, both using an AMD RX 5700 XT. I debated about getting a cheaper card, but I’d rather finish off my purchases now.

Then I was back in graphic card comparison hell, because the AMD RX 5700 XT is just a chipset (I guess???) and many different manufacturers put together the final cards.

I ended up with PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB AXRX 5700XT 8GBD6-3DHE/OC, for $611CAD. No, I don’t even totally understand what that means.

Hopeful that this Kingsdun Torx Screwdriver Set has what I need.

And ended up with a Vitade 1080p webcam with ring light as well.

I did experiment with CamoCamo
Camo let’s you use your iOS device as a webcam for your Mac. You run an app on your phone or iPad, and another app on your Mac, and can then use the front or back camera as video input camera in any app that supports cameras on Mac.
So far I’ve used it with [[Zoom]] and with [[Discord]] without issues. Discord, being an Electron app, needs a fix applied, which Camo will do for you with your admin password.
by Reincubate to use my iPhone as a webcam. I have an iPhone / iPad stand clamped to my desk, and it does work – and with very good quality! But it’s not like I can keep my iPhone clamped in there all the time.